Volunteer Attorney Information
Eligibility and Training
All volunteer attorneys must be licensed, active members of the State Bar of Wisconsin (including Emeritus status) or licensed in-house attorneys, per SCR 10.03(4) (f). Training is required for all attorneys who volunteer with the MVLC. We recommend attorneys repeat the training every two years. The training covers the rules of professional responsibility governing limited scope representation and the policies and procedures of the clinics. Completion of the training entitles volunteers to professional liability coverage through Marquette University for work with the MVLC.
To receive one ethics CLE credit for training, attend a live version of the training (look for the volunteer training session offered as part of our annual Brown Bag CLE series). Please note that to receive CLE credit for online live viewing, attendees must submit both parts of the attendance code accurately and in full within 30 minutes of the presentation's conclusion. Due to the number of attendees at these trainings, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.
To join the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics before the next training session, watch the most recently recorded training. Viewing a recorded training session is not eligible for CLE credit. After you watch the recorded training, review the remote services training page and complete the online training attendance form linked at the bottom.
Earning CLE Credit through Pro Bono
Under Chapter 31 of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules, attorneys may claim 1 general CLE hour for every 5 hours of pro bono legal services provided in a qualified pro bono program which includes all Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics. Attorneys may claim up to 6 hours of pro bono CLE credits per reporting period. All reporting is done through the regular CLE reporting process at the Board of Bar Examiners. Volunteers can find their pro bono history with the MVLC in their pro bono account. See the FAQs below for more information.