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The Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Newsletter - October 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

  • By: Katie Niejadlik
  • Organization: The Legal Aid Society
 

October 2010

MAKING THE CASE FOR HUMANITY

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FITZPATRICK, CELLA, HARPER & SCINTO DEDICATE PRO BONO RESOURCES TO SAVE CRUCIAL SECTION 8 HOUSING SUBSIDIES FOR LOW-INCOME NEW YORKERS

New York City has increased substantially the termination of Section 8 housing subsidy vouchers, placing low-income New Yorkers in danger of losing their subsidized apartments, one of the most important and largest source of affordable housing for low-income people in New York City. Vouchers are being terminated on a number of arbitrary grounds: the tenant had to transfer to a new apartment due to a building vacate order; unsubstantiated allegations that the tenant did not submit required documents; and bureaucratic lack of diligence in reviewing individual requests . . . Read more.

CHIEF JUDGE JONATHAN LIPPMAN TO PRESIDE OVER THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY'S 2010 PRO BONO AWARDS

On November 4th, the Legal Aid Society's 2010 Pro Bono Awards Ceremony will honor the leading pro bono volunteers, law firms, corporations, and individual community representatives for their outstanding pro bono services provided to The Legal Aid Society and the Society's clients during the past year. This select group of professionals was nominated by the Society's staff from a pool of more than 3,000 pro bono attorneys and paralegals who contributed professional services on behalf of our clients . . . Read more.

COVINGTON & BURLING LLP, DECHERT LLP, MAYER BROWN LLP, AND WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP JOIN THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY AS PRO BONO COUNSEL FOR ALABAMA DEATH ROW INMATES

The Legal Aid Society and its staff members act as pro bono counsel for four prisoners on Alabama's Death Row who have exhausted direct appeals. Although inmates may seek post-conviction relief, Alabama is not constitutionally mandated to appoint counsel for these proceedings. The Legal Aid Society's Alabama Death Penalty Pro Bono Project, which works with law firm co-counsel, provides zealous representation of death sentenced defendants . . . Read more.

THIRTEENTH ANNUAL LEGAL AID SOCIETY CLE PRO BONO TRAINING SERIES ANNOUNCED

The Legal Aid Society is proud to present its 13th annual CLE Pro Bono Training Series, which commences on December 2, 2010 with a session on Not-For-Profit Incorporation and extends through the end of April 2011. The training sessions will be conducted at participating New York City law firms . . . Read more.

SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT LLP'S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM PLAYS VITAL ROLE IN FORMATION OF NEW WORKER COOPERATIVE

Two years ago, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP established a rotational corporate externship with The Legal Aid Society Civil Practice's Community Development Project ("CDP"). CDP offers transactional legal services to low-income small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and housing projects for low-income people. Every four months, an experienced Simpson associate joins CDP and expands the unit's capacity to provide business legal services for low income clients . . . Read more.

THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY HOSTS SECOND YEAR OF LAW FIRM AND LAW SCHOOL EXTERNS

After the successful conclusion of The Legal Aid Society's 2009-2010 deferred associate extern class, the largest in New York City, the Society recently welcomed the 2010-2011 class of sixteen externs from major law firms and law schools. We anticipate that, as with last year's class, this group will assist the Society's staff in providing crucial legal services to low-income New Yorkers in a time of increased demand and decreased public funding . . . Read more.

For more information about the work of The Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Practice, please contact Katie Niejadlik, Pro Bono Administrator, at KANiejadlik@legal-aid.org

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