Legal Network Support & Special Projects - Mentor Attorney

Mentor Attorney with the Legal Network

 

Catholic Charities Legal Network  provides pro bono civil legal services to low-income families and individuals throughout the Archdiocese of Washington. Case types, in Washington, DC and Maryland, include: landlord/tenant, family, government entitlements, consumer debt/bankruptcy, wills/probate, employment, and record sealing. 

 

Mentor attorneys will be available to answer questions and guide licensed volunteer attorneys who accept a pro bono case from Catholic Charities Legal Network. Mentor attorneys will have substantial knowledge in at least one of the civil legal areas covered by Catholic Charities Legal Network in either Washington, DC or Maryland. A mentor attorney will be able to build their mentee’s skills and understanding in an area of the law less familiar to the mentee, while the mentee directly helps a pro bono client achieve a positive outcome to their civil legal matter. 

 

Mentors will:

  • Be accessible to the mentee attorney for phone calls and email
  • Provide guidance to the mentee, procedural as well as substantive, as the mentee learns a less familiar area of the law
  • Agree to work with 2-3 mentees per calendar year
  • Not directly represent the pro bono client

Desired Skills, Experience, & Characteristics:

  • At least 3-5 years of experience in a civil law area covered by Catholic Charities Legal Network
  • Be ready and willing to pass along their knowledge to a less-experienced attorney in order to allow them to grow their skill set and, ultimately, help a client seeking pro bono legal services

Qualifications:

  • Volunteers must be licensed and in good standing with the DC and/or MD Bar or qualify under the local rule allowing for out-of-state attorneys to practice.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • A greater sense of the legal needs in your community
  • An opportunity to meet people from all walks of life
  • An opportunity to pass along acquired skills and experience in the name of assisting those in need in your community

Time Commitment:

  • Availability up to 10 hours per month
  • A one-year commitment is preferred
  • Work can be completed as time allows, including nights or weekends, as the mentor and mentee agree upon

Location:

  • This is a remote opportunity, with access to Legal Network staff attorneys also in a remote manner

Support:

  • Volunteer orientation to the agency and CCLN will be provided
  • Cultural competency training for working with clients facing trauma, as needed

Next Steps:

  • Due Dec 31: Fill in an application 
  • Dec 28 - Jan 14:Matching Expectations Conversation with Catholic Charities' staff
  • Jan 20 - Feb 8: Attend Volunteer Orientation and complete program-specific initiation
  • Late January:Begin volunteering!  
  • Want to get started sooner? Email Kelly.Thompson@cc-dc.org