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NYC Pro Bono Center Newsletter - November 2006

Monday, November 20, 2006

  • Organization: NYC Pro Bono Center
Happy Thanksgiving from the NYC Pro Bono Center! In this issue you can learn about November's outstanding volunteers, available cases, new library resources, upcoming trainings, and the latest pro bono news.

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November's Outstanding Volunteers

For the last two years McDermott Will & Emery attorneys have taken on VAWA petition cases, helping several immigrant women and children escape abuse and attain legal status in the United States. Learn More

A committed team of more than 70 partners, associates and paralegals at the law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is providing invaluable and multi-faceted, ongoing legal services to diverse Legal Aid Society clients, including battered immigrant women and children, immigrant detainees, the disabled, and individuals with HIV/AIDS. Learn More

We welcome your contributions! To nominate an outstanding volunteer, send an email describing the pro bono case or project to asclater@probono.net

New Case Opportunities

Single Mom Needs Chapter 7 Legal Assistance.
Ms. P is the sole source of support for her two children. Currently she is out of work and is receiving Unemployment Compensation. Ms. P is afraid that outstanding judgments will either prevent her from being hired or that a judgment creditor will place a garnishment on her pay when she does return to work. Learn more
Father with Pancreatic Cancer Needs Attorney to Prepare a Simple Will.
Client currently lives with daughter and has been separated from his wife for 5 years. His only source of income is social security disability benefits. Learn more
Elderly Woman with Shares in a Low-Income Co-op Requires Trusts and Estates Counsel.
A divorced senior citizen with five children resides in a low-income co-op with one of her sons and would like a trusts and estates attorney to advise her on her options and any monetary costs involved in bequeathing or transferring shares. Learn More

Click here to see the full listing of available cases.

New Resources Available in the Library

Prisoner Reentry video
Learn about the civil consequences of criminal convictions and how to help clients overcome barriers to housing and employment, and other reentry issues. Click here to watch the webcast and download training materials.
Criminal Appeals
Learn how to represent criminal defendants in the Appellate Division. This material focuses on the procedural and substantive law underlying criminal appeals. Click here to download.

Click here to see more training materials.

Upcoming Trainings

Nov 28: Housing Court and Legal Clinic Training
This Housing Conservation Coordinators training will familiarize attorneys on the basics of housing law and Housing Conservation Coordinators' pro bono legal clinic. Learn more
Nov 29: Children's Rights Appeals
This Legal Aid Society training will teach you how to be an appellate lawyer for children who have been abused or neglected, have been freed for adoption, or have been adjudicated a juvenile delinquent. The session will review the underlying Family Court proceedings, types of issues commonly appealed, and procedures governing appeals from the Family Court. Learn more
Nov 30: Not-For-Profit Incorporation
This Legal Aid Society training will make you an expert in incorporating not-for-profit groups and securing their federal tax-exempt status. The faculty will cover basic due diligence by attorneys to learn about an organization prior to drafting any documents, preparation of the not-for-profit charter and bylaws, and application to the IRS for tax exempt recognition. Learn More
Dec 4: New York Housing Authority Actions
This Legal Aid Society training will teach you how to represent public housing residents where the New York City Housing Authority is seeking to terminate tenancy due to alleged breach of lease or the Authority's rules and regulations. This session will give an overview of the substantive and procedural law, and train participants to engage in fact-finding and document discovery, prepare witnesses, and conduct direct and cross examination. Learn More
Dec 5: Article 78 Proceedings
This Legal Aid Society training will give you the knowledge to litigate an appeal of an administrative decision in State Supreme Court and the Appellate Division. Participants will learn to draft legal pleadings, memoranda, conduct oral argument, and perfect an appeal. These proceedings are the last avenues of redress for many of Legal Aid's clients who have lost government benefits or public housing. Learn More

Click here to view the full calendar of pro bono events and training opportunities.

Pro Bono News

Pro Bono Effort Thwarts State Attempt to Decertify Orphanage
Lawyers from Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel and White & Case battle with state agencies and the school district to protect right to local public school education for orphans. Learn More
ABA Seeking Nominations for National Public Service Awards
The ABA Section of Business Law, Committee on Pro Bono is seeking nominations for its 2007 National Public Service Award, to be presented in Washington, D.C. in March 2007. The Award recognizes significant pro bono legal services which demonstrate a commitment to providing services to the poor in a business context. Learn More

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