The Victim Advocacy Program offers several volunteer opportunities for attorneys. We work with pro bono attorneys throughout the State of Wisconsin to provide legal services to people with disabilities who are victims/survivors of crime. Legal services can include assistance with restraining orders and other family law matters, advance directives, anti-discrimination matters, benefits issues, and special education issues.
We are also seeking a volunteer attorney to conduct legal research and draft various memos or guides to provide advice and counsel to people with disabilities who are victims of crime. Strong writing and researching skills are required; familiarity with family law and victims’ rights is desirable.
The volunteer attorney is expected to volunteer 5-10 hours per week with flexible days of the week and hours. For volunteers living in the Madison or Milwaukee area, the attorney can utilize a computer, desk, and internet at our offices. However, volunteers who are unable to travel to either office or who wish to volunteer from home should also apply. Start date is flexible depending upon the volunteer’s availability. This is the perfect opportunity for an attorney who is currently retired, a stay-at-home parent, or family caregiver and looking to connect with the legal community while making an impact in the lives of people with disabilities.
Some issues the attorney could assist in researching include:
· Child support
· Relocation issues in child custody cases
· Child abuse/neglect cases where the parent and/or child has a disability
· Restoring rights while under guardianship
· Removing a guardian
If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to Amy Devine, Pro Bono Coordinator, Disability Rights Wisconsin, 131 W. Wilson St., Ste. #700, Madison, WI 53703 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to learn more about any of our volunteer attorney opportunities or have any other questions about the Victim Advocacy Program, please contact Amy Devine at email@example.com or 608-267-0214. All volunteers are required to complete a criminal background check.