We succeed in our mission thanks to the contributions of generous volunteers. Please explore the many different ways to volunteer with Classroom Law Project below.
Interesting in volunteering as a Tour Guide and were unable to join us at the Orientation? No problem! Please send an email to Mackendree Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will set you up to shadow a veteran tour guide.
Much more than a “field trip,” the Courthouse Experience gives students, teachers and parent chaperones the opportunity to sit in on real trials and learn more about our justice system. We are grateful to our wonderful Multnomah Circuit Court judges, who frequently take time to talk with our student groups at the courthouse. We need volunteers to guide these groups on their tour. This is the perfect opportunity for people who want to learn more about what goes on in the courtroom – many of our volunteers are students enrolled in paralegal training, law school students and recent law school graduates. This is a great fit for retired educators! We also have many volunteers who are lucky enough to work for companies including Umpqua Bank and Pacific Continental Bank that encourage volunteer service as part of the work day. Does this sound like a good fit for YOU?
What: Court Tour Guides begin the tour with a brief orientation presentation to the students and chaperones on the basics of our court system. They then lead the group to the Justice Center for observation of Community Court and arraignments. The tour continues on to the Multnomah County Courthouse, where guides help the student groups find interesting court proceedings to observe. Classroom Law Project provides guides with training and orientation materials.
Who: Being an attorney is not required! Our court tour guides come from many different backgrounds including bankers, probation officers, paralegals, former teachers, and other civic-minded adults interested in sharing our judicial system with students. All are welcome!
When: Tours are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the school year (late September through early June). Court Tour Guides are asked to commit at least one morning (8:30-noon) per month.
Classroom Law Project provides support for mock trial programs throughout the entire state of Oregon. Each year volunteer coaches, judges, and competition event assistants make Mock Trial possible for students across the state. There are several ways to participate in a Mock Trial program in your area.
Coach: Schools throughout the state are in need of volunteer attorney coaches. Please contact us to find out if there is any need in your area!
Judge: Both attorney and non-attorney judges are needed for regional (statewide; late February) and state (Portland; mid-March) competitions. We promise you will be impressed by these young competitors!
Event Assistance: Mock Trial competitions need many hands on deck! Give yourself the chance to be impressed by these young competitors by lending a hand to Classroom Law Project while attending a Mock Trial competition. Event Assistants help with event set-up, check-in, and much more!
Read more about Mock Trial.
Classroom Law Project provides support for We The People constitutional law programs throughout the entire state of Oregon for grades 5-12. Each year volunteer coaches, judges, and competition event assistants make We The People possible for students across the state. There are several ways to participate in a We The People programs in your area.
Coach: If you are an attorney, political science or American history buff, you could help coach a high school Constitution team.
Timekeeper/Escort: Keep Judges & Students on time according to competition rules; Escort Judges to hearing rooms per their schedule.
Event Assistance: The We The People competitions need many hands on deck! Give yourself the chance to be impressed by these young constitutional law scholars by lending a hand to Classroom Law Project while attending a We The People competition. Event Assistants help with event set-up, check-in, and much more!
Read more about We the People.
Law Day is Classroom Law Project’s annual conference for high school students. Law Day is a fun day of energizing and thought-provoking seminars at Portland State University for 9th-12th graders.
Law Day 2017 will be held on May 2, 2017, at Portland State University in downtown Portland.
Facilitator: Join us and sit in on fascinating seminars while making sure the workshops run smoothly and on-time.
Read more about Law Day.
The Classroom Law Project Annual Golf Tournament is a charity fundraiser benefiting civic education in Oregon.
The 2016 Classroom Law Project Golf Tournament took place on Friday, September 23rd at the Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club. See our News page for the full story!
Event Assistance: Volunteering at the Classroom Law Project Golf Tournament is a fun way to give back! Event Assistants help with event set-up, check-in, and much more! Plus, there may be the opportunity to drive around in a golf cart!
Would you rather play golf than volunteer? That is a good choice as well!
Check out the Photo Gallery of the 2016 Tournament (password: The Reserve)!
Each year Classroom Law Project honors the Jonathan U. Newman Legal Citizen of the Year and the Civic Educator of the Year with a fun evening of wine, dinner, slideshows, and much more. This annual event is vital to Classroom Law Project’s fundraising efforts and is made possible by volunteers like you!
The 2017 Legal Citizen of the Year Dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the historic Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland.
Event Assistance: Volunteering at the Classroom Law Project Legal Citizen Dinner is a fun way to give back! Event Assistants help with event set-up, check-in, clean-up, and much more!
Office Internships: Projects vary. Examples include event preparation, video editing, graphic design, writing, data entry, filing, and more!
Have questions? Please contact Mackendree at email@example.com or (503) 224-4424.
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Each year more than 1,000 committed lawyers, judges, policy makers, community leaders, parents and educators play a key role in ensuring that young people are given hands-on learning opportunities.
These volunteers serve as coaches to mock trial teams, judge competitions, listen to students’ presentations, share valuable experience with teachers, serve as mentors, lead court tours, sit on Youth Summit panels or work behind the scene in our office.