Pro Bono Attorney (PRN)
LAWRS Foundation, Inc.
Looking for Pro Bono Attorneys to assist in the following areas:
1) Housing and eviction - Preparing for the influx of housing related crisis due to COVID-19
2) Filing civil and/or criminal documents for the organization
3) Participation in Legal Clinics
Housing and eviction pro bono attorneys will work with consumers, legal navigators, and case managers in ensuring protection of housing right for both tenant and landlords as well as assisting with filing appropriate documentation with courts.
Legal Navigator professional law & policy clinics will assist individuals in a wide range of civil litigation related matters and selected criminal matters.
A requirement of 10-12 hours per month is appreciated. Schedule is very flexible. *** MUST have J.D. and be licensed in the State of Ohio to practice law*** Others with Masters in Criminal Justice or Legal Studies welcomed to participate as volunteers in other aspects also.
About LAWRS Foundation, Inc.
17325 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44112, US
To assist individuals and families facing housing crisis through trained Legal Navigators offering legal information, assistance with court paperwork, when possible court filing fee assistance, and courtroom advocacy to promote housing stability and better life chance opportunities. The LAWRS Foundation is proud to say that "WE ARE" the first to bring this program to Ohio.
The LAWRS Foundation has been working diligently to assist under-served and underrepresented populations for the last 12 years in civil/human rights, and social justice advocacy.
Since COVID-19, we have re-developed our program and have trained a group of individuals as "Legal Navigators," to assist with the influx of civil litigation cases and to provide further access to legal assistance for pro se litigants.
Legal Navigators, which is the first program of its kind in Ohio, serves the community in three critical areas which are: 1) housing, 2) consumer & debtor/creditor relief, and 3) family/child support. Studies have shown that access to assistance from the inception to the end of a court case is a predicator for more favorable outcomes, and offers individuals moral support during a legal crisis.
Legal Navigators are trained in court process & procedure, document preparation, legal intake, case review, legal research, and other critical skills. Their background includes, social work, law students, counseling, attorneys, laypersons and others who volunteer their time. Legal navigators DO NOT offer advice, but we can and do offer Legal Information.
We are currently in the process of launching an online program to offer certification classes and employing legal navigators in our courtrooms as civil advocates.