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Legal Assistance Center

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Objective

To assist, educate and support LAC patrons in meeting their legal needs and insure the quality and integrity of the LAC program.

Qualifications
  • Willingness and ability to learn basic law and procedure
  • Excellent listening and verbal communication skills
  • Respect for and desire to work with a diverse, vulnerable population
  • Patient, compassionate, professional and positive demeanor
  • Willingness and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to follow directions and maintain program boundaries
Responsibilities
  • Welcome patrons and assure sign in
  • Talk with patrons to understand needs and desired outcome
  • Demonstrate respect for patrons, their needs and challenges
  • Investigate pending cases using AccessKent
  • Communicate basic law, procedures and options
  • Consult and confer with staff as appropriate
  • Provide appropriate forms and resources for patrons
  • Provide guidance to patrons for the completion of forms and pleadings
  • Review, copy and assemble patron materials
  • Identify patrons who may qualify for Legal Aid or other representation
  • Provide information about and make referrals to legal and non-legal community resources to meet patron needs
  • Assist in the response to patron phone calls as requested
  • Assist with support of program and operations as requested

More opportunities with Legal Assistance Center

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Legal Assistance Center

Location:

180 Ottawa Ave NW, Suite 5100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, US

Mission Statement

We believe in justice for all. We believe in fairness. We believe that the justice system must work for everyone. We believe that justice and fairness require access. We believe everyone is entitled to use the courts. We believe that limited resources should not impair justice, fairness, or access. We believe in empowering people to solve problems. We believe that serving people directly has deep value. We believe that everyone is entitled to our respect and compassion. We believe that our services and resources must work for the people who use them. We believe that solving problems improves lives and families. We believe that improving lives and families makes our community a better place.

Description

HOW WE HELP

At the Legal Assistance Center we believe everyone is entitled to access to justice. That means that everyone, regardless of resources, regardless of whether they can afford an attorney, is entitled to use the courts and solve legal problems. Our Justice system belongs to all of us and must work for each of us.

We provide legal self-help services

At the Legal Assistance Center we help people help themselves by providing legal information, forms, guidance and resources to solve legal problems and use the courts. Although we do not give legal advice or provide representation, we provide meaningful, effective legal assistance.

Everyone is welcome

There are no income or other requirements. We can help both parties to a case.

Get the legal information you need

You can get legal information and learn about the court process.

We listen to you

We don’t give legal advice or representation. You choose the path that is right for you.

Most help is free

There is a low cost for copies and some case packets. These funds support our services.

Information, resources and connections

If we don’t have what you need, we will help you find someone who does.

Homeless & Housing
Immigrants & Refugees
Justice & Legal

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

180 Ottawa Ave NWSuite 5100Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(42.9676,-85.66925)
 

SKILLS

  • Office Reception
  • Paralegal
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Family Law

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers serve a minimum of one shift, either morning (8:30 am to 1:00 pm) or afternoon (12:30 pm to 5:00 pm), one day per week (Monday through Friday. Wednesdays only have one shift.), over a minimum of two consecutive terms- Follows School terms.

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