Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Legal Answers Volunteer Attorney

Organization

Illinois Legal Aid Online

Location

Can be done anywhere

Website

Description

Legal Answers, a virtual walk-in legal clinic, seeks volunteer attorneys to answer legal questions posted on a secure website.

Step 1: Qualified client posts a question. Step 2: Volunteer attorney logs in to site, previews questions, and selects question to answer. Step 3: Client receives an email telling them to log back in to see answer.

We need volunteer attorneys to answer questions in family law, housing, consumer debt, work issues, public benefits, probate, and guardianship. Currently, we are only accepting experienced practitioners with substantive knowledge in their practice area.

  • Quick training: 3 short online vidoes totaling about 30 minutes
  • Remain anonymous to clients
  • Covered by the ABA's malpractice insurance
  • Limited scope representation (just within the website)
  • Easy and quick: volunteers report it takes 10-25 minutes to answer one question
  • Commitment of one hour a month provides legal help for 2-5 people
  • Volunteer hours can be used on annual ARDC pro bono repor

About the Organization

Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) puts the law within reach for all, regardless of income or location. As the statewide legal services technology center, ILAO streamlines the delivery of free and pro bono legal services to lower-income Illinois residents, and delivers easy-to-understand legal information and help to those who can't afford a lawyer.

ILAO's mission is: to increase access to justice for lower-income and vulnerable Illinois residents through the innovative use of technology to assist and educate the public and to train and support legal aid providers and pro bono attorneys.

Illinois Legal Aid Online's programs provide essential legal services and support 24/7 to legal aid and pro bono attorneys, pro se litigants and lower-income individuals and families through its website.

Attachments

PDF icon Flier 2017.pdf