Pro Bono assistance is critical to Inner City Law Center’s ability to serve our clients. We have six main project areas that depend on pro bono assistance from attorneys and firms:
Homelessness Prevention / Eviction Defense. Pro bono attorneys defend low-income tenants from eviction and help prevent homelessness. Unlawful detainer (eviction) cases are on an expedited schedule and often include meaningful opportunities for discovery, filing motions, settlement negotiations, and trial with a limited period of time.
Homeless Veterans Project. Pro bono attorneys represent homeless veterans in connection with their disability benefits claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to help obtain income support, health care, and other benefits that are rightfully due to them. ICLC specializes in psychological trauma claims, especially Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) arising from combat or Military Sexual Trauma (MST). VA benefits cases often provide opportunities to work with veterans in documenting their claims and assisting with letter briefs. In most cases, no litigation or hearings are involved so these matters are a good fit for transactional or litigation attorneys. The Project also handles matters involving discharge upgrades, ticket clearing and other veterans issues.
Housing Litigation. ICLC is looking for attorneys and firms who are outraged by the slum conditions that plague our city’s poorest and most vulnerable residents. Our housing litigation cases give you an opportunity to partner with ICLC to combat these conditions on a larger scale. Attorneys work on all aspects of housing litigation, including discovery, filing motions, hearings, settlement negotiations and trial preparation. It is an opportunity to use your litigation skills to make a huge difference in the lives of our clients.
Citation Clearing. It is common for individuals experiencing homelessness to receive quality-of-life citations for sleeping on the sidewalk, open containers, and jaywalking – things that are hard to avoid if you live on the streets. The resulting fines and fees often serve as obstacles to securing a pathway to safe and stable living. Pro bono attorneys will represent individuals currently experiencing homelessness, handle briefings and hearings, and work to get the citations dismissed in the interests of justice.
Policy and Litigation Research and Advocacy. Pro bono attorneys research issues relating to permanent supportive housing, housing litigation, tenants’ rights, impact litigation, veterans legal claims, and many other issues relevant to ICLC’s work. We also have opportunities for attorneys to support our policy advocacy.
- Consultations. We routinely need attorneys skilled in tax, bankruptcy, probate, employment, and trusts and estates law to provide advice, guidance, and representation to our clients.
If you are interested in learning more about our pro bono opportunities, please complete the PRO BONO ASSISTANCE APPLICATION and we will reach out to you should a pro bono opportunity become available. Thank you for your interest in Inner City Law Center.