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The provision of legal services helps stabilize families, saves taxpayers money, reduces the number of cases clogging the courts, and helps people move toward self-sufficiency. MVL provides legal services to those at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines; please consider giving a few hours of your time to those in your community who could not otherwise afford civil legal services.
We have several volunteer opportunities for attorneys, mediators, paralegals and law students to meet your needs:
Referral Program: MVL’s Referral Program coordinates volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono legal services for the following types of cases:
Consumer and Financial
Legal Clinic at the Denver Indian Center: Metro Volunteer Lawyers began working in the Spring of 2012 with the Denver Indian Center to provide a walk-in clinic each month aimed at helping Native Americans in need of legal services. The project was initiated by two Native American attorneys: Dianne Van Voorhees, MVL’s past Director, and Danielle L. Demkowicz, a former MVL Board Member. The first clinic was held on April 4, 2012 and soon became a monthly event. The clinic meets at the Denver Indian Center in Denver, Colorado on the first Wednesday of every month. Attorneys volunteer their time to help with resource referral, understanding the legal process, and how to proceed as a pro-se party. No attorney-client relationship is established. Opportunities available for attorneys, law students and paralegals.
WHERE: The Denver Indian Center 4407 Morrison Rd Denver, CO 80219
WHEN: First Wednesday of Every Month 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Power of Attorney Workshop: MVL has a Power of Attorney Workshop where local law firms and volunteer attorneys meet one-on-one with qualifying applicants to discuss and complete any combination of the following advanced planning documents:
·a medical power of attorney,
·a financial power of attorney,
·a living will, and/or
·a declaration of disposition of last remains.
No experience in estate planning is necessary to volunteer as MVL will guide you through the process. Please see our Power of Attorney Workshop Calendar for upcoming program dates.
The vast majority of applicants served by MVL need assistance with domestic relations cases. In addition to our Referral Program, MVL offers various family law clinics designed to assist applicants:
Family Law Court Program: MVL’s Family Law Court Program (“FLCP”) assists applicants with uncomplicated, uncontested divorce or custody matters, where the other party is not represented by an attorney. FLCP applicants represent themselves, appearing pro se, but are assisted through the process by MVL. Volunteers are needed to assist applicants through FLCP on an unbundled basis. At initial client meetings, volunteers assist applicants in completing the documents necessary to initiate a dissolution of marriage or allocation of parental responsibilities case. The documents will vary depending on the applicant but typically include a Statement of Understanding, a Motion to Waive the Filing Fee, a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or Allocation of Parental Responsibility, a Sworn Financial Statement, and a Service of Process questionnaire. After the initial client meeting, MVL will file the case and arrange personal service on the opposing party. Volunteers are also needed for permanent orders hearings to assist applicants in preparing the final paperwork required and to represent applicants at the final hearing. No experience in family law is necessary as MVL will guide you through the process. Opportunities available for attorneys, law students and paralegals. Please see our Family Law Court Program Calendar for upcoming program dates.
Post Decree Consultation Program: Through the Post Decree Consultation Program, volunteer attorneys provide meaningful legal assistance to people who are representing themselves in ongoing family law litigation through one-on-one consultations. Volunteers are provided with a court file in advance of the consultation for review and preparation and then will meet personally with the applicant to provide one-time legal assistance that might include assistance in drafting a motion, help preparing for an upcoming hearing, or advice on the next steps necessary in a case. Assistance is offered on an unbundled basis and the scope of representation is limited to the clinic only. Opportunities available for family law attorneys. Please see our Post Decree Consultation Program Calendar for upcoming program dates.
Family Law Unbundled: Family Law Unbundled: Provide unbundled legal services to clients needing assistance with dissolution of marriage or allocation of parental responsibility cases by focusing on problem-solving through clinics, limited scope representation, negotiation assistance, court preparation, mediation, and settlement conferences. Opportunities available for family law attorneys. Please see our Family Law Unbundled Calendar for upcoming program dates.
Mediation Program: MVL works with volunteer mediators to provide pro bono mediation services to family law applicants who are unable to afford mediation services.
Benefits of Volunteering
·Help people in need.
·Gain critical courtroom experience.
·You can receive the assistance of a mentor when handling MVL cases.
·Network with other legal professionals.
·Earn CLE credit
·Malpractice insurance coverage is provided for legal assistance conferred through MVL.