June 4, 2020

Volunteer Opportunities for Racial Justice

Volunteer to Help Protesters! The National Lawyers Guild is looking for lawyers to help with protest support efforts around the country. Volunteers are needed to answer hotlines, act as legal observers, and help with legal defense work. Training materials are available through the National Lawyers Guild and local chapters. If you are interested, please email LCEmails@acslaw.org and include your location and where you are barred.

Jim Crow Juries - Pro Bono Help Needed: The Jim Crow Juries Project is seeking volunteers to represent those in Louisiana prisons who seek relief after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Ramos v. Louisiana this term. That case struck down a Louisiana Jim Crow law that required courts to convict even when some jurors did not unanimously find that the prosecutors proved guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The law sought to silence black jurors and disproportionately impacted black defendants. Volunteers will co-counsel with local attorneys to draft and file post-conviction relief applications seeking retroactivity. Training guides, forms, and resources will be provided. No prior criminal law experience is required, and volunteers can be barred in any state. Volunteers should be prepared to volunteer to file at least five petitions. To volunteer, please email ACS Director of Network Advancement, Ashley Erickson, at aerickson@acslaw.org.

Volunteer with Law 4 Black Lives: Fill out this form below if you are interested in assisting organizers with legal support. The nature of the requests do range but can include bail support and release for protestors, security and surveillance, research or policy support, technical assistance and consultations. Please email LCEmails@acslaw.org to let us know if you get involved.