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Welcome to the NYC Pro Bono Center!

This site is designed to provide lawyers and law students who are interested in learning more about pro bono in New York City, and in taking or supporting a pro bono case, with information about volunteer opportunities, pro bono news, and access to training materials and other practice resources. Join now -- membership is free!

Register for PLI's First Ever Open Interactive Course

Running from August 4-8, 2014, Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client is free to anyone who wants to learn more about how to meet the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. Topics include Initial Client Meetings, Barriers to Effective Legal Representation, and more. View the calendar to learn more about this online course or go ahead and register now!

NYC Bar Association's Report on Core Pro Bono Competencies

The New York City Bar Association's Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee recently released an analysis of the core competencies utilized in different areas of pro bono practices. Members of the NYC Pro Bono Center can view the report in the library.

Attorney Emeritus Program Section Launches on Pro Bono Net

The Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP) provides an exciting new avenue for experienced lawyers to use their expertise on behalf of New Yorkers in need. Attorneys in good standing who are 55 years of age or older and have practiced for at least 10 years will be able to apply for a new registration status - Attorney Emeritus. Retired attorneys who enroll in the Attorney Emeritus Program are exempt from the $375 registration fee and CLE requirements. All who register as an Attorney Emeritus will be required to perform at least 60 hours of pro bono service over the 2-year registration period.

Scroll through our new Attorney Emeritus Program pages for more information about the AEP and to learn how to get involved.

The Legal Aid Society's Opportunities for Law Students and Law Graduate

The Legal Aid Society has created a diverse menu of pro bono opportunities to assist law students in completing the 50 hours of pro bono work prior to bar admission. Click here for more information.

Interested in working with domestic violence victims... the elderly... microentrepreneurs?

Pro Bono Opportunities: A Guide for Lawyers in New York State is a searchable online guide that will help you find organizations with the right case opportunities for you!

Sandy Legal Aid

A collection of resources to help advocates working on Superstorm Sandy related issues.

Did you know...

You can earn CLE credits for doing pro bono work? Read the CLE rules on the NY Courts website for detailed information.

Host Organizations:

City Bar Justice Center Logo The Legal Aid Society

This site was developed with support from the New York Community Trust and the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Volunteer Profile

Neil Steinkamp

Rebecca Berlow, a corporate attorney, has worked as a volunteer with The Legal Aid Society's Immigration Unit Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") clinics and has assisted the Society with disaster relief efforts, greatly improving their Access to Benefits hotline by developing a new intake system. Learn more

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