Please see the event list for additional details on upcoming pro bono opportunities.
NCAPA members are encouraged to participate in Pro Bono work and other volunteer opportunities in the Washington metropolitan area. Any NCAPA member who dedicates 24 hours or more a year towards volunteer legal services is recognized by both NCAPA and NFPA.
The Pro Bono Committee locates legal service pro bono and other volunteer opportunities in DC, Northern Virginia, and Suburban Maryland. This committee works with local bar associations and non-profit agencies to participate in existing programs or to develop new training and volunteer opportunities for interested NCAPA members.
The Pro Bono Committee members serve as key contacts for various pro bono volunteer opportunities in the DC metro area. We encourage all NCAPA members to actively participate in pro bono events.
NCAPA members who participate in pro bono activities, either through their respective places of employment or through their own initiatives, should report their pro bono hours to NCAPA using the information below. Those who dedicate 24 hours or more towards volunteer legal services are recognized by both NCAPA and its national affiliate, NFPA, for their contributions to the DC metro area's needy residents.
Uncontested Divorce Clinic
Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) holds an uncontested divorce clinic at 4080 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, on the third or fourth Saturday of each month. Each clinic allows for a maximum of 18 clients. If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Eric Moe at 703-778-6806. More information about LSNV and its uncontested divorce clinics can be found at http://www.lsnv.org/. Please see NCAPA's Calendar of Events for the specific days the divorce clinic will be held.
Great Volunteer Opportunity for DC Area Paralegals to Help Staff Child Support Resource Center at D.C. Superior Court
The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and Bread for the City together run the Child Support Resource Center (CSRC), a project based at the D.C. Superior Court Paternity and Support Branch to provide low-income litigants with access to temporary, same-day legal advice and/or representation in child support matters. We are looking for volunteer paralegals to help staff this project. The paralegals would meet with applicants and screen for income and other eligibility requirements prior to the applicants meeting with an attorney.
We are looking for someone who can commit to staffing the CSRC one morning every week, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The CSRC is located in the Moultrie Building at the D.C. Superior Court, 500 Indiana Avenue, NW (Judiciary Square metro). We also would consider working with a law firm or organization that could provide staffing one day a week on a rotating basis among 2-4 paralegals.
This is a great opportunity for paralegals interested in being at the courthouse, learning about D.C. child support law, and getting to know lawyers from Legal Aid and Bread for the City. For more information or to apply for the volunteer position, please send a statement of interest and resume, as well as information about availability to email@example.com.
To Report Pro Bono Hours or Community Service toNFPA:
Recently, the NFPA Pro Bono Team established an easier way for individual members to report both pro bono and community service hours electronically.
1. Go to the NFPA website ( www.paralegals.org )
2. Sign in with your email and password
3. Once logged in, go to the Pro Bono tab and select "Reporting Pro Bono Hours"
4. Complete the form and submit.
The reporting period will remain July 1st through June 30th for NFPA consideration.
Please report pro bono hours on a quarterly basis so that the NFPA Liaison to the ABA can share your service hours and projects with the ABA.
To report hours to NCAPA for consideration at the Annual Awards Dinner, please download the form here.
Please contribute to pro bono and community projects in your area. If you'd like to share information on the pro bono projects you are working on, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angela M. King and Amanda V. Judd