We welcome volunteers. We take volunteers in our a legal or HICAP programs, or in development and administration. Choose a type of volunteer opportunity:
Legal Volunteer Program
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with LAS. We are always accepting applications for law clerks, fellows, post-bar volunteers, volunteer attorneys, and legal support volunteers.
Volunteer Law Clerks
We generally host law clerks during the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Our law clerks work directly with clients both through phone intakes and in-office client consultations. They are responsible for doing legal research and writing, and otherwise providing legal support to LAS’s attorneys and advocates. Our law clerks are encouraged to participate in home visits, Community Education presentations, observation in court & administrative hearings, and court participation if Bar Certified. We are also open to accommodating intern interests, and requests for projects or writing samples.
Fellowships and Post-bar volunteers
LAS is happy to work with rising third year law students and recent law school graduates to develop fellowship projects for submission to Borchard, Equal Justice Works, Soros Justice Fellowship Program, Skadden, or similar programs. LAS is also open to hosting recent law school graduates who are interested in volunteering while awaiting their bar results and/or looking for permanent employment.
Volunteer attorneys provide counsel, advice, and representation to clients at LAS. They are responsible for providing excellent service to clients and other callers with legal issues. Inactive attorney volunteers provide similar services in our administrative law practice areas. LAS carries malpractice insurance which covers a limited number of volunteer attorneys.
Legal Support Volunteers
Legal support volunteers help attorneys and advocates with phone intakes, conflict checks, data entry, production of closing letters, and other casework and correspondence.
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HICAP Volunteer Counselor
The HICAP Volunteer Counselor assists Medicare beneficiaries with Medicare and related health insurance issues. Through one-on-one counseling and informal advocacy, HICAP Volunteer Counselors support the independence of people making choices that affect their health and financial well-being.
Counseling: Provide individual and objective counseling to Medicare beneficiaries regarding Medicare coverage and related health insurance issues such as supplemental insurance policies, Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans, retiree coverage, long term care insurance and billings and claims.
Advocacy: Ensure that client rights under Medicare and related health insurance benefits are upheld and make referrals to the legal department when appropriate.
Record Keeping: Complete client intake forms accurately and submit them monthly to the Program Manager.
Training: Attend the initial 50-hour training course and complete an internship of at least ten hours. Attend regular HICAP-sponsored trainings for a minimum of twelve hours of continuing education per year.
Program Publicity: Promote awareness of HICAP services in the local community.
- Patience, good listening and analytical skills, desire for detailed work, and enjoyment in working with older people.
- Interest in and aptitude for work with Medicare and health insurance issues and ability to communicate complex information clearly and effectively.
- Ability to be objective and unbiased and to refrain from recommending specific health insurance plans.
- Willingness to comply with all policies and administrative procedures established by HICAP and to abide by a contract that assures client confidentiality.
- Willingness to volunteer 10-12 hours per month. This includes counseling hours, continuing education and travel. Attendance at the initial 50-hour and at the bi-monthly follow-up trainings is mandatory. Must be able to make at least a one year commitment.
Individuals who sell insurance, or who receive compensation or other financial gain from insurers or other health care plans cannot be considered for HICAP Volunteer Counselor positions.
Administrative volunteers fill vital office support activities, which may include providing client referrals, reception, filing, and data entry.
Development volunteers support LAS fundraising activities, which may include assistance with event planning, direct mail solicitation, newsletter and annual report publication, donor campaigns, and donor acknowledgment.
If you are interested in becoming an Admin or Development volunteer, fill out an application form here >>