Making Connections in South Jersey
Volunteer UP Legal Clinic connects clients facing legal barriers to their success with South Jersey attorneys who volunteer to provide pro bono legal services and otherwise aid clients in navigating government benefits and other services available in Camden and surrounding communities. Volunteer UP began at UrbanPromise in 2016 and grew under the care of Volunteers of America Delaware Valley from 2018 through 2021 to provide much-needed legal assistance to the economically disadvantaged clients of both non-profit organizations. In March of 2022, Volunteer UP formed an independent nonprofit to continue to serve those in need.
The Clinic assists clients with many types of legal issues that are common to low-income persons, including: bankruptcy, civil rights, drivers’ license restorations, employment issues, expungements, family law, government benefits, health care, immigration, landlord-tenant, municipal court fines, wills, estates, probate, powers of attorney, and more. Clients include veterans, returning citizens, those with mental health and addiction issues, and families at risk of becoming homeless, among others.
Our staff meets with clients who seek legal services to determine their specific legal needs and makes appropriate referrals to volunteer lawyers according to areas of expertise and geography. This screening process allows for our pro bono attorneys to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their volunteer time.
Volunteer attorneys also support the Clinic by serving as mentors or subject matter experts to other volunteer Clinic attorneys or by speaking at community legal education seminars. Clinic partners can further the mission of the Clinic by, among other things, recruiting volunteer attorneys and providing financial support to offset Clinic and/or client expenses.
Volunteer UP Legal Clinic is a New Jersey Supreme Court certified pro bono organization. Volunteer attorneys therefore are exempt from being appointed to take a Madden v. Delran pro bono case when they provide 25 hours per year to Volunteer UP.