Interested in volunteering with the MJC?
Whether it is your first time exploring the idea, or you are a veteran when it comes to volunteering in the legal community, the Milwaukee Justice Center (MJC) has some fantastic opportunities for those looking to get involved. Every year thousands of Milwaukee County's citizens go without legal representation either because they cannot afford an attorney or cannot access free legal aid. In 2018, the Milwaukee Justice Center was able to help 10,025 of our Milwaukee neighbors obtain better access to justice thanks to a committed network of over 450 volunteers who gave over 11,000 hours of volunteer service.
Here's how YOU can get involved...
MJC Self-help Family Forms Assistance
The MJC uses volunteers to staff the Self-Help Desks located in G-9 of the courthouse. Volunteers in this capacity do not give legal advice, but assist self-represented litigants in filling out forms, and provide step by step instructions for filing family law and small claims cases. Clients are served on a first come first served basis during the clinic's walk-in hours. Volunteers commit 8-10 hours per week. We do NOT help with small claims forms in this clinic!
Undergraduate interns commit between 8-10 hours per week; Law students and community members commit between 2-5 hours per week.
Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic at the Milwaukee Justice Center (Brief Legal Advice and Referral)
The Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic at the Milwaukee Justice Center is a free, walk-in legal information and referral clinic located in G-9 of the courthouse staffed by volunteer attorneys working with and supervising Marquette University law students. The Clinic’s goal is to provide self-represented litigants with basic legal information and appropriate referrals on civil legal matters including divorce, custody and support, landlord-tenant disputes, probate, small claims and large claims. The Clinic does not take cases or represent clients in an ongoing manner. Attorneys commit to one 2-hour shift per month.
Click here for the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic Attorney Page for training.
Mobile Legal Clinic
The MJC also coordinates the Mobile Legal Clinic, which offers similar services throughout Milwaukee county at different community agencies, organizations, churches, schools, etc. For more information and to see the Mobile Legal Clinic schedule, click here.
Attorney facilitators, working with a law student, assist parents to discuss issues of custody, placement, and child support with a goal of completing an agreement. Child Support services is also present to discuss child support orders, arrears, and calculations. Volunteers commit to 3 hours every other month.
Administrative / Front Desk
Volunteers assist with appointment reminder calls, answer phone line, assist with clinic intake and data entry. Volunteers commit to 2-10 hours per week.