Volunteer Opportunities

 

Emergency Order of Protection Volunteer Program

Organization

Domestic Violence Legal Clinic

Location

555 West Harrison Street
Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60607

Website

Description

Emergency Order of Protection volunteers work directly with DV victims and provide brief services for litigants filing civil Orders of Protection. Volunteers conduct interviews, complete pleadings, and draft affidavits. Volunteers also thoroughly explain the court process and may accompany litigants to court to provide support. They do not provide representation and there is no ongoing case commitment. Volunteers must attend a 2.5 hour training session. Spanish or other language fluency is helpful but is NOT required. All volunteers must be compassionate and comfortable working with victims of domestic violence from diverse backgrounds. Training and supervision are provided by a DVLC attorney.

This opportunity is open to students, attorneys, and legal professionals. Students commit to a weekly 4 hour shift and professionals commit to a monthly 4 hour shift.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Cheryl DeMichele Price at cprice@dvlcchicago.org or 312-325-9159.

About the organization

Domestic Violence Legal Clinic serves survivors of domestic violence who need legal assistance.

We use our location at the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse (555 W. Harrison, Chicago) to provide same-day services for people who need Orders of Protection. Our intake hours are Monday - Friday, from 8:30-1:30 (or until we reach capacity).     

To apply for our Order of Protection services, come to our office during our intake hours to complete an intake. We suggest arriving as close to 8:30 as possible. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to represent you. DVLC also provides comprehensive family law services and representation for undocumented domestic violence survivors seeking relief under VAWA or through a U-VISA.

To apply for family law or immigration assistance, please call our office at 312-325-9155.