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Pro Bono Services To The Legal Aid Society Increased By Nearly 15% In 2012

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

  • The Legal Aid Society
  • Source: New York

The Legal Aid Society is pleased to report that in 2012, a year in which pro bono participation decreased nationally, the Society and its clients experienced a 15% increase in pro bono services.  Volunteers contributed nearly 283,000 hours of pro bono services valued at more than $74 million.

Overall, 3,741 volunteers, including law students, provided their time and talent to The Legal Aid Society in 2012, and helped us carry out our mission to ensure “that no New Yorker is denied access to justice because of poverty.”  Of those volunteers, 3,124 were attorneys, paralegals, and other legal professionals, – primarily from New York’s leading law firms and corporate law departments – who contributed over 107,000 hours of pro bono legal services

Over 600 unaffiliated volunteers worked directly with the Society, including over 535 students who worked alongside the dedicated staff of The Legal Aid Society providing life-changing legal assistance to the neediest New Yorkers.  Unaffiliated pro bono attorneys contributed nearly 15,000 hours of volunteer service, including over 4,800 Second Acts®/Attorney Emeritus hours.

Volunteers worked on over 8,700 matters, expanding the Society’s capacity during a time of static funding to provide access to justice for New York City’s low-income families and individuals.

Civil Practice:

2,414 Volunteers worked on 3,494 matters.

Criminal Defense Practice:

836 volunteers worked on 3,919 matters.

Juvenile Rights Practice:

184 volunteers worked on 1,298 matters.


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