Attorneys

Volunteer Details

VLSH offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for attorneys. To become a volunteer attorney fill out the form below.

Volunteer Attorney Form

Mentor Panels

Mentor Panels consist of volunteer attorneys with expertise in specific areas of law. Mentors are available to consult with new or transitioning attorneys who have active pro bono cases through VLSH. Mentor attorneys have no direct contact or relationship with the client. Please contact VLSH if you are an experienced attorney who can provide pro bono hours to mentor new or transitioning attorneys.

Pro Bono Referral Program

Volunteer Legal’s Pro Bono Referral Program attempts to secure a volunteer attorney for clients who are unable to represent themselves. The scope of representation can range from drafting a simple document to handling a complex family law matter. Attorneys who sign up for the Pro Bono Referral Program can designate the types of cases they are willing to take.

Neighborhood Legal Clinics

Volunteer attorneys are needed for advice and counsel at our Neighborhood Legal Clinics where clinic participants meet one-on-one with a volunteer attorney, usually for half an hour. In most cases, the information and advice provided by the Clinic attorney enable the client to proceed pro se.

Virtual Clinics

Volunteer attorneys are needed to provide advice and counsel with clients by telephone at a mutually convenient time. Telephone consultations are used when a client has an imminent deadline or court appearance.

Self-help Workshops

Volunteer Attorneys conduct Pro Se Uncontested Divorce, Uncontested Guardianship, and Bankruptcy Workshops. The workshops include a follow-up meeting with an attorney to review and finalize documents.

Training and Resource Development

Volunteer attorneys share their expertise by developing resource material or conducting subject matter training or workshops.


Attorney Volunteer Development Programs

Volunteer Legal’s Emerging Attorney Program is designed for newly-licensed attorneys who are interested in building legal skills and subject matter knowledge through pro bono work. Program attorneys are expected to commit to a minimum of 50 pro bono hours over a 12-month period.

Program experiences include:

  • Shadowing attorneys at advice and counsel clinics
  • Case screening and issue identification
  • Drafting legal documents
  • Providing advice and counsel
  • Handling a pro bono case with a mentor
  • Subject matter and skills workshops

For information about development programs for pro bono attorneys, please email volunteer@vlsh.org or call (808) 528-7050.

Hours

Calling in:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (Except for Holidays and Staff Training Days)

Walk-ins (Oahu):
Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. (Except for Holidays and Staff Training Days)

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Address

Volunteer Legal Services Hawai'i
545 Queen Street, Suite 100,
Honolulu, HI 96813