Become a SeniorLAW Center Volunteer
Pro Bono Legal Services Provided by Attorneys
Through the efforts of our legal staff and our volunteers, we assist thousands of seniors with problems which affect their homes, health, independence, financial survival, and quality of life. We have many opportunities for volunteer attorneys to join our work and help provide legal services to older Pennsylvanians in need in areas of law in which they have experience or have attended training. Attorneys who join the SeniorLAW Center panel provide representation in any of a wide range of legal matters, ranging from transactional to litigation. Our staff is available for guidance and we provide regular trainings. We also have a great need for bilingual attorneys.
Here are some of the pro bono opportunities SeniorLAW Center offers to volunteer attorneys:
- Handle an individual case for a low-income senior, from litigation to transactional, eviction to grandparent custody, probate, elder financial exploitation, mortgage foreclosure or dozens of other areas of law critical to seniors’ lives. We handle many different types of cases in a variety of courts and venues. We receive over 150 calls each week for help.
- Provide limited representation services to older Pennsylvanians through our PA SeniorLAW HelpLine, 1-877-PA SR LAW (1-877-727-7529), where we offer free legal advice, counsel, some brief services, information and referrals to seniors in all 67 counties of the Commonwealth. After completing our training, return phone calls to PA older adults from your own office on topics within your areas of expertise and experience at times selected by you to fit within your schedule. We receive calls from all 67 counties in PA in all areas of civil law.
- Help with systemic reform, from researching best practices in elder justice across the nation, drafting legislation, testimony, or educational brochures on changes in the law, to filing and helping to lead impact litigation.
- Your firm can create a practice group in a particular area of poverty law for seniors. We provide training and ongoing guidance and support as well as the cases. Groups often meet periodically to share challenges and successes. Existing practice groups include contractor fraud, landlord/tenant, probate, deed transfers.
- Hold or participate in a “life planning” clinic to draft simple advance planning documents, focused on health care and financial decision-making.
- Create a special community-based project, including direct service or community education, to address unmet needs.
SeniorLAW Center provides substantive training throughout the year and staff experts are available to guide volunteers. We are always happy to explore other ideas as well to meet the interests and passions of your organization. For more information, please contact Joanna Jarzebowska, Esq., firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, join us using one of the following methods:
Download the printable form, complete, scan and return to email@example.com or mail it to the following address:
Two Penn Center
1500 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Attention: Dana Goldberg, Legal Director
Non-Attorney Volunteer Opportunities
You need not be an attorney to make a difference. We often have need for volunteers to assist with special projects, community education, in-office support, client intake, public relations, graphic design, fundraising, and other ventures to help our organization meet its mission.
We also have opportunities for law students, paralegals, social workers, retired persons and others to assist on the PA SeniorLAW HelpLine doing intake and to assist our legal staff in case preparation, resource referrals, etc.
If you are interested in volunteering, please send details about your interest and skill sets to Alex Deering, Administrative Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.