Olender's pro bono service is a point of pride. We are seeking to expand our service by working with law school interns and creating relationships with other pro bono service providers.
We try to work with our law school interns to provide a fun and educational experience that has included jail visits to incarcerated clients, working in person with asylees, victims of domestic violence, parents of children with disabilities. Our interns have spoken on a local Spanish radio station, and appear in Immigration Court for the pro bono calendar.
Get to know our current and past law school interns, their experiences in the Olender Pro Bono Project, and their academic accomplishments by clicking on the menu at right.
Some of our pro bono successes include:
Help us provide pro bono services to desperately deserving human beings who will otherwise be deprived of representation and meaningful redress in the courts. If you are a licensed attorney practicing immigration law, we are happy to partner with you on pro bono cases. If you are an associate, or partner at a firm that engages in pro bono immigration representation, but this is not one of the firm's customary practice areas, we can provide free consultation and mentoring throughout your case.
If you are a law student, we can work with you and your school to ensure we comply with the requirements for you to earn academic credit while interning to work on these important cases.
Obviously we do not take every case pro bono. We evaluate potential pro bono clients based on six factors: (1) likelihood of prevailing on the merits, (2) severity of the likely outcome absent representation, (3) financial hardship, (4) firm resources available for pro bono representation at the time of the request, (5) the availability of other free legal service providers willing to formally commit to representation, and (6) whether the case presents an important or novel legal question.
For more information about the Olender pro bono project, please e-mail Marisol Cervantes using our contact form. We have pro bono volunteer opportunities in San Jose and San Francisco.