Volunteer

Volunteer and Help Bring Justice to the Marginalized

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with us! We strive to create enriching volunteer experiences for a people with a wide variety of skills and availabilities and specialize in providing opportunities for people looking to do skills-based volunteering. 

Skills / Availability

First, we'd like to get a better sense of what you're interested in, what your level of professional experience is, and what time commitment you're envisioning





Positions

Based on the your availability and skills, here are some volunteer positions that you might qualify for. Check as many of the positions that interest you.

Legal interns do case work and legal research under the supervision of a staff attorney. We believe in deeply challenging our interns and think the experience is formative for anyone interested in direct services.

As a legal case manager working in the office, you will have the opportunity to conduct client intake meetings, work directly with clients, and manage your own cases. You will work under the supervision and guidance of our staff attorneys. This job is best for someone that wants to rapidly learn how to creatively represent the marginalized in our society and build up their resume.

As a pro bono partner working in the office, you will have the opportunity to conduct client intake meetings, work directly with clients, and manage your own cases. You will work under the mentorship of our staff. This is a great opportunity to build legal skills in a fast-paced, high-impact setting.

As an investigator you will work in the office with the paralegals to help gather evidence in cases. You will work a few hours every week out of the office doing errands at the court house or other places. You may also be asked to take intake notes for the attorneys during intakes.

We use outreach to help us find new clients and spread work about us to the community. As an after hours outreach volunteer, you will table at local events or at community locations and be the face of ODL for potential new clients. You will need to know the basic services that ODL provides and be able to explain that to clients.

Translators help us communicate with clients who do not speak english. Usually, this is done orally, but sometimes we also need documents translated. We have a special need for volunteers that speak Cantonese.

As an intern, we'll work with you to develop a project that fits your interests and skills. Projects could include engaging in social science research or conducting a client feedback survey. Undergrad internships are highly competitive.

We use skilled volunteers for a huge array of projects, from developing Salesforce to copy-editing grants to recruiting other skilled volunteers. We typically ask for a 2-3 mo. commitment, working a few hours a week on the project.

We hold events throughout the year. Event volunteers help with tasks like setup, take-down, ushering, check-in, and promotions.

Personal Information

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Application

Based on the roles you've selected, we'd like you to answer a few additional questions:



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For internship applications, we require you to upload a copy of your resume

For internship applications, we require you to upload a copy of your cover letter

Submit

Thanks for completing our volunteer application! A representative will be in touch within a week to continue the conversation. 

If you indicated interest in being a pro bono partner, you will be redirected to our pro bono form upon submission