Volunteer Opportunities

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(Please note: If you are an attorney and want to do pro bono work call the CLS office nearest you or click on our advocate pages on this site for more information. If an office only lists their phone number they may still need pro bono volunteers and/or have a need for assistance.)

Statewide Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

  • Record Sealing and Expungement Clinic
  • San Luis Valley Virtual Satellite Clinic
  • Cortez Post-Decree Clinic
  • Kinship Adoption Clinic

Click here for additional information on these virtual volunteer opportunities and to access the clinic volunteer applications to begin helping low-income communities across Colorado.

Boulder     303.449.7575

Boulder office volunteers include attorneys, paralegals, undergraduate and other students (depending on the project) and community volunteers. Other volunteers include mediators, special advocates and parenting plan coordinators.

Volunteer attorneys staff the weekly Pro Se Assistance program and assist by researching and drafting informational brochures regarding various topics of local interest and by presenting information in workshop settings. Volunteer attorneys also provide mediation services for pro bono clients and mentor new attorneys or those doing pro bono work outside of their usual area of practice.

Volunteer attorneys are especially needed to accept pro bono referrals in a variety of practice areas. If you are an interested, go to our advocate pages on this site and click on the volunteer link on the left hand side.

Volunteer projects include the following:

  • Interviewing clients in the Boulder and Longmont offices, in senior centers, client homes and nursing care settings;
  • Some limited casehandling assistance. such as follow-up interviews and investigation;
  • Assistance with service of process;
  • Fundraising tasks, including grantwriting and attending community forums;
  • Communications, for example reviewing clients letters for readability and drafting flyers, including communication with other agencies;
  • Office assistance, including help with computer issues, data entry using Kemps software, fill-in receptionist duties, filing, copying, mailings and errands;
  • Tracking local resources and referrals and updating materials;
  • Helping with attorney recruitment; and
  • Assistance with other tasks such as outcome measurement assistance, assistance at the Pro Se program, and support for the quality control portion of the pro bono program.

For a list of opportunities and current volunteer openings click here. (You need Adobe Reader to open this file. Click here to go to the Adobe website. Look for the “Get Adobe Reader” yellow icon and download a free copy.)

Trainings include one-on-one training with staff, group training sessions for ongoing volunteers and access to educational materials.

Interested in volunteering at the CLS Boulder office? Call 303.449.7575.

Buena Vista 719.395.0506

Colorado Springs 719.471.0380

Denver 303.866.9320 or 303.866.9306

The Denver office is grouped into specialized substantive units, including Consumer, Housing, Family and Children, Health and Elder Law, Migrant Farmworkers, Intake and the Litigation and Support Unit. Each unit has volunteer needs specific to their function. Here is a copy of the volunteer job descriptions for the Denver office. (You need Adobe Reader to open the file – click here to go to the Adobe website and download a copy.)

 

If you are interested in volunteering, fill out an application. Here is an application as a .pdf file. (You need Adobe Reader to open this.) Here is the application as a MSWord file. You can fill out the MSWord file and e-mail it to Gail or Annettee at the address on the application. You’ll have to print out, mail or fax the .pdf file to: Gail or Annette, Colorado Legal Services, 1905 Sherman St., Suite 400, Denver, CO 80203, fax 303.830.7860, or call Gail at 303.866.9320 or Annette at 303.866.9306.

Durango 719.471.0380 or 1.888.298.8483

This office houses the local pro bono project of the local bar association Southwest Colorado Bar Volunteer Legal Aid. In the past the office has used the valuable service of attorneys, Lend-A-Lawyers, law students, undergraduate students and attorneys who are licensed in other states and other countries. Prospective volunteers should discuss opportunities directly with the Durango office staff. The Durango office has a small and friendly staff and tries to accommodate volunteers who will be of benefit to the community. Staffing levels and space availability are sometimes considerations in the Durango office’s ability to accommodate volunteers. Call 1.888.298.8483 for more information.

Fort Collins 970.493.2891
The Fort Collins office has the following types of volunteers: law students, undergraduate and paralegal students, community volunteers and TANF/Workforce recipients. Their trainings include one-on-one with staff, and volunteers are given access to hard copies of educational materials. Volunteers are supervised by staff attorneys.

Volunteers work on the following types of projects: development of Social Security cases, paralegal intake, front desk intake, serving subpoenas, legal research, witness calls, and individual case research including contacting adversaries or third parties for more information on a case. Fort Collins prefers a two day a week commitment but they can be flexible. They require a writing sample, a resume and up to two references. If you have any questions, call 970.493.2891.

Grand Junction 970.243.7940
Grand Junction’s volunteer attorneys help with clinics and temporary restraining orders, along with clerical and reception duties, data input, research (law students), record collection, file organization and errands. Volunteers include law students, undergraduate and paralegal students and consist of other community volunteers. Volunteers are recruited by word of mouth and training is facilitated by an attorney on files, by assignment and/or by staff on clerical projects. We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of eight (8) hours a week which helps to make supervision and orientation cost effective. Currently we are in need of more paralegal help (to actually work up files like SSI claims, etc.) and need more help with reception work. Call 970.243.7940 for more information.

Greeley 970.353.7554

La Junta 1.888.805.5152

Northwest Offices 1.800.521.6968
Northwest Offices’ volunteers include law students, undergraduate, paralegal and other students, and volunteers from the community in general. Northwest Offices’ recruit volunteers by putting notices in newspapers and by spreading the word to other agencies that volunteers are needed. Training includes one-on-one trainings with staff. Volunteers work on office work, client interviews, advice clinics, setting up workshops and by preparing handouts. Current needs include the following: need more help with advice clinics and also need interpreters for clients (mostly Spanish interpreters but other languages as well). For more information call 1.800.521.6968.

Pueblo 719.545.6708
The Pueblo office uses volunteer interpreters who interpret for court and for appointments with casehandlers. Volunteers have one-on-one trainings with staff and are supervised individually by a casehandler. Pueblo could use volunteers who would like to help with staff support. Call the Pueblo office for more information, 719.545.6708.

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