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Find Your Pro Bono Match

Welcome to Find Your Pro Bono Match!

This tool, which takes just a minute to use, is designed to suggest case types that fit your schedule and offer the legal experience you’re looking for. Regardless of your results, you’re welcome to explore the full list of case types we offer.

And please remember, representing an individual in a VIP case does not require specific prior experience. There’s a variety of resources at your fingertips to help you get started with your case and support you throughout.

Select “continue” below to answer a few short questions to help us find your pro bono match.

Which best describes how much time you can commit to a pro bono case?

  • I can commit time right away, but I want to wrap up my case within a few weeks
  • I want to spread my pro bono hours over multiple months
  • I’m open to both short-term and longer-term cases
  • I only have a few hours; how can I help?
  • This field is required.
Applicable Case Types
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Collections
  • Divorce
  • Divorce Only
  • Custody
  • Name Change
  • Guardianship
  • Quiet Title
  • Tort and Auto Accident Defense
  • Probate
  • Wills & Advance Planning
  • Deed Transfer
  • Contracts/Warranties
  • Corporate Governance
  • Employment Practices
  • Incorporation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Property
  • Tax
  • Zoning

How interested are you in cases involving the courts?

  • I’m not at all interested in cases involving the courts.
  • I’m only interested in cases involving the courts.
  • I’m open to taking cases that may involve the courts, and also those that do not.
  • This field is required.
Applicable Case Types
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Collections
  • Divorce
  • Divorce Only
  • Custody
  • Name Change
  • Guardianship
  • Quiet Title
  • Tort and Auto Accident Defense
  • Probate
  • Wills & Advance Planning
  • Deed Transfer
  • Contracts/Warranties
  • Corporate Governance
  • Employment Practices
  • Incorporation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Property
  • Tax
  • Zoning

There are different types of courtroom experience. Please check all of the following that apply to you.

  • I want a case that may be uncontested, where I file pleadings and a court hearing usually is not necessary, or is just a formality.
  • I’m interested in short-term negotiation matters and am willing to appear briefly before a judge, as necessary.
  • I’m looking for litigation experience that may involve trial advocacy, filing pleadings, and/or discovery.
Applicable Case Types
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Collections
  • Divorce
  • Divorce Only
  • Custody
  • Name Change
  • Guardianship
  • Quiet Title
  • Tort and Auto Accident Defense
  • Probate
  • Wills & Advance Planning
  • Deed Transfer
  • Contracts/Warranties
  • Corporate Governance
  • Employment Practices
  • Incorporation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Property
  • Tax
  • Zoning

Do you have experience helping small businesses and nonprofits in any of the following areas? Please check all that apply:

  • Contracts/Warranties
  • Corporate Governance Issues
  • Employment Practices
  • Incorporation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Property
  • Tax
  • Zoning
Applicable Case Types
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Collections
  • Divorce
  • Divorce Only
  • Custody
  • Name Change
  • Guardianship
  • Quiet Title
  • Tort and Auto Accident Defense
  • Probate
  • Wills & Advance Planning
  • Deed Transfer
  • Contracts/Warranties
  • Corporate Governance
  • Employment Practices
  • Incorporation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Property
  • Tax
  • Zoning

Your Results

You’d like a case that only requires a few hours of time. Based on your availability, consider one of the case types below or attend a clinic. To find out more about upcoming clinics visit our events page via the navigation bar at the top of this page.

You’re interested in a short-term case that does not involve the courts. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’d like to find a matter that does not involve the courts and allows you to spread your pro bono work over a longer period of time. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You do not want a case that involves the courts. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in a short-term case involving the courts, that also involves filing pleadings and a limited courtroom appearance. Unfortunately, there are no case types that match your criteria. Our short-term courtroom matters, such as landlord-tenant and collections, often involve negotiation and a potential hearing. To learn more about these matters, read the full list of case descriptions.

You’re interested in short-term cases that may or may not involve the courts, and also involve filing pleadings and a limited courtroom appearance. Unfortunately, there are no courtroom matters that match your criteria. Based on your responses, we suggest that you consider taking one of the case types below, and visit the full list of case descriptions to learn more about matters that involve court.

You’re interested in short-term matters involving the courts that primarily require negotiation and a possible appearance before a judge. Based on your responses, we suggest that you consider taking one of the case types below.

You’re interested in short-term cases that may or may not involve the courts, and primarily involve negotiation and a possible appearance before a judge. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in short-term courtroom matters that involve litigation skills, such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Unfortunately, here are no case types that match your criteria. We recommend that you consider the short-term courtroom matters in our full list of case types, or modify your response to the first question to generate more recommendations.

You’re interested in short-term cases, including courtroom matters that involve litigation skills, such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Scroll down to view the non-courtroom case types that match your search results. Unfortunately, there are no courtroom matters that match your criteria. We also recommend that you consider landlord/tenant or collections, which are short-term cases involving negotiation, and are described in the full list of case types.

You’re interested in short-term courtroom matters that involve filing pleadings and a limited court appearance, or those that involve negotiation with the possibility of going before a judge. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in short-term cases that do not involve court, as well as courtroom matters that involve filing pleadings and a limited court appearance, or those that involve negotiation with the possibility of going before a judge. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in short-term courtroom matters that involve negotiation, or litigation skills, such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in short-term matters that do not involve the courts, as well as courtroom matters that primarily involve negotiation, or litigation skills such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in short-term matters that involve the courts. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in short-term matters that may or may not involve the courts. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in courtroom matters that involve filing pleadings and a limited appearance before a judge. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in matters that may or may not involve the courts, and primarily involve filing pleadings and a limited appearance before a judge. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in courtroom matters that involve negotiation. Unfortunately, there are no courtroom matters that match your criteria. We recommend that you consider landlord/tenant or collections, which are short-term (often urgent) cases involving negotiation, in our full list of case types.

You’re interested in matters that may or may not involve negotiating in court. Scroll down to view the non-courtroom case types that match your search results. Unfortunately, there are no courtroom matters that match your criteria. We recommend that you consider landlord/tenant or collections, which are short-term (often urgent) cases involving negotiation, in our full list of case types.

You’re interested in courtroom matters that involve litigation skills, such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in matters that do not involve the courts, and courtroom matters that involve litigation skills, such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in courtroom matters that primarily involve negotiations with the possibility of appearing before a judge, or filing pleadings and a limited court appearance. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in matters that do not involve the courts, as well as courtroom matters that primarily involve negotiations with the possibility of appearing before a judge, or filing pleadings and a limited court appearance. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in courtroom matters that involve filing pleadings and a limited court appearance, or litigation skills, such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in matters that do not involve the courts, as well as courtroom matters that involve filing pleadings and a limited court appearance, or litigation skills, such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in courtroom matters that involve negotiation and a possible appearance before a judge, or litigation skills, such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in matters that do not involve the courts, as well as courtroom matters that involve negotiation and a possible appearance before a judge, or litigation skills, such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in a variety of matters involving the courts. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in matters that do not involve the courts, as well as a variety of courtroom matters. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in cases that primarily involve filing pleadings and a limited court appearance. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in cases that do not involve the courts, as well as courtroom matters that primarily involve filing pleadings and a limited court appearance. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested a case that involves negotiation and a possible appearance before a judge. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in cases that do not involve the courts, as well as courtroom matters that involve negotiation and a possible appearance before a judge. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in a case that involves litigation skills, such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in cases that do not involve the courts, as well as courtroom matters that involve litigation skills, such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in matters that primarily involve filing pleadings and a limited court appearance, as well as those that involve negotiation and a possible appearance before a judge. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in cases that do not involve the courts, as well as courtroom matters that involve filing pleadings and a limited court appearance, or negotiation and a possible appearance before a judge. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in cases that involve filing pleadings and a limited court appearance, as well as those that involve litigation skills, such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in matters that do not involve the courts, as well as courtroom matters that involve filing pleadings and a limited court appearance, or litigation skills, such as trial advocacy and discovery practice. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in a variety of cases involving the courts. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in a variety of cases involving the courts. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in a variety of cases involving the courts. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

You’re interested in a variety of cases that may or may not involve the court system. Based on your responses, consider one of the case types below.

Regardless of your results, feel free to explore the full list of case types we offer.

Too many options? Still not sure, and want more information? Have no fear — we are at the ready to help select the right case for you. Just email Rida Haq, our Director of Volunteer Engagement, to discuss your options.

Applicable Case Types
Landlord-Tenant
  • Short-Term
  • Involves Court

Evictions often have life-changing consequences, resulting in homelessness, health effects, and disruption in education and employment. Volunteers will help clients avoid disruptive displacement by negotiating with the opposing party (usually represented by counsel) and may represent the client before a judge. Most hearings are in Municipal Court. These cases are a great fit for an attorneys who want a courtroom case involving negotiation, without the time commitment of a longer trial. Volunteers usually have about 10 days to prepare for the hearing, and spend a half-day in court on the hearing date.

Available Landlord-Tenant Cases
Collections
  • Short-Term
  • Involves Court

Volunteers are needed to defend against debt collection cases and help preserve low-income clients’ credit. In almost all cases, the creditor is represented by counsel, and some matters involve unfair debt collection practices. In these cases, volunteers begin by negotiating with the creditor. If no agreement is reached, the volunteer represents the client in a Municipal Court hearing, or at arbitration in the Court of Common Pleas. These matters require a relatively short time commitment, and are a great fit for attorneys who want a courtroom matter involving negotiation, without a longer trial.

Available Collections Cases
Divorce
  • Involves Court

The divorce process, which can have significant impacts on household income, housing, and more, is nearly impossible to navigate without an attorney. For clients whose divorces involve distribution of marital property, VIP is the only option for free legal assistance. In these cases, typical steps include filing and serving the divorce complaint; engaging in discovery to gather information on assets, debts, and income; negotiating with the opposing party/counsel, as needed; and submitting a proposed distribution to the court for approval. These cases are a great fit for volunteers who want to develop litigation skills, such as filing pleadings, discovery practice, and trial advocacy.

Available Divorce Cases
Divorce Only
  • Involves Court

Although these divorces do not involve marital property or economic relief, they involve a process that is nearly impossible to complete without an attorney. Volunteers will be asked to file and serve a complaint, follow up with supplemental affidavits and other necessary documents, calendar requisite waiting periods, and ask the court to enter a divorce decree. These matters typically resolve over a four-month time period, and rarely involve a court appearance.

Available Divorce Cases
Custody
  • Involves Court

Custody proceedings have a significant impact, for parents and children alike. Volunteers will be asked to interview a client, provide counsel on potential outcomes, negotiate with opposing party/counsel (when possible), and advocate for the client’s wishes at the hearing. Post-hearing, volunteers withdraw their appearance, making these discrete engagements. These matters include client interviewing, negotiation, and advocacy before a judge.

Available Custody Cases
Name Change
  • Involves Court

Name change cases help clients secure an important, but often overlooked, basic need: having an accurate, government-issued photo identification (ID) that matches one’s legal name and/or obtaining a birth certificate documenting one’s legal name. Without these documents, access to a wide range of programs, benefits, and rights is impinged. In these cases, volunteers will draft and file a petition and then present the case at an uncontested hearing. These matters are a great fit for those who want to practice drafting and filing pleadings and attend a low-pressure hearing.

Available Name Change Cases
Guardianship
  • Involves Court

Guardianship empowers clients to care for their loved ones, equipping them with the legal tools to arrange for needed care, make critical financial decisions, and protect the best interests of an incapacitated person. Volunteers will collect written testimony from a physician, file a petition in Orphans’ Court, serve the petition on the Alleged Incapacitated Person, and present the case at the hearing. These matters are a great fit for those who want to practice drafting and filing pleadings, and attend a low-pressure hearing.

Available Guardianship Cases
Quiet Title
  • Involves Court

Quiet title matters provide clients with the peace of mind, and legal assurance, that they own the home into which they have poured their time and money. Volunteers will file a complaint that may involve brief legal research, negotiate with the opposing party (should it respond), and proceed with litigation, as necessary. These matters are a great fit for newer attorneys looking to build litigation experience and those looking to learn more about interesting real property concepts.

Available Quiet Title Cases
Tort and Auto Accident Defense
  • Involves Court

When a client is sued in a slip-and-fall or auto accident case the stakes can be immensely high, with a critical asset, such as a home or driver’s license, being at risk. For low-income Philadelphians without insurance-provided defense, VIP is the only source of free representation. Volunteers will file responsive pleadings, participate in settlement conferences, and represent the client throughout the proceedings. These matters, which typically are scheduled for arbitration, often involve depositions and light discovery. These cases are great experience-builders for newer attorneys who want to develop litigation experience.

Available Torts & Auto Accidents Cases
Probate

Probate matters help clients to preserve their family homes, build intergenerational family wealth, and contribute to neighborhood and community stability. Volunteers will confirm the family tree, open an estate at the Register of Wills, transfer title to the client, and file an inheritance tax return. These matters are a great fit for volunteers looking for an impactful transactional opportunity they can handle at their own pace.

Available Probate Cases
Wills & Advance Planning
  • Short-Term

Estate planning provides clients with the peace of mind, and legal security, that their affairs will be handled consistent with their wishes. VIP is significantly expanding its estate planning work to help more clients protect their family homes and support intergenerational wealth transfer. Volunteers will interview and counsel their clients, create the needed documents (e.g., will, living will, financial power of attorney) using templates from VIP, and ensure proper execution by clients. These matters, which take just a few hours, are a good fit for attorneys interested in practicing legal drafting.

Available Wills and Advance Planning Cases
Deed Transfer
  • Short-Term

Clients seeking a deed transfer are looking to secure legal ownership of their homes — a critical step in ensuring housing stability. Volunteers will interview the client, draft a deed and transfer tax forms using provided templates, and help the current owner properly execute it. These matters are a good fit for those seeking experience with legal drafting and a short-term, but impactful, pro bono opportunity.

Available Deed Transfer Cases
Contracts/Warranties

Volunteers will be asked to draft a contract, waiver, or warranty for the small business or nonprofit client, and/or review existing documents created by the client.

Available Small Business & Nonprofit Cases
Corporate Governance

Volunteers will provide counsel and advice to small business and nonprofit clients on compliance with federal and state regulations, as well as draft or review bylaws for nonprofits and operating agreements for small businesses.

Available Small Business & Nonprofit Cases
Employment Practices

Volunteers will assist small business or nonprofit clients with creating or revising employment policies, and/or advise clients on matters to ensure compliance with federal and state employment laws.

Available Small Business & Nonprofit Cases
Incorporation

Volunteers typically assist small business and nonprofit clients with preparing and submitting Articles of Incorporation to the State of Pennsylvania, and will also be expected to provide guidance on choice of entity, as needed.

Available Small Business & Nonprofit Cases
Intellectual Property

VIP intellectual property matters include copyright, trademark, and patent filings. Volunteers will assist the small business or nonprofit client with completing and submitting the application, and provide counsel if an application is rejected.

Available Small Business & Nonprofit Cases
Real Property

Volunteers will assist small business or nonprofit clients with negotiating commercial leases or acquiring property, as well as provide guidance in landlord/tenant disputes.

Available Small Business & Nonprofit Cases
Tax

In these matters, volunteers assist small business or nonprofit clients with filing for tax-exempt status and nunc pro tunc cases, in addition counseling clients on compliance with federal and state tax laws.

Available Small Business & Nonprofit Cases
Zoning

Volunteers will be asked to seek zoning variances on behalf of the small business or nonprofit client, or negotiate on behalf of the client with a developer who is seeking a zoning variance.

Available Small Business & Nonprofit Cases