You are here

Notice: Federal Court Clinic Seeking Volunteer Attorneys in Tucson

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

The message below is being sent on behalf of Step Up to Justice.

Step Up to Justice (SU2J) and the U.S. District Court are seeking volunteer attorneys for its advice-only Federal Court Clinic in the Tucson Division. The clinic meets virtually every Thursday afternoon from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. In-person appointments may be arranged. Attorneys may choose the amount of time they will volunteer with the clinic.
Volunteer attorneys meet with self-represented litigants for 30-minute appointments. The clients either wish to file a civil case in federal court or already have filed and need help navigating the system. Volunteers may choose one of three categories in which to assist clients. 
1) General Federal Court Matters/Catch-All: The most common claims are civil rights, but attorneys see a wide variety of issues including federal tort claims, property disputes, ADA defendants (i.e., owners of small businesses accused of violating the ADA), and occasional consumer claims. The volunteer attorney’s main roles are to 1) help the client determine whether the federal court has jurisdiction over the client’s claim(s); and 2) provide procedural advice on moving the client’s case through the federal court process.
2) Employment: Clients who believe they have an employment-related claim such as wrongful termination, wage dispute, discrimination, etc.
3) Social Security: Clients who want to appeal a benefits denial. 
SU2J provides training, and volunteers may observe the clinic until they feel comfortable. Additional video training, as well as general information about representing self-represented litigants at trial through the U.S. District Court’s Civil Litigation Panel, and frequently asked questions, can be found on the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona website. www.azd.uscourts.gov/civil-litigation-panel-information  

Please contact Melissa Spiller-Shiner at Step Up to Justice to learn more– mspillershiner@stepuptojustice.org