PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD PROGRAM
The Promise Neighborhood program serves children and families in Newark’s South Ward by creating a continuum of solutions that will significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in this neighborhood. VLJ’s role is to provide free legal services to South Ward families. Through coordination with the SWCAPN, VLJ plans to conduct legal screenings with potential clients to determine what, if any, legal needs are present and provide assistance accordingly, in the form of direct representation by VLJ staff, placement with a pro bono attorney, or limited-scope assistance so that the individual can better represent him/herself in the matter. VLJ will also conduct regular seminars, workshops, and intake clinics to reach South Ward families and ensure that the community members are well-informed on their legal rights and the services that are available to them.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
As this program will involve a variety of legal issues, any attorneys – especially those with expertise in a relevant field – are welcome to participate. VLJ has training materials on certain issues. Possible legal issues include: family law (divorce, custody, child support, etc.), landlord/tenant, public benefits, driver’s license restoration, and criminal record expungement.
WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS DO?
Pro bono attorneys are needed to speak at know-your-rights seminars to clients, present at substantive CLEs, provide clients with phone consultations, and take on cases for full representation, all on a variety of legal topics.
HOW TO SIGN UP
Pro bono opportunities are listed on VLJ’s case opportunities list. All new volunteers are immediately signed up to receive email reminders for this listing of available opportunities. If you see an opportunity you are interested in, you should email the VLJ staff person on the case list who will then send you additional information.