Volunteer attorneys are needed to:
Staff the Homeless Legal Clinic
. Attorneys meet with homeless persons in one- to two-hour sessions and provide on-the-spot legal information and advice as well as referrals to low income/pro bono legal service programs. In many instances, the problems of the interviewees can be resolved at the clinic. The HLC is fully equipped with a telephone, computer with Internet access, printer, standard office supplies, New Mexico statutes, and resource materials and manuals that address specific issues that the homeless face. A trained attorney will assist you until you feel comfortable staffing the clinic by yourself. Even if you are a new lawyer, you will be surprised at how much you have to offer these clients and how your help can make such a major difference in their lives. Volunteer hours count toward fulfilling the obligation of 50 hours of pro bono work under Supreme Court Rule 16-601 NMRA. The HLC is covered by a malpractice insurance policy through the State Bar of New Mexico.
Serve as an "information referral service."
Assist clinic attorneys in answering questions in specialized ares of the law such as domestic relations, criminal law, landlord/tenant law, government benefits, and consumer law.
Join the pro bono referral list.
Volunteer to take cases that cannot be resolved during the limited time period the HLC provides.