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Upcoming Pro Bono Opportunities

*This list includes efforts that are on-going or re-occur annually

 

Eastern Kentucky Spring Break Pro Bono

  • March 12-17, 2017 in Prestonsburg, KY
  • Assist low income residents in Eastern KY with property and environmental damage claims against various entities
  • Contact Dean Murphy at danny.murphy@uky.edu or (859) 257-5155 for volunteer opportunity

 

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program

  • February-April 2017 at the College of Law
  • Assist individuals who meet income qualifications with free tax preparation
  • Contact Professor Michael at michaeld@uky.edu or (859) 257-1485 for volunteer opportunity

 

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy—Trial Division

Office locations: Lexington, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Cynthiana, Richmond (other locations are available)

  • Duties vary according to needs of each trial office and include opportunities to visit courtrooms, assist with interviews and other duties related to filing and archiving cases
  • For more information, please visit our website at http://dpa.ky.gov/
  • Contact Patti Heying, Kentucky Dept. of Public Advocacy, at (502) 782-3510

 

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy—Post-Conviction Branch

Office locations:  Frankfort and LaGrange

3L’s preferred

  • The law student would be assigned a post-conviction case to assist an attorney.  The assignment would include record review, legal research, claim drafting, and an Oldham County prison visit to meet the client.
  • For more information, please visit our website at http://dpa.ky.gov/
  • Contact Patti Heying, Kentucky Dept. of Public Advocacy, at (502) 782-3510

 

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy—Appellate Branch, Frankfort Office

Office Location:  Frankfort (This project can likely be completed from home)

  • The Appellate Branch needs students to transcribe video tapes of trials or testimony.  The students would be able to complete most of the hours in their home as long as they have access to a DVD player and a computer with internet capabilities.  The students may need to make two trips to the Frankfort office:  an initial visit to receive their assignment and then a final visit to return videos.  It is very likely students will get all 30 hours completed in a week for this project.  Since most of the work is done from home, the hours are at the students’ discretion as long as the final deadlines are met.
  • For more information, please visit our website at http://dpa.ky.gov/
  • Contact Patti Heying, Kentucky Dept. of Public Advocacy, at (502) 782-3510

 

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy—Education Branch  

Office Location:  Frankfort (most of the work can be done from home or law library)

  • The Education Branch often updates legal training materials for educational manuals.  In most cases, it is a matter of research the most recent case law.  This project is not necessarily available year-round. 
  • For more information, please visit our website at http://dpa.ky.gov/
  • Contact Patti Heying, Kentucky Dept. of Public Advocacy, at (502) 782-3510

 

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass—General Civil

  • Law students, under supervision of a local attorney and Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, will assist veterans and other individuals with civil legal matters, including bankruptcy, debtor-creditor issues, family law, landlord-tenant and other civil matters
  • For more information, please visit our website at http://www.lablaw.org/home/
  • Contact Joshua Fain, Pro Bono Coordinator, at jfain@lablaw.org or (859) 233-4556 x2224

 

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass—Domestic Violence Branch

  • The legal help that we provide for women and children experiencing violence paves the way for physical safety and self-sufficiency.  Every year, we help about 350 women and their 500 children become safe through obtaining protective orders.
  • For more information, please visit our website at http://www.lablaw.org/home/
  • Contact Catherine DeFlorio, Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, at cdeflorio@lablaw.org or (859) 254-1043

 

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic

  • Maxwell Street Legal Clinic is a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center, a non-profit poverty law advocacy center.  We are a trusted source of high quality, low cost legal assistance for the immigrant and refugee communities of Kentucky.  Our major need is for volunteers who can give a few hours of work per week on a consistent schedule.
  • For more information, please visit our website at http://maxlegalaid.kyequaljustice.org/
  • Contact us at 859-233-3840 or email one of our staff for more information.

 

Kentucky Refugee Ministries

  • Make a world of difference in the lives of new Americans.  Volunteers play an integral role in the refugee resettlement process here at Kentucky Refugee Ministries.  We strive to make our relationship with our volunteers a mutually beneficial one and hope our volunteers find they gain as much from the experience as our clients and staff members.
  • For more information, please visit our website at http://kyrm.org/
  • Contact Marlee Mirre, Lexington Volunteer Coordinator, at mmirre@krmlex.org or 859-226-5661

 

Institute for Compassion in Justice

  • We are an organization of attorneys devoted to building capacity for creative and sustaining legal and community based advocacy for young people and their families in Kentucky.  As advocates we will work to impact policy, share advances through education, and provide legal representation in the most critical areas impacting the well being of Kentucky's children and young adults.
  • Contact Rebecca Ballard DiLoreto, Institute for Compassion in Justice at rbd@icj-ky.org or 859-327-3990