Loyola Law School's longstanding commitment to social justice is reflected in its students' eagerness to identify opportunities for serving their community members in this time of crisis. In response to these inquiries and in an effort to make such opportunities more available, the LSJLC will regularly update the following resource list. If you would like to add to it, please email details to lsjlc-info@lls.edu.

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LIJC Volunteer Project

Posted May 15, 2020

LIJC is seeking bilingual volunteers (English and Spanish) to help contact LIJC clients who may be eligible for the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) program. DRAI is a financial assistance program for undocumented individuals that is being offered by the California Department of Social Services. Volunteers will be required to participate in a zoom training on Monday (5/18/2020) at 9 AM, have the ability to make phone calls remotely, provide information to clients in either English or Spanish, and collect information from clients for record-keeping purposes. If you are interested, please email Yanira Lemus at Yanira.lemus@lls.edu.

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UCLA UNITE HERE Volunteer Project

Posted May 15, 2020

UNITE HERE Local 11 seeks volunteers to assist dislocated hospitality workers in obtaining vital benefits.  The hospitality sector--including hotels, stadiums, amusement parks, and airport facilities--is been among the sectors most hard hit by the economic impact of the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, with upwards of 90% of workers in the industry laid off or furloughed.  With the help of volunteers, UNITE HERE Local 11--the union for hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizona known for its creative and movement-based approach--has been coordinating a large-scale program to assist dislocated workers in navigating the sometimes complex process of obtaining unemployment benefits.  It also expects to assist workers in ensuring housing security.  The program is looking for law students who want to volunteer to assist with unemployment claims issues, and also for those willing to take on more of a leadership role in coordinating new volunteers.  Interested students should contact Leasly Salazar at leasly.salazar@lls.edu

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Assistance with Unemployment Applications - translation

Posted April 21, 2020

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles is seeking fluent Mandarin and Cantonese speaking volunteers to assist low-income individuals with applying for Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.  Training will be provided.  All work will be remote.  The hours are flexible, but we are asking for a time commitment of 5 hours/week.   

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Translation of Consumer Materials

Posted April 21, 2020

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles is seeking assistance translating legal information materials for the public into Tagalog, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese.  There is not a required time commitment.

Please let Skip Koenig and Julie Rattray know if you are interested.  SkipKoenig@nlsla.org  julierattray@nlsla.org

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Bet Tzedek Employment Rights Clinic

Posted April 20, 2020

Many people have employment related issues due to Covid-19. Bet Tzedek’s Employment Rights team is accepting volunteers who speak Spanish for their Wednesday night clinic, which takes place 4:00-8:00pm Pacific. Volunteers need to commit to at least 2 clinics and to being present for 1.5 hours of the clinic (3-4 hours is preferred). They may be adding clinics on Tuesday nights on an as-needed basis.

Orientation provided for new volunteers. Access to a computer and Zoom required.

Students can apply here and should note their interest in the Employment Rights Clinic: https://www.bettzedek.org/volunteer/volunteer-application/

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Short term project to support sole proprietors affected by Covid-19

Posted April 17, 2020
Public Counsel seeks a law student to volunteer for one short term project over the next couple of weeks.   Public Counsel has seen an influx of inquiries from clients relating to loss of income due to the stay at home orders.  Two of Public Counsel’s economic development focus areas — child care businesses and food vendors— are significantly affected by the crisis and often operate as sole proprietors.   Under new Covid19 relief laws, sole proprietors may qualify to apply for unemployment insurance. Public Counsel has an urgent need to create an educational document to advise clients about this process and eligibility requirements. 
Specifically, they would like a student to create a draft information sheet and FAQ, which will require reviewing the new law and agency guidance, pulling together existing informational resources, and drafting a 2 page sheet understandable to those who may have never applied for government support programs before.  The work would be done under the supervision of an attorney in Public Counsel’s Community Development Project. They are also seeking support from a student who could translate the document into Spanish (although language is not required for the initial phase of the project).  Learn more about this team at:http://www.publiccounsel.org/practice_areas/community_development
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Small Business Assistance Program

Posted April 16, 2020

Loyola Law School has partnered with the Berkeley Center for Law and Business to initiate a Small Business Assistance Program to respond to the crisis created by COVID-19. The Small Business Assistance Program is currently seeking law students to help small businesses navigate and apply for federal stimulus aid available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. If interested, sign up here for further details and information on watching a recorded training webinar.

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The Law Student and Paralegal COVID Pro Bono Support Project

Posted April 9, 2020

Who We Are: We are a group of 3500+ law students, paralegals, and paralegal students that have organized to help our communities respond to the legal needs of those affected by COVID19. We are made up of students from schools across the nation and at varying points in our legal education. We are not currently affiliated with one university or bar association.

What We Do:We work to provide pro bono support to attorneys working on legal matters and projects related to COVID-19. We support these attorneys' work by providing remote assistance on research, drafting, and additional needs. We will work on any project that serves individuals impacted by COVID-19. Examples of the sorts of projects we have supported in the past include:

  • Motions for release from jail, prison, and immigration custody for clients at risk of contracting COVID-19
  • Researching changes to state unemployment insurance protections related to the virus;
  • Maintaining a list of standing court closures related to COVID-19;
  • Compiling a list of local and/or national resources for people seeking assistance
  • Translating resource documents for clients;
  • Compiling resources for medical professionals, service providers, first responders, and others interested in wills and estate planning

Due to current social distancing recommendations, students engaged in this project provide strictly remote support. Furthermore, volunteers are generally not licensed practitioners. For that reason, our volunteers strictly support the work of licensed attorneys. We are not able to offer direct services to clients at this time. 

How It Works: Students can sign up to join the project here. Attorneys can indicate their project needs on this form. Each day, students on the listserv receive an email with descriptions of available projects and a link to sign up. After students sign up, a project coordinator will connect them with the supervising attorney who submitted a request. The project strives to fill all requests for support within 24-36 hours.

We are currently in the process of upscaling our infrastructure to better support attorneys due to the expected increase in individuals who will need assistance in the next few months, and will keep you updated on our progress.