New York City Family Court Volunteer Attorney Program
The New York City Family Court Volunteer Attorney Program enables attorneys from law firms and in-house legal departments to make a big impact with only a limited time commitment. Volunteer attorneys meet one-on-one with unrepresented litigants on certain family law issues (most involve child support, visitation, and custody). Once the one-time session -- usually about 30 minutes long -- concludes, the representation ends and the volunteer attorneys move onto the next litigant. The program is open to all attorneys (transactional attorneys are welcome) and no prior experience is required. Training is provided by the Court and is available on DVD. In addition, a Court staff attorney is on site at all times to screen the litigants and answer any questions the attorneys may have.
This legal clinic is especially well-suited for in-house attorneys because supervision and training are built into the program and the volunteer attorneys, who typically devote a morning or an afternoon per month, do not bring any work back to the office. The program began in Brooklyn Family Court and has since expanded to Manhattan with over 200 participating attorneys from 18 major law firms and companies. Since its inception, the program has helped over 1,200 families.
For more information please contact: Bill Silverman, the pro bono partner at Greenberg Traurig, LLP: firstname.lastname@example.org; (212) 801-3148 or Rosina Taffuri, Deputy Chief Court Counsel, New York City Family Court: RTAFFURI@courts.state.ny.us; (646) 386-5127.