Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Volunteer With Us

 
 

Volunteers are important members of the Advancing Justice-LA family. Last year, over 700 individuals graciously donated over 18,000 hours, valued at over $2.8 million, to help our staff fulfill our mission to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to improve the lives of our clients and empower our communities.

We have pro bono opportunities for attorneys and professional interpreters; volunteer opportunities for all community members, and internships for students seeking professional experience.  Please check this page often for the latest ways to get involved with Advancing Justice - LA!  To be added to Advancing Justice-LA's volunteer database, and to receive periodic emails regarding volunteer opportunities, please complete this form.

Internships & Clerkships

Advancing Justice-LA offers internships and law clerkships for undergraduate, graduate, and law students seeking occupational and work experience. More information available here.

Pro Bono

Attorneys:  We have opportunities on an ongoing basis for law firms and attorneys to take pro bono cases and matters arising from our direct services programs, policy and advocacy efforts, and in impact litigation. We also work with private attorneys who generously provide advice on nonprofit governance, corporate compliance, and employment issues.

We are also building our list of experienced attorneys for pro bono or “low bono” case referrals on behalf of community members who seek legal advice in areas such as immigration, family law, employment, and housing.

To offer professional legal services, please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang, Esq.

Pro Bono Advisory Council:  This Council is the first of its kind at Advancing Justice-LA, and is complementary to the existing Board of Directors and Executive Advisory Council.  Advancing Justice-LA relies on the Pro Bono Advisory Council for guidance in the development of its pro bono programs, and members maintain ongoing relationships with the organization.  Advancing Justice-LA turns to Council members first as a resource in assisting with pro bono matters and issues.  The Pro Bono Advisory Council also helps raise vital funds and resources needed to support and expand Advancing Justice-LA’s pro bono programs.  Members include attorneys from major national and international law firms, as well as in-house counsel at Fortune 100 companies.

For a full list of the members of the Pro Bono Advisory Council, please click here.

Pro Bono Spotlights: The Pro Bono Spotlight is a regular feature honoring Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles’ dedicated volunteers and the important work they do to help us fulfill our mission. 

Most recently, Advancing Justice-LA’s Pro Bono Spotlight featured Eric Fanchiang, a UC Irvine School of Law 3L who volunteered remotely with our Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project. 

Past Pro Bono Spotlights have featured:

Volunteer Opportunities

Interpreters: Advancing Justice-LA provides services to diverse communities, and is committed to helping them overcome language-access barriers to education, legal, healthcare, and other institutions. Help us create access by donating your interpretation and translation skills! We maintain a volunteer interpreter corps that our staff reaches out to on an as-needed basis, and have particular need for Asian and Pacific Islander languages, including but not limited to Bengali, Cantonese, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese, as well as Spanish.

To offer interpreter services, please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang, Esq. with your language proficiency, availability, and resume, and please also complete this form.

Clinics, Workshops, and Other Projects:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles seeks volunteer and pro bono assistance in various program areas.  Interested volunteers and pro bono attorneys must sign up as indicated below.  Please note that Advancing Justice receives a large volume of email from volunteers, and therefore you will not receive an individualized email response upon signing up.  You will receive a final email confirmation regarding volunteering approximately 24-48 hours before a specific clinic/workshop/event, as clients typically sign up during that time, and Advancing Justice can then confirm volunteer needs. Thank you for your understanding!  Please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang, Esq. with any questions.

Citizenship/Naturalization Workshops and Clinics

What: Citizenship Workshop volunteers help individuals complete the Application for Naturalization (Form N-400), assess eligibility for various waivers, and provide in-language resources on the naturalization process. Advancing Justice will provide training in advance, and supervision.  General volunteers will assist clients with preparation of the applications, while attorney volunteers will assist with legal review as the applications are completed.

Please note that you must be trained prior to volunteering at an upcoming citizenship workshop.  Attendance at in-person training is highly preferred, but please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang, Esq. to discuss alternate arrangements if you cannot attend the regularly scheduled training for the month.

Monthly Training Available for New Citizenship Volunteers:

When:   Wednesday, July 19, from 6-7:30. Please sign up here

Where: Advancing Justice-LA, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Fl., LA

(Please note that you must be trained prior to volunteering at an upcoming citizenship workshop.  Attendance at in-person training is highly preferred, but please contact Christina Yang to discuss alternate arrangements for webinar training if you cannot attend the regularly scheduled training for the month.)

In-House Citizenship Clinics in July:

When:  July 22: 9am-1 pm 
Please RSVP here for July. 
Where: Advancing Justice-LA, 1145 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd Fl., LA
Language Needs: All Asian languages, preference for Korean and Mandarin, but bilingual language ability not necessarily required to volunteer.

Volunteer Sign-Up Procedures: Because client needs are not apparent until 2-3 days before each clinic, interested volunteers will be asked to indicate their anticipated availability, and volunteers will be contacted approximately 2-3 days in advance if they are needed during a given week.  In other words, if you are NOT contacted a few days before a workshop by our staff, please assume you do NOT need to volunteer for that workshop.  Thank you!
Training: Training required as noted above.

Transcription Volunteers Needed!

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Orange County is currently seeking volunteers to help transcribe interviews from our Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders Community Needs Assessment in Orange County. Our Community Needs Assessment analyzes the diverse AANHPI ethnic groups in Orange County in hopes to highlight disaggregrated disparities. For each interview (about 1-2 hrs long in English), the transcription will take 10-12 hours so we encourage volunteers with generally fast typing skills. 

Language and Volunteers Needed: 
 
English (10)  
 

Health Access Project (HAP) StoryCorps Translation Project

The Health Access Project (HAP) at Advancing Justice-LA is looking for volunteers to transcribe and translate 40-minute audio recordings of conversations.  HAP participated in a project with StoryCorps, a national interview project, to collect health-related stories. We are looking for volunteers with oral and written language capacity in Arabic, Bangla, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, and English. The project will take 4-6 hours to transcribe the audio recordings verbatim and 10-15 hours to translate the transcription. This project will begin in January 2017, with a deadline for completion on Friday, February 3rd.

Languages and Number of Volunteers Needed:

  • Arabic (1)

  • Khmer (1)

  • Spanish (4)

Please email Lana El-Farra at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering.  Please mention in your email any transcription and written translation projects you have completed before

Immigration Relief Workshops

What: Advancing Justice-LA seeks immigration practitioners, regardless of bilingual language ability, to volunteer periodically at larger-scale immigration workshops.  Assist with screening individuals for any general immigration relief.  If you are an immigration practitioner or BIA accredited representative, contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang if you would like to be added to our volunteer database to be notified when these opportunities arise.

 

For Legal Help

Advancing Justice - LA’s hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356

ត្រូវការជំនួយជាភាសាខ្មែរ:

800.867.3126
도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395

 

Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.