Welcome to the NYC Pro Bono Center!
This site is designed for 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. This area is member only. Join now -- membership is free!
Not for Profit Incorporation CLE Materials Now Available
The materials from the Legal Aid Society's pro bono training on not for profit incorporation, held on December 8, 2015 at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is now available in our library. Click here to access the training bulletin & register for remaining sessions!
In-House Counsel & Pro Bono: Making the Match
Pro Bono Net collaborated with the Practising Law Institute to bring together a panel of experts on identifying pathways to pro bono for in-house counsel. This free CLE-credited national webinar was presented in October 2015 with over 300 registrants. Learn More
Pro Bono Outside Big Law Resources in Library
Pro Bono Net’s co-founder and executive director, Mark O’Brien, spoke on a panel in July discussing challenges and solutions for attorneys interested in pro bono work, but who may not have the resources and support available to attorneys in Big Law. The CLE-credited event, sponsored by the NYC Bar Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee and the Encouraging Pro Bono Outside Big Law Sub-Committee, is titled: “I Don’t Have A Pro Bono Coordinator in My Office, How Can I Do Pro Bono?”. Click here to access the resources in the library or read a volunteer profile by John Ogden, the moderator of this program, and Co-Chair of the Outside Big Law Sub-Committee.
Sandy Legal Aid Advocates
Our library hosts a collection of resources to help advocates working on Superstorm Sandy related issues. You can also explore how we shared the lessons we learned nationally on our sister-site, the National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center.
Interested in finding pro bono volunteer opportunities?
Our Pro Bono Opportunities Guide is an interactive online guide that lets you search for pro bono opportunities according to interest area (e.g. microenterprise, family law), by client community served (e.g. domestic violence victims, elderly) and by volunteer type (e.g. attorney, law student). As we are a national network, you can also search national opportunities. The listings provide a snapshot of the opportunities involved and contact information to help you get in touch with the right person. It is a joint collaborative project of the City Bar Justice Center, the NYS Bar Association, Pro Bono Net and Volunteers of Legal Service.
The "New Opportunities" area features short-term and limited scope pro bono opportunities such as clinics or limited scope projects, where our legal service community network is looking for volunteers for a specific clinic or legal issue. These opportunities target law students, attorneys from Big Law, small and solo practitioners and in-house counsel. Be sure to review our NYC Pro Bono Center Monthly e-newsletter to stay up to date on these types of opportunities and receive them straight to your inbox. All members of the NYC Pro Bono Center receive this on enrollment.
Attorney Emeritus Program Section
The Attorney Emeritus Program 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". Scroll through Pro Bono Net's Attorney Emeritus Program pages for more information about how to get involved.
New York's 50 Hour Pro Bono Admission Requirement
On September 14, 2012, the New York State Court of Appeals adopted a new rule requiring applicants for admission to the New York State bar to perform 50 hours of pro bono services. New York is the first jurisdiction in the United States to require pro bono service as a condition for bar applications to become licensed for the practice of law. Some next steps:
- Click here to find out more information about the Rule on the NY Courts website, including links to helpful frequently asked questions about the rule, and useful background information.
- Take advantage of our NY Pro Bono Opportunities Guide to search for relevant opportunities using the "student" search filter.
- We recently featured an in-depth profile of Chris Mendez, and his volunteer journey through NY's 50 Hour Requirement. You can read it here.
- The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program and the New York Legal Assistance Group has a fantastic array of tailored opportunities. Visit their websites or find them in our NY Pro Bono Opportunities Guide to learn more.
- The Legal Aid Society is actively looking for volunteers for its Access to Benefits (A2B) Hotline. Learn More Here
Did you know...
You can earn CLE credits for doing pro bono work? Read the Pro Bono CLE information and rules on the NY Courts website for detailed information on how to earn pro bono CLE credit.
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