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Hotline Attorney or 711 Law Student

First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA) seeks volunteer attorneys and 711 law students to provide high quality pro bono legal representation to low-income adults and children arrested at Chicago police stations and suburban Cook County stations for some juvenile suspects.

Operators answer a 24-hour hotline and call the volunteer attorney when needed to represent people at the police station during their shift. Representation is limited to the station visit. Later, a public defender is appointed.

Volunteers may help clients assert their Fourth Amendment right not to consent to a search, Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and Sixth Amendment right to counsel, interview witnesses, view line-ups, and protect clients from police misconduct.

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

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Volunteers are asked to be on-call for one 4-hour shift per month.

Training and support

In-person trainings with free CLE are offered on the third Wednesday of every month from 5:30-7pm at the Westside Justice Center, or by appointment. Licensed attorneys are available to answer questions during all volunteer shifts.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client counseling, client/witness interviewing, client representation

Skills and resources required

Volunteers will need access to a car or rideshare during their scheduled shifts for travel to police stations.

Location

Chicago, IL

Hotline Attorney or 711 Law Student

First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA) seeks volunteer attorneys and 711 law students to provide high quality pro bono legal representation to low-income adults and children arrested at Chicago police stations and suburban Cook County stations for some juvenile suspects.

Operators answer a 24-hour hotline and call the volunteer attorney when needed to represent people at the police station during their shift. Representation is limited to the station visit. Later, a public defender is appointed.

Volunteers may help clients assert their Fourth Amendment right not to consent to a search, Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and Sixth Amendment right to counsel, interview witnesses, view line-ups, and protect clients from police misconduct.

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.

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Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Volunteers are asked to be on-call for one 4-hour shift per month.

Training and support

In-person trainings with free CLE are offered on the third Wednesday of every month from 5:30-7pm at the Westside Justice Center, or by appointment. Licensed attorneys are available to answer questions during all volunteer shifts.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client counseling, client/witness interviewing, client representation

Skills and resources required

Volunteers will need access to a car or rideshare during their scheduled shifts for travel to police stations.

Location

Chicago, IL