Elder Law/Senior Citizens
Pro Bono Opportunities
Community Service Opportunities
Students interested in legal placements should contact Elizabeth Walsh, Assistant Dean for Student Services, for more information.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
Provides legal and supportive services to improve the lives of its clients to assist them in obtaining social and economic justice.
- Opportunities: serve as a legal intern in the senior citizens, homeownership, or domestic violence projects; interns typically interview clients, investigate cases, draft pleadings, and in some cases represent clients in administrative or court hearings
- Qualifications/Requirements: prefer 2Ls and 3Ls, prefer students who can make a two semester commitment; interview, training provided by directing attorney; can take 2-4 weeks before an internship can start; requires 10 hours per week (Monday through Friday)
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
LSEM is a private, non-profit organization providing legal assistance and equal access to justice for low-income people in civil cases. Some of the areas addressed by the office include: domestic violence/family law, subsidized housing, homelessness (including homeless adolescents), homeowners' mortgage default and foreclosure, elderly issues, AIDS, health and welfare, immigration, access for children to appropriate educational services, and the volunteer lawyer program.
- Opportunities: legal interns needed for above departments; tasks include: client intake, drafting pleadings and motion, filing at courthouses, research, assisting with interviewing clients, setting court dates, case management, drafting financial agreements, investigation, and advocacy.
- Qualifications/Requirements: positions for all level students, some positions have preference for Rule 13, immigration unit prefers students who have had immigration class(es) and speak a second language; initial screening and then interview with attorney in desired unit; hour long orientation required
OWL Pension Benefits Project
The Pension Benefits Project was started with seed money from the U.S. Administration on Aging as one of six projects nationwide to help individuals who have pension problems. The Project provides individual counseling and assistance to older women (over 55), as well as men and younger women, with pension problems free of charge. This is a good opportunity to gain exposure to ERISA and federal bureaucracy.
- Opportunities: Client intake and interviewing; legal research
- Qualifications/Requirements: interview, resume, references, interest in working with the community; 2 hours per week, times available Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross Chapter helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters. It does this through services that are governed and directed by volunteers and are consistent with the corporate Congressional charter and the principles of the International Red Cross.
- Qualifications: Disaster Volunteer provides relief services to victims off disasters; teaching lifesaving skills; blood drive worker; HIV/AIDS instructor; adult day care aide; leadership volunteers; fund-raising event volunteers; first-aid station team; speakers bureau.
Contact Information: American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter, 10195 Corporate Square, St. Louis, MO 63132; 516-2800; fax: 516-2821; firstname.lastname@example.org