Pro Bono Training

  • Clinic
  • Pro Bono Program/Legal Services Organization

The New York County Lawyers' Association is sponsoring a training for volunteers for its Manhattan CLARO (Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office) Project, which is an innovative, advice-only, volunteer lawyer program for pro se defendants with Civil Court cases in New York County.

CLARO's Mission
Volunteer lawyers are needed to assist the ever-growing numbers of pro se litigants who have a pressing need for legal assistance on a host of consumer law issues, particularly consumer debt. The exploding increase in consumer debt cases has inundated the Civil Court. These cases can be overwhelming for pro se litigants; for example, many litigants learn of a lawsuit after their wages have already been garnished or their bank accounts frozen. CLARO provides advice-only pro bono assistance to pro se litigants with consumer debt matters in Civil Court. The program operates on Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM in New York County Civil Court, 111 Centre Street.

  • CLE Credit Comments: The three-hour training session is open to lawyers who must be admitted to the New York State Bar and be a NYCLA member. Three CLE credits (non-transitional, professional practice) will be awarded for attending the training session contingent on volunteers completing six hours of service (i.e., three two-hour CLARO sessions).
  • Contact:
    Lois Davis
    New York County Lawyers' Association
    212-267-6646, ext. 2
  • Website: