Be Part of a Community Working for Justice

 “Dealing with family court can be very confusing and scary for most people, but I can honestly say that having pro bono help made navigating the court system stress free. Without her help I do not know where I would be.” –TCVLS client

TCVLS needs your help to represent clients with the greatest barriers to accessing justice.  Many TCVLS clients are able to represent themselves with the support of volunteer attorneys at our legal advice clinics, however, some clients have language and literacy barriers, disabilities, face domestic violence, or other challenges that make self-representation very difficult.  A volunteer attorney’s help can make a powerful difference in the lives of these individuals.

Support for Volunteers

TCVLS will offer training and support for attorneys to provide limited or full representation to clients whose cases have been reviewed by a selection committee.  TCVLS can connect volunteers to a mentor attorney for guidance and support along the way.  Attorneys can work in pairs or on a team to tackle their first pro bono case.  TCVLS provides malpractice insurance, access to meeting space at our office, copying and other resources as needed to volunteers who take on pro bono cases through TCVLS.

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteers with TCVLS gain experience in new areas of law, build relationships with other attorneys in the community, access opportunities for trial and courtroom experience, earn CLE credits, mentor another attorney as they learn a new area of law, and make a lasting impact on the life of a community member who is struggling to navigate the legal system on their own.

Ways to Get Involved
  • Mentor Attorney: provide support and guidance to a volunteer attorney who is working on a pro bono case outside their typical area of practice
  • Attorney: take on a pro bono case identified by TCVLS
  • Trainer: facilitate a CLE for TCVLS volunteer attorneys

Contact Christa at coordinator@tcvls.org or (360) 810-2321 to learn more or to get involved.  We are happy to answer questions and brainstorm ways to make volunteering with TCVLS work for you.

To sign up to volunteer, please fill out this quick form!

Resources:

Current AGO pro bono policy

Washington State Civil Legal Needs Study 2015

Check back soon for more updates on events and training dates!

We will be holding lunchtime informational sessions at the three Attorney General office locations to learn more about the initiative to increase pro bono representation.  Guest speakers Anne Egeler and Penny Allen will share about their experiences taking on pro bono cases with TCVLS and how government attorneys can make pro bono representation work for them.  Flyer with dates here: AGO Info Sessions

TCVLS will talk about the direct representation initiative at the next Family Law Section meeting on Tuesday September 12 at 12:10pm at Thurston County Family & Juvenile Court.

See upcoming, free CLEs for TCVLS volunteers/potential volunteers here!
Christa LenssenTCVLS Direct Representation Initiative