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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!

Celebrate Pro Bono Week in New York!

October 19-25 was National Celebrate Pro Bono Week! In New York, the City Bar Justice Center honored the 2014 winners of the 6th annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service with a reception on October 20th. The reception featured a keynote address from Hon. Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

If you are not a member of the NYC Pro Bono Center, now is a great time to join! And if you are a member, tell your friends and colleagues to join!

October Newsletter: Unaccompanied Minors, APBCo, and LAS' Community Development Project

The October NYC Pro Bono Center newsletter highlights the legal community's response to the unaccompanied minors crisis and how you can get involved. The City Bar Justice Center honors APBCo for the innovative Small Business Legal Academy and LAS features Debevoise's work with their Community Development Project. In addition, Pro Bono Net celebrates our 15 year anniversary!

Past editions of the newsletter are available in the library.

Project Protect: Pro Bono Lawyers Representing Immigrant Children

Project Protect, a new initiative from The Pace Community Law Practice, Westchester Hispanic Coalition, Greenberg Traurig, and the Westchester County Bar Association, will train and supervise attorneys to represent children in guardianship and custody proceedings in Westchester.

New Unaccompanied Minors Resources in the Library

Interested in volunteering on the 2014 unaccompanied minors crisis, but don't know where to start? Check out our new collection of resources on assisting unaccompanied minors, featuring materials from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the Practising Law Institute!

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 on Pro Bono Net

The Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP) provides an exciting 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 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!

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.

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