Volunteer

New Attorneys or Law Graduates

Currently, Public Counsel’s Consumer Rights and Economic Justice Project needs volunteers who want to gain litigation experience.

Are you looking for an introduction to litigation work and want to help COVID-19 affected low-income clients? We could use your help!

Public Counsel’s Consumer Rights & Economic Justice Project handles matters both large and small, including class action cases involving victims of fraud who have experienced significant financial injury at the hands of unscrupulous individuals or businesses. We co-counsel nearly all our cases with outside firms, including some of the most prominent firms in the State. We are constantly developing new cases, both individual and impact matters, based in large part on our intake line, which handles hundreds of calls every year.

We rely on volunteer attorneys to help us with various aspects of our cases. Our volunteer attorneys include those who are waiting for bar results, between jobs, new to Los Angeles, or looking to widen their horizons and get into public interest law. Our volunteers interview clients and witnesses, analyze potential cases, research pertinent aspects of law, draft memoranda, and engage in various other associated litigation tasks. We include them in our weekly case review meetings and encourage them to observe at court when a matter comes on for hearing or to come to a deposition or mediation, if possible. Working with our team of experienced attorneys, you will gain a wide range of practical experience and make contacts to help you as you progress in your career.

Minimum Qualifications:  California licensed attorney at any level of experience or individual awaiting bar results; excellent research and writing skills; Spanish proficiency is a plus.

Expected Time Commitment: A minimum of three days per week (preferably more) remotely during normal business hours, for a minimum of three months.

Date Needed: Ongoing

Location: Remote during the crisis

How to Apply: Please send your resume, a 5-8 page writing sample and a cover letter to Megan Vees Email HERE – with “volunteer attorney” in the subject line.

“So many people are in dire need of legal services but have neither the financial means to retain counsel nor the experience to navigate bureaucratic institutions. I can’t think of a more rewarding way to utilize my legal skills.”

— Marie McTeague, Retired Attorney

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