|DVLS Volunteer Attorney Application|
| To volunteer for DVLS,
complete the Volunteer Attorney Application Form and FAX to Delaware
Volunteer Legal Services at (302) 477-2227.
If you have questions, please contact Jacki Chacona at (302) 478-8680, Ext. 212.
|Pro Bono Assistance|
Pro Bono PFA Project
The Pro Bono PFA Project consists of pro bono attorneys representing income-eligible victims of domestic violence on Fridays for PFA hearings. The Victim Advocates Program continues to represent individuals not eligible for DVLS services. The program coordinator, along with a law student assess requests for assistance on the spot at Family Court on Friday, the day Protection from Abuse Orders are issued. A PFA is a civil no contact order granting the petitioner protection from an abuser, as well as offering ancillary relief such as custody, support, possession of property and other relief necessary to ensure that the victim does not return to the abusive relationship.
|Lawyer Referral Service|
The Lawyer Referral Service was established to:
Check out our Lawyer Referral Service Page to find out how you can participate in the service.
|DVLS offers free CLE Seminars to volunteer attorneys
on the "Nuts and Bolts" of how to handle particular cases.
These programs are typically held at Widener University School of Law,
or the State Building and are run by
DVLS staff and volunteer attorneys. CLE's are also offered by the DSBA.
Widener University School of Law's clinic students through DVLS visit the Brandywine Senior Center, the Latin American Community Center, the YWCA and the Battered Women's Shelter. Center staff members and DVLS work closely to identify their client's legal problems and to make appropriate referrals. DVLS staff continue to visit homeless shelters periodically and receive referrals for potential clients.