National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • 01-Jan-2017 to 31-May-2017 (EST)
  • NAMI HelpLIne
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • Internship/Volunteer

The NAMI Information HelpLine's Legal Resource Service (LRS) currently has openings for (3) legal volunteers and legal interns. These are valuable opportunities for law school students needing to hone their client counseling skills. You will have the ability to identify issues and provide guidance on next steps callers can take to resolve issues. The LRS is contacted over 100 times per week by people affected by mental health conditions–individuals and family members-seeking legal assistance and guidance in areas of the law that most affect them including: civil rights, civil litigation, employment, criminal, family law, guardianship and advance directives, estates and trusts, SSI/SSDI.

The LRS operates with the NAMI Information HelpLine in Arlington, VA, and is Metro (Virginia Square/GMU) accessible (transportation allowance offered).

Legal volunteer and intern duties include direct phone contact with people seeking help and assisting them with identifying and triaging legal issues, providing general legal information and supplying referrals to attorneys or legal aid organizations. Interns may also be involved in developing the NAMI Legal Resource Guide and national attorney database.

Opportunities:

Volunteers

  • Combine efforts with other volunteer attorneys engaged in advocating for people affected by mental illness.
  • Make a difference in the lives of people often marginalized by society.
  • Opportunities to write blogs for nami.org on legal issues.

Requirements:  Legal volunteers must be a member of the bar in good standing. Familiarity with criminal, domestic, civil rights law, preferred.

Interns

  • Make a difference in the lives of people often marginalized by society.
  • Practice client interviewing skills and fact gathering.
  • Develop skills communicating with a broad range of individuals–some in distress.
  • Gain an understanding of areas related to legal aid organizations, National Disability Rights Network, involuntary commitment and mental health courts and diversion programs.
  • Opportunities to write blogs for nami.org on legal issues.

Requirements:  Candidates must have completed at least one year of law school at an accredited institution, and be able to dedicate at least one 4 hour shift per week for 10 weeks.

The NAMI Information HelpLine and the LRS offers comprehensive training, coaching and ongoing professional development opportunities.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
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