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!
July / August NYC Pro Bono Center Newsletter Features CBJC's Foreclosure Program and LAS' Criminal Defense Externship Project
In the July / August double edition of the NYC Pro Bono Center Newsletter, The Legal Aid Society highlights their tradition of working with summer associates and the City Bar Justice Center reports on their foreclosure projects. In addition, Pro Bono Net unveils a new site, dedicated to disaster survivors and advocates.
Past NYC Pro Bono Center newsletters can be viewed in the library.
Summer Associate from Skadden wins Unemployment Benefits Case with VOLS
A summer associate from Skadden, Aarps, Slate, Meagher & Flom volunteered with VOLS' Unemployment Insurance Advocacy Project and won the case!
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.
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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- Aging Out, Pro Bono Steps In, Aug 26
- Hearings on Civil Legal Services to Start Monday, Aug 22
- Firm Starts Legal Clinic at City Food Pantry, Aug 22
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