Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer Attorneys and 711 Students Needed


First Defense Legal Aid


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When it comes to fighting Chicago's problems with police misconduct and false confessions, volunteering with FDLA lets you be a part of the solution! FDLA runs a 24 hour hotline that provides direct legal representation to individuals in Chicago Police custody and we are seeking volunteers to assist in this mission by taking shifts on the hotline and directly advocating for the rights of clients in police custody. FDLA is one of the only organizations in the country where you can gain this type of experience. Join us for our next orientation ad learn more about how you can help the movement for police accountability.

About the organization

FDLA provides a free, reliable, and experienced lawyer to individuals who are arrested in the city of Chicago. The FDLA attorney is available at the initial and most critical stage of the criminal justice process: from the time of arrest until the court system assigns a Public Defender. At the police station, the attorney helps the client understand and assert his rights, gathers information about arrest and detainment, documents evidence of police brutality, advocates for medical treatment, and informs the family and friends of the detainee throughout the process.

FDLA also presents Street Law in schools and community groups. The Street Law presentations focus on what to do if you are stopped, searched, or arrested by the police, how to assert your rights on the street and at the station, and what to do if you feel that the police have violated your civil rights.


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