Legal Volunteer Application
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with Philadelphia Volunteers Lawyers for the Arts. Each year, professionals like you from around the region come together to build a strong volunteer community, contributing nearly $2.5 million in capacity building services to the arts + culture nonprofit sector. We look forward to welcoming you into this community and collaborating on an important project!
To apply to become a volunteer, please be sure to review our volunteer guidelines below and then complete the adjacent form, which provides information to help us better understand who you are and your goals, as well as design a project that best fits your skills. Once you’ve completed the form, please submit it to us along with your resume, and someone from our program staff will contact you ASAP to schedule an interview. In the meantime, we want to thank you, again, for interest in making our region culturally vibrant and economically strong.
GUIDELINES FOR VOLUNTEERS
We have found it helpful to provide the attorneys who serve as PVLA volunteers with information that describes their responsibilities as well as their rights within the scope of the PVLA program.
Attorneys who volunteer with the PVLA program have a responsibility to:
- Be consistently compassionate and professional in delivering legal services
- Be committed to providing the highest quality of services to all PVLA clients
- Treat all arts clients with respect and take the concerns of all PVLA clients as seriously as he or she would the concerns of a paying client.
- Return telephone calls to all PVLA clients in a timely fashion
- Not accept a matter referred to him or her by the PVLA program if the referral could result in a conflict of interest
Attorneys who volunteer with the PVLA program also have certain rights including the right to:
- Be treated with respect and courtesy by arts clients and PVLA program staff
- Decline any matter that is referred to him or her by PVLA, for any reason
- Withdraw from any matter referred to him or her by PVLA at any time, provided he or she immediately notifies both the arts client and PVLA of the decision to withdraw
- Ask PVLA program staff for assistance, such as a consultation with another attorney in the field
- Decline to provide pro bono assistance to any PVLA client who requests services beyond the scope of the initial PVLA referral
- Decline to offer legal assistance to any client referred by PVLA if the client's actions are offensive to the attorney, provided the attorney immediately notifies the PVLA program director of his or her desicion to not provide assistance