Volunteer Opportunities at Iowa Legal Aid*
Iowa Legal Aid provides critical legal assistance involving basic needs and safety to Iowa’s most vulnerable people, through its 10 offices in Iowa’s major population centers. In 2015, Iowa Legal Aid provided direct legal representation involving 16,300 cases that helped nearly 38,000 persons. Resource limits prevent Iowa Legal Aid from fully helping many otherwise eligible clients and their families each year, but the service of volunteers allows the program to aid more at risk Iowans than it otherwise could. Volunteers serve in various attorney and non-attorney positions which are listed below.
Attorneys throughout the state help provide equal access to justice through the Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Pro Bono Project of HELP Legal Assistance and the Scott and Clinton County Bar Associations.
Opportunities to participate in volunteer lawyers projects around the state include:
- Accepting referrals on behalf of eligible clients (always with the prior approval of the attorney)
- Assisting with intake at Iowa Legal Aid offices
- Taking part in Continuing Legal Education Seminars on poverty law issues
- Contributing materials to probono.net/iowa
- Assisting pro bono clients at advice clinics and pro bono mediations
- Handling contested domestic abuse cases filed under Chapter 236
- Serving as an Emeritus Attorney (more information can be found HERE)
Attorneys interested in these volunteer opportunities can sign up through the Pro Bono Net website, at http://www.probono.net/iowa/volunteer
Attorneys are not the only volunteers who can help Iowa Legal Aid fulfill its mission of providing hope, dignity and justice to low-income Iowans. Additional opportunities include:
- Self-Help clinic assistant
- Office assistant
French Language Volunteer Proficiency Evaluator
Volunteer Receptionist – Northeast Iowa Regional Office in Dubuque
Volunteer Receptionist – Southeast Iowa Regional Office in Ottumwa
Volunteer Receptionist – North Central Iowa Regional Office in Mason City
For more details on our non-attorney volunteer positions and to sign up, visit our website at www.iowalegalaid.org
*Please note that all positions may not be available at all times or locations nearest you. For example, a particular position may have been filled or we may have limited capacity to engage volunteers with certain types of skills. Even though we cannot guarantee a placement to every prospective volunteer, we will do our best to match the applicant’s skills and interests with our present needs.