NFPA Pro Bono Directory
Association/Geographical Listing

Revised:  06/17/2003
 

Note:  Associations not listed are in the process of developing their local pro bono program.  Contact the NFPA Leadership Directory to locate pro bono contact information for associations not listed below.


Alaska Association of Paralegals
Post Office Box 101956
Anchorage, AK 99510-1956

Association E-mail: Alaska@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/Alaska
Pro Bono Contact: Maria-Elena Walsh, mwalsh@gci.net

Miscellaneous:  The Alaska Association of Paralegals advertises pro bono opportunities in the community that have included opportunities to volunteer with the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to assist on cases in Fairbanks (a divorce/custody case for a victim of domestic violence and divorce and custody and severe history of domestic violence and drug abuse by the father of the children). Additional opportunities include assisting the Alaska Bar Association with their CLE library (catalog describing CLE materials for the ABA's web site which involved viewing videos and preparing a content summary for the on-line provider, and reviewing course materials).  Contact: Maria-Elena Walsh, Alaska Association of Paralegals. mwalsh@gci.net.

Capital District Paralegal Association, Inc.
Post Office Box 12562
Albany, New York 11212-2562

Association E-mail: CapitalDistrict@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.cdpa.info/
Pro Bono Contact: Hollie J. Farnan, (518) 452-1800, hfarnan@hotmail.com

Albany County Bar Association's Pro Se Divorce Clinic:  Paralegals assist pro se litigants who cannot afford legal representation fill out legal documents under attorney supervision.  Contact: Hollie J. Farnan, Capital District Paralegal Association, Inc., (518) 452-1800.

Central Connecticut Paralegal Association, Inc.
Post Office Box 230594
Hartford, CT 06123-0594

Association E-mail: CentralConnecticut@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/CentralConnecticut/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Kathleen Partovi, (860) 240-6116, kpartovi@murthalaw.com

CASA GAL:  A CASA GAL is trained to represent the best interest of the child in a juvenile abuse and neglect proceedings. The court appoints the CASA GAL as an advocate for the child.  Volunteers must attend 5 days of training.  Training is from 9:30-4:30 and is held usually every month. Contact: Kathy Partovi, Central Connecticut Paralegal Association, (860) 240-6116.

Children in Placement (CIP):  CIP is the "sponsoring state" program for the national Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer organization.  CIP has two different volunteer programs available:  CASA Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) and Volunteer Monitor. Contact: Kathy Partovi, Central Connecticut Paralegal Association, (860) 240-6116.

Family Clinic:  The Connecticut Bar Association's Law Works for People coordinates the volunteer paralegals and attorneys at the Family Clinic in Hartford.  The clinic is held on two Thursday mornings each month at the Greater Hartford Legal Aid office. Volunteers are not expected to work at all the clinics and are scheduled according to the need and the paralegals availability. Volunteers attend the Law Works for People Family Law Training which includes a short training on how to help the clinic clients, i.e. common legal problems, completing forms, etc. Contact: Kathy Partovi, Central Connecticut Paralegal Association, (860) 240-6116.

Lawyers for Children Advocacy:  Involves volunteer attorneys who represent children in abuse and neglect proceedings. Paralegals are paired with one or two attorneys on each case.  Paralegals receive credit for their volunteer hours under The Law Works for People. Contact: Priscilla Pappadia, Esq., Connecticut Program Director, (860) 273-0441, pappadiap@aetna.com.

New Haven ProjectsNew Haven Legal Assistance has outreach and clinics in the Lower Naugatuck Valley and the New Haven area.  Paralegals help at the Saturday Earned Income Tax Credit clinic, an evening outreach at a homeless shelter, or a family law clinic on Friday afternoon.  They also interview family law clients and assist at the Earned Income Tax Credit clinics in New Haven Pat Kaplan, Executive Director of New Haven Legal Assistance, coordinates training, scheduling and supervision. Contact: Pat Kaplan, (203) 946-4811, Ext. 115, pkaplan@nhlegal.org.

Utility Day:  Utility Day is a joint project of the state's three paralegal associations, legal aid programs, social services agencies, and utility companies.  The purpose of Utility Day is to assist low income clients enter into affordable payment arrangements with the utility companies in order to avoid termination of services.  The assistance of paralegal volunteers is central to making the program a success.  The role of the volunteer is to meet with the client, review their budget and assist the client in negotiating a payment arrangement with the utility company.  Attorneys from Statewide Legal Services are on-site to work with the volunteers, utility companies and clients.  Training for the paralegals is provided by Statewide Legal Services.  The training focuses on client budget counseling and basic utility law.  Contact: Kathy Partovi, Central Connecticut Paralegal Association, (860) 240-6116.

Volunteer Monitor:  A Volunteer Monitor is trained to conduct telephone follow-up with social workers, counselors, schools, teachers, parent aide programs and other human service providers to assess the degree of compliance by parents with the court ordered Specific Steps, and to report their findings to the court.  Monitors undergo one day of training.  Volunteers are expected to make a commitment of one year. Contact: Traci Christiansen, CIP Coordinator, (860)728-3204 or Kathy Partovi, Central Connecticut Paralegal Association, (860) 240-6116.

Central Massachusetts Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 444
Worcester, MA 01608

Association E-mail: CentralMassachusetts@paralegals.org
Pro Bono Contact: Janice M. Amato, (978) 365-8494, janice.amato@nypro.com

Court Appointed Special Advocated Program (CASA):  Volunteers are assigned one case upon completion of the training program and act as Guardian Ad Litem for abused or neglected children in juvenile or probate and family court.  CASA volunteers commit to 18-months and a minimum of one case.  Contact: Alicia Lenahan (Worcester), (508) 757-9877 or Susan Conrad (Boston), (617) 788-6390.

Educational Surrogate Parent Program (ESPP):  An ESPP is a volunteer who is a child’s representative and assists a child in obtaining his/her special education rights. As an ESPP, the volunteer has the full responsibility to participate in the special education process as the “parent,” however the volunteer would have no financial responsibility towards the child’s special education needs. Most of the children are between the ages of three and twenty-two and  live in foster homes, residential or group homes and are generally in the custody of a state agency or the child’s parents cannot be located and/or is unknown. The child has identified disabilities and requires special education services.  An ESPP volunteer is a committed adult who represents the child at all levels of the special education process.

ESPP’s play a valuable role as they are trained and have the right to: meet with and observe the child at school; attend all school meetings concerning the child; review all school records and receive all evaluations and progress reports; approve of any proposed change in the Individualized Educational Program (IEP); and ask for a second, independent evaluation of the child as well as to appeal a school’s decision. Volunteers are assigned one child and the volunteer commitment, minus the training, is approximately 10-20 hours in a year.  Volunteer participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of Individualized Educational Plans for children in the custody of state agency.  Comprehensive orientation and training is provided. A limited commitment of 1-20 hours per year is required.  Contact: Michelle Poolin, (508) 792-7679.

Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders (HOME):  Volunteers assist the counselor or visit directly with the client to perform the intake, assist in gathering financial documents or assist in preparing the applications either with HOME or at the county level.  HOME works with the county and city to assist the elderly person to find a workable solution so that they do not face the potential of losing their home. Contact: Kathleen Harber, (617) 227-3030, harber@srbc.com; Rachel R. Keyo, (617) 248-7000, keyorr@tht.com.

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) Testing Section/Complaints and Investigation Section:  Volunteers assist MCAD as either "testers" in the housing or employment area to ensure that one is not discriminated against. Volunteers are also utilized to investigate complaints of discrimination. Contact: MCAD, (617) 727-3990.

Volunteer Connection:  Weekends and evenings.  Designed for busy adults who have a desire to serve their community but have to fit volunteering into tight schedules.  Volunteers are presented with a calendar of events each month and choose the projects that fit their interests and availability. This is a great opportunity to try different experiences without making a long-term commitment. Contact: Kerri Sandberg, (508) 757-5631.

The Worcester Community Action Council (“WCAC”): The WCAC works in cooperation and in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Attorney General's office to mediate consumer complaints and disputes with Massachusetts businesses. WCAC is funded primarily through the Massachusetts State Attorney General’s office.  A WCAC volunteer will have a great opportunity to have direct client contact, learn how to mediate and negotiate, how to interview clients as well as extract information from the clients, and how to apply the information gathered to the law. Some volunteers will also be asked to work on special projects for the Director of WCAC.  These special projects require excellent research and writing skills. Contact: Janice M. Amato, Central Massachusetts Paralegal Association, (978) 365-8494.

Central Pennsylvania Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 11814
Harrisburg, PA 17108

Association E-mail: CentralPennsylvania@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/CentralPennsylvania/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Cathleen A. Kohr, (717) 234-4121, ckohr@tuckerlaw.com

Dauphin County Bar Association - Assistance in Poverty Law areas: Contact:  Cathleen A. Kohr, Central Pennsylvania Paralegal Association, (717) 234-4121.

Cleveland Association of Paralegals
Post Office Box 14517
Cleveland, OH 4114-0517
Association E-mail: Cleveland@paralegals.org
Web Page: http://www.paralegals.org/Cleveland
Pro Bono Contact: Cherie Fortune, (216) 621-0230, cheriefortune@msn.com

Justice For Committee of the Cleveland Bar Association:  The Cleveland Association of Paralegals (CAP) have been invited to serve on the Justice For Committee of the Cleveland Bar Association.  They attended their first meeting during February 2003. CAP will have a forum to share their ideas, as paralegals, with the committee.  Justice for All is the Cleveland Bar Association’s program for pro bono legal services, public law-related education, and community service program. This is the first time paralegals have been invited to be involved with the committee. Contact: Cherie Fortune, Cleveland Association of Paralegals, (216) 621-0230.

Connecticut Association of Paralegals, Inc.
Post Office Box 134
Bridgeport, CT 06601-0134

Association E-mail: Connecticut@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/Connecticut/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Raeann Bromark, (203) 227-9545, raebromark@aol.com

Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Inc.:  Utility Day: A joint project of the state's three paralegal associations, legal aid programs, social service agencies, and utility companies.  The project, held in April, was started in Hartford in 1999 and expanded to 4 cities in 2001. The purpose of Utility Day is to assist low income clients enter into affordable payment arrangements with the utility companies in order to avoid termination of services.  Paralegals meet with clients, review their budget and then assist in negotiating a payment plan with the utility company.  Staff attorneys from the legal aid programs are on site to work with paralegals, utility companies and clients.  Contact: Raeann Bromark, Connecticut Association of Paralegals, Inc., (2203) 227-9545.

Dallas Area Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 12533
Dallas, TX 75225-0533

Association E-mail: Dallas@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/Dallas
Pro Bono Contact: Al Fox, (214) 939-5500, foxa@hughesluce.com

Catholic Charities Immigration Counseling Services:  Focuses on deportation services, amnesty services, visa services, and citizenship assistance (http://www.catholiccharitiesdal.org/services_immigration.htm). Contact: Al Fox, Dallas Area Paralegal Association, (214) 939-5500.

Dallas Legal Hospice: Provides legal services to persons who are HIV-positive or  who are terminally ill and have legal problems relating to their health condition. The types of cases handled include estate planning, insurance, credit, bankruptcy, housing, employment benefits/discrimination, family, and AIDS-related legal problems (http://www.dlh.org/). Contact: Al Fox, Dallas Area Paralegal Association, (214) 939-5500.

Housing Crisis Center/Dallas Tenants Association: Provides legal services in housing and landlord/tenant matters for persons meeting poverty guidelines (http://www.housingcrisiscenter.org/). Contact: Al Fox, Dallas Area Paralegal Association, (214) 939-5500.

Legal Services of North Texas: Provides free legal services to low-income persons in civil law matters. Probably the best starting point when seeking legal aid, since this organization is involved in a wide variety of special legal programs and cooperative efforts. Web site contains a directory of legal aid providers, online handbooks, self-help materials, and more (http://www.lsnt.org/). Contact: Al Fox, Dallas Area Paralegal Association, (214) 939-5500.

West Texas Legal Services: Provides legal services for indigent persons in civil law matters (http://www.wtxls.org/). Contact: Al Fox, Dallas Area Paralegal Association, (214) 939-5500.

Georgia Association of Paralegals, Inc.
1199 Euclid Avenue, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307

Association E-mail: Georgia@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/Georgia/home.htm
Pro Bono Contact: Eva F. Herr, (404) 601-2653, eherr@dmqlaw.com

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP):  Paralegals participate in a joint AARP/NFPA program whereby legal check up seminars for seniors are conducted by paralegals at local AARP chapters and refer the participating seniors to volunteer attorneys.  Contact: Cindy Janicko, Program Director, (800) 633 4496, x 133, or Eva F. Herr, Georgia Association of Paralegals, (404) 601-2653.

Animal Rights Law Projects:  Paralegals assist as needed with the formation of an animal law section with the Georgia Bar, assist with lobbying for passage of federal and state animal protection laws, and participate with projects for organizations such as the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and Second Chance Animal Rescues and Adoptions (SCARA).  Contact:  Eva F. Herr, Georgia Association of Paralegals, (404) 601-2653.

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF):  Paralegal volunteers draft wills and advance directives for attorney review and are particularly needed for projects to benefit firemen, police officers and marshals.  Volunteers are also needed with experience in divorce/family law, bankruptcy and tax exemptions. Contact: Connie White, Legal Assistant with AVLF at (404) 521 0790 or Eva Herr, Georgia Association of Paralegals, (404) 601-2653.

Cobb County Volunteer Probation Officer Program (CVPOP): Paralegals who successfully pass a background check make a one year commitment to function as probation officers for the Cobb County, Georgia court system. Contact: Gary Struelz, Director, at (770) 528 7986 or Eva Herr, Georgia Association of Paralegals, (404) 601-2653.

Dekalb County Court Watch Program: Paralegals observe arraignments of domestic violence cases and make a report to the Solicitor General's office. Contact: Eva Herr, Georgia Association of Paralegals, (404) 601-2653.

Fulton County Abandonment Court:  GAP has been offered an incredible opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of children who desperately need child support in the Fulton County Abandonment Court under the guidance of Judge Kim Warden and attorney Dan Bloom of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Not only does this project help the children, but it provides the courts with some much needed relief from the strenuous Abandonment Calendar each Monday. This is a pilot program s and if successful, will be considered for use in other counties.  This is a calendar wherein a custodial parent, who has obtained a warrant for non-payment of court ordered child support, has a hearing to determine why the non-custodial parent should not be held in contempt for non-payment of child support. It is the goal of this court, to obtain the necessary information to implement an Income Deduction Order, which would provide the child with almost immediate support on a regular basis. The non-custodial parent is initially given three options, 1) prepare the necessary paperwork to implement an Income Deduction Order for the payment of child support; 2) have a hearing as to why the contemptuous party should not be held in contempt and placed in jail; 3) to request a paternity test should a party dispute paternity of the child. Contact: Eva Herr, Georgia Association of Paralegals, (404) 601-2653.

Georgia Legal Services Program (GLS):  Paralegals draft wills for attorney review and assist with administrative projects. Contact: Vicki Stevenson, Private Bar Coordinator, at (404) 894 7707 or Eva Herr, Georgia Association of Paralegals, (404) 601-2653.

Greater Lexington Paralegal Association, Inc.
Post Office Box 574
Lexington, KY 40586

Association E-mail: Lexington@paralegals.org
Pro Bono Contact: Marsha Adams, (859) 225-9625, madams@jenkinsbailye.com

Fayette County Bar Association Family Law Pro Bono Clinic:  Interview clients for case approval and intake. Contact: Marsha Adams, Greater Lexington Paralegal Association, Inc., (859) 225-9625.

Hawaii Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 674
Honolulu, HI 96809

Association E-mail: Hawaii@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.hawaiiparalegal.org/
Pro Bono Contact: Evelyn Gomez, (808) 537-1868, Egomez@hsba.org

VLSH Pro Se Divorce Clinics:  Saturday morning clinics.  Paralegals, under the direction of volunteer attorneys, assist pro se divorce litigants at the weekend workshops throughout the Island of Oahu.  Contact: Gayle Yoshida, Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, (808) 528-7048.

Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Training:  Training held on 5 consecutive Saturdays.  Paralegals volunteer to be the "eyes and ears" of the court for a neglected or abused child as part of the nationwide  CASA program.  Contact: Gloria Zane, VGAL Coordinator at the Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Office, (808) 538-5930.

Illinois Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 452
New Lenox, IL 60451-0452
Association E-mail: Illinois@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/Illinois
Pro Bono Contact: Karen M. Mason, (312) 715-4774, masonk@altheimer.com

Chicago Athletic Association:  The Illinois Paralegal Association’s (IPA) Pro Bono Committee was the host of the Annual Meeting held at the Chicago Athletic Association (April 17, 2003).  The event was attended by 100 members and 10 exhibitors.  All members were asked to contribute pens, paper or discs to be given to the Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) and Center for Disabled and Elder Law (CDEL).  Gail Smith, Executive Director of CLAIM spoke about the organization and the training process for volunteer paralegals, and IPA member Karyn DeCuir spoke on what IPA members can do for CLAIM as volunteers.  Ms. Smith left with a box full of pens and paper for the incarcerated mothers to use during legal advice classes. Contact: Karen M. Mason, Illinois Paralegal Association, (312) 715-4774.

Indiana Paralegal Association
Federal Station
Post Office Box 44518
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Association E-mail: Indiana@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/Indiana/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Karen S. Wolfley, RP, (317) 846-6514, paralegal28@comcast.net

Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project:  Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project, Inc. (COLAP) provides pro bono legal services to community-based non-profit organizations serving economically disadvantaged individuals and neighborhoods in Marion County.  Volunteer paralegals will assist these organizations with articles of incorporation, bylaws, and federal and state forms required to obtain non-profit and tax-exempt status.  Contact: Karen S. Wolfley, RP, Indiana Paralegal Association, (317) 846-6514.

Horizon House:  Paralegals assist with homeless legal aid and intake interviews with homeless clients.  Contact: Karen S. Wolfley, RP, Indiana Paralegal Association, (317) 846-6514.

Indiana Civil Liberties Union:  Paralegals do telephone intake and review written complaints regarding individual rights. Contact: Karen S. Wolfley, RP, Indiana Paralegal Association, (317) 846-6514.

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (NCLC):  Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic is a legal clinic for those who meet the clinic's income guidelines and provides free legal services. The clinic also offers lectures on topics such as managing money, juvenile law, and landlord/tenant law.  Most of the pro bono projects involve civil matters, including family law, guardianships, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant issues and public benefits and can range from intake to legal research.  Contact: Karen S. Wolfley, RP,  Indiana Paralegal Association, (317) 846-6514.

Kansas City Paralegal Association
1912 Clay Street
North
Kansas, MO 64116
Association E-mail: KansasCity@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/KansasCity/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Sheri Young, (816) 472-0800, ext. 236, syoung@bipc.com

Bears on Patrol:  Members collect stuffed animals for their annual "Bears on Patrol" activity that are donated to the North Patrol Division of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department to be utilized to comfort children involved in domestic disputes, motor vehicle collisions, and other sad situations (155 stuffed animals were collected during May 2003 - a total of 1,102 stuffed animals have been donated since 1993).  Contact: Sheri Young, Kansas City Paralegal Association, (816) 472-0800, ext. 236.

Community Service:  Annual clothing drive - clothes were donated to Goodwill Industries; donated Easter goodies for young patients at Children’s Mercy Hospital; volunteers answered phones and took bids KCPT-TVs Annual Spring Auction in April;  provided home-baked cookies for the Children’s Museum annual charity golf tournament in June; volunteered at the registration desk and finish line of Cancer Action’s Grand Prix Race and Walk; participated in a BBQ for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House; collected mittens, gloves and hats were collected for St. Vincent’s Family Service Center; volunteered at Marillac’s Enchanted Forest at Union Station and members are participating in Marillac’s “Birthday Club” on an individual basis by baking birthday cakes for its residents; and volunteers ran the registration table for the Salvation Army Angel Tree in December. Contact: Sheri Young, Kansas City Paralegal Association, (816) 472-0800, ext. 236.

Mock Trials for High Schools:  Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of the Kansas City Bar Association. Paralegals provide judge/jurors every spring.  The paralegals judge the local competition each February and judge the state semi-finals and finals every other year.  The paralegals sit as jurors, but also act as judges and rate each student on their performance.  The paralegals are afforded an opportunity to offer constructive criticism to help the students in their next level of competition. Contact: Sheri Young, Kansas City Paralegal Association, (816) 472-0800, ext. 236.

Kansas Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 1675
Topeka, KS 66601

Association E-mail: Kansas@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/Kansas
Pro Bono Contact: Cheryl Pittman-McIntosh, (913) 715-3634, cheryl.pittman@jocoks.com

DirectoryPro Bono Contact maintains a Directory of Volunteers offering, and Entities requesting Pro Bono services.  Recent Pro Bono participation includes: Court Appointed Special Advocates, Free Law Clinics in association with Kansas Legal Aid, Kansas Elder Law Committee, Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center.  Members have: (1) organized Free Law Clinics in coordination with Legal Aid; (2)  members serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) gathering information pertinent to children who are victims of sexual or physical abuse, neglect or abandonment. CASAs meet with the victims, and provide the Court with reports prior to each hearing accounting for the best interest of the children of a matter; and (3)  participate on the Elder Law Committee. Contact: Cheryl Pittman-McIntosh, Kansas Paralegal Association, (913) 715-3634.

Long Island Paralegal Association
1877 Bly Road
East Meadow, NY 11554
-11158
Association E-mail: LongIsland@paralegals.org
Pro Bono Contact: Angela Puma, (631) 254-5267, ACP414@aol.com

Court Appointed Special Advocate Program:  Paralegals assist the family court with representation of abused and neglected children in the legal system. Contact: Angela Puma, Long Island Paralegal Association, (631) 254-5267.

Manhattan Paralegal Association, Inc.
Post Office Box 4006, Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
Association E-mail: Manhattan@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/Manhattan/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: None

American Civil Liberties Union:  Paralegals assist with civil rights litigation (http://www.aclu.org/).

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC):  Paralegals assist with follow-up work for immigrants with HIV. Programs include (http://www.gmhc.org/):

  • Buddy Services - Trained volunteers provide hospital and home visitation, assistance with activities of daily living, service advocacy and information and referral services to HIV+ individuals and families. Offers both short-term and ongoing services conducted face-to-face and via the telephone. Program Services are provided in the clients' homes in the target geographic areas;
     
  • Case Management - Uses the COBRA model to provide comprehensive, family-centered case management to clients who are not eligible for Medicaid. Also provides low-intensity case management to identify and refer persons with immigration difficulties, lack of English language skills, substance use, mental illness or incarceration histories;
     
  • Client Advocacy - At sites throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx, provides direct client advocacy services, advocacy training for clients and advocacy training for providers. Provides legal assistance with immigration, entitlements, discrimination, family law, estate planning, insurance, employment and disability, confidentiality issues, debtor/creditor issues and housing;
     
  • Enhancing Staff Capacity to Serve People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWA) - provides technical assistance and training to CBOs that serve PLWA/HIV including enhancing capacity to develop resources for providing their own staff training and Skills Enhancement Trainings comprised of 10 cross-disciplinary workshops designed to bridge diverse professional areas such as mental health, substance abuse, and other special populations;
     
  • Food and Nutrition - Provides congregate meals five days a week, nutrition assessment and counseling, home visits, group education and distribution of pantry bags and short-term food packages; Mental Health Services for Adults - In collaboration with the Jewish Board of Family and Children's services, provides counseling and case management to meet the mental health and substance abuse treatment needs of GMHC's clients;
     
  • Supportive Counseling - Provides education and emotional support to HIV-infected individuals on treatment decisions/regimens, relationships, pregnancy, parenting and responses to the complexities of living with HIV/AIDS; Treatment Education - Conducts treatment education workshops for clients, treatment education workshops and conferences for non-medical staff, individual and group treatment education counseling for clients and develops and distributes treatment education fact sheets and publications.

Legal Action for Animals:  A group of volunteer attorneys devoted to animal protection.  Various projects for specific cases; some work involves legal research and writing.

Legal Action Center for the Homeless:  Paralegals assist with intake interviews at legal clinics for the homeless' problems with entitlements.

Maryland Association of Paralegals, Inc.
550 M Ritchie Highway PMB # 203
Severna Park, MD 21146
Association E-mail: Maryland@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/Maryland/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Flora Young, (410) 332-8589, flora@NQGRG.com

ACLU Eastern Shore Project:  Attorneys and law firms assist ACLU counsel with cases focusing on civil rights and civil liberties throughout the state.  Paralegals assist attorneys with legal research and case preparation in civil rights and civil liberties impact cases for impoverished residents.  Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

Advocates for Children and Youth:  The Schoolhouse Project provides legal services for children who have been expelled, suspended or, for other reasons, have lost valuable instruction time from school. Services typically involve advice and counsel, negotiations with the schools and parents, and occasionally an administrative hearing.  Paralegals assist with intake interviews and representation of students needing representation for school suspension, homelessness, unmet mental health needs.  Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

Allegany County Legal Services Program:  Volunteers provide reduced fee and free legal services for low-income individuals and the elderly in matters pertaining to public benefits, wills, domestic relations and other civil issues.  The program may assist Garrent County residents as well.  Volunteers currently teach pro se classes for uncontested divorces and may provide additional pro se assistance.  Paralegals also assist attorneys with general civil, legal and public benefit cases from intake through case preparation.  Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

Alternative DirectionsPro bono attorneys supervise paralegals or handle various civil matters, particularly domestic law cases, for men and women who are incarcerated or have recently been released from a correctional facility and need assistance in reuniting with their families and communities.  The program handles uncontested civil matters pro se. Paralegals assist with intake screening and legal research for incarcerated individuals and ex-offenders with all types of civil cases.  Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.:  Paralegals assist attorneys with case preparation and directly represent clients/tenants in Rent Court. Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

Community Law Center. Inc. (CLC):  CLC engages volunteers to provide services to small non-profit organizations addressing concerns of poor people and urban neighborhoods in Baltimore.  Typical cases include assisting communities fight vacant housing billboards, bars and activities which lead to neighborhood deterioration.  CLC also offers general advice and direct representation involving tax issues and incorporation of non-profits.  Paralegals assist with legal research, prepare manuals for name changes, separation agreements. Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

Family Law Hotline - Women's Law Center:  Paralegals staff the hotline and refer cases to volunteer attorneys.  Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

Health Education Resource Organization:  Paralegals handle intake interviews, case referrals to volunteer attorneys and assist with legal research and case preparation.  Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

Homeless Persons Representation Project (HABC):  Provides legal services to the homeless. Paralegals act as advocates for clients at informal reviews with HABC.  Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

House of Ruth Domestic Violence Legal Clinic::  Paralegals perform intake interviews, find shelter space and assist with case preparation.  Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC):  MDLC coordinates a program with the Maryland State Bar Association's Litigation Section which seeks to obtain appropriate special education representation for children.  Representation usually involves negotiations with school officials and occasional administrative proceedings.  Volunteers also serve on a pro bono panel focusing on the rights of the developmentally disabled.  Paralegals assist with intake interviews, screening, legal research and case preparation for clients with developmental disabilities and clients pursuing appropriate special education services for children.  Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and Bar Association of Baltimore City Pro Bono Project (MVLS):  MVLS refers cases in the areas of family law, unemployment, consumer debt, tort defense, wills, power of attorney, school suspensions, name changes, record expungement, guardianships, and landlord-tenant issues and real estate to attorneys in all jurisdictions of the state except Allegany County, Montgomery County and Prince George's County. MVLS also operates Family Law Reduced Fee Program. Paralegals assist with intake interviews of clients, assist attorneys on care referrals and preparation of a Pro Bono Manual.  Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

People's Pro Bono Action Center Inc.:  Paralegals assist with this clearinghouse and coordinators in recruitment and training of pro bono volunteers and networking with various pro bono service providers in a statewide program to better implement a legal services delivery system. Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

Pro Bono Coordinating Council:  Paralegals participate with this ad hoc committee of pro bono providers to examine effective delivery of services to Maryland's low-income citizens.  Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

Public Justice Center, Inc. (PJC):  The Program targets injustices and develops strategies for reform in the areas of civil rights, children's rights, housing, and domestic violence.  PJC operates primarily through impact litigation, proactive legislation, and public education.  PJC's Tenant Advocacy Project provides legal services to low-income tenants who need help preparing a legal defense to eviction proceedings, to improve housing conditions, or to resolve a rent, lease, or security deposit dispute.  Volunteer lawyers handle cases and then supervise lay advocates.  Paralegals assist with legal research and case preparation regarding rights of children and landlord/tenant groups.  Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

The Lawyers Clearing House (TLC):  TLC works with nonprofit organizations and individuals seeking legal assistance to start nonprofit organizations which provide homes and shelters for the poor and disabled, vocational training, tutoring, and other housing, economic and community development aid or essential services to low-income people or neighborhoods.  The program provides monthly training on starting a nonprofit organization.  Volunteers are matched with organizations to act as legal counsel. Paralegals perform intake interviews and assist with case preparation for counsel to non-profit housing developers and shelter providers.  Contact: Flora Young, Maryland Association of Paralegals, (410) 332-8589.

Massachusetts Paralegal Association, Inc.
Post Office Box 1381
Marblehead, MA 01945
Association E-mail: Massachusetts@paralegals.org; TheMPA@aol.com
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/Massachusetts/home.html
Pro Bono Contacts: Kathleen Harber, (617) 227-3030, harber@srbc.com; Rachel R. Keyo, (617) 310-8289, keyorr@tht.com

Court Appointed Special Advocated Program (CASA):  Court Appointed Special Advocated Program (CASA) in Suffolk County: Paralegals are assigned one case upon completion of the training program and act as Guardian Ad Litem for abused or neglected children in probate and family court. CASA volunteers commit to 18-months and a minimum of one case. Contacts: Massachusetts Paralegal Association, Kathleen Harber, (617) 227-3030; Rachel R. Keyo, (617) 310-8289.

Family Advocacy Program: 
Paralegals of all levels of experience (including students) are assigned on projects, interact with the clients, and work as an advocate if needed. Contacts: Massachusetts Paralegal Association, Kathleen Harber, (617) 227-3030; Rachel R. Keyo, (617) 310-8289.

Homeowner Options for
Massachusetts Elders (HOME):  Paralegals assist the counselor or visit directly with the client to perform the intake, assist in gathering financial documents or assist in preparing the applications either with HOME or at the county level. HOME works with the county and city to assist the elderly person to find a workable solution so that they do not face the potential of losing their home. Contacts: Massachusetts Paralegal Association, Kathleen Harber, (617) 227-3030; Rachel R. Keyo, (617) 310-8289.

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) -Testing Section/Complaints and Investigation Section:  Paralegals assist MCAD as either "testers" in the housing or employment area to ensure that one is discriminated against.  Paralegals are also utilized to investigate complaints of discrimination. Contacts: Massachusetts Paralegal Association, Kathleen Harber, (617) 227-3030; Rachel R. Keyo, (617) 310-8289.

Massachusetts Educational Surrogate Parent Program:  Paralegals and volunteers act as a child's representative for those
children who are in the special education program in MassachusettsThe volunteer or Paralegal works with the child and family (if the family is available) to ensure that the child's rights are not violated by the schools.  The representative also acts
as the representative in ensuring that the child is evaluated within the statutory guidelines as well as participating in annual reviews of the child.  Contacts: Massachusetts Paralegal Association, Kathleen Harber, (617) 227-3030; Rachel R. Keyo, (617) 310-8289.

Women's Bar Association - Family Law Project: 
Paralegals with litigation experience work with an attorney to assist battered women in court proceedings.  Contacts: Massachusetts Paralegal Association, Kathleen Harber, (617) 227-3030; Rachel R. Keyo, (617) 310-8289.

Michiana Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 11458
South Bend, IN 46634
Association E-mail: Michiana@paralegals.org
Web Site:  http://www.paralegals.org/Michiana/home.html
Pro Bono Contacts:  Michelle Hammer, (574) 247-8702, 247-8702,hammerm@sjrmc.org; Lucinda Seider, (574) 247-8747, seiderl@sjrmc.org

Annual Law Day:  MPA assists the St. Joseph County Bar Association with annual Law Day related "Ask-a-Lawyer" programs.  In previous years, there was a live "Ask-a-Lawyer" program conducted on a local television station.  MPA members helped gather and format viewer questions for presentation on air and assisted with completion of paperwork.  MPA members also participate in the "Ask-a-Lawyer" programs held at local malls or county library branches.  MPA members assist with the initial screening, completion of the intake form and referral to the appropriate volunteer attorney specializing in the area of law at issue. Contacts: Michiana Paralegal Association: Michelle Hammer, (574-247-8702; Lucinda Seider, (574) 247-8747.

Annual Regional Indiana High School Mock Trials:  the Michiana Paralegal Association (MPA) assists the St. Joseph County Bar Association with the annual regional Indiana High School Mock Trials held in February.  MPA members assist in tallying scores for the teams and by providing general assistance to the Mock Trial participants. Contacts: Michiana Paralegal Association: Michelle Hammer, (574-247-8702; Lucinda Seider, (574) 247-8747.

Middle Tennessee Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 198006
Nashville, TN 37219

Association E-mail: MiddleTennessee@paralegals.org
Website: http://www.mtpaonline.com/
Pro Bono Contact: Christine Cronk (615) 850-8761, ccronk@wallerlaw.com

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA):  There are several Middle Tennessee Paralegal Association (MTPA) members who have completed training and are advocates for the CASA program.  CASA volunteers provide background information to the courts in domestic cases involving children.  Volunteers serve the children involved in domestic cases by investigating their family history and current situation, interviewing family, friends, neighbors, school officials, social workers and any other relevant parties.  CASAs also visit the children where they reside and ultimately make recommendations to the court regarding their findings.  Contact Christine Cronk, Middle Tennessee Paralegal Association, (615) 850-8761.

Law Day:  MTPA members in the past have volunteered and participated in the Nashville Bar Association' Young Lawyers Division Law Day events celebrated in May of each year.  In 2002 MTPA developed its own independent Law Day program for a local YWCA after school program involving youth in grades K-12.  Coloring sheets were created for the younger children in connection with a short presentation and discussion of the value of the Law and laws in our country.  An essay contest was offered for the older children. MTPA intends to put together its own Law Day Program annually.  Contact Christine Cronk, Middle Tennessee Paralegal Association, (615) 850-8761.

Nashville Bar Association Saturday Pro Bono Clinic:  One Saturday a month, local attorneys partner with paralegals from MTPA members partner with volunteer attorneys and meet with clients pre-screened by the Nashville Bar Association’s Pro Bono Division (Division) who are in need of free legal advice on numerous types of legal matters such as landlord/tenant disputes, labor and employment, personal injury, probate, collection and contract matters to name just a few.  Supervised by the Nashville Bar Association's Pro Bono Program., paralegals perform intake for pre-screening and eligibility purposes; solicit attorney volunteers, participate in the clinics by working with volunteer attorneys to assist clinic clients in a variety of ways and input attorney/client meeting notes into the Pro Bono database.  MTPA paralegals take notes of the meeting and the advice given by the attorney, fill out interview forms summarizing the meeting, assist with providing and explaining appropriate and various court forms to clients, perform legal research and numerous other tasks as needed throughout the approximately 4 hour clinic.  Following each client meeting, MTPA paralegals also enter their summaries into the Division’s database.  MTPA paralegals also telephone and solicit attorney volunteers to staff the clinics.  Beginning in April of 2002, MTPA paralegals started assisting the Division with the client pre-screening process and now a group of MTPA paralegals regularly spend several hours a month making calls to potential Clinic clients and perform intake necessary to determine qualification for the program.  Contact Christine Cronk, Middle Tennessee Paralegal Association, (615) 850-8761.

Minnesota Paralegal Association
1711 W. County Road B, Suite #300N
Roseville, MN 55113-4036
Association E-mail: Minnesota@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/Minnesota/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Michelle McCullough, (612) 373-6936, mmccullough@slwk.com

AccountAbilty Minnesota:  This organization recruits paralegals to provide volunteer tax preparation during tax season and to provide assistance to small businesses and non-profits throughout the year. Contact: Michelle McCullough, Minnesota Paralegal Association, (612) 373-6936.

Community Service:  Volunteers are provided to “Everybody Wins,” a national program designed to improve students’ literacy skills.  The Minnesota State Bar Association requests volunteers to visit Lincoln Community School each Wednesday to read with a second-grade student, and Help Women Create a Professional New Start, during the 2003 Annual Convention, the Minnesota Paralegal Association hosted an Accessories Drive for Ready for Success, a program that provides low-income women with gently-used clothing suitable for interviews and the workplace. They collected shoes, scarves, jewelry, handbags, belts, watches, and any other accessories. Contact: Michelle McCullough, Minnesota Paralegal Association, (612) 373-6936.

Chrysalis Women's Center:  Program provides information sessions and provides participants with packets and materials. Contact: Michelle McCullough, Minnesota Paralegal Association, (612) 373-6936.

Guardian Ad Litem Programs for Hennepin and Ramsey Counties:  Program recruits paralegals that act as advocates to address the "best interests" of children involved in court cases.  Contact: Michelle McCullough, Minnesota Paralegal Association, (612) 373-6936.

Hennepin County Family Law Facilitator Program:  Program provides forms and instructions to pro se litigants. Contact: Michelle McCullough, Minnesota Paralegal Association, (612) 373-6936.

Law Day:  Paralegals participate, in conjunction with the local bar association, to help staff intake clinics as local malls.  Contact: Michelle McCullough, Minnesota Paralegal Association, (612) 373-6936.

National Capital Area Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 27607
Washington, DC 20038-7607

Association E-mail: Info@ncapa.com
Web Site: http://www.ncapa.com/
Pro Bono Contact: Andrea G. Lupanze, (202) 789-6103, probono@ncapa.com

Bread for the City; Washington, DC:  Paralegals conduct initial client interviews which determine prospective clients’ needs for in-house social services, legal advice (principally in public entitlement appeals, landlord/tenant law, and family law), food and clothing, and medical examinations.  Paralegals make referrals and provide literature and information about public benefits programs and other local and Federal services to which clients may be entitled.  Contact:  Andrea Lupanze, National Capital Area Paralegal Association, (202) 789-6103.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington-Legal Clinic; Washington, DC:  Paralegals conduct intake interviews with prospective clients on a wide range of civil legal issues such as domestic relations, employment and labor law, landlord-tenant matters, and wills and probate.  Contact: Andrea Lupanze, National Capital Area Paralegal Association, (202) 789-6103.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA); Fairfax County, VA and Montgomery County, MD:  CASAs are trained volunteers who provide child-related background information to the courts in domestic cases by interviewing and investigating the child, the child’s parents, family members, social workers, school officials, health providers, and others knowledgeable about the child's history.  CASA volunteers also review medical, education, and social reports in developing their court-requested recommendations.  Several NCAPA members have completed the mandatory 36-hour CASA training program; where they learn about courtroom procedures, advocacy techniques for children, child sexual abuse, and child development; and they are now volunteering their time.  CASA volunteers are required to apprentice with experienced volunteers prior to working on a case.  Contact: Andrea Lupanze, National Capital Area Paralegal Association, (202) 789-6103.

DC Bar Pro Bono Program Advice and Referral Legal Clinic; Washington, DC:  Paralegals volunteer their time to support the DC Bar Association’s Advice and Referral Clinic, which occurs simultaneously at two legal service locations. Paralegals are used to conduct preliminary interviews on various civil matters before a prospective client speaks with an attorney.  These civil matters consist of housing, family law, public benefits, consumer, civil rights, debt/bankruptcy, employment, wills/powers of attorney, and tax law situations.  Paralegals may also assist with the front desk operations at both locales.  Contact:  Andrea Lupanze, National Capital Area Paralegal Association, (202) 789-6103.

DC Bar Pro Bono Program Training Opportunities; Washington, DC:  Paralegals are encouraged to attend legal training seminars organized by the DC Bar Pro Bono Program and to get involved with the non-profit agencies that sponsor that training.  Training is available in the areas of AIDS Advocacy, Rights of DC Prisoners, Social Security Disability, Providing Pro Bono Representation before the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals, Public Benefits, Wills and Advance Directives, Employment Law, Landlord/Tenant Law, Bankruptcy, and various other legal specialties.  In exchange for this low- or no-cost training opportunity, paralegals are asked to assist in a given number of clinics, pro bono, for one of the sponsoring agencies.  Contact: Andrea Lupanze, National Capital Area Paralegal Association, (202) 789-6103.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV):  Paralegals assist this nationally-affiliated organization’s advocacy needs for veterans, their dependents, and their survivors.  The vast majority of cases involve granting or increasing veteran disability claims, and the forums range from the Veterans Administration and other Federal agencies (administrative review) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (judicial determinations).  Other claims involve military discharge review and military records correction.  Volunteers are involved with cases of compensation, rehabilitation, education programs, pensions, death benefits, employment and training programs.  Volunteers are properly trained and well-versed in military and Federal laws and regulations.  Volunteers assist with interviews and investigations; drafting claims, briefs, and other legal documents; and off-site case field work.  Contact: Andrea Lupanze, National Capital Area Paralegal Association, (202) 789-6103.

Neighborhood Outreach Program, Fairfax CountyParalegals are used to conduct initial interviews and follow-up services and reports for low-income prospective clients in a variety of civil matters.  The paralegals are teamed with attorneys, and together they visit shelters and other transitional, community, and family resource centers to provide legal services and referrals.  Contact:  Andrea Lupanze, National Capital Area Paralegal Association, (202) 789-6103.

Pro-Se-Plus Divorce Clinic; Washington, DC:  Paralegals members are involved with the DC Bar Pro Bono Program’s Pro-Se-Plus Divorce Clinic.  The program assists pro se individuals to file for uncontested divorce in the D.C. Superior Court.  Paralegals are part of a small team of attorneys and non-attorneys (5-6 members) who present a series of workshops on DC divorce law.  All volunteers are trained in both the fundamentals of DC divorce law and in Clinic administration.  Contact: Andrea Lupanze, National Capital Area Paralegal Association, (202) 789-6103.

The DC Employment Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Clinic (EJC); Washington, DC:  The EJC sponsors an advice and referral clinic for prospective clients who have employment-related adverse legal situations.  These may include wage and hour issues, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, family and medical leave, disability accommodation, criminal records as a barrier to employment, workers’ and unemployment compensation, and job safety.  Paralegals are used to conduct interviews and to provide a synopsis of legal facts and issues to employment law attorneys, who then discuss the matter with the interviewer/paralegal.  The paralegal then relays the resultant advice to the client, often producing letters of demand and other administrative complaint documents for that client.  There are two DC sites that conduct this clinic at different times of the month.  Contact: Andrea Lupanze, National Capital Area Paralegal Association, (202) 789-6103.

Uncontested Divorce Clinics (LSNV); Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, City of Alexandria, Virginia:  Respective local bar associations, paralegals, and Legal Services of Northern Virginia staff have combined forces to execute a pro bono program where paralegals work with clients in LSNV’s offices in Fairfax, Leesburg (Loudoun County), and Alexandria. Paralegals perform initial intake interviews in this  no-fault, uncontested divorce clinic.  Clients who meet established residency and financial guidelines are later assigned a pro bono attorney to complete the uncontested divorce.  Contact: Andrea Lupanze, National Capital Area Paralegal Association, (202) 789-6103.

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless; Washington, DC:  Legal Clinic volunteers conduct intake interviews at any one of nine District social service sites. Volunteers assist clients with a wide range of case types, such as obtaining public benefits,  keeping people in their homes, and reuniting families.  Volunteers generally attend intake monthly or semi-monthly.  In addition to the substantive training before the initial intake, all volunteers receive ongoing case counseling from the Legal Clinic’s experienced staff attorneys.   Contact: Andrea Lupanze, National Capital Area Paralegal Association, (202) 789-6103.

New Haven County Association of Paralegals, Inc.
Post Office Box 862
New Haven, CT 06504-0862
Association E-mail: NewHaven@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/NewHaven/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: LoRaine J. LaMorte, (203) 795-3733, llamorte@optonline.net or llamorte@networksynergy.net

CASA Guardian Ad Litem (GAL):  A CASA GAL is trained to represent the best interest of the child in a juvenile abuse and neglect proceedings.  The court appoints the CASA GAL as an advocate for the child. Volunteers must attend 5 days of training.  Training is from 9:30-4:30 and is held usually every month. Contact: LoRaine J. LaMorte, New Haven County Association of Paralegals, (203) 795-3733.

Children in Placement (CIP):  CIP is the "sponsoring state" program for the national Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer organization.  CIP has two different volunteer programs available: CASA Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) and Volunteer Monitor. Contact: LoRaine J. LaMorte, New Haven County Association of Paralegals, (203) 795-3733.

Family Clinic:  The Connecticut Bar Association's Law Works for People coordinates the volunteer paralegals and attorneys at the Family Clinic in Hartford.  The clinic is held on two Thursday mornings each month at the Greater Hartford Legal Aid office. Volunteers are not expected to work at all the clinics and are scheduled according to the need and the paralegals availability. Volunteers attend the Law Works for People Family Law Training which includes a short training on how to help the clinic clients, i.e. common legal problems, completing forms, etc. Contact: LoRaine J. LaMorte, New Haven County Association of Paralegals, (203) 795-3733.

New Haven ProjectsNew Haven Legal Assistance has outreach and clinics in the Lower Naugatuck Valley and the New Haven area. Paralegals help at the Saturday Earned Income Tax Credit clinic, an evening outreach at a homeless shelter, or a family law clinic on Friday afternoon.  They also interview family law clients and assist at the Earned Income Tax Credit clinics in New Haven. Pat Kaplan, Executive Director of New Haven Legal Assistance, coordinates training, scheduling and supervision. Contacts: Pat Kaplan, (203) 946-4811, Ext. 115, pkaplan@nhlegal.org; LoRaine J. LaMorte, New Haven County Association of Paralegals, (203) 795-3733.

Utility Day:  Utility Day is a joint project of the state's three paralegal associations, legal aid programs, social services agencies, and utility companies.  The purpose of Utility Day is to assist low income clients enter into affordable payment arrangements with the utility companies in order to avoid termination of services.  The assistance of paralegal volunteers is central to making the program a success.  The role of the volunteer is to meet with the client, review their budget and assist the client in negotiating a payment arrangement with the utility company.  Attorneys from Statewide Legal Services are on-site to work with the volunteers, utility companies and clients.  Training for the paralegals is provided by Statewide Legal Services.  The training focuses on client budget counseling and basic utility law.  Contact: LoRaine J. LaMorte, New Haven County Association of Paralegals, (203) 795-3733.

Volunteer Monitor:  A Volunteer Monitor is trained to conduct telephone follow-up with social workers, counselors, schools, teachers, parent aide programs and other human service providers to assess the degree of compliance by parents with the court ordered Specific Steps, and to report their findings to the court.  Monitors undergo one day of training.  Volunteers are expected to make a commitment of one year. Contacts: Bebe Lacina, CIP Coordinator, (203) 784-0344; LoRaine J. LaMorte, New Haven County Association of Paralegals, (203) 795-3733.

New Orleans Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 30604
New Orleans, LA 70190

Association E-mail: NewOrleans@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/NewOrleans/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Mignonne M. Volterre, (504) 299-2241, mvolterre@shergarner.com

New Orleans Pro Bono Project:  Paralegals will be working in conjunction with the New Orleans Pro Bono Project established by the Louisiana Bar Foundation in 1986.  The New Orleans Pro Bono Project has the following programs: (1) Elderly Advocacy Clinic; (2) Homeless Advocacy Clinic; (3) Succession Clinic; and (4) Divorce Clinic.  Contact: Mignonne M. Volterre, New Orleans Paralegal Association, (504) 299-2241.

Northeast Indiana Paralegal Association, Inc.
Post Office Box 13646
Fort Wayne, IN 46865

Association E-mail: NortheastIndiana@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/NortheastIndiana/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Donna L. Gleason, (260) 455-4332, DLGleason@LNC.com

"Talk With A Lawyer":  Members offered their services during a "Talk With A Lawyer" program which was offered to the public on Martin Luther King Day. Contact: Donna L. Gleason, Northeast Indiana Paralegal Association, (260) 455-4332.

Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP):  VLP is as an independent, not-for-profit organization set up as a 501(c)(3) corporation by the Indiana Judicial District 3 Pro Bono Committee.  It serves nine counties in NE Indiana: Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Lagrange, Noble, Stueben, Wells and Whitley.  Volunteer attorneys from local private practice and corporations assist clients in handling civil legal problems.  Client acceptance is income-based and utilizes the federal poverty guidelines.  Northeast Indiana Paralegal Association members volunteer to assist the Director in answering phone calls and doing intake to gather required information for the attorney who will be assigned to the case.  Contact: Judy Whitelock, Director, (260) 407-0917.

Oregon Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 8523
Portland, OR 97207

Association E-mail: Oregon@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/Oregon/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Kelly Hallman, (503) 233-9623, hallman@rocketmail.com

Catholic Charities:  Program works with issues involving homeless and victimized women; at-risk children; hungry, homeless, and struggling families; refugees; family and youth counseling; and health care access. Program provides general assistance with immigration cases. Contact: Kelly Hallman, Oregon Paralegal Association, (503) 233-9623.

Child Abuse Response and Education (Cares) Northwest:  Provide a centralized assessment center for children who may have been abused or neglected.  Program refers child abuse victims to sources of legal assistance. Contact: Kelly Hallman, Oregon Paralegal Association, (505) 520-0761.

Legal Aid Services:  Organization screens clients for self-help divorce classes and currently assisting with the Comprehensive Legal Needs Survey. Contact: Kelly Hallman, Oregon Paralegal Association, (503) 233-9623.

Lutheran Family Service:  Organization provides general assistance with immigration cases. Contact: Kelly Hallman, Oregon Paralegal Association, (503) 233-9623.

Oregon Law Center: Organization assists attorneys with complex litigation for indigent clients. Contact: Kelly Hallman, Oregon Paralegal Association, (503) 233-9623.

Yolanda House (Women's Shelter):  Emergency shelter and service program for women survivors of domestic or sexual violence and their children.  Services provided by Yolanda House include safe shelter, crisis counseling, follow-up contact, individual and group counseling, information and referral (over the phone and in person), criminal justice advocacy, emergency financial assistance, personal advocacy, comprehensive safety planning and in depth information on the dynamics, effects and healing steps in domestic/sexual violence situations. Also provide emergency food and medical resources, drug/alcohol assessments and substance abuse recovery meetings. Organization refers clients to sources of legal assistance and provide procedural information. Contact: Kelly Hallman, Oregon Paralegal Association, (503) 233-9623.

Palmetto Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 11634
Columbia, SC 29211-1634

Association E-mail: Palmetto@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/Palmetto/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Tammie M. Pope, (803) 255-9561, tmp@nmrs.com

Richland County Guardian Ad Litem and Lexington County Guardian Ad Litem:  Paralegals become trained, court appointed guardians for abused and/or neglected children in the two counties around our city.  There is an 18- month commitment to do this.  Contact: Tammy M. Pope, Palmetto Paralegal Association, (803) 255-9561.

South Carolina Bar, Access to Justice Committee:  Paralegals sit on and take part in this committee; also help with fundraising for the Pro Bono Subcommittee. Contact: Tammy M. Pope, Palmetto Paralegal Association, (803) 255-9561.

South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Clinics:  Paralegals assist with five of these public clinics per year by arranging for the place, date and time, topic, but also for three attorneys to do a brief presentation on the chosen topic and then have a one-on-one question time with anyone with individual questions.  Paralegals also assist with the registration and the flow of the public in the one-on-one time.  Topics have included: Family Law issues to include domestic abuse, divorce and child custody/support; workers' compensation; bankruptcy; wills, estates and probate; employment law; and landlord-tenant matters.  Contact: Tammy M. Pope, Palmetto Paralegal Association, (803) 255-9561.

South Carolina Bar, Law Related Education Division:  Paralegals help as timekeepers and facilitators in our high school mock trials, particularly at the State level.  In the year 2000, the National Mock Trials were held in Columbia, South Carolina, and numerous paralegals were used in these capacities.  Contact: Tammy M. Pope, Palmetto Paralegal Association, (803) 255-9561.

South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers Division:  Paralegals helped to man a both at a Spring Festival celebrating Law Day and promoting the legal profession.  Contact: Tammy M. Pope, Palmetto Paralegal Association, (803) 255-9561.

Paralegal Association of Central Ohio
Post Office Box 15182
Columbus, OH 43215-0182
Association E-mail: CentralOhio@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/CentralOhil
Pro Bono Contact: Robin Hartman, (614) 462-2211, rhartman@szd.com

Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS):  Provides services to those in legal immigration status and helps them become self-sufficient and adjust to American life.  The Somali Home School Program helps 20 students at risk of dropping out of high school learn how to set and reach educational goal and connects Somali parents to their children’s education and helps students overcome barriers to remain in school until graduation. It also recruits volunteers to serve as tutors to the students. The acculturation/resettlement services in the Hilltop area. The program serves an average of more than 400 clients per month. Contact: Robin Hartman, Paralegal Association of Central Ohio, (614) 462-2211.

Paralegals also assist CRIS clients with tax or benefits issues affecting refugees and paralegals assist CRIS clients with IRS issues and assist in the preparation of tax returns. In addition to filing current tax returns, the volunteers review any prior year returns to see if they can locate any additional refund money assisting the clients take advantage of tax credits such as the Earned Income Credit.  Contact: Robin Hartman, Paralegal Association of Central Ohio, (614) 462-2211.

Philadelphia Association of Paralegals
Post Office Box 59179
Philadelphia, PA 19102-9179

Association E-mail: Philadelphia@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.philaparalegals.com/
Pro Bono Contact: Brendan K. Taga, (215) 994-2956, brendan.taga@dechert.com

Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project (CBAP):  Paralegals volunteer with attorneys and law students through CBAP's Fresh Start Clinic to provide direct, pro bono legal representation to the indigent seeking to obtain the protection of the Bankruptcy Court.  Through the Fresh Start Clinic, CBAP trains attorneys, law students, and paralegals who provide direct representation to our clients in chapter 7 bankruptcy.  After volunteers attend a training clinic taught by an experienced bankruptcy practitioner, volunteers handle their cases from the initial interview to the final discharge.  Each volunteer is teamed with an experienced supervisor or mentor.  Contact: Brendan K. Taga, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, (215) 994-2956.

Community Service:  Habitat for Humanity project where volunteers participate in urban development, assisting in the construction of a house to be made affordable for a family seeking shelter. Tasks range from painting to wiring and people of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Assist the PA Horticultural Society Gardening Days with weeding, an irrigation project, and other maintenance duties for the Azalea Garden. Contact: Brendan K. Taga, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, (215) 994-2956.

Homeless Advocacy Project:  The Philadelphia Bar Association's Homeless Advocacy Project's mission is to provide free legal services through volunteers to homeless people, and to non-profit community groups developing affordable housing and other services for the homeless.  The volunteers conduct intake interviews, follow-up and arrange attorney assistance and inform parents of children's benefits. Contact: Brendan K. Taga, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, (215) 994-2956.

Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program:  Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP) is dedicated to providing indigent individuals equal access to the legal system in civil matters by referring them to volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and others who provide legal services free of charge.  VIP's cases usually fall into one of the following categories of cases:  consumer litigation, domestic relations, estate planning, immigration, landlord-tenant, non-profit organizations, probate, real estate, special education and school discipline, tax, and tort defense.  Contact: Brendan K. Taga, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, (215) 994-2956.

Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts:  Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA) provides pro bono legal assistance and basic business counseling to area artists and cultural organizations.  Volunteers work on projects such as negotiating performing contracts for actors, dancers and musicians; preparing by-laws for newly formed nonprofits; negotiating short- and long-term workspace leases and exhibition agreements; securing protection of artwork; and setting up new community-wide arts initiatives.  Contact: Brendan K. Taga, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, (215) 994-2956.

Support Center For Child AdvocatesSupport Center for Child Advocates offers free legal and social services to Philadelphia's abused and neglected children and volunteers advocate for child victims with the goal of securing a permanent, nurturing environment.  Child Advocates teams specially trained volunteers with staff social workers and lawyers who are specialists in child welfare practice and children's legal issues. Working together in this unique service model, children are protected by securing social services, finding alternative homes and helping them testify in court. Contact: Brendan K. Taga, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, (215) 994-2956.

Youth Aid Panels (Office of the District Attorney of Philadelphia):  Program utilizes adult neighborhood volunteers to serve on Youth Aid Panels who are willing to give their time to point first-time juvenile offenders away from the criminal justice system and toward more productive life choices.  Each Youth Aid Panel is made up of community volunteers who are extensively trained by the District Attorney's Office.  Twenty seven panels operate neighborhoods throughout in the city.  Contact: Brendan K. Taga, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, (215) 994-2956.

Women Against Abuse: Largest and most comprehensive domestic violence program in Pennsylvania, serving some 15,000 survivors of domestic violence.  Program provides legal assistance in the civil justice system, including counseling, court advocacy, legal representation, referrals, assistance in filing for custody, and support to victims filing for protection from abuse orders. Other services provided include: advocacy, court accompaniment, safety planning, referrals, and support in the criminal justice system for victims who testify against their abusers who have been arrested assistance to victims of domestic violence who have filed private criminal complaints against their abusers support, advocacy and assistance to battered women charged with crimes against their abusers committed in self-defense telephone counseling and referrals for victims of domestic violence seeking legal remedies. Conduct intake interviews and assist in court obtaining restraining orders. Contact: Brendan K. Taga, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, (215) 994-2956.

Pittsburgh Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 2845
Pittsburgh, PA 15230

Association E-mail: Pittsburgh@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.pghparalegals.org/site/index2.html
Pro Bono Contact: Fay Luther, (412) 234-514, luther.f@mellon.com

Allegheny County Mental Health Legal Services: Utilizes paralegals to assist a local attorney to provide legal services for persons who qualify as: (1) an Allegheny County resident; (2) indigent; and (3) obtain behavioral-health services through the community healthcare system.  The program provides legal advice, brief-service assistance, and representation in a small number of non-fee-producing civil matters. Consultations generally begin with a telephone call and involve document review and preparation, research, in-person meetings, and other activities to provide assistance needed to empower the “client” to obtain the best resolution under the factual and legal circumstances of which he or she finds him/herself.  Representation of such individuals in non-criminal cases is undertaken when their mental-health issue indicate that they may be better served by an attorney more familiar with these particular mental illness issues. The attorneys assess the probability that this individual can resolve the issues involved through consultation rather than the need for representation.  The types of cases most commonly seen involve family law issues, Social Security-related matters, and disability issues focusing on mental health.  Paralegals assist with duties that include scheduling appointments, conducting intake interviews as well as preparation - including drafting and filing of documents, research files/medical records, etc., and assisting attorney during representation. The hours are flexible and one-on-one training is available (requires that the volunteer have a solid foundation in basic skills, such as research, interviewing, and document drafting). Contact: Fay Luther, Pittsburgh Paralegal Association, (412) 234-5141.

Community Service:  The Pittsburgh Paralegal Association's (PPA) Pro Bono Committee and the Environmental Specialty Section worked together to assist the “Spring-Fling” Clean-up.  River Sweep is a program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection conducting an annual drive, every spring, to clean up the local rivers, streams and waterways. This is a statewide program involving all counties across the state of Pennsylvania, beginning as early as March and continuing into very late springtime – all for the purpose of making water safer and purer for all of us to drink as well as for fun times.  PPA sponsored a hole for the 11th Annual ACBA Golf Tournament. As a sponsor, PPA received a sign at the tee at one of the holes on the course, and was be allowed to have volunteers pass out snacks to the golfers. It is a great way to spend the day and meet so many new people. The proceeds from the golf tournament benefit the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and Neighborhood Legal Services. Contact: Fay Luther, Pittsburgh Paralegal Association, (412) 234-5141.

Peoples' Law Clinic:  Paralegals prepare intake forms, complete conflict checks, and financial eligibility assessments for indigent clients in connection with divorce, custody or support matters.  Contact: Fay Luther, Pittsburgh Paralegal Association, (412) 234-5141.

Pro Se Petitioners Program:  Paralegals interview pro se petitioners to determine if an individual is financially eligible for pro bono representation and to assist the petitioner with completion of a questionnaire to determine client needs before being seen by an attorney.  Contact: Fay Luther, Pittsburgh Paralegal Association, (412) 234-5141.

Protection From Abuse Program:  Paralegals conduct initial client interviews and prepare a Petition or Preliminary Order to help individuals obtain a temporary Protection from Abuse order.  Contact: Fay Luther, Pittsburgh Paralegal Association, (412) 234-5141.

Rhode Island Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 1003
Providence, RI 02901

Association E-mail: RhodeIsland@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/RhodeIsland/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Mary L. Riley, (401) 434-7762, Mlriley807@aol.com

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): Court Appointed Special Advocate program.  Contact: Mary Riley, Rhode Island Paralegal Association, (401) 434-7762.

Volunteer Lawyer Program of Rhode Island Bar Association:  Volunteer Lawyer Program of the Rhode Island Bar Association (RIPA).   RIPA incorporated the categories used by the Volunteer Lawyer Program so that those volunteers of RIPA who are participating in the program could be matched accordingly.  Some of the categories include: consumer, benefits, housing, collections, bankruptcy, HIV issues, and Homeless Legal Clinic.  Currently RIPA has approximately 20 volunteers in this program.  Contact: Mary Riley, Rhode Island Paralegal Association, (401) 434-7762.

Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 481864
Denver, CO 80248-1834
Association E-mail: RockyMountain@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.rockymtnparalegal.org/
Pro Bono Contacts: Janet Price, (303) 866-0119, jprice@bmwllc.com; Mary Shaw, (303) 592-4506, ms@timminslaw.com

Sponsors: “Wills on Wheels” Mary Ellen Burdick-Felling, (303) 443-8010 and Beth Wilkins, (303) 758-5003

Children's Legal Clinic:  Paralegals help with case research and general office assistance representing abused or neglected children in juvenile courts.  Contacts: Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association,  Janet Price, (303) 866-0119; Mary Shaw, (303) 592-4506.

Colorado Women's Bar Association:  Paralegals do phone intake and assist with the completion of paperwork.  Contact: Contacts: Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association,  Janet Price, (303) 866-0119; Mary Shaw, (303) 592-4506.

Court Appointed Special Advocate Program:  Paralegals assist attorneys with representation of abused or neglected children. Contacts: Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association,  Janet Price, (303) 866-0119; Mary Shaw, (303) 592-4506.

Denver Bar Association - Thursday Night Bar:  Paralegals interview clients, assist attorneys in case management, trial preparation and investigation for indigent clients with civil legal problems such as consumer, bankruptcy and housing.  Contacts: Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association,  Janet Price, (303) 866-0119; Mary Shaw, (303) 592-4506.

Faculty of Federal Advocates Pro Bono Mentoring Project:  This program pairs lawyers less experienced in federal court matters (mentees) with senior mentor attorneys who are more experienced in federal court. The  mentees are then appointed to a pro se civil case that is sufficiently complicated to warrant the appointment.  Most cases involve claims under 42 U.S.C1983 and are filed by incarcerated individuals.  Members of the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association are assigned pro se cases and are asked to prepare a summary of the case.  If warranted the case is then assigned to a mentee attorney.  At the request of the mentee attorney, the paralegals will also assist with trial preparation.  Contacts: Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association,  Janet Price, (303) 866-0119; Mary Shaw, (303) 592-4506.

Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver:  Paralegals interview clients, gather information and review facts with counsel in the areas of housing law, family law, consumer issues, and elderly issues.  Contacts: Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association,  Janet Price, (303) 866-0119; Mary Shaw, (303) 592-4506.

Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People:  New program with the goal of providing pro bono litigation support.  Contacts: Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association,  Janet Price, (303) 866-0119; Mary Shaw, (303) 592-4506.

Pro Se Dissolution of Marriage Clinics:  Paralegals assist in teaching groups of clients the process of pro se representation. Contacts: Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association,  Janet Price, (303) 866-0119; Mary Shaw, (303) 592-4506.

Small Claims Court Clinics:  Paralegals assist in teaching groups of clients the process of pro se representation. Contacts: Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association,  Janet Price, (303) 866-0119; Mary Shaw, (303) 592-4506.

Wills-on-Wheels:  In this paralegal association-sponsored program, paralegals and volunteer attorneys prepare wills and living wills for senior citizens with modest uncomplicated estates.  Contacts: Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association,  Janet Price, (303) 866-0119; Mary Shaw, (303) 592-4506.

Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 453
Sacramento, CA 95812-0453
Association E-mail: svpa@svpa.org
Web Site: http://www.svpa.org/
Pro Bono Contact: Lacian Henderson, (916) 321-4500, lacian@jps.net

Voluntary Legal Services Program:  Paralegals assist in providing intake for indigent clients requiring legal assistance, work on cases with attorneys, and assist in developing legal clinics. Members also serve on specialty panels developed by the program to assist populations such as the Homeless, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Refugees, AIDS Victims, Elders, Children, Veterans and the Family Law Advisory Committee.  Contact Lacian Henderson, Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association, (916) 321-4500.

San Francisco Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 2110
San Francisco, CA 94126-2110
Association E-mail: SanFrancisco@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.sfpa.com/
 

AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP): Paralegals assist ALRP to protect and advance the rights of individuals with HIV. The following opportunities are offered through ALRP: (1)Insurance Benefits Workshop (Thursday evenings): Paralegals utilized to assist attorneys in completing insurance benefits forms and documents; (2) On-Call Assistance: Paralegals utilized on an "on-call" basis to assist attorneys with various projects that may be available. Flexible hours; and (3) Follow-up Assistance: Paralegals utilized to follow-up with clients who have been placed with volunteer attorneys. Flexible hours. Contact Philip Kuttner, Volunteer Coordinator, (415) 248-3972.

Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights and Services (CIRRS):  CIRRS utilizes volunteers to help register new citizens to vote, facilitate a training on changes in housing regulations, write grant proposals for developing the programs and to work with many other projects and internships.  Contact: Carol Hurtado, Program Director, (415) 243-8215 ext. 329.

Domestic Violence Unit:  The District Attorney's office utilizes paralegal volunteers for their Domestic Violence Unit, Victim Witness Program and Special Emphasis Unit (Bayview/Hunter's Point based-project).  Contact: Debbie Arthur, (415) 553-1865.

The Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP):  VLSP utilizes paralegals to provide critical services to low-income and indigent residents of San Francisco in a wide variety of civil law matters.  VLSP is the largest and the only fully comprehensive legal services provider in San Francisco.  The following opportunities are available: (1) SSI for Children with Disabilities: Paralegals assist a disabled child in applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability benefits.  This involves meeting with the disabled child and his/her family, collecting medical documents to support a finding of disability, filing administrative appeals and other questionnaires/forms and negotiating with the Social Security Administration. Comprehensive training and written materials are available; (2) Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP):  Paralegals utilized to advocate for homeless individuals and families as well as those at risk of becoming homeless.  Through HAP, volunteers work directly with individuals who need assistance while developing interviewing and negotiating skills.  Paralegals have been an important part of HAP since HAP's inception in 1988;  (3) Legal Advice and Referral Clinic: Paralegals assist at this "advice only" clinic, which covers all legal matters and is held on a monthly basis.  Paralegals are utilized to interview and screen walk-in clients regarding legal questions or problems. Intake instruction is provided.  The Clinic takes place on Saturday each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; (4) Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic: Volunteer paralegals assist victims of domestic violence to obtain restraining orders against their abusers.  These volunteers will interview clients on sensitive issues related to domestic violence, make appropriate referrals and assist individuals in completing the legal documents necessary to obtain restraining orders. Bilingual volunteers are needed to conduct client interviews and act as interpreters for clients in court.  Training sessions are available on videotape.  Volunteer typists who have computer experience or who are familiar with Pro Forma software are especially needed to complete forms to be filed in superior court; and (5) Translation/Interpretation:  Paralegals fluent in language(s) in addition to English are utilized to provide important skilled translation during client interviews and possibly at hearings. For more information on VLSP's programs, Contact: Shayne Spaulding, VLSP, (415) 782-8962.

South Jersey Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 355
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Association E-mail: mailto:SouthJersey@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/SouthJersey/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Eileen A. Palazza, (732) 255-7915, EileenP@litenet.net

Camden Regional Legal Services - Community Health Law Project:  Paralegals assist with legal research, investigation, and social security appeals, including extensive medical reviews and fact-gathering.  Contact Eileen A. Palazza, South Jersey Paralegal Association, (732) 255-7915.

Tampa Bay Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 2722
Tampa, FL 33601-2722

Association E-mail: TampaBay@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.tbpa.org/
Pro Bono Contact: Holley Brennan, (813) 258-5838, holleybrennan@hotmail.com

Bay Area Legal Services:  Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. stands by on a volunteer basis for Bay Area Legal Services, which supplies legal services to low income persons. Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

Baycare Mental Health:  Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. supports Baycare Mental Health, an association dedicated to providing services to the homeless population and persons with mental disabilities or drug and  alcohol addictions. Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

Baylife Mental Health Center:  Charity sponsored by TBPA for the month of November. As usual, our members exhibited great compassion and provided much of the items that were requested including: undergarments, socks, t-shirts, hair brushes, combs, shampoo, deodorant, and soap. A 6 foot table was completed covered with these items for the Health Center. Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

Charity of the Month:  The Tampa Bay Paralegal Association determines a different charity to focus on every month. March 2003: The charity for the month of March was The Children's Cancer Center. Thank you to the members who donated movie tickets, restaurant gift certificates, grocery gift certificates, passes to the museum/zoo, as well as the cash donations; December 2002: The charity for the month of December was "Toys for Tots". This year's toy drive was even more successful than last year; and November 2002: Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

Children's Cancer Center:  Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. has provided support to the Children's Cancer Center, an organization in Hillsborough County, Florida which provides support for families of children with cancer. Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

Harvest Cafe:  Members volunteer at the Harvest Cafe, a cafe that provides free meals for homeless and underprivileged persons.  Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

Helping the Homeless:  Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. provides support to homeless persons in Hillsborough County, Florida, through volunteers giving their personal time and through various agencies to help homeless persons find lodging and services so that they may become self-sufficient. Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

Hillsborough Community College:  Members of the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. works with students at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, serving as mentors, providing guest speakers, and assisting in locating jobs for graduates of the paralegal program. Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

Hillsborough County, Florida Bar Association:  Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. works hand-in-hand with the Hillsborough County, Florida, Bar Association in conjunction with the Bar Association's charitable efforts throughout the year. Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

Metropolitan Ministries:  Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. supports Metropolitan Ministries, an organization that helps the homeless population, persons with mental and physical disabilities and persons who are needy. Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

Salvation Army:  Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. supports the Salvation Army in its effort to help the homeless, persons with addictions and persons who are needy. Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

The Children's Home:  Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. supports The Children's Home, a home for underprivileged children who do not have families or who, for some reason, cannot reside with their families. Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

The Spring:  Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. supports The Spring, a domestic violence program that provides specialized services for every family member. Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

Toys for TotsTampa Bay Paralegal Association supports Toys for Tots, which supplies toys to underprivileged children during the Holiday Season each year. Contact: Holley Brennan, Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, (813) 258-5838.

Western New York Paralegal Association
Post Office Box 207, Niagara Square Station
Buffalo, NY 14202
Association E-mail:  WesternNewYork@paralegals.org
Web Site: http://www.paralegals.org/WesternNewYork/home.html
Pro Bono Contact: Catherine West Lefko, (716) 633-4300, catherinelefko@yahoo.com

Homeless Shelter Project - Task Force on Human Rights: Paralegals assist provide legal services to area homeless shelters. Contact: Catherine West Lefko, Western New York Paralegal Association, (716) 633-4300.

Volunteer Court Advocates - Crisis Services, Inc.: Paralegals accompany victims of rape and sexual assault through the court system and act as liaisons between the District Attorney's Office and witnesses, when necessary. Volunteers also follow up with the witness to provide linkage to counseling and other needed services. Contact: Catherine West Lefko, Western New York Paralegal Association, (716) 633-4300.


Revised by: Lori Thompson, Pro Bono Co-Coordinator: 06/16/03