Volunteer Attorney Opportunities!
We have many opportunities for volunteer attorneys to join our work and help provide legal services to older Pennsylvanians in need. Volunteer attorneys handle individual client cases for seniors in areas of law in which they have experience or have attended training, or help serve clients through our Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine. Each year, through the efforts of our legal staff and our volunteers, we assist thousands of seniors with problems which affect their homes, health, safety, independence, financial survival, and quality of life.
Join SeniorLAW Center’s Panel of Volunteer Attorneys
The need for pro bono efforts to provide individual representation and access to justice to low-income and vulnerable seniors in Philadelphia is enormous. Did you know that Philadelphia has the largest and one of the poorest populations of senior citizens among this country’s 20 largest cities? Nearly 20 percent of our community’s elderly — 1 in 5 — are living at or below the poverty level or are economically vulnerable. Most are women.
Volunteer attorneys may handle simple or complex matters, litigation, negotiation and/or transactional, from homeownership issues, evictions, grandparent custody, and financial exploitation to advance planning, probate, deed transfers and much more. See the volunteer form for opportunities. Our staff is available for guidance and we provide regular trainings. Our offices are available for client meetings with advance notice, which is especially helpful for attorneys outside of Philadelphia. We also have a great need for bilingual attorneys, especially those who speak Spanish or any Asian language, to assist our growing Latino and Asian elderly populations. For more information about volunteering, contact Wendy Bookler, Legal Director, at email@example.com.
Volunteer for the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine: Pro Bono Services by Telephone
Pennsylvania attorneys in any county can also provide limited representation pro bono services to older Pennsylvanians through our SeniorLAW HelpLine, 1-877-PA SR LAW, which offers free legal advice, counsel, information and referrals to seniors in all 67 counties of the Commonwealth. This national model of legal services for seniors enables seniors to access legal advice and information from the comfort and privacy of their homes, and overcomes obstacles of access for those isolated by illness, disability, mobility, transportation and even language (Language Line interpretation services are available). Volunteer attorneys can provide services from their offices at scheduled times in areas of law that you have experience and expertise. For more information, contact Joanna Jarzebowska, HelpLine Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paralegal volunteers are also instrumental to our work, both in helping with our statewide HelpLine and working on individual cases. If you are interested, please contact Joanna Jarzebowska, HelpLine Coordinator, at email@example.com or Wendy Bookler, Legal Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social worker volunteers help us connect our clients with the many resources they need to address life’s challenges, attendant to their legal issues. Please consider joining us to help a senior in need! If you are interested, please contact Wendy Bookler, Legal Director, at email@example.com.
Other Volunteer Opportunities: Retired Individuals, Students, Others!
We often have need for volunteers to assist with special events, public relations, graphic design, community education, in-office support, client intake, fundraising, and other ventures to help our organization meet its mission of protecting the rights of older Pennsylvanians. If you are interested in volunteering, please send details about your interest and skill sets to Wendy Bookler, Legal Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You need not be an attorney to make a difference.