Volunteers / Pro Bono

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers to our Bay Area Workers’ Rights Clinics provide critical services to our clients. The Clinics provide legal services by trained law students and paralegal counselors. Students from Boalt Hall (U.C. Berkeley), Hastings, and Santa Clara University School of Law and other law schools, along with local paralegals attend weekly training sessions, and volunteer as counselors for the Clinics for at least one semester.

To serve non-native English speakers, the Clinic depends on a corps of volunteer interpreters. Volunteers assist clinic counselors in interviewing and counseling clients. Presently, the Clinic provides services in Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese. If you are fluent in English as a second language and interested in helping us better serve the legal needs of diverse communities in the Bay Area, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Additionally, the LAS–ELC has occasional administrative and paralegal duties for which we welcome volunteer assistance.

If you are interested becoming a volunteer for the Bay Area Workers’ Rights Clinic, please contact the Community Legal Services Coordinator Leslie Chaires at lchaires@las-elc.org or call (415) 864-8848.

Pro Bono

The pro bono engagement of law firms and individual attorneys is critical to our litigation efforts and enables us to seek justice in cases that would otherwise not be heard.

The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center regularly seeks pro bono assistance for cases arising from our Workers’ Rights Clinics or are referred to staff attorneys and are beyond our resources for litigation. Board member firms are contacted regarding these cases, and may also co-counsel with the LAS–ELC on its litigation docket.

Available Volunteer Opportunities

  • The Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Communications Intern.  The intern will be responsible for supporting LAS-ELC’s mission, programs and brand identity through online communications (including website, social media, e-newsletters and blog); print communications (including press releases, flyers and brochures); media and public relations; and marketing and outreach campaigns. The intern will also assist in tracking and compiling information about LAS-ELC’s work and its online presence.

    Responsibilities

    • Assist with development of press releases, brochures, website updates, email blasts and social media updates;
    • Develop and implement a social media strategy in order to grow LAS-ELC’s social media presence;
    • Assist with maintenance of LAS-ELC’s website;
    • Research journalists and outlets covering topics related to LAS-ELC’s work;
    • Compile and organize media lists;
    • Interview LAS-ELC clients and create a database of client stories for use in communications work; and
    • Maintain database of LAS-ELC staff media and outreach activity.

    Qualifications

    • Current enrollment in, or recent graduation from, an undergraduate or graduate program of study;
    • Major or specialization in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, English or relevant experience;
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
    • Experience with social media and website management preferred;
    • Highly organized with attention to detail;
    • Energetic, self-starter, with flexible and positive attitude; and
    • Strong team player and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    How To Apply

    • LAS-ELC gives preference to students who are enrolled in, or have completed, a graduate program of study.
    • LAS-ELC actively seeks diversity and welcomes applicants from every racial, ethnic and cultural background. We also welcome LGBT applicants.
    • Please send a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and organization, a current resume, and a writing sample to the attention of Sara Feldman (sfeldman@las-elc.org).