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De Novo - Center for Justice and Healing

       Formerly known as CLSACC (Community Legal Services and Counseling Center), De Novo provides free civil legal assistance and affordable psychological counseling for people with low incomes. Since our inception, we have been sustained by the commitment and dedication of volunteer lawyers and mental health professionals. Today, De Novo is the only volunteer-based agency of its kind in the area, combining legal assistance with mental health counseling. Our unique interdisciplinary approach has enabled De Novo to keep pace with the ever-changing and interrelated needs of our clients.
       De Novo offers legal pro bono opportunities in immigration, family law, housing and disability practice areas.

       De Novo offers intensive training opportunities and hands-on supervision and mentoring designed to meet the specific needs of each pro bono volunteer through the life of the case. We offer vouchers for MCLE trainings (which reduce the fee to $25 per session); provide malpractice insurance for De Novo cases; provide office space for meeting clients and for case preparation, as needed, and consultation with the Center's mental health staff about client needs and support.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Middlesex, Suffolk
  • Area of law: Disability, Family & Juvenile, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Asylum, VAWA, U Visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile
  • Populations Served: Asylum Seekers, Domestic Violence Victims, Human Trafficking Survivors, Immigrant youth and unaccompanied minors, Immigrants, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Low Income, Persons with Disabilities, State Residents, Torture survivors, Women, Working poor and unemployed
  • Opportunities For: Interpreters, Law Students, Lawyers, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers, Small and medium law firm attorneys
  • Need for non-English services: Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • Training / Supervision Comments: DeNovo offers extensive professional support to pro bono attorneys including individual supervision and individualizes training as well as reduced-fee access to national webinars and local trainings.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: Yes
  • Other Case Load Requirements: One year committment for attorneys. Lawyers handle full rep cases or choose less. For law students the time commitment varies depending upon the student's law school program. The Center has volunteer internships for law students which can be part-time.
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Legal Research, Litigation: Support (e.g., discovery), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Translate legal documents
  • Other Long Distance Opportunities: Attorneys may conduct most of their work off-site coming to DeNovo for mentoring, interview rooms, and office needs.
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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