Guest blog by Sarah Baker
More and more of us are concerned about policies affecting our families, friends, neighbors, and the institutions and principles we hold dear. An unprecedented number of people, including many lawyers, are stepping forward to offer assistance. Simultaneously, the number of nonprofit organizations in need of legal assistance grows daily. Nonprofits are on the frontline more than ever, and people are establishing new organizations every day. There are nonprofits that need free legal assistance and lawyers who want to help, but they often can’t find each other.
That’s why I am so excited to announce the recent launch of WeTheAction.org, a platform that connects lawyers who want to help to organizations that need help. Organizations go to WeTheAction.org, complete a profile, and after receiving login credentials, post legal projects as they arise. Simultaneously, lawyers go to WeTheAction.org and complete a simple profile that includes basic information including bar membership(s), years of experience, and areas of expertise. After completing a profile, an attorney can search the current volunteer opportunities, and submit his or her profile for any posted opportunity that is a good fit. Organizations then review the profiles of attorneys interested in their projects and, if a lawyer’s skills and availability match the organization’s needs, the organization contacts the lawyer to begin work. It’s that easy.
One of the things that makes me most excited about WeTheAction.org is that it gives an answer to many of us who ask, “what can I do?” when we see troubling events in the news and in our communities. Whether you are a stay-at-home parent with a law degree and an interest in protecting reproductive rights, you are a retired lawyer who wants to help a new voting rights nonprofit get off the ground, or you work at a 500-person New York City immigration rights organization and need additional assistance, WeTheAction.org can help.
These are challenging times, and nonprofit organizations need more resources than ever. Lawyers have training and experience that allow them to help in ways that non-lawyers cannot, but it can be difficult to figure out where to turn to find opportunities to contribute. With the launch of WeTheAction.org, nonprofits can get the free, expert legal help they need, and lawyers can use their training to make a difference.