Statewide Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
Colorado Legal Services offers volunteer opportunities with virtual clinics through which you can serve low-income clients in communities across Colorado from the convenience of your own office or home. All of these clinics are held using technology such as videoconferencing, shared document creation and e-mail. These clinics vary in legal topic, dates, time commitment, and the type of help provided. Take a look below for the clinic that matches the volunteer experience you’d like to have.
For further questions about these clinics or how to apply, please contact Jen Cuesta at email@example.com, or 303-866-9384.
Record Sealing and Expungement Clinic (flyer here)
This free legal clinic helps low-income clients seeking to seal or expunge their criminal record. By assisting these clients, you can help them increase their ability to obtain employment, housing, public benefits, and access to other life-changing resources.
This clinic is ideal for attorneys who want to volunteer, but who are not able to commit to a consistent time, or to travel to a specific location. This innovative clinic is held by e-mail, allowing attorneys to decide their level of commitment and work location. Attorneys will be asked to evaluate a client’s record for eligibility and, if eligible, to draft the necessary sealing and expungement petitions. Here is a step-by-step description of the clinic.
If you’d like to learn more about the clinic, or begin volunteering with this clinic, please complete this application (Word doc) and e-mail it, along with your resume or CV, to Jennifer Cuesta at Colorado Legal Services, firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Luis Valley Virtual Satellite Clinic
This free legal clinic provides brief legal consultations to low-income clients from the San Luis Valley region. This clinic will be conducted in partnership with regional libraries and the San Luis Valley Pro Bono Project, and will cover multiple legal topics, including family law, landlord/tenant, consumer law, benefits, small claims, probate, and guardianships and conservatorships.
The clinic will occur once a month, on the same weekday and week of the month, for a set period of two hours. This makes it ideal for an attorney who wants a clear time commitment once a month. This clinic will be held by videoconference – volunteers simply choose a private location where they can access internet, a webcam and a microphone.
If you would like to learn more about this clinic, or begin volunteering with this clinic, please complete this application (Word doc) then email it and your resume to Jennifer Cuesta at email@example.com
Cortez Post-Decree Clinic:
This free, monthly clinic will helps low-income clients from the 22nd JD (Montezuma and Dolores Counties) obtain assistance with family law post-decree legal issues, such as modifications to parenting orders and child support, enforcement of child support through judgement, garnishment of wages or income reassignment, and motions to relocate.
Attorneys will meet with clients for about an hour to provide legal advice and to help draft legal forms. Before the clinic, volunteers will be provided with each client’s name and the name of the adverse party to check for conflicts. Attorneys will also receive each client’s relevant case documents. Meetings with clients will occur by videoconference and will utilize screen sharing technology to allow the attorney to draft forms which the client can then print out at the end of the session. This clinic is ideal for an attorney who wants a more in-depth experience, but one that is limited to a monthly clinic and does not require travel.
If you would like to learn more about this clinic or begin volunteering with this clinic, please complete this application (Word doc) then e-mail it and your resume to Jennifer Cuesta at Colorado Legal Services, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kinship Adoption Clinic:
This free monthly clinic will assist low-income clients with the kinship adoption process of minor family members they are caring for; so the legal authority they need to make vital decisions concerning the child’s education, medical treatment, financial assistance, and health insurance can be obtained. More specifically, this clinic will cover kinship adoption cases with consenting or absent parents. For cases with non-consenting parents, the clinic will explore the options of establishing parenting orders or guardianship for clients.
This clinic will make available on-going advice and legal drafting assistance to clients on a monthly basis. Clients can return as many times as necessary throughout the adoption process. Volunteers have access to each client’s file. At each monthly clinic the attorneys volunteering that month will assist each client with the questions or documents needed at that point in their court case, then add the forms drafted and the notes on the assistance provided to the client’s file. These notes will be available at subsequent clinics to enable each volunteer attorney to follow the progress of a case. This clinic will occur by videoconference and use screen sharing technology to draft forms which the client can print out at the end of the session. This clinic is ideal for an attorney who wants to assist clients within a specific legal topic in the convenience of the volunteer’s own office.