See below for some of the ways you can lend a hand.
Sign up to give clients 20-30 minutes of legal advice over the phone or via email. You will receive an email with a description of the the client's issue and be asked to respond to the client within 48 hours.
Volunteer to make youreself available to give legal advice over the phone during a scheduled time. Openings available most days.
Work with law students and give brief legal advice to clients. Areas of need include family law, employment law, debt collection, immigration, and others. Various clinics held every week.
Represent a client on a limited scope basis at their debt collection defense hearing. May be done in person or over the phone. Held every Wednesday at the Matheson Courthouse, or virtually.
Represent a client on a limited scope basis at their immediate occupancy (eviction defense) hearing. May be done in person or over the phone. Held every Thursday at the Matheson Courthouse, or virtually.
Represent a client on a limited scope basis at their divorce, custody, or child support hearing. May be done in person or over the phone. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mon-Fri (every other Friday the clinic is closed)
Contact: 801.238.7440 (information line only; voicemail not monitored)
Take on a full family law case with guidance from Utah Legal Services. Specific cases may involve divorce, child support, or custody issues.
Represent a client who's facing deportation or seeking to gain permanent status in the United States. Mentoring available through the Utah Immigration Collaborative.
You can also fill out the general form below and a member of the Bar staff will contact you to find the opportunity that best fits your availability.
Well-Being Benefits of Pro-Bono Work
Pro bono work is not only good for a lawyer's client and community, it's also supports lawyer well-being. Here is just a sample of the positive benefits pro bono work can bring:Decreases blood pressure and lowers risk of heart disease (a recent study from the University of Exeter showed that volunteers had a 22% lower mortality rate than non-volunteers)
• Combats depression
• Helps develop emotional intelligence and social awareness
• Encourages emotional connections through social interaction
• Increases self-confidence
• Fosters a sense of purpose and self-esteem
• Enables a solid support system
Providing pro bono legal services can also improve skill level and allow lawyers to gain experience in different practice areas.