Volunteer Opportunity with Community Legal Aid/HEAL Program

The HEAL program is seeking a volunteer law student who is interested in developing skills in the following areas:  client interviewing, case management, document drafting, document review, and drafting advice letters.  In addition, the volunteer will be involved in researching legal and policy issues and drafting memoranda related to (1) reduction of health disparities through policy change that addresses social determinants of health; (2) implementation of the Affordable Care Act, in collaboration with statewide advocacy groups; and (3) expansion of the medical legal partnership model in Legal Aid’s service area.  Depending on interest, need, and capacity, the volunteer may have the option to take on a specific semester long project. The volunteer will work closely with the Managing Attorney for the HEAL program and will get both poverty law and health policy experience.  The volunteer is asked to commit at least 15 hours per week to the project during business hours of 8:30am and 5pm.

Contact Zoeann Powell at zpowell@communitylegalaid.org or 330 983 2551.

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Fall Public Interest Fellowship now open for applications!

Akron Law Public Interest Law Program – Fall 2015 – Applications for the Fall 2015 Public Interest Law (PIL) Program will be accepted beginning Monday, August 31, 2015. Students interested in applying for a Fall 2015 Public Interest Law award should begin thinking about and securing a public interest placement for their fall PIL work experience. The Public Interest Law Program supports and encourages those students who would like to gain experience in public interest areas. Recent local placements have included: Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program Community Legal Aid Services of Akron City of Canton, Public Safety and Service Departments Mahoning County Prosecutor National Labor Relations Board Ninth District Court of Appeals Ohio Civil Rights Commission U.S. Attorney’s Office Stark County Public Defender’s Office Summit County Prosecutor CASA Guardian Ad Litem/Summit County Juvenile Court University of Akron Legal Clinic/Appellate Review Office U.S. Attorney’s Office U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit If you think you would like to do this work, but have no idea how to line up a placement, please feel free to call upon Career Planning Director, Alisa Benedict O’Brien or Professor Joann Sahl. The deadline to submit your application for fall 2015 funding is Monday, September 14 at 12:00 Noon. It is required that you will secure a placement in advance of submitting your application. The application form is to be filled out by the student/applicant. The organization that will employ you as a volunteer law clerk and will provide supervision will need to confirm that in a letter on their letterhead/stationary. They will need to include your start date, end date, number of hours per week on average, supervisor’s name, and a sentence describing your anticipated duties. This letter also needs to be submitted by the application deadline of Monday, September 14, 2015 at 12:00 Noon. Application guidelines can be obtained here: http://www.uakron.edu/law/career/students/public-interest-law-program—stipend-application.dot

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Akron Law Cares – Registration Open for all students!

Akron Law Cares – Akron Law’s annual day of service to assist nonprofits in our community. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015
8 a.m. – Noon

The Event will kick off at 8 a.m., at the School
of Law with coffee and doughnuts.

To Register:


or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

Akron Law Cares


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Community Legal Aid Volunteer Opportunities – earn pro bono of limited means hours

Are you interested in pursuing a career in Public Interest Law? Are the reasons you decided to go to law school mostly about wanting to help people? Consider interning with Community Legal Aid’s Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP).

Community Legal Aid is the sole provider of legal assistance to low income individuals in an eight county area. The Volunteer Legal Services Program is a program within Community Legal Aid that works very closely with private attorneys providing them with a number of volunteer opportunities. Students volunteering for the VLSP can work in several areas: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, our Peace of Mind clinic which assists Uncollectible clients, Simple Contract law, Simple Estate Planning, and Family law.

For students, our program offers a variety of learning opportunities in the following areas; client interviews, client meetings, document review, case management, determining the correct address for service and notice, drafting simple estate planning documents, drafting advice letters, completing public record searches.

NOTE: Students are required to volunteer a minimum of five (5) hours. Students who can volunteer once or twice a week (5-8 hours total per week) for the entire semester will be provided with more substantive training along with an opportunity to attend a 341 Hearing, sit in on a bankruptcy petition signing, and work with a private attorney to execute Simple Estate Planning Documents.
If interested, please contact VLSP Staff Attorney, Carla Boyle, at cboyle@communitylegalaid.org

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Volunteer Tutors Needed – earn community service of limited means hours

The Summit County Juvenile Court Family Resource Center is looking for volunteer tutors to provide homework help in a one on one and small group setting. Tutoring sessions will occur on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00pm at the Summit County Juvenile Court. Tutoring is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Please contact Sarah Norman at 330-643-2942 or snorman@cpcourt.summitoh.net if you are interested.

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