Did you know that the State Bar of Texas recommends that every attorney perform 50 hours of pro bono service a year?

SALSA can make it easy for you to reach this goal. SALSA provides training resources, mentorship, and coverage under SALSA’s Professional Liability policy. You can give back within your area of expertise or take on a limited service matter in a new area of the law – the choice is yours! Learn more about all of the opportunities available to you below, and check back often to learn about new offerings.

Want to learn more? Join us virtually at one of our upcoming 15-minute “Just Us” Presentations.

  • We’ve even created remote volunteer opportunities to provide services during the ongoing public health crisis.

    We are aware that due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, remote volunteer opportunities are preferable. Some of our volunteer opportunities are remote. Not every client has access to Internet and is able to participate via zoom meetings, but most clients have access to a phone. Our volunteers have found creative ways to promote remote representation or to otherwise “make it work” so that health and safety of both the volunteer and the client can be maintained. During your representation, if you need help facilitating communication with your client, please let us know. We are happy to help!

What are you looking for in a volunteer experience?

I want to provide limited legal advice or assistance at an isolated pro bono event  (requires limited or no follow-on assistance)

I want to provide limited scope representation in a subject matter area that has ample training resources and mentor oversight

I want to provide extended representation services in my area of expertise

Are you a non-attorney looking to volunteer with SALSA? Visit SALSA’s Non-Attorney Volunteer Opportunities Page .


Rental Assistance Clinic – Sign-up for a shift on VolunteerHub

Volunteers will assist families who have fallen behind on rent or utilities by helping them complete the Texas Rent Relief Program application. Getting assistance from programs such as the Texas Rent Relief Program is at times the only hope a tenant has at obtaining sustainable housing again. If approved, there is a chance that tenants can get their past due rent and utilities paid off which could result in their landlords allowing them back onto the property, the tenant clearing a pressing debt, and easing their way towards finding other housing by avoiding having the stain of an eviction on their record.

Training and forms are provided in advance of the clinic, and staff are available to answer questions during the clinic.

Alternatives to Guardianship Clinic (currently remote) – Sign-up for a shift on VolunteerHub

Draft supported decision-making agreements and powers of attorney for adults with disabilities. SALSA works in conjunction with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), Disability Rights Texas (DRTx), the Arc of San Antonio, and St. Mary’s University Law School to host this clinic and provide adults with disabilities these valuable resources, which can help them enter adulthood without the need for a guardianship. The Alternatives to Guardianship Clinics occur 2-3 times per year.

Training and forms are provided in advance of the clinic, and mentors from TRLA and DRTx are available to answer questions during the clinic.

Small Estate Clinic – Sign-up for a shift on VolunteerHub

Provide advice to indigent families who have filed a small estate affidavit (SEA) with the Bexar County probate courts, but who do not have enough knowledge or expertise to complete the application correctly or who have incorrectly filed a SEA. COVID-19 has impacted families and caused many tragic and unexpected deaths, shining a light on the severe need for probate assistance in San Antonio. A SEA is the only pro se probate option, which means people who wouldn’t qualify or whose situation is not suited for a SEA end up applying for one at the advice of banks or other financial institutions. Volunteers will meet with the client remotely in a help desk setting. The client will receive a checklist of items to bring to the meeting so that the attorney and client may productively discuss the assets and debts of the estate to determine whether the SEA or some other method, such as Affidavit of Heirship or Independent Administration, are better suited for the client’s needs.

Resources will be provided to volunteers, including any available notes about why the court rejected the SEA, training videos, pleadings, other pertinent materials, and mentorship will be available during the clinic.

Veterans Legal Advice Clinic – Sign-up for Clinic on VolunteerHub

The Veterans Legal Advice Clinic is a way to give counsel and advice to veterans seeking assistance on a myriad of legal issues including VA disability compensation appeal/increase, VA pension and survivor’s benefits appeals, criminal expunctions, criminal record non-disclosure, military service discharge upgrade, military records correction, bankruptcy, uncontestetd divorce or child support agreement, wills and guardianship, tenant/landlord issue, and more. Your representation of the client concludes at the end of the clinic but there are always opportunities for extended representation arising out of this clinic.

SALSA staff and volunteer mentors are available to assist volunteer attorneys who are providing outside of their traditional practice area.


Wills Program (remote drafting/in-person execution) – Rolling assignment shift sign-up on VolunteerHub

Provide Wills, medical POAs, statutory durable POAs, declarations of guardianship, HIPAA releases, and physicians directives to qualifying clients seeking estate planning documents. All contact with the client occurs remotely. We match clients with volunteers throughout the month, and the volunteer and client complete the documents together on a schedule that suits them. Instructions are provided for notarization of the documents.

Volunteers are provided training videos and sample forms for all documents that will be drafted for the client in advance of representation as well as mentorship for completion of the documents from SALSA’s expert pool of volunteer mentors.

Learn more about how the Wills Program Volunteer process works by clicking HERE

Tenants’ Rights Program (currently remote)

Due to COVID-19 more San Antonians than ever are facing eviction. As rules and guidelines surrounding evictions continue to change, we appreciate that pro se representation is becoming more difficult. Your representation can be limited to counsel and advice or extended to court appearances (via zoom) or appeals – it is up to you! Volunteers will have access to training materials and mentorship, and staff will keep you abreast of changes in the law. The goals of this program are to assist clients in obtaining financial relief from available resources through the City of San Antonio or other programs, negotiate with the landlord to avoid the stain of eviction, and prevent homelessness.

Mentors are available to assist volunteer attorneys who are outside of their traditional practice area.

Protective Order Program (currently remote)

We invite you to join us as we partner with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) to ensure that ALL victims of intimate partner violence needing protective orders have access to legal assistance. We are seeing an increase in domestic violence due to the isolation victims are experiencing because of the restrictions implemented during COVID-19. By obtaining a protective order, a victim of domestic violence can get one step closer to escaping a dangerous situation and keeping themselves and their children safe. Resources will be provided to you, including training videos, pleadings, and other pertinent materials.

TRLA Family Law Mentors are available to assist volunteer attorneys who are outside of their traditional practice area.

Click HERE to view an overview of the volunteer commitment for this program.

Veterans Treatment Court Expunction & Non-Disclosure Program

This program serves graduates of the Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) and individuals facing homelessness because they are unable to obtain housing because of a past criminal conviction that is eligible for expunction or non-disclosure. VTC graduates have only 30 days after the court’s final action to apply for expunction/non-disclosure to avoid incurring fees that can be prohibitively expensive. Indigent clients are paired with volunteer attorneys who assist them with applying for expunction or non-disclosure of their qualifying offense.

Mentors are available to assist volunteer attorneys who are outside of their traditional practice area.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Program (currently remote)

Help an indigent client file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. With recent world events, pro bono clients need personal bankruptcy representation now more than ever. We are seeking volunteers to take on Chapter 7 Bankruptcy cases in collaboration with our partners at St. Mary’s University Law School. Assigned law student volunteers will receive extensive training prior to gathering all documentation from the client in preparation for volunteer representation and will remain available to assist the attorney volunteer as the case progresses.

Although mentorship is available to SALSA volunteers who have questions during representation, this program is better suited for those with prior bankruptcy experience.

Don’t Bully Me (DBM) Project

The Don’t Bully Me (DBM) Project was founded by David’s Legacy Foundation in honor of David Bartlett Molak, who took his own life after relentless bullying. The project bridges the gap between targets of bullying, their families, and the civil legal system. Volunteers will provide legal advice, educate the parents/guardians of the children who are the target of bullying about their legal rights, draft cease and desist letters to curtail the bullying behavior, and assist with taking civil legal action, when appropriate. 

Mentors and litigation specialists are available to assist volunteers. 


Ready to help in your primary area of expertise? 

To take a SALSA case, there’s just one core requirement: you must be a Texas-licensed attorney in good standing, be working under the supervision of a Texas-licensed attorney in good standing, or qualify for some “exemption” from the State Bar that permits you to participate in pro bono work.  SALSA provides malpractice insurance for volunteers on our pro bono cases, so you do not need to carry your own. SALSA provides access to Texas State Bar practice manuals and other resources for your use on your pro bono cases.  

Check out SALSA’s available cases to see which extended representation opportunity is right for you. Subject matter areas may include uncontested guardianship of the person, uncontested probate for independent administration, real estate title, landlord/tenant issues, contracts and warranties, etc.   

Ready to take a case?  Start your pro bono service by: 

  • Expressing interest in an available case
  • Reaching out for assistance with selecting the right case for you 
  • Agreeing to assist when a SALSA staff member calls or emails you about taking a case 

SALSA’s Volunteer Handbook provides an in-depth overview of SALSA’s extended-representation protocols and procedures. If this is your first SALSA case, please take an opportunity to acquaint yourself with our program. 

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