Interested in registering?
To register for the event, you will need to prepare all of the following documents:
  • A copy of your current resume
Please send the above documents to Taryn May, Volunteer Coordinator, at Once your application has been approved, you will be sent a link to Eventbrite to complete your registration.
Please note: Acceptance of applications from and enrollment of volunteers remains in the discretion of the Center.

New Volunteer Training April 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:30am-4:30pm 6.0 CLE Credits ● Southwestern Law School

The purpose of this all day training is to prepare new volunteers to provide legal assistance to low-income clients of the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law (Center). The day will be spent understanding the work performed by volunteers and learning the fundamentals of family law practice at the Center. The sessions will focus on issues arising for very low-income family law litigants and the strategies and methods developed to help them.

Program Objectives:

At this interactive program, new volunteers will:

Review and become familiar with some family law concepts, forms, and laws that pertain to Center clients and their cases;

Observe and discuss a mock initial client interview similar to those at the Center;

Learn and better understand the roles volunteers play at the Center, expectations about their service to clients, and Center operations; and

Interact with experienced volunteers, Center staff and new participants to become a member of the Center’s team.


The Center’s well-regarded publication California Family Law Basics will be available for purchase by program participants. To view information about the book, click here.

About Our Speakers and Trainers

The program will be taught by dedicated volunteer lawyers, both long-time practitioners and those relatively new to the profession, who have provided many hours of service to the Center. They will be joined by the Center’s staff attorneys who will be providing guidance and familiarity about all aspects of the Center’s practice.

Who should attend this training?

This training is ideal for lawyers, law students, and law school graduates who want to use their skills and training to help others. It is a perfect choice for individuals interested in addressing the needs of low-income families, protecting victims of domestic violence, and shepherding children to safer and more stable lives. It will provide satisfaction to champions of equal justice committed to ensuring a fair playing field in the family law courts. It’s a great way to be introduced to a challenging area of the law that affects thousands of people each year. Retired professionals, individuals returning to the workforce, and those at home caring for their children are encouraged to apply.

Click here for more information on this training.