Pro Bono Opportunities
CCPBC is pleased to provide you information on organizations that are experienced in working with corporate counsel on pro bono matters. These organizations offer pro bono opportunities suitable for corporate counsel and many CCPBC members have expressed satisfaction in volunteering with these organizations.
The City Bar Justice Center leverages the resources of the legal community to make pro bono assistance widely available to low-income New Yorkers with unmet legal needs. We create successful pro bono projects, screening cases for extended representation and providing expert training, mentoring, and support for busy lawyers who nevertheless find time to volunteer to help the less fortunate. [read more]
Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, we help nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, and operate vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, recent immigrants, and other low-income New Yorkers. Business lawyers who volunteer with Lawyers Alliance work with organizations whose missions they admire. [read more]
The Legal Aid Society, the nation's oldest and largest provider of free legal services to the indigent, has been part of New York City's social fabric since 1876. Through a network of neighborhood and court-based offices, the Society provides a full range of civil legal services as well as criminal defense work and juvenile rights representation in Family Court. Through individual representation and major class action law reform, our staff of 850 lawyers and 600 social workers, paralegals, investigators and support and administrative personnel annually handle more than 300,000 legal matters for individuals and families who cannot afford counsel. The Society's landmark law reform cases benefit virtually the entire low income population of 2 million children and adults in the City and have State-wide and National impact. [read more]
The New York City Family Court Volunteer Attorney Program enables attorneys from law firms and in-house legal departments to make a big impact with only a limited time commitment. Volunteer attorneys meet one-on-one with unrepresented litigants on certain family law issues (most involve child support, visitation, and custody). Once the one-time session -- usually about 30 minutes long -- concludes, the representation ends and the volunteer attorneys move onto the next litigant. The program is open to all attorneys (transactional attorneys are welcome) and no prior experience is required. Training is provided by the Court and is available on DVD. In addition, a Court staff attorney is on site at all times to screen the litigants and answer any questions the attorneys may have. [read more]
The mission of the Pro Bono Partnership, Inc. (www.probonopartnership.org) is to provide in-house attorneys with discrete, manageable and non-time sensitive pro bono projects. The Partnership works throughout the suburban NY tri-state area (Connecticut, New Jersey and the NY Lower Hudson Valley). Our clients are nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that provide a wide range of important services for the poor and disadvantaged, as well as groups working in the areas of health and human services, affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, the arts and the environment. [read more]
Founded in 1966 in Harlem, Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO) is a private non-profit organization that supports men and women with the drive to become successful entrepreneurs. WIBO's mission is to enable small business owners and budding entrepreneurs from under-served communities to obtain financial success by starting, operating, and building successful businesses that develop economic power, provide jobs and improve communities. WIBO offers a myriad of services including its flagship 16-week workshop, How to Build a Growing Profitable Business. Other services include personalized business coaching, legal and accounting clinics, monthly seminars, networking events, and other support services. Supporters include the Edwin Gould Foundation for Children. [read more]