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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Texas Advocacy Project!
We have volunteer opportunities for a variety of educational, professional, and life experience backgrounds.

 

RECRUITING ATTORNEYS FOR PRO BONO PROJECT

Texas Advocacy Project (TAP) seeks Corporate Counsel and other attorneys to provide pro bono services to survivor clients in need of assistance applying for the Office of Attorney General’s (OAG) Crime Victims' Compensation (CVC) Fund.

Texas Advocacy Project is a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to survivors of intimate partner violence. TAP's mission is to end dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Texas. TAP empowers survivors through free legal services and access to the justice system, and advances prevention through public outreach and education. Our vision is that all Texans live free from abuse.

The State of Texas provides compensation to crime victims and their immediate family through funds administered by the OAG and paid for by those convicted of criminal offenses.  These crime victims may forgo the funds made available by fees paid by offenders because they may lack the ability or knowledge to file the CVC application and any subsequent appeals.

TAP is building a volunteer base of pro bono attorneys to help fill gaps of services for our survivor clients through a grant from the Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas. We need your assistance securing CVC funding that will cover crime-related costs such as: counseling, lost wages, medical bills, and other crime related expenses.

If you are looking for a pro-bono project that will make a difference, but requires a minimal time commitment, this is for you!

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP 

Attend the Zoom training below for CLE credit to learn everything you need to know about filling out a CVC Application, the appeals process, and issue spotting for related crime victims’ rights issues such as the need for a confidential address.

Then, you’ll be matched with a client list quarterly. Your availability and interest will determine the number of clients you assist.  All work is done remotely.

CVC Training - Jul 7, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) - 1 hour FREE CLE / .5 ethics.

Advanced Registration Required: https://bit.ly/2SsrUto

 

APPLY NOW!

If you are interested in joining TAP’s team as a Pro Bono attorney or have questions, contact Bronwyn Blake, Chief Legal Officer at bblake@texasadvocacyproject.org.   

Help with our general administrative tasks. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for someone who wants to help with an important cause in a "behind the scenes" volunteer position that helps keep the place running smoothly.

Clerical volunteers can shred boxes of old documents, scan hard copy files and then save the electronic versions in our database, prepare brochure orders for shipment, help with mailings, data entry, printing and/or copying, and other tasks as needed.

Currently accepting application for Fall & Spring Semester Law Clerks! Law students work directly with Project attorneys on cases concerning domestic violence and sexual assault.  Texas Advocacy Project is an approved organization for the internship class at UT Law as well as an approved organization for pro bono credit hours.  Full-time and part-time clerkships are available for Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters. Due to Covid-19 all clerkships are currently 100% remote. To apply, please send a completed volunteer application and your resume to volunteer@texasadvocacyproject.org

Join our pro bono network and provide a free, half-hour consultation either over the phone or in person.  Representation at your discretion, and commitment is just 30 minutes per month. As a referral attorney, you would receive calls from victims of domestic violence.  By donating your time and expertise, you would be helping to transform victims into survivors. Any subsequent representation of a referred caller would be totally at your discretion and by your own terms. We are happy to provide you with training materials concerning domestic violence and with safety plans to distribute to clients in your office.

Texas Advocacy Project provides legal acumen to pro bono attorneys in Texas (whether part of our network or not) through our Assisted Pro Bono Hotline (1-866-598-4277) from 10:00am – 4:00pm Monday through Friday, who are assisting clients living at or below 150% of the federal poverty level in family law matters, with a special emphasis on cases involving family violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, or stalking.

The Project has a toll free legal help line. The attorneys who answer calls give free legal advice and referrals to callers from all parts of Texas.

The volunteer Legal Line Attorney's role is to assist staff attorneys in contacting clients who have already been screened for our services and need basic legal assistance over the telephone. We provide training to enable our volunteers to feel competent in assessing caller needs and providing legal advice, and staff is always on hand to answer questions.

Minimum 2 hour per week commitment. Requirements for this volunteer position are attorneys licensed to practice law in Texas, familiarity entering information into a computer database; reliable time commitment; compassionate attitude towards victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

We currently do not have openings in our Development and Communications Department. There are always other administrative volunteer needs so please fill out an application if you are interested.

Texas Advocacy Project has a great outreach campaign called Handbags for Hope, started by a former victim of domestic violence.

We receive thousands of donations of new and gently used handbags and purses from the community. Volunteers are needed to help us clean and sort the bags, affix a label with Texas Advocacy Project's domestic violence legal line to the inside of each, insert pamphlets containing lifesaving information, and box them up.  The goal is to ship the purses to the shelters and crisis centers in time for Mother's Day, when each child staying in the shelter can pick out a purse to give to their mom.

Because we are expecting several thousand donations, one person can’t do it all, so we truly need your help.  This is a great opportunity for families, groups, and individuals.

We are accepting limited groups of remote volunteers. Please email volunteer@texasadvocacyproject.org for more details!

Following our Handbags for Hope project, we ask for donations of new backpacks from the community.  Each backpack will contain the supplies children in crisis need to start their first days at a new school.

How can you help?  We need volunteers to:  stuff the backpacks with school supplies and pamphlets and affix tags; to pack backpacks into boxes; and to move full boxes from one area of the office to another. This is a great opportunity for families, groups, and individuals who can only fit an hour of volunteering into their schedules.

Volunteer in style! Join Texas Advocacy Project in celebrating over 30 years of providing services to victims of domestic violence at their annual black-tie fundraising gala in September. Volunteers for the Black & White Ball can help with everything from event set-up to working auctions and raffles to greeting guests!

More than 20 different shifts available, 2-3 hours each.

Contact volunteer@texasadvocacyproject.org with any questions.

Help us bring some holiday cheer to our past clients.  Each family "up for adoption" is nominated by a Project attorney, and is currently transitioning from a home filled with violence to one of safety and security.  Volunteers will help with wrapping gifts at our office and packing them up for delivery.  To ensure delivery before Christmas, our intention is to have everything wrapped by early December.

This is a great project for individuals and small groups.

If you see a position that interests you, or if you have any questions about volunteering with Texas Advocacy Project, you can reach the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@texasadvocacyproject.org.