Thank you very much for your interest in attending the Legal, Economic, and Educational Advancement Project (LEEAP) volunteer attorney informational orientation. The orientation will provide information regarding LEEAP volunteer opportunities available through LEEAP host partners.
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Please find information regarding VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES within LEEAP’s three focus areas below.
Time commitment will vary by opportunity. Our menu of opportunities is currently in development and we look forward to providing you with full information at the orientation.
Please contact Brandon Ruben at firstname.lastname@example.org with general questions.
Assistance Accessing High Quality Secondary and Higher Education
The educational component of LEEAP was borne out of the recognition that students from families with low incomes graduate from college and attend quality secondary schools at a much lower rate than their more affluent peers. To work against this inequity, LEEAP seeks to enhance the capacity of middle schools and high schools serving low-income populations and education-oriented community based organizations to provide effective high school application and college readiness / application programs. These workshops will be staffed by trained volunteer attorneys. Examples of potential volunteer opportunities include:
• Providing 1:1 high school application assistance to 7th grade students at Goddard Riverside Community Center's STAR Learning Center (http://goddard.org/our-programs/education-college-access/star-learning-center/);
• Providing 1:1 college application assistance to 11th grade students at Frederick Douglas Academy II (http://www.fda2.org/);
• Preparing formerly incarcerated young adults who have reentered the community and earned a high school degree or GED for the City University of New York assessment exam at College Initiative (http://www.collegeinitiative.org/ci2/).
Please contact Brandon Ruben (email@example.com) with any questions pertaining to educational volunteer job opportunities.
Consumer Debt Defense
LEEAP offers opportunities for attorneys to work in the area of consumer debt defense. Attorneys will provide limited legal advice or full representation to individuals with consumer debt issues, such as credit card debt, medical debt, and automobile debt. Judgments from consumer debt collection cases impair credit and can prevent individuals and families from obtaining and maintaining housing, employment and economic stability. These targeted legal services will help individuals and families improve their economic well-being. LEEAP volunteers are paired with legal services organizations providing consumer debt defense. These host organizations will provide the training and supervision of volunteers. Select opportunities include:
• Limited scope or full service representation of defendants in consumer debt cases;
• Answering a hotline to provide limited scope advice on consumer debt matters;
• Assisting indigent individuals file Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitions as appropriate.
Please contact Anting Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions pertaining to consumer debt defense volunteer opportunities. ***Please note that these volunteer opportunities may qualify for pro bono credit under New York State's Attorney Emeritus Program.**
This portion of the project offers senior attorneys non-legal service opportunities to provide financial education and assistance, especially credit-related assistance. Errors on credit reports often adversely affect credit, creating barriers to employment, housing, exiting shelter, and affordable credit. Additionally, addressing credit report errors and identity theft can take months of persistent effort. Having a volunteer lawyer as an advocate in navigating these processes can make the difference in removing errors and resolving fraud. The volunteer opportunities to help financially distressed clients work towards improving security in their financial lives include:
• Providing one-on-one assistance to obtain and review credit reports, write dispute letters, and resolve identity theft issues;
• Providing free tax preparation; and
• Financial coaching in the areas of banking, savings, credit, and debt.
All LEEAP volunteers are paired with host organizations that provide the training and supervision necessary for volunteer attorneys to carry out these activities.