Connecting interested, qualified candidates with meaningful and rewarding volunteer positions in an environment that fosters and supports learning, encourages community participation and appreciates each individual.
In 1982, 4th Judicial District Attorney Bob Russel initiated a study to determine the feasibility of establishing a formalized volunteer program. Facing funding cuts, District Attorney Russel engaged Joyce Schuck to design and implement a program to support the Office’s 115 employees. In 1983, the Volunteer Corps Program, as designed by Ms. Schuck, was put into action. Included was the creation of a formal position of Volunteer Services Leader.
To ensure program continuity, Joyce Schuck met with successive elected District Attorney’s—Barney Iuppa, John Suthers, Jeanne M. Smith, and John R. Newsome. In 2007, Gwen Stein became Volunteer Program Manager. Under Ms. Stein’s direction, the program grew from 15 active volunteers to over 100 who annually complete thousands of service hours.
The volunteers at the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, age 18 and older, are a multigenerational, diverse group of individuals who care about our community. They include community members from many experiential and educational backgrounds and college students completing internships through their volunteer service. Often between five and ten percent of our volunteers become employees each year. Since 2010, the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office volunteers have earned and been recognized by receiving the prestigious Points of Light, Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.
Opportunities to volunteer are typically in: Administration, County Court, District Court, Discovery, Economic Crime, Felony Intake, Information Technology, Investigations, Juvenile Diversion, Prosecution, and Restitution, Kids Against Crime, Records Management, Special Victims Unit, Specialty Courts, and Victim Services Programs.
How To Apply
Any citizen or person who is authorized to be in the United States, is 18 and over, and successfully passes a background check may apply for a volunteer position in the District Attorney's Office.
Each person must complete the application package. It is important to note that a criminal history check includes driving related violations. An interview will also be conducted by the Director of Volunteer Services and the area supervisor.
The District Attorney's Office reserves the right to refuse placement of any individual as a volunteer within the office if the applicant has a criminal history, lacks the technical skills, education, or interpersonal skills necessary for the position he/she desires. In the event that several people apply for the same volunteer position, the most qualified applicant will be selected.
Opportunities to Learn, Serve and Grow
Some of our volunteer opportunities include working on cases involving economic crime, assisting paralegals in district and county court, processing cases and paperwork necessary to get the job done. There are opportunities to serve as an advocate for victims of domestic violence or other crime that has resulted in loss. There are also volunteer positions that involve working in our investigations and record keeping departments – which are an essential part of information retrieval and documentation. We also have opportunities to present information regarding the importance of choices to 5th grade elementary school students through our Kids Against Crime program as well as helping young people who have made poor choices, the opportunity to change their future. Our information technology and felony intake departments provide essential data in the processing of important case information.
We Value our Volunteers
Most of all, we value our volunteers and the time they take to be a part of the great work being done in our community. If you are interested in pursuing a valuable and exciting opportunity to volunteer in our community, we hope that you will consider the Office of the District Attorney as an important place to give your time and talent.
AdministrationAdministration - Media Assistant
Administration - Administrative Assistant
Volunteer Department Administrative Assistant
Victim Compensation Assistant
Victim Notification Department Administrative Assistant
Communications and MediaCommunications and Media Assistant
County CourtCounty Court - Systems Clerk
County Court - Victim and Witness Location Specialist
District CourtDistrict Court - DIMS Technician
District Court - Evidence Release Technician
District Court - Restitution - Legal Assistant
Special Projects Legal Assistant
District Court - Victim Location Specialist
Economic CrimeForensic Fraud Accountant
Mortgage Loan Consultant
Felony Intake, Records & DiscoveryFilings Department - Legal Assistant
Records Management Assistant
Discovery Legal Assistant
InvestigationsCase Support Technician
Victim Witness Locate Specialist
Juvenile ServicesGarden Program Assistant
JOS Employment Readiness Instructor
Juvenile Diversion - Conflict Resolution Assistant
Juvenile Restitution - Legal Assistant
Kids Against CrimeProgram Moderator
Neighborhood Justice CenterAdministrative Assistant
Specialty CourtsDrug Court Liaison
Victim Services DepartmentSpecial Projects Legal Assistant
Victim Compensation Assistant
Fast Track Advocate