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Attorney and Law Student Intake Program

Volunteer attorneys and law students interview potential clients at CGLA offices and partner organization in Chicago. Following intake interviews, volunteers attend the weekly intake meeting at CGLA’s office to present the potential client’s information to staff, volunteers, and interns. At the intake meeting, all staff and volunteers vote on which cases to accept, refer to other sources, or provide advice.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid works for and alongside individuals, families, and communities impacted by the direct and collateral consequences of the criminal justice system. CGLA’s interdisciplinary services remove and prevent barriers to employment and education and stabilize housing threatened by arrest or conviction.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Each intake requires 4 hours, including the interview and intake meeting. After training, volunteers are asked to commit to completing 3 intakes on their own.

Training and support

Volunteers attend a 2-hour orientation session at CGLA’s office and then observe three intake sessions and the corresponding intake meeting before conducting intake interviews independently. CGLA’s volunteer coordinator and staff attorneys provide support to volunteers.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client Interviewing

Skills and resources required

All volunteers are competent to handle this matter after the training provided

Location

Chicago, IL

Attorney and Law Student Intake Program

Volunteer attorneys and law students interview potential clients at CGLA offices and partner organization in Chicago. Following intake interviews, volunteers attend the weekly intake meeting at CGLA’s office to present the potential client’s information to staff, volunteers, and interns. At the intake meeting, all staff and volunteers vote on which cases to accept, refer to other sources, or provide advice.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid works for and alongside individuals, families, and communities impacted by the direct and collateral consequences of the criminal justice system. CGLA’s interdisciplinary services remove and prevent barriers to employment and education and stabilize housing threatened by arrest or conviction.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Each intake requires 4 hours, including the interview and intake meeting. After training, volunteers are asked to commit to completing 3 intakes on their own.

Training and support

Volunteers attend a 2-hour orientation session at CGLA’s office and then observe three intake sessions and the corresponding intake meeting before conducting intake interviews independently. CGLA’s volunteer coordinator and staff attorneys provide support to volunteers.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client Interviewing

Skills and resources required

All volunteers are competent to handle this matter after the training provided

Location

Chicago, IL