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Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights provides legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenges human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeks through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocates for criminal justice system reforms on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States. The Center is a non-profit, public interest organization. It depends on generous donations from individuals to carry on its work. It receives no government funding.

Volunteer positions are available in the following areas:

* Impact (Civil) Litigation
* Capital Litigation
* Fundraising
* Administrative Support

There are a range of activities for our volunteers, each requiring varying levels of training:

* responding to requests for assistance with referral information
* assisting attorneys with the assembly of case notebooks
* updating resource lists
* mailing resource handbook
* data entry
* filing
* assisting with large mailings

If you are a law student interested in SCHR's internship program, please see the Human Rights Internship section of our website.

  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Death Penalty, Prisoners
  • Populations Served: Prison/Jail
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: No
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Legislative or policy advocacy, Litigation: Appellate, Litigation: Class actions, Litigation: Impact, Litigation: Support (e.g., discovery), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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