The Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i is the largest non-profit law firm in the State of Hawai`i, with over 90 employees, and 10 offices throughout the state. Please click below to view information about the Legal Aid office in your area.
ATTORNEYS (GUARDIAN AD LITEMS)
Legal Aid accepts attorneys at all experience levels for its Guardian Ad Litem Program to help Hawai'i's keiki.
IF YOU ARE...
• Licensed to practice law in Hawaii (including emeritus or inactive status),
• Seeking out opportunities to learn new skills and expand your practice areas,
• Interested in gaining courtroom experience,
• Looking for a way to stay active in the legal community while taking a break from full-time work or after retirement,
• In good standing with all bar associations with which you have been affliated in the past 15 years...
To fill out the ONLINE PRO-BONO REGISTRATION FORM
Cheryl Puna, Pro Bono Paralegal
To download a BROCHURE for PARTNERSHIP IN PRO BONO
Legal Aid is committed to providing the highest quality services to all of our clients. To this end, we will provide all volunteer attorneys with:
• Coverage under Legal Aid’s $1 million malpractice insurance policy.
• Training in substantive law and in other issues that are particular to our low-income client population.
• Mentoring and co-counsel relationships with experienced Legal Aid staff attorneys.
• Pre-screening of individual cases for merit
and reason able time commitment.
• Opportunities for professional growth through
continual learning and the flexibility to practice new areas of law.
• Professional recognition and public acknowledgement of service
For more information about Pro Bono visit: www.probono.net/hi
The purpose of the intake Hotline is to provide easy access to services at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii. Primarily, our clients can apply for services through our toll-fee state-wide phone service, which operates during the following times:
MONDAY - FRIDAY
9:00am to 11:30am in the morning, and
1:00pm to 3:30pm in the afternoon
(OAHU) - Legal Aid does not have Walk-In Intake Service or CEJ (Computer Access) service open to the public after 11:30am Monday-Friday.
INTAKE HOTLINE NUMBERS:
OAHU (808) 536-4302
1-800-499-4302 on the NEIGHBOR ISLANDS, or
DIRECT PHONE (for existing clients)
WINDWARD (808) 239-5707
WAIANAE (808) 696-6322
HILO (808) 934-0678
KONA (808) 329-8331
KAUAI (808) 245-7580
LANAI (808) 565-6089
MAUI (808) 242-0724
MOLOKAI (808) 553-3251
To see if you QUALIFY for Legal Aid services
We are currently accepting volunteer applications for students or general volunteers and pro bono attorneys.
Volunteers are an integral part of our ability to provide services. The Legal Aid Society is always looking for attorneys, students seeking internships, and individuals interested in law and those just willing to help during their free time.
STUDENTS & GENERAL PUBLIC
To volunteer with Legal Aid, please complete an application and send it, along with a copy of your resume, to:
Please print out and mail it back to us at 924 Bethel Street, Honolulu, HI 96813 with a copy of your resume (if available).
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Legal Aid Society of Hawaii seeks volunteers to prepare state and federal tax returns for clients. Each year Legal Aid assists thousands of people tackle the sometimes intimidating process of filing their taxes. This tax assistance program helps clients receive the tax credits they deserve and saves clients money because our services are free. Our organization prides itself on helping the elderly needy, and those who have nowhere else to turn.
Volunteer requirements: Trainings occur in late December and early January. Trainings are either 2 full days or 3 half days at Legal Aid's Honolulu Office. These trainings are not mandatory, however all volunteers must pass the IRS "Link and Learn" exam before they can prepare a clients' tax returns.
We have completed our VITA program for 2013 but will be looking for volunteers for 2014.
FAIR HOUSING VOLUNTEERS
Legal Aid Society of Hawaii seeks volunteers to assist in fighting illegal discrimination in the housing market
The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s Fair Housing Enforcement Program was established to ensure equal access to housing opportunities in Hawai`i. In our efforts to investigate discriminatory housing practices, the Fair Housing Enforcement Program is seeking volunteers to gather data regarding housing throughout the state of Hawaii. Upon successful completion of each assignment, volunteers will receive a stipend plus mileage. Volunteers of all ages, genders, races, religions, sexual orientation, and disabilities are needed statewide.
All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, with no felony convictions or convictions involving fraud or perjury. Volunteers cannot be employed in the real estate industry or have an interest or relatives in the real estate industry. In addition, volunteers must complete a 3 hour training session.
For more information or to sign up for this volunteer opportunity, please contact:
Fair Housing Investigator
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NEW SITES - To keep up with rapid technological change and to increase our presence on the world wide web, Legal Aid has joined the likes of Greenpeace, Oxfam, Amnesty International and many more and started a Facebook Page.
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