CAPITAL AREA PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION
Pro Bono Opportunities

Join other CAPA members to show we care about the welfare of our neighbors. Let's work together to contribute something worthwhile to our community!
Pro Bono Committee
Stephanie Seuser, Co-Chair and VLS Coordinator
P. O. Box 160742
Austin, Texas 78716
Phone: (512) 445-2108

Amber Haney, Co-chair
The Haney Law Firm
808 West 10th Street, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 476-2212
Fax: (512) 476-2202
Email

Pro Bono Opportunities:


Veterans Project - Free Legal Advice Clinics

The Austin Bar Association holds a free legal advice clinic once a month for all U.S. Veterans.  Attorney volunteers provide brief, legal advice at no cost and with no appointments during these clinics.  The Austin Bar also provides free legal advice over the phone to eligible veterans, and assists with minor legal issues to veterans in Travis and surrounding counties.  The Veterans' Clinics are held once a month from 1:30 PM-3:30 PM at the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic, 7901 Metropolis Drive, Austin, TX.  Paralegals are needed to help with intake, assisting clients with forms, and assistance with the upkeep of the database.  CAPA members interested in this project should contact Doug Lawrence at doug@austinbar.org or Stephanie Seuser at probono@capatx.org.

CANLAW Clinic

This clinic provides free estate planning services to the cancer community.  Anyone who has ever had cancer or who is currently living with cancer qualifies for the services.   Clients come to a one time appointment on a Saturday and meet with a lawyer and paralegal and have a will, healthcare power of attorney, financial power of attorney, and physician’s directive (aka living will) prepared and executed at the appointment.   Paralegals are needed to proofread documents, witness the wills, notarize documents, and assist attorneys with the client meetings and will signing ceremonies.  The clinics are quarterly and take place at different locations through the Austin area.  The clinics usually last from about 9 am to 3 pm.  Volunteers can volunteer for a short shift or for the whole day.  If interested you can contact Amber Haney, pro bono co-chair, or you can email info@cancerlawclinic.org for more information.  The website for the clinic is cancerlawclinic.org and the next clinic date has not been finalized but will be at the end of October or early November.


CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)


As a CASA volunteer, you:

Spend quality time with the child or children to whom you are are appointed to:

  • Communicate regularly with the child(ren)’s parents, relatives, teachers, doctors, therapists, caregivers, and anyone else involved in the child’s life;
  • Participate in case meetings and review case files;
  • Gather and document information on your case;
  • Formulate recommendations on what is in the best interest of the children; and
  • Submit a court report and present your recommendations to the judge in the courtroom.
CASA has some upcoming volunteer training events.  Learn more about volunteering at http://www.casatravis.org/volunteer.  To register for an information session, please go to http://www.casatravis.org/volunteer/infosession.

CASA Volunteer Training Schedule

The new CASA Volunteer Training program consists of eight in-person 3.5-hour classes, an hour of pre-work for each class and three hours of courtroom observation (approximately 39 hours total) completed over a five-week cycle. You must finish all training and observation within the five weeks and all background checks must be completed and cleared in order to be assigned to a case.

See CASA Training Cycle Dates and Calendar here.

For questions regarding the training schedule please email volunteer@casatravis.org.


Helping low-income individuals solve civil legal issues.

For information about how to volunteer, click here.

Travis County Law Library and Self-help Center Assistance Programs

Uncontested Family Law Walk-in Case Review Clinic:  This clinic is supervised by Laurel Holland, supervising attorney for pro se litigants in family law uncontested docket matters.  This clinic is comprised of volunteer lawyers who review pro se documents for people who have filed uncontested divorces and need to have their final decrees reviewed before they go to uncontested docket for the judge’s signature.

Self-represented Litigant Project: This clinic is for pro se litigants with uncontested civil matters like name changes, landlord/tenant matters, and occupational driver licenses.  Paralegals are needed to assist clients with filling out petitions, waivers, and affidavits of inability to pay court costs.  Paralegal volunteers are also able to explain the general court procedures to pro se litigants who have never been involved with court procedures before.  All of the pro se forms are found on the TexasLawHelp.org website.

Both of these clinics are from 10:00 AM -12:00 Noon at the Travis County Law Library and Self Help Center in the Ned Granger Building (across from the Travis County Courthouse), at 314 W 11th Street, #140, Austin, Texas 78701.  Volunteers are needed any time between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, so paralegals can come for one hour during their lunch hour.  Interested paralegals can contact Amber Haney at probono@capatx.org.

Volunteer Legal Services Clinics


The Pro Bono Evening Clinics offer people an opportunity to apply for civil legal services and get legal advice.   It is a joint effort between RioGrande Legal Aid, Volunteer Legal Services, Landlord Tenant Counsel, Catholic Diocese, several law firms and other non-profit organizations.  CAPA provides paralegal volunteers and interpreters to the clinics.  Paralegals support the clinic by helping applicants fill out forms on the family law side.  The forms are simple and easy to complete.  They are confusing to some people.  We help them understand the questions and capture as much information as possible.  The clinics start at 6:00pm and are usually finished by 8:00pm.

How are your interviewing skills? Did you know the skills you currently have could help someone? Do you have two hours a month to commit to an experience that can make a difference in someone's life? Please consider volunteering your skills at the evening clinics 6:00-8:00 pm on Mondays at Martin Middle School and on Wednesdays at Webb Middle School.  Please contact the VLS Coordinator to pick a date for clinic training.

There is a need for more Spanish speaking interpreters at the evening clinics. Interpreters work helping applicants fill out forms and sitting with attorneys and interpreting their legal advice for applicants. This is a great opportunity to learn more about different areas of law and meet a critical need for people. Please let the VLS Coordinator know if you can volunteer as an interpreter.

August 2018 Schedule:

Martin Middle School - Mondays @ 6:00 p.m.
1601 Haskell Street in the Cafeteria

August 6, 2018
August 13, 2018
August 20, 2018 - Clinic Closed
August 27, 2018

Webb Middle School - Wednesdays @ 6:00 p.m.
601 E. St. Johns in the Cafeteria
August 1, 2018
August 8, 2018
August 15, 2018
August 22, 2018 - Clinic Closed
August 29, 2018


September 2018 Schedule:

Martin Middle School - Mondays @ 6:00 p.m.
1601 Haskell Street in the Cafeteria

September 3, 2018 - Clinic Closed
September 10, 2018
September 17, 2018
September 24, 2018

Webb Middle School - Wednesdays @ 6:00 p.m.
601 E. St. Johns in the Cafeteria
September 5, 2018
September 12, 2018
September 19, 2018
September 26, 2018
August 29, 2018


 

Updated 8.8.2018

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