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Eviction Legal Helpline Presents Pro Bono Opportunity

Tuesday, August 11, 2020   (0 Comments)
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In the Aug. 7 COVID-19 Law Practice Live Chat on the topic of evictions, a pro bono opportunity was mentioned. It is the Eviction Legal Helpline.

The Eviction Legal Helpline is a free resource for tenants throughout Virginia who are facing potential eviction and need legal advice. It relies on volunteers like you to be able to serve as many neighbors as possible.

The Helpline offers training, reference materials and support. (Read what one of the Eviction Legal Helpline’s star attorney volunteers has to say about it.) And it’s easy and flexible — you do the work from your office or home and sign up for flexible shifts as you are available.

It’s easy to get started.

  1. Check out the Helpline Volunteer Manual, volume 1 (general info) and volume 3 (attorney callback instructions and outline of eviction defenses).
  2. Complete and submit the volunteer agreement form.
  3. Apply for a HelplineCMS (case management system) account.
  4. View the short (10 min.) video tutorial on Advice Callback Procedures.
  5. Sign up for a volunteer shift making advice calls on the sign-up calendar.
  6. Download two other tools you’ll want at your fingertips when making calls to clients:

All of that takes maybe a half hour total. (But you can also view the archived, 90-minute CLE webinar on eviction defenses and Helpline processes.) And you can call or email Helpline Director Phil Storey with questions at any point in the process of signing up, during a shift or any other time. Phil’s cell is 415-388-0396, his email is phil@vplc.org.

Links to what’s above and all other support materials and tools (HelplineCMS, the sign-up calendar, etc.) are located on the website evictionhelpline.org.


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