Since September 2007, the JusticeCorps Fellows have been at the forefront of pioneering family law case management in the Los Angeles Superior Court. Fellows assist self-represented litigants who have received notice that they must appear before the court for a Case Status Conference regarding their family law or guardianship case. Under this mandated procedure, a status conference will be set for hearing in any case where no progress has been made 90 days from the time a petition has been filed. When litigants arrive at the courthouse, Fellows review court case files and documents brought to the status conference to determine the steps needed for litigants to move their case forward toward completion. Fellows will educate litigants about the next steps they need to complete and about the overall process to conclude their case.
Fellows’ secondary responsibility will be to provide general assistance to self-represented litigants in self-help programs in following areas:
Participants in the JusticeCorps Fellowship assume a great deal of responsibility and are exposed to a wide variety of legal matters. It is a perfect venue to explore if a service and/or legal field are a good career fit and to gain invaluable work experience while helping the community.