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Educational Program Volunteer

Volunteer attorneys and law students perform street outreach and offer educational presentations on FDLA's services and constitutional rights to community organizations, schools, churches, and other community hubs.

First Defense Legal Aid, through a nationally unique 24/7/365 hotline, provides a free and reliable lawyer to individuals who are in custody at Chicago police stations, representing them at the station (and suburban Cook County police stations for some juvenile suspects). FDLA also promotes police accountability and the protection of civil rights through street outreach, classroom presentations, and community programs.

Type of engagement

Training & Education

Time commitment

Volunteers must first shadow a street law educator (1-4 hrs.), then varies depending on the topic, but usually 1-4 hours.

Training and support

Volunteers must shadow a street law educator one time but are welcome to shadow multiple times. Shadowing opportunities are available at least once per month. Volunteers are also provided with FDLA's "Know Your Rights" training packet and support from FDLA staff.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

public speaking

Skills and resources required

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

Location

Chicago, IL

Educational Program Volunteer

Volunteer attorneys and law students perform street outreach and offer educational presentations on FDLA's services and constitutional rights to community organizations, schools, churches, and other community hubs.

First Defense Legal Aid, through a nationally unique 24/7/365 hotline, provides a free and reliable lawyer to individuals who are in custody at Chicago police stations, representing them at the station (and suburban Cook County police stations for some juvenile suspects). FDLA also promotes police accountability and the protection of civil rights through street outreach, classroom presentations, and community programs.

Type of engagement

Training & Education

Time commitment

Volunteers must first shadow a street law educator (1-4 hrs.), then varies depending on the topic, but usually 1-4 hours.

Training and support

Volunteers must shadow a street law educator one time but are welcome to shadow multiple times. Shadowing opportunities are available at least once per month. Volunteers are also provided with FDLA's "Know Your Rights" training packet and support from FDLA staff.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

public speaking

Skills and resources required

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

Location

Chicago, IL