VLP relies upon the hard work and commitment of community and student volunteers year round. For over thirty years, the VLP has responded to low income Mainers providing free information and assistance as well as limited, reduced fee
and pro bono representation. You can be part of the team providing much needed services. This page outlines the various opportunities to become a key player in the delivery of legal services to those in need.
CLIENT LINE INTERVIEWERS: Answer the statewide phone lines and serve as the first point of contact for potential clients by conducting interviews. Volunteers are responsible for ascertaining eligibility and key details of the problem, reviewing the matter with legal supervisors, learning whether and how the VLP can offer assistance, and acting as the critical link to needed services.
FAMILY LAW HELPLINE (Law students only): Supervised by attorneys, law students speak with clients via phone, review case details, and provide advice on common family law issues including divorce, child custody, and child support. These volunteers or interns help clients understand and plan for upcoming court appointments, fill out court forms, and make important decisions about their cases.
CHAP INTERVIEWERS: Interview walk-in clients at the Courthouse Assistance Projects in Augusta, Biddeford, Lewiston or Portland. Volunteers are trained to handle initial interviews, coordinate with attorneys on duty, and when appropriate, assist clients with filling out family law pro se materials.
PROJECT PARTICIPANTS/ COORDINATORS: You will assist staff with the development of new projects, while also developing and enhancing leadership skills.
ADMINSTRATIVE & TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS: Assist staff with data entry, web and Facebook updates and design, publicity, community outreach, general office work and specifically designed projects.
SEMESTER OR SUMMER INTERNSHIPS: Over the years many driven students have joined our project as interns in the summer, or on occasion throughout the academic year. The energy, commitment and dedication of our interns provides an essential service to the VLP. Throughout the internship period interns gain insight into the full spectrum of VLP operations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you are interested in volunteering with us, or are a student interested in an internship, please send a brief email outlining your interest, availability and any questions you may have to: firstname.lastname@example.org