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.