Volunteer Opportunities


Senior Center Initiative (SCI)


Center for Disability and Elder Law


Can be done anywhere



CDEL staff and volunteer attorneys prepare Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Property, as well as Illinois Living Will Declarations for low-income seniors at senior centers throughout Cook County. This is a one-day workshop with limited client engagement and is great for law firm and corporate client partnerships.

CDEL provides trainings (1.5 hrs.) on an as-needed basis. Trainings usually take place at CDEL but can also be conducted on-site upon request.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Thomas Wendt at twendt@cdelaw.org or 312-376-1880.

About the organization

The Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL) provides high-quality, pro bono legal assistance to persons marginalized by poverty, age and/or disability.

CDEL’s organizational structure consists of a modest in-house staff which supports a network of hundreds of volunteer attorneys and paralegals. CDEL volunteers provide legal representation in a wide range of civil practice areas including: guardianship, simple estate planning, landlord/tenant, consumer fraud, civil rights, elder abuse and real estate. CDEL has also developed a number of limited engagement opportunities for those volunteers that are unable to handle cases that require long-term client commitments.