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Volunteer Opportunities – Delaware

Corporation Needs Help with Bylaws

My name is Matt Peters and I am the President of Beechers Lot Maintenance Corporation in Newark, Delaware.  I was looking for some assistance regarding updating our bylaws and also help understanding them.  We are a small community with 65 homes and since the County eliminated the program that normally would have offered similar assistance I thought I would seek some help through your University.

Please feel free to contact me anytime by email or telephone.

Thank you,

Matt Peters
Beechers Lot Maintenance Corp.

 Pro Bono Project Working with East Side Charter School

East Side Charter School, a Delaware public preK to 8th grade charter school with 400 students located in northeast Wilmington, one of the poorest areas in our State.   They are currently searching for a recording secretary for the Board of Directors which involves attending monthly Board meetings (4th Wednesday of each month 5 pm to about 715 pm) and then preparing the minutes of the Board meetings (which probably takes a couple of hours).

They are looking for someone who would be interested in taking on this pro bono project for a minimum of one year (two preferable).  This project is very educational in terms of learning how a non-profit corporation operates or have an interest in helping to provide an excellent education for kids, many of whom come from very challenging situations.

Please call me if you have any interest in pursuing this pro bono opportunity. Most reliable way to get me is on my cell at 302 547 8094, or by email.

Charles S. McDowell, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Phone: (302) 984-6012
Fax: (302) 778-6012

Volunteer Law Clerk

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. is looking for 2Ls or 3Ls to help this semester with screenings and intakes for their Disabilities Law program in Wilmington. 

If interested, please contact Dan Atkins either by email or phone.

Dan AtkinsCommunity Legal Aid Society, Inc.
100 W. 10th St., Suite 801
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 575-0660 ext. 229

Volunteer Law Clerk to Work with an Attorney in Sussex County Delaware

Delaware Volunteer Legal Services (DVLS) has two attorneys in Sussex County who are beginning a new phase in their legal career.  Both attorneys have retired from the “paying” practice of law and are beginning their pro bono careers.  They have no support staff or paralegals to assist them with draft pleadings, research, client interviews, etc.  DVLS is seeking a volunteer to help the attorneys draft wills, draft court documents, conduct legal research, basically anything the attorneys need assistance wtih when working on a case.If you are interested, please contact: 

Janine N. Howard-O’Rangers
Executive Director
Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Inc.
(302) 478-8680 ext. 207

Volunteer Opportunities


Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center is a non-profit public interest law firm based at Widener School of Law. Center attorneys represent environmental and community groups seeking implementation or enforcement of environmental law and regulation before agencies and the courts. The center offers hands-on research and writing opportunities for summer externs in environmental regulatory advocacy and litigation. Interested students should have a 2.7 GPA or better. Pre-requisite classes is completion of environmental law or administrative law and some relevant environmental background. Individual grades in those courses, along with legal writing should be a 2.7 GPA or better. An exception would be made for a student with a strong interest in environmental law who has a science background. Preference is for second years but others will be considered. Students are required to work 60 hours during the semester.


The Widener Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (Clinic) seeks 3 ñ 5 interns to work part-time on Clinic matters during the fall. Interns will perform functions similar to those performed by Student Attorneys who take the Clinic during the school year, including: legal and factual research, drafting of research memos, drafting of pleadings, and other work as dictated by the needs of Clinic matters, all under the supervision of the Clinic Director. Schedule is flexible. 1 and 2RDs and 1, 2, and 3EDs are welcome to apply. Earn hours towards your Pro Bono Distinction Award and build your resume while you find out about the practice of Environmental Law and what Widener Student Attorneys do in the Clinic!
Applications will be rolling until the positions are filled. Applications can be submitted to the Clinic Director by hard copy or email Professor Kristl and and should include a resume (with contact information) and a brief statement about what the applicant hopes to get out of the internship.


The Veterans Law Clinic is a great opportunity to become involved with Veterans who have been denied benefits by the Regional Office and wish to take an appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). You can work with veterans in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. For more information, please visit
To apply to this clinic, please contact Professor Justin Holbrook


WILMINGTON, DE, All students welcome to apply


Project Rightful Owner is a project through the Delaware Superior Court. The goal of this project is to search for owners of unclaimned sheriff’s sale excess proceeds. The Superior Court has nearly $5 million waiting to be claimed by the rightful owner of the money. The funds are the excess proceeds of Sheriff’s Sales that occurred in the past five years. Excess proceeds arise when the realized value of the property, at the time of sale, exceeds the amount of money used by the Sheriff to pay off recorded liens and mortgages. Because of the dramatic increase in the value of real estate in recent years, excess proceeds have become more common.
Interns are needed to identify from the website matters where the sale took place over four years ago or where substantial amounts are on deposit and to determine the present address of the foreclosed owners’. Duties will also include; advising owners of the listing, website, and potential funds on hold that may be available, and to help the owner find legal counsel and information. This is an extremely flexible opportunity. There is no minimum work week, students can work as little or as many hours as they choose. Students can work from home. Initially, Project Rightful Owner is looking for three students to begin the research, and add new interns in the near future as the need will be constant. No experience or background is required, yet this is a great opportunity for those interested in Real Estate and other property matters.

If interested, please your resume and cover letter to Special Master Dan Kristol at or you may contact him for more information.
He is willing to meet with students for a training session. For more information about the project, please visit,



The Partnership for Public Service has launched a new online federal internship directory. Use the search engine to find opportunities by state, agency or academic interest. The website also offers information on jobs with the federal government. Please visit the link,


Wilmington, DE 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls


The Delaware Judiciary seeks volunteers for its Self-Help Center and its Limited Pro Bono Legal Assistance Program. Volunteers are trained in family law so that they may help unrepresented individuals file claims in Family Court. There are two volunteer opportunities:
1) Four students are needed to work on Mondays anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
2) Two students are needed at other time to work with the Court of Common Pleas Clerk’s Office to assist unrepresented individuals with court filings.

Interested students should email a cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample to:
Mary Ann Hillis, Supervisor of Pro Se Services
Administrative Office of the Courts
500 N. King Street, Suite 11600
Wilmington, DE 19801-3734


Wilmington, DE 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls


Students are needed to assist the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s Office. Students will primarily conduct legal research on active civil and criminal matters; there will also likely be some investigative work (hot document searches, etc.). This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get experience in both civil and criminal matters. A resume and cover letter should be emailed to Daniel Miller, Deputy Attorney General Director, at


Wilmington, DE 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls

Spring and Summer Positions


The ACLU of Delaware, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending the Bill of Rights through litigation, legislative advocacy, and public education, seeks highly motivated students with initiative, energy, and a demonstrated commitment to civi rights and civil liberties. Cases concern a variety of issues, including prisoners’ rights, gay rights, free speech, religious freedom, and police misconduct. Students will complete fact research and legal analysis, and draft memoranda, and therefore must possess strong research and writing skills as well as the ability to commit to 8-10 hours per week.
A resume, cover letter describing interest/experience/and commitment to civil liberties and public interest work, and a short writing sample should be submitted ASAP via email to: Umbreen Bhatti,



DEADLINE: Accepting applications for Spring 2008.

The Office of the Child Advocate provides legal representation to children in the child welfare system. the Office of the Child Advocate seeks volunteers with strong research and writing skills, a strong ability to multi-task, a willingness to learn new skills, and an interest in public service with a focus on children. These are non-paying positions with flexible hours. Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to:

Tania Culley, Child Adovate
Office of the Child Advocate
900 King Street, Suite 210
Wilmington, DE 19801


Wilmington, DE 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls

Spring and Summer Positions


DVLS, a non-profit provider of legal services housed in the law school building needs volunteer law clerks to help with client intake. DVLS handles mainly family law matters, particularly cases involving domestic violence. Students who perform intakes will screen callers to determine if they are eligible for DVLS services. Work study eligble students may be paid. Interested students should e-mail a resume expressing interest in volunteering to Jacki Chacona, Esq, at: ASAP.


Wilmington, DE 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls

Spring 2008, Part-time summer positions may be available.

DEADLINE: Rolling.

Volunteers are needed to help Delaware Citizens who seek to be pardoned from prior convictions. Students can help petitioners through the difficult pardons process by searching through court records, completing application forms, and accompanying people appearing before the Board of Pardons under the supervision of a public defender. The Pardons Project meets every month at the Delaware Center for Justice at 100 W. 10th Street, Suite 905, Room 6, Wilmington, DE 19801. Students are needed to work on fridays during the summer interviewing applicants. Evening students are welcome! To get involved, contact Mary White, the director of this program via e-mail: ; In the subject line of the e-mail be sure to write ìPardons Project.î


Wilmington, DE 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls

Spring and Summer Positions


Applications accepted until positions are filled.
Students are needed to assist Professor Tom Reed with the representation of veterans in a variety of civil legal claims. This is an unpaid internship with flexible hours. A minimum GPA of 2.3 is required. Students are needed 5-10 hours per week. Interested students should submit rÈsumÈ to Professor Reed via email at: or in room L218.