I have a JD but the bar in California is ridiculously hard to pass. Bar exam results recently came out and 37% passed. It's crazy. I would happily volunteer my time to research case law or something. Research was always where I shone best and what I love doing. Especially in a situation like this. I'm uncomfortable sitting and doing nothing.
I am sure there are ways to get involved even if not barred. Your JD can still be used. Any information I find, I will certainly share.