Upcoming opportunities

We are always looking for people who want to dedicate their time and talent to ensure justice for all in New York City.

Attorneys

Volunteer attorneys attend our legal aid desks at host non-profit organizations to conduct intake interviews with homeless and low-income New Yorkers. They provide appropriate advice, referrals, or follow-up and representation in a variety of legal issues, such as housing and public benefits law. No specific legal expertise is required. 

Volunteers receive initial and ongoing training and support from our Executive Director and Staff Attorney. In addition to providing legal counseling, volunteers may also address the spiritual needs of our neighbors and clients by praying with and for them.

Attorney volunteers must be members of the New York State Bar. We welcome law students, who will be paired with a volunteer attorney licensed to practice law in New York State.

If interested, you must participate in a training session, where Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is provided. Check the calendar above for the next new volunteer training session and email Sandy Stefanski, Program Coordinator, at sandy@openhandslegalservices.org for more information and/or to register. 


Interpreters

We need volunteers who can interpret for our non-English-speaking clients at our mobile legal aid desks. The most needed language skills are Cantonese and Spanish. For more information, contact Sandy Stefanski, Program Coordinator, at sandy@openhandslegalservices.org.


Internships

Throughout the year, we offer lawyer and law student internships. Interns enjoy the opportunity to support the provision of free legal services in a collaborative Christian social services setting throughout New York City. To apply, submit a resume and letter of interest to recruiting@openhandslegalservices.org. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We will respond to those candidates we wish to interview.

PRAYER

Our work is a partnership with God and we depend on the power of prayer. We are his instruments and constantly invite him into what we do. We pray at staff meetings, pray with every client, and invite our community to pray with us monthly. If you would like to be part of our prayer ministry and receive our monthly prayer requests, please send an email to info@openhandslegalservices.org

Special events and fundraising

If you are interested in helping us invite others into our vision and mission by helping with our special events, or if you are interested in joining our Young Professionals Network, please email us at info@openhandslegalservices.org