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After-Hours Legal Advice Desk

CCLA hosts a legal advice desk on the second Tuesday evening of each month at the CCLA offices. Additional legal advice desks that focus on trending legal issues are held at various locations in Cook and Lake County. Each of these advice desks are approximately 1.5 hours, providing attorneys with a pre-set, time limited volunteer opportunity. Volunteer attorneys meet with clients, discuss their concerns, and provide legal advice with the support of CCLA staff attorneys. This opportunity is particularly well-suited for attorneys who speak a second language.

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance provides holistic and empowering representation in the areas of family law, housing, consumer law, and criminal records through its legal advice telephone line, legal education seminars, advice desks, and legal clinics. CCLA also provides access to language interpretation and social services.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Two-hour evening shifts at the help desk

Training and support

CCLA provides training and informational materials and CCLA staff attorneys are present to supervise and support attorneys at legal advice desks.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client counseling and interviewing skills, subject matter experience

Languages Required

Spanish

Skills and resources required

Spanish is helpful, but not required

Location

Chicago, IL

After-Hours Legal Advice Desk

CCLA hosts a legal advice desk on the second Tuesday evening of each month at the CCLA offices. Additional legal advice desks that focus on trending legal issues are held at various locations in Cook and Lake County. Each of these advice desks are approximately 1.5 hours, providing attorneys with a pre-set, time limited volunteer opportunity. Volunteer attorneys meet with clients, discuss their concerns, and provide legal advice with the support of CCLA staff attorneys. This opportunity is particularly well-suited for attorneys who speak a second language.

Catholic Charities Legal Assistance provides holistic and empowering representation in the areas of family law, housing, consumer law, and criminal records through its legal advice telephone line, legal education seminars, advice desks, and legal clinics. CCLA also provides access to language interpretation and social services.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Two-hour evening shifts at the help desk

Training and support

CCLA provides training and informational materials and CCLA staff attorneys are present to supervise and support attorneys at legal advice desks.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client counseling and interviewing skills, subject matter experience

Languages Required

Spanish

Skills and resources required

Spanish is helpful, but not required

Location

Chicago, IL