Translators needed for Inter-American Commission Hearings

Looking for students interested in translating coverage of the Inter-American Commission hearings into Spanish

Every year the Human Rights Brief covers the Inter-American Commission hearings taking place in both the fall and spring. The hearings this fall will take place from October 27 to October 31. Our Human Rights Brief staffers will be at the Commission taking notes on every hearing, and they produce a 500-700 word summary of every hearing. We are looking for students who would like to volunteer to translate the coverage of the hearings done by our staff into Spanish. Continue reading

Volunteers Needed to Defend Asian American Voting Rights!

Volunteer with AALDEF to help Asian Americans facing barriers in exercising their right to vote. Volunteers will assist with poll monitoring for Mid-Term elections on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Continue reading

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless Volunteer Opportunity

October 9, 2014
11:45 – 4:00 pm 
(lunch will be provided)
Volunteer training session
The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless is excited to announce its next opportunity to become a Legal Clinic volunteer! Student interested  in participating in the fall should attend this event. 
Arent Fox (1717 K Street, NW)
RSVP: or 202.328.1263

EJW Citizenship Day

Friday, October 24 – Saturday, October 25
EJW Citizenship Day 

Students attending the 2014 Conference and Career Fair are invited to participate in an exciting training and pro bono opportunity hosted by Members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Equal Justice Works as part of the ABA’s National Celebration of Pro Bono Week!
Students must register for Conference and Career Fair and the pro bono project and are required to attend the training on Friday, October 24 at 8:30 a.m. as well as the Citizenship Day on Saturday. Student volunteer slots for the pro bono opportunity are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to J.D. students, but they will keep a waiting list

Volunteers Needed for National Institute for Trial Advocacy Training

The DC Bar Foundation is co-sponsoring a National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Basic Litigation Skills training, specifically for public interest lawyers, from Wednesday, October 22 to Saturday, October 25.  Volunteers are needed to cover half- or full-day shiftsWednesday to Saturday, between 8 am and 5 pm. In the past, law students and interns have volunteered, but we are always open to anyone who is interested in volunteering. Volunteers will be able to observe the training sessions for free, enjoy a catered breakfast and lunch, and receive a travel stipend. The volunteers’ duties will be to assist with logistics, including handing out name tags, distributing materials, assisting instructors, and monitoring the classrooms.
Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP
700 Sixth St NW #700,
Washington, DC 20001
Please respond by Friday, September 19 if you’re interested in volunteering. Simply email Christina Lynch, Programs Assistant with the DC Bar Foundation, at to volunteer or with questions.

Immigrant Rights Coalition DACA Event with CASA

CASA de Maryland is hosting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) clinic this Sat. Sept. 27th at 9am!
This is a great opportunity for you to get involved with the District-area immigrant community and provide some much appreciated assistance to young people as they claim their rights. DACA is a federal program that allows deferred action against deportation for undocumented immigrants who fulfill a certain list of requirements.
CASA provides full legal revision of the DACA forms for only 25 dollars. Thus, they rely on the support of volunteers to help with the initial filling out of the application by clients at the clinics. An immigration staff attorney will train volunteers on the process from 9-9:30 Sat. morning.
The clinic will be held at 8151 15th Ave.  Hyattsville, MD 20783 – The big building in the middle of the complex (it will make sense when you are there)
Please sign up on the google spread sheet if you are interested ( )
I hope we can use the google sheet to coordinate some rides from the Fort Totten Metro Station (closest metro) at 8:30 am.
Rachel, the IRC Co-chair will be there on Sat. and her number is 305-815-9082

People for Fairness Coalition Seeking Volunteers

People for Fairness Coalition (PFC), an advocacy and peer mentoring group led by District residents experiencing homelessness, is looking for 1 – 2 short-term volunteers to assist in the creation of a Consumer Committee in the ICH (Interagency Council on Homelessness). These volunteer(s) would work with PFC to conduct listening sessions with various populations affected by homelessness (youth, single men, single women, and families) to determine the foundation and structure of the new committee. The volunteer(s) would then assist with analyzing and applying information gained from these sessions.

Application Due: October 02, 2014

WCL Take Back Your Home

Please join us to prevent the loss of home through foreclosure or fraud. Help protect housing rights!  (Earn pro bono hours; no prior experience necessary)

Our first Take Back Your Home outreach of the semester will be THIS Saturday, September 20th.  We will meet in the International Lounge (6th Floor behind the cafeteria) at WCL for breakfast and a brief training before heading out for canvassing.  You can sign up here.  Our other canvassing dates this semester will be on September 27th, October 18th, November 8th, and November 22nd.

If you would like to canvass but cannot make it to WCL on Saturday morning, just email us for alternative weekday training options and leave to canvass from a location that’s convenient for you

If you haven’t canvassed with us before, our goal is to reach out to homeowners in the early stages of foreclosure to provide them with resources and community support so that they can save their homes.  Prince George’s County consistently has one of the highest foreclosure rates in Maryland, and our outreach helps to point homeowners in the right direction to get help.

Please let us know if you any questions, or if there’s something you’d like to make sure that we cover in the training.  We hope to see you at our first canvass! Fee free to contact for more information.  Continue reading