First Annual Public Service Challenge

UCLA LAW 2020 PUBLIC SERVICE CHALLENGE

Between October 30th and November 3rd we are challenging members of the UCLA Law community to do two or more hours of pro bono work through any of the opportunities below. Help us meet the challenge!

Launch Celebration on October 26 at 12:15 pm
 

Register Today!

UCLA School of Law is proud to announce our inaugural Public Service Challenge from October 30th to November 3rd. UCLA Law will not have class on Election Day, November 3rd, and encourages all students, alumni, faculty, and staff to engage in public service during this five-day period. We know 2020 has been hard, but the UCLA Law community is over 18,000 strong! Working together, we can make a difference!

You can participate in the Challenge in 5 easy steps:

  1. Register here for a special treat, alerts, and reminders!
  2. Separately, sign up for a pro bono or public service opportunity below.
  3. Join us for the Launch Celebration on Monday, Oct. 26th at 12:15 pm, featuring the LA Sparks, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Supervisor Hilda Solis, Congressman Adam Schiff and more! The zoom link will be emailed to everyone who registers here.
  4. Vote!

Check your voter registration for any state here.

Information on mail-in voting in California here.

  1. Share your service! During your public service activity take photos and post them on social media using #UCLAW4LA. We will send you an "I volunteered" sticker in the mail to use in your posts and a short survey so we can share your service!

General questions regarding the UCLA Law 2020 Public Service Challenge may be directed to publicinterestoffice@law.ucla.edu.

Public Service Opportunities

Once you have registered for the Challenge, meeting it is simple, just 1) vote and 2) complete two or more hours of public service work at any of the opportunities listed below, or an opportunity of your choice!

Each of the opportunities below has their own registration process and some have trainings that need to be completed before participating. Some opportunities are in-person, but most can be done remotely.

The opportunities are organized in the following categories:

  1. Election Protection/Voting Rights
  2. El Centro Clinics (UCLA Law students only)
  3. Opportunities with UCLA Law Programs, Centers, and Clinics
  4. Supporting Legal Services in Los Angeles and Beyond
  5. Non-law related public service opportunities

Any questions regarding specific opportunities should be directed to the contacts noted for each opportunity.

Thank you!

COVID-19: Please stay healthy and safe while doing your service activity. Most of the activities below are not UCLA Law activities but programs of the listed public interest organizations or government agencies. Please follow their public health and safety guidelines and any applicable government guidelines related to COVID 19. The listed public service activities are social activities that provide a permissible or essential service.

Public Service Opportunities

  • Election Protection/Voting Rights

    Poll worker (work at official voting locations)

    In the 2018 midterm elections, approximately six out of 10 U.S. poll workers were over the age of 60. The age group from which most poll workers are drawn is particularly at risk for COVID-19, and primaries held after the global pandemic suggest that finding enough poll workers this November will be difficult. The UCLA Law community can help meet this need in Los Angeles County and Beyond!

    Los Angeles County
    Date and Time: Oct. 30 to Nov. 3
    Hours: A full day, up to 13 hours
    Client Interaction: Yes
    Remote or in person: In person
    Prerequisites: Trainings coordinated by Los Angeles County
    To register, contact: Election Worker Volunteer Form

    In Los Angeles County, we are partnering with the Los Angeles County Registrar and Loyola Law School to recruit, train, and place law students (and lawyers) based in Los Angeles at vote centers around the county. To sign up, please fill out the Election Worker Volunteer Form. This form asks you to rank your top five locations based on neighborhoods and cities provided by the County.

    Once you sign up you will receive a follow up email with a link to the County Application. Make sure under "How did you hear about us" to enter Loyola Law School so they will be easily filtered from other volunteer applications. After you sign up, the County will schedule two to four hours of training.

    Finally, after you apply with the County, you should complete this FORM so that we have a record of your application in case any issues arise with the County. The time commitment will vary. Depending on the requirements on the day of the election, volunteers may have to stay on for the full day or around 13 hours. If you have any questions or concerns, please email waknin2020@lawnet.ucla.edu.

    Outside of Los Angeles County, including other states
    You can work at official county voting sites elsewhere in Southern California including Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County (click through for details). Elsewhere in California, you can volunteer through the California Secretary of State's website.

    To serve as a poll worker outside of California, go to www.canivote.org and click on "Become a Poll Worker" (responsibilities will vary by jurisdiction, e.g., tasks may range from staffing polling places to processing returned ballot envelopes).


    Non-partisan election protection

    Every eligible voter deserves to have their vote counted. As voters navigate election changes and prepare to cast a ballot, you can help ensure that Californians' right to vote is protected.


    Monitor polling sites in Southern California

    Nonprofit organizations train and send poll monitors to visit polling sites (voting locations) on Election Day or during the early voting period to observe voting taking place, support voters, and report issues that arise.

    Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (focus on language and disability accessible voting)
    Date and Time: October 24–November 3
    Hours: 5+
    Client Interaction: Yes
    Remote or in person: In person
    Prerequisites: Training required
    To register, contact: Sign up for Los Angeles County or Orange County

    Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA conducts poll monitoring in Los Angeles County (beginning October 24, with Disability Rights California) and Orange County (beginning October 30). Volunteers will help ensure that vote centers across both counties are disability and language accessible, and that voters are able to vote confidently and comfortably. Bilingual ability not required. Questions, contact Daniel Jeon at djeon@advancingjustice-la.org

    California Common Cause - FULL
    Date and Time: before and up to November 3
    Hours: varies
    Client Interaction: Yes
    Remote or in person: In person
    Prerequisites: Training required (Oct. 17, 20, or 21)
    To register, contact: Sign up here

    Common Cause seeks poll monitors for Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties. Questions, contact: Kiyana Asemanfar, KAsemanfar@commoncause.org or Nicole Hansen, HansenN@lawnet.ucla.edu.


    Monitor polling sites in Northern and Central California

    Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (focus on language and disability accessible voting)
    Date and Time: before and up to November 3
    Hours: 4-hour shift
    Client Interaction: Yes
    Remote or in person: In person
    Prerequisites: Training required
    To register, contact: Sign up here

    Asian Americans Advancing Justice-ALC and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area seek poll monitors for Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Merced, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo counties. Questions, contact: Elica Vafaie, evafaie@lccrsf.org.


    Support voter helpline in Los Angeles and Orange Counties

    Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
    Date and Time: October 24–November 3
    Hours: 4+
    Client Interaction: Yes
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: Training required
    To register, contact: Daniel Jeon, djeon@advancingjustice-la.org

    Beginning October 24, Asian Americans Advancing Justice will have voter helplines in English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Tagalog, and Vietnamese to aid voters in Los Angeles and Orange Counties with problems they may encounter in the voting process. Volunteers will help voters confidently cast their ballot by informing them of the various options and answer questions about the voting process. A supporting attorney will be available to assist volunteers and callers if an issue needs to be escalated.


    Support national voter hotline

    Election Protection with We The Action
    Date and time: various
    Hours: each volunteer slot is 4 hours
    Client Interaction: Yes
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: attend a remote training
    To register, sign up at: https://electionprotection.wetheaction.org/

    We the Action is recruiting thousands of lawyers and other volunteers to answer voters' questions and respond to issues through the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline. Questions, contact Nancy Anderson, epvolunteer@lawyerscommittee.org.


    Other voter protection in California

    California Common Cause
    Date and time: various
    Hours: varies
    Client Interaction: Yes
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: Training required (Sep 30)
    To register, contact: Sign up here 

    Common Cause seeks volunteer (1) social media monitors, to support voters who post on social media about problems with voting and report elections-related misinformation and disinformation, and (2) textbankers, to text voters through an online platform in order to give them accurate voting information and support. Questions, contact: Kiyana Asemanfar, KAsemanfar@commoncause.org or Nicole Hansen, HansenN@lawnet.ucla.edu.


    California voting and election reference guide

    American Library Association, Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) Voting & Elections Toolkits, California
    Date and time: Project needs to be completed by Nov. 1 or earlier
    Hours required 3-5 hours
    Client Interaction: No
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: None
    To register contact: Lynn McClelland (she/her), mcclelland@law.ucla.edu

    The American Library Association is in the process of creating voting and election reference guides for each state that provide voters with updates on the elections, along with information on eligibility, ID requirements, and casting ballots. The volunteer for this project would help finalize the California guide by conducting a thorough fact check of the information on the current draft and would offer suggestions on how to make the guide more useful.

  • El Centro Clinics (current volunteers only)

    UCLA School of Law has a long tradition of student-led pro bono opportunities. Each year over two hundred students each participate in El Centro Legal' s 15 clinics that vulnerable communities in Los Angeles. These opportunities are only available to UCLA Law students who are already enrolled in an El Centro Clinic.

    The following opportunities are available through El Centro to volunteers who have already applied and been placed into their respective clinics. Since our volunteers must go through multiple rounds of training, we are unable to accept volunteers who did not apply to El Centro and did not attend the required trainings. 

     

    Let's Go Liberation Clinic

    Date and Time: November 2, 7:30 PM
    Hours: 2
    Client Interaction: Yes
    Remote or in person: Remote 
    Prerequisites: Registration with clinic through El Centro
    To register contact: Jessica Xu, elcentro@lawnet.ucla.edu 

    Let's Go! Liberation Clinic is a pioneering effort to empower low-income intersex, transgender, and gender non-conforming people by helping them with legal name and gender marker changes. In collaboration with the L.A. LGBT Center, volunteers will assist with client intake, filling out court forms, and providing information on what clients might expect from the legal name and gender change process. Volunteers will join a central Zoom call and then meet with their client in a break-out room. Supervising attorneys will be present to review completed forms and address any questions.

    Teen Court Clinic

    Date and Time: November 3, 2:30 - 4:30 PM
    Hours: 2
    Client Interaction: Yes
    Remote or in person: Remote 
    Prerequisites: Registration with clinic through El Centro
    To register contact: Jessica Xu, elcentro@lawnet.ucla.edu 

    Teen Court , an outreach program of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, provides teens with an opportunity to be judged and sentenced by a jury of their peers instead of becoming entangled with the Juvenile Court system and having a record of a criminal conviction. Teen Court is presided over by a real LA Superior Court judge, and jurors are selected from another high school's student body. In the clinic, UCLA Law students help the teenage jurors in questioning the defendant, conducting jury deliberations, and deciding appropriate sanctions such as family counseling, community service, joining a sports team and more.

  • Opportunities with UCLA Law Programs, Centers, and Clinics

    Ranging from immigration and tribal law to food law and racial justice, UCLA Law's pro bono work is amplified by its unparalleled suite of academic programs, centers, and clinics.  The following opportunities are a great way to make a difference and support the work of these programs:

     

     

     

    The Williams Institute: Documenting LGBTQ Discrimination for the Equality Act
    Date and Time: anytime
    Hours: 2 to 8
    Client Interaction: No, legal research.
    Remote or in person: Remote 
    Prerequisites: None
    To register contact: Christy Mallory (she/her), mallory@law.ucla.edu.

    LGBTQ people continue to face widespread and persistent discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and other settings. While the Supreme Court expanded protections this summer in Bostock v. Clayton County, there is a continued need for the Equality Act-- a comprehensive federal law that expressly prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in all settings. For this project, lawyers and law students will be assigned a state to research documented cases of LGBTQ discrimination, including looking at surveys, articles, court cases, administrative complaints, media reports, etc. The final product can be a short memo or a citation list with short summaries. The Williams Institute will provide a search guide and a template. Due to prior research by the Williams Institute, the research will be limited to 2009 to the present and focus on the smallest states in terms of population.

    Tribal Legal Development Clinic

    Date and Time: anytime
    Hours: 2+
    Client Interaction: No
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: None
    To register contact: Lauren van Schilfgaarde (she/her), vanschilfgaarde@law.ucla.edu
    The Tribal Legal Development Clinic provides legal development services to Indian tribes and tribal organizations. UCLA Law students and alum would have an opportunity to research and develop training materials regarding Los Angeles's Indigenous communities and the need for government-to-government acknowledgment and consultation, including under international human rights norms. The hours are very flexible.

    Prison Law and Policy Program: UCLA Law Covid-19 Behind Bars Data Project

    Date and Time: Anytime
    Hours: 2+
    Client Interaction: No
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: Volunteers skilled in social media searches and other internet sleuthing techniques—or who want to develop these investigative skills
    To register contact: Victoria Rossi (she/her), rossiv@law.ucla.edu

    Volunteer Opportunity #1: In March 2020, in the face of the increasing danger posed by COVID-19 to people held in jails and prisons, the UCLA Prison Law and Policy Program launched the UCLA COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project. The Project, spearheaded by Professor Sharon Dolovich, tracks COVID-19 conditions in jails and prisons and the efforts — both in and out of court — to decrease jail and prison populations and improve conditions to ensure the safety of residents and staff. Within the larger Project, the Youth Correctional Facilities project tracks confirmed cases of COVID-19 for youth and staff in state and local youth correctional facilities, as well as changes in testing, visitation, education, and programming policies in those facilities. Ultimately, our work aims to (1) highlight the urgency of reducing the number of confined youth, and (2) help tell the story of COVID-19 for youth behind bars. Since youth correctional facilities are not all reporting policy changes equally, our team is turning to Public Records Act (PRA) requests to gather and monitor this important information. During UCLA’s Pro Bono Service Challenge, we are hoping volunteers will help our team gather the information we need to draft and address these PRA requests to youth correctional facilities in states and counties across the country. 

    Volunteer Opportunity #2: In March 2020, in the face of the increasing danger posed by COVID-19 to people held in jails and prisons, the UCLA Prison Law and Policy Program launched the UCLA COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project. The Project, spearheaded by Professor Sharon Dolovich, tracks COVID-19 conditions in jails and prisons and the efforts — both in and out of court — to decrease jail and prison populations and improve conditions to ensure the safety of residents and staff. Within the larger Project, the COVID-19-Related Youth Filings & Court Orders project collects COVID-19-related filings and orders for juvenile appeals, youth-related affirmative litigation in state court, and special education cases brought on behalf of detained youth. The final product is meant to 1) serve as a repository of resources for advocates and lawyers, and 2) help tell the story of COVID-19 for youth behind bars. At the moment, our team is struggling to access youth-related filings and decisions in a manner that compares to the robust quantity of adult data the Project has gathered. During UCLA’s Pro Bono Service Challenge, we are hoping volunteers will participate in a phone bank to reach out directly to juvenile public defender units, service providers, and/or advocacy organizations across the country, inviting them to contribute any relevant, nonconfidential briefings and decisions to our database.  

    Volunteer Opportunity #3:

    Early in the pandemic, we launched the UCLA Law Covid-19 Behind Bars Data Project to track deaths in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers. It's particularly challenging to track deaths in local jails, as jail death-reporting policies vary widely across states and counties. 

     The pro bono challenge volunteer would contribute to our data collection efforts by recording the addresses, websites, and geocoordinates of local jails. This information will help us submit effective public information requests to gather information on jail deaths. It will also assist with a first-of-its-kind project to map jails throughout the United States.  

    Volunteer Opportunity #4:

    Incarcerated people face an outsized risk of infection and death from Covid-19. Early in the pandemic, we launched the UCLA Law Covid-19 Behind Bars Data Project to track deaths in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers. Our investigations team works to “get behind” the quantitative data we've collected and tell the stories of people who have died from the virus while incarcerated.  

    We’re looking for pro bono challenge volunteers skilled in social media searches and other internet sleuthing techniques—or who want to develop these investigative skills—to find the loved ones of those who’ve died in custody, as well as people who've recently been released from custody. Volunteers will not be asked to contact anyone. Their searches will provide valuable information to assist with our outreach efforts to those directly impacted by Covid-19 in corrections facilities. 

     

    The Resnick Center: Collecting and annotating material for the Covid-19 and Food Law library guide

    Date and Time: anytime
    Hours: 2 to 8
    Client Interaction: No, legal research
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: None
    To register contact: Diana Winters(she/her), winters@law.ucla.edu

    The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic has and will continue to have an enormous impact on global food systems. The Center created the library guide in conjunction with the UCLA Law Library in April 2020. The purpose of this library guide is to provide resources on the intersection of Covid-19 and food law and policy for scholars, researchers, and officials, which comports with the Resnick Center's mission to provide cutting-edge legal research and scholarship in food law and policy. These resources can also be used to evaluate the role of law in shaping the resiliency of the global food systems to any future sudden disruption. For this project, lawyers and law students will collect scholarship and media articles in a food law area chosen in collaboration with the Resnick Center, and will then briefly summarize these works for the library guide. The Resnick Center will provide a short training.

    The Veterans Clinic: Legal Referrals for Veterans

    Date and Time: anytime
    Hours: 2-4
    Client Interaction: No, research.
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: None
    To register contact: davidsons@law.ucla.edu

    Veterans face a variety of unique challenges, and providers across Los Angeles do their best to meet the need. However, we can only do so by maintaining a robust list of legal referrals for the individuals we can't fully represent. For this project, lawyers and law students will be assigned to: (1) determine whether the current entries on the list are accurate; (2) type the existing accurate entries into a newly formatted word document; (3) determine how to access the services (i.e. phone, website, drop in clinics, etc.), and enter into document, and (4) determining whether there are any COVID-specific changes currently in effect (and enter into document).

    Veterans Clinic: Non-Legal Resources for Veterans

    Date and Time: anytime
    Hours: 2-4
    Client Interaction: No, research.
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: None
    To register contact: davidsons@law.ucla.edu

    Create a comprehensive list of non-legal resources for unhoused or low-income veterans, such as (1) housing programs, including site-specific programs; (2) homeless services providers / non-VA case managers specializing in veterans; (3) healthcare outside the VA, if any; (4) mental health services; and (5) employment services (beyond the VA's vocational rehabilitation program).  Results can be provided in a table, but should include contact information for these resources.

    The Veterans Clinic: Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Memo

    Date and Time: anytime
    Hours: 2-5
    Client Interaction: No, research.
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: None
    To register contact: davidsons@law.ucla.edu

    HUD-VASH is a collaborative program between HUD and the VA to provide supportive housing for chronically homeless veterans. It can be a very powerful tool to support veterans and their families. Please research and write a memo that summarizes VASH's eligibility requirements, including: initial eligibility requirements, ongoing program requirements, termination procedures, and participants' rights.

    The Veterans Clinic: Flyer Redesign

    Date and Time: anytime
    Hours: 1-4
    Client Interaction: No.
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: Preference for someone with graphic design skills
    To register contact: davidsons@law.ucla.edu

    Once you have registered, your contact will provide you with the current flyer. The Clinic would like to modernize the look, paying special attention to any accessibility issues. For any flyer, there should be space to list upcoming intake dates for when in-person assistance resumes.

    The Veterans Clinic: Supporting "Red Flagged" Veterans

    Date and Time: anytime
    Hours: 2-4
    Client Interaction: No, research.
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: None
    To register contact: davidsons@law.ucla.edu

    The regulation implementing the VHA's policy to flag individuals who have been "disruptive" can be found here, and we would like some research on the process to remove patients from the behavioral flag system: (1) what is the process outlined in the regulation; (2) has the regulation been used in reported cases to remove someone from the flags database? And (3) has there been any legal challenges for hospital behavioral flagging policies? Memo format.

    Tribal Legal Development Clinic:  Research Project: Limited Access to Early Voting on Tribal Lands

    Date and time: Open
    Hours required: 4-6 hours
    Client Interaction: None
    Remote or in person:  Remote
    Prerequisites: None
    To register contact: Lauren van Schilfgaarde, vanSchilfgaarde@law.ucla.edu

    Students will assist the Native Vote Election Protection Project by researching the lack of the lack of access to early voting that exists on Indian reservations in the State of Arizona. What are the levels of early voting access for Tribal voters:  in-person early voting, drop boxes, mail delivery, and emergency voting? How far must they travel? How long are the post offices open? Information will be compiled as part of a comprehensive Native Vote Election Protection Report for the State of Arizona.

     

    Constitutional Rights Foundation: Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition

    Date and Time: Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 at 5 p.m.
    Hours: 2-3 hours plus 2 hours of reading case material prior to the mock trial
    Client Interaction: No
    Remote or in person: Remote 
    Prerequisites: Open to all law students and law faculty. The Constitutional Rights Foundation has advised that UCLA Law students are eligible to be scorers.
    To register: Please use this Link or contact Lourdes Morales at lourdes@crf-usa.org and advise her that you are a UCLA Law student or faculty and would like to be a scorer.

    The Constitutional Rights Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. CRF develops, produces, and distributes programs and materials to teachers, students, and public-minded citizens all across the nation.

    One of CRF’s signature programs is the Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition  for high school and junior high school students. This year’s competition will take place virtually.

    CRF needs law students and lawyers to serve as scorers for the competition on Monday Nov. 2. Also, please note that there are several rounds during the month of November and CRF would welcome UCLA Law volunteers for other dates as well.

     

    Emmett Institute: Los Angeles Community Garden Cleanup

    Date and Time: Oct. 30, 2020 10:00am – 1:00pm
    Hours: 3
    Client Interaction:  No
    Remote or in person: In person, or donations
    Prerequisites: None
    To register/donate contact: Heather Morphew, morphew@law.ucla.edu or Beth Kent kent@law.ucla.edu
    The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and UCLA Law's Emmett Institute have organized a cleanup of a community garden in South LA that has been neglected due to COVID. LANLT has reserved 10 spots for UCLA Law students/faculty/staff and participants will be mulching and cleaning up the community garden beds. All social-distancing requirements will be upheld, with temperature checks and social distancing in place. Masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer will be available. Donations are also welcome and will go directly towards the community garden to provide supplies for the Volunteer Day.

    • $10 Donation = Helps to provide seed starters
    • $25 Donation = Helps to pay for 1 resident participant at a free nutrition or gardening class
    • $50 Donation = Helps to pay for a month of water at 1 community garden
    • $100 Donation = Helps to pay for a new Garden Bed

     

    Emmett Institute: Phone banking with the Environmental Voter Project to turn out environmental voters for the 2020 general election!  
    Date and Time: Many time slots available from Oct. 30-Nov 3, as listed here: https://www.environmentalvoter.org/events
    Hours: Most shifts are 2 hours
    Client Interaction: No
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: None. New callers will be trained at the beginning of the shift. If you've already been trained, you'll receive the Hubdialer credentials right away and be able to jump right to calling.

    To sign up for a phone banking slot, visit this website: https://www.environmentalvoter.org/events. After you sign up for the phone bank you'll receive an email with the Zoom link to join the event.

  • Supporting Legal Services in Los Angeles and Beyond

    A core focus of the UCLA 2020 Public Interest Challenge is supporting our public interest partners in Los Angeles and beyond. Through El Centro Legal, our clinics, summer fellowships, and post-graduate fellowships, UCLA School of Law supports the work of over 150 public interest law organizations each year. We hope you can support their work through the following opportunities.

    Eviction Defense Network

    Date and Time: anytime
    Hours: 2+
    Client Interaction: Yes
    Remote or in person: Remote 
    Prerequisites: Training required.
    To register contact: Nathaly Medina (she/her),  nmedina@edn.la

    The Eviction Defense Network currently provides counseling and advice via phone and email across the state. Our Attorney program works much like a legal clinic pre-pandemic. UCLA Law students and alum would have an opportunity to work directly with tenants being affected by the housing crisis and the loss of income due to the pandemic. This opportunity does require some training. Students or alum who want to do more substantive work may also have an opportunity to work on motions or discovery. The hours are very flexible.

    Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project

    Date and Time: anytime
    Hours: 2+
    Client Interaction: Yes
    Remote or in person: Remote 
    Prerequisites: Training required. Spanish fluency is preferred.
    To register contact: Carlos Valdes (he/him) at Cvaldes@ccharities.org 

    Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project conducts virtual clinics to help unrepresented asylum seekers who are facing deportation proceedings complete their work permit applications. Being able to work legally in the United States is key to achieving financial stability. Work permits allows asylum seekers to get better paying jobs, attend college or trade schools, or become entrepreneurs in their communities.
    Obtaining representation in these proceedings is critical: represented immigrants are nearly five times more likely than their unrepresented counterparts to obtain relief from deportation and having a work permit allows asylum seekers to afford representation. Your help would allow us to provide assistance to many more asylum seekers! Volunteers will be trained on how to fill out the work permit application (Form I-765) and will be supervised by a licensed attorney.

    Neighborhood Legal Services: Disaster Assistance Project

    Date and Time: anytime
    Hours: 8
    Client Interaction: Possibly; this opportunity is to prepare to assist after a disaster
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: None
    To register: Please fill out a volunteer application at nlsla.org

    Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) has been providing free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families for over 50 years. During that time, NLSLA has responded to a number of disasters with the help of pro bono​ and volunteers including the Northridge Earthquake and the recent Wildfires. Law students may assist after disasters by staffing local assistance centers, researching issues, preparing documents, staffing clinics, and translating consumer materials. In order to prepare to assist after a disaster, NLSLA is requesting that law students complete a free 8 hour training on Practicing Law Institute: Providing Legal Assistance in the Aftermath of Disaster. After watching this training, interested law students should sign up at https://nlsla.org/get-involved/pro-bono-volunteer/to be added to our Disaster Assistance Project volunteer list. Please contact Julie Rattray (julierattray@nlsla.org) with questions.

     

    Child Welfare: Pro Bono Research for Child Welfare Attorney

    Date and Time: anytime
    Hours: 3-6
    Client Interaction: No, research
    End product: Memo
    Remote or in person: Remote
    Prerequisites: None
    To register contact: davidsons@law.ucla.edu

    Client (Mother) is the mother of two adolescents, A and B. C resides in New York State, and her husband, Father, resides in Massachusetts. A and B have been living in Massachusetts with Father for the last several years. They were removed by Massachusetts Department of Children and Families last year, and are still in DCF custody. Mother and Father have at all relevant times been legally married.

    A was born in 2005. Her birth certificate names only Mother and no second parent. Mother is certain that Father is A’s biological father. B’s birth certificate lists both parents.

    To Mother’s understanding, a family court in NY issued an order giving Father physical and legal custody of B in 2017. Mother does not believe any other rulings exist.

    1. Under NY law, is Father already fully vested with parental rights, or does he need to act to perfect his rights as A's presumed father?
    2. Assuming Father is not already vested with parental rights and must act to prefect them, could he become vested by signing a Massachusetts acknowledgement of parentage and consenting to an adjudication of parentage in MA juvenile court? (or by submitting to a genetic test?)

     

    We the Action

    Date and Time: varies depending on project
    Hours: varies depending on project
    Client Interaction: varies depending on project
    Remote or in person: varies depending on project
    Prerequisites: varies depending on project
    To register: access projects here

    We the Action is a clearinghouse of pro bono projects from approximately 350 organizations. Each project listing begins with a one-sentence summary and the estimated time it will take to complete. After clicking on the specific project summary, additional descriptive details come up, with an option to click “volunteer for this project.” Click on the link at the end of the following paragraph to create a We the Action account and search for volunteer opportunities.

    "We The Action is a free online platform that makes it easy for nonprofit partners to find volunteers for critical, impactful—and often urgent—legal needs. Once they join our network, our partners can post legal projects on demand, and our platform helps connect them with volunteers likely to be a good fit for their projects. We have more than 350 nonprofits and 13,000 volunteers in our network, and our volunteers have donated nearly 60,000 hours of free legal work in many areas, including voting rights, civil rights and equity, immigration, and much more. They have also completed a wide variety of projects—from intake interviews to client representations to research memos to hosting trainings to reviewing legal documents—for a range of partners, including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Indivisible, ACLU, TIME’S UP, Election Protection, and the Immigration Justice Campaign. Lawyers, law students, and recent law graduates can sign up to access projects here."

  • Non-law related public service opportunities

    You don't have to be a lawyer or a law student to participate in the Challenge – and you may want to take a break from law-related activities to serve in other ways. Here are a few options or feel free to create your own!

    Los Angeles Community Garden Cleanup

    Date and Time: Oct. 30, 2020 10:00am – 1:00pm
    Hours: 3
    Client Interaction:  No
    Remote or in person: In person, or donations
    Prerequisites: None
    To register/donate contact: Heather Morphew, morphew@law.ucla.edu or Beth Kent kent@law.ucla.edu
    The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and UCLA Law's Emmett Institute have organized a cleanup of a community garden in South LA that has been neglected due to COVID. LANLT has reserved 10 spots for UCLA Law students/faculty/staff and participants will be mulching and cleaning up the community garden beds. All social-distancing requirements will be upheld, with temperature checks and social distancing in place. Masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer will be available. Donations are also welcome and will go directly towards the community garden to provide supplies for the Volunteer Day.

    • $10 Donation = Helps to provide seed starters
    • $25 Donation = Helps to pay for 1 resident participant at a free nutrition or gardening class
    • $50 Donation = Helps to pay for a month of water at 1 community garden
    • $100 Donation = Helps to pay for a new Garden Bed
    L.A. Works

    Date and time: anytime
    Hours: 2+
    Client Interaction: varies
    Remote or in person: Both
    Prerequisites:  varies
    To register:   In general, visit https://www.laworks.com/#programs

    Virtual volunteer activities: https://www.laworks.com/virtualvolunteering
    Opportunities by date: https://www.laworks.com/opportunity-calendar

    L.A. Works volunteer action center creates and implements hand-on community service projects through the greater Los Angeles area. We strive to empower Angelenos to address pressing social issues through volunteerism and community collaborations. From October 30 to November 3, here are examples of the opportunities available:

    UCLA Blood and Platelet Center

    Date and Time: anytime
    Hours: 45min +
    Client Interaction: No
    Remote or in person: In person
    Prerequisites: No
    To register contact: https://www.uclahealth.org/gotblood/make-an-appointment

    To schedule your lifesaving blood or platelet donation please make an appointment! Note: due to COVID-19 slots are limited so the Center encourages scheduling in advance. For a limited time, the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center will test for COVID-19 antibodies, which can help to determine if you were previously exposed to the coronavirus.

    American Red Cross of Los Angeles

    Date and time: anytime
    Hours: 2+
    Client Interaction: varies
    Remote or in person: Both
    Prerequisites: Red Cross Training
    To register:

    Through hundreds of Red Cross clubs across the country, youth and young adult volunteers support the American Red Cross mission to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Red Cross clubs are an extension of the local Red Cross providing students opportunities for training, leadership development, and the ability to choose activities that address their community's greatest needs. Red Cross Clubs empower students and faculty with Red Cross knowledge and life-saving skills to help prepare their schools and communities to respond to emergencies. UCLA Red Cross VolunteerLink: https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=intake&organization_id=2722

    The American Red Cross Prepare SoCal campaign is working with community partners to help Southern California prepare for disasters. But it all starts with you! This self-evaluation will help you determine if you've taken all the five steps recommended by the Red Cross in order to be ready for earthquakes, home fires and wildfires. Be Red Cross Ready: https://www.redcross.org/local/california/preparesocal/get-prepared-/i-m-ready.html

     

    Providing Lunch to the TransLatin@ Coalition

    Date and Time: Oct. 30 and/or Nov 2
    Hours: 2-3 hours for each day; limit 5 people each day on-site
    Client Interaction: Yes  
    End product: Having lunch with a great group of women.
    Remote or in person: Both
    Prerequisites: Spanish speakers encouraged but not required
    To register contact: sears@law.ucla.edu

    The mission of TransLatin@ Coalition (TLC) is to advocate for the specific needs of the Trans Latin@ community and to plan strategies that improve our quality of life. COVID 19 has greatly impacted the health and safety of Trans Latina women in Los Angeles County. To respond, the TransLatin@ Coalition never shut down their offices or services. They have implemented both telehealth, social distancing, and other safety measures to ensure that both (TGI) people accessing their services and their staff are safe. Throughout the pandemic, they have continued to provide daily warm meals from 12:30 to 2 pm. You can join Associate Dean Sears in this service activity by helping to provide these lunchtime meals on Oct. 30 and/or Nov 2nd; dropping off clothing for their clothing closet during those times; dropping off food for their food pantry; and/or making a donation. The daily lunchtime meal feeds about 25 people today. If you want to make a donation, every $15 will provide one warm meal.

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