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NYC Pro Bono Center Newsletter - June 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

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NYC Pro Bono Center Newsletter

Welcome to the June 2008 edition of the NYC Pro Bono Center newsletter! Read on to learn about outstanding pro bono initiatives, the latest pro bono news, new library resources, upcoming trainings, and available cases.

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June's Outstanding Volunteers

More than 650 members of New York's legal community, corporate leaders, and government officials joined in the tribute to Evan A. Davis, a partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, as he received The Legal Aid Society's Servant of Justice Award. Mr. Davis served as counsel to former Governor Mario Cuomo, who presented the award to Mr. Davis during the 31st Annual Servant of Justice Award Dinner at the Waldorf on May 13, 2008. Learn more

Weil, Gotshal, & Manges has made a strong commitment to the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Panel at the City Bar Justice Center. Over the past year, the firm has volunteered to take on several pro bono matters referred by the Panel. Most have involved debtors who are faced with undue hardship as they seek the discharge of student loans. Weil has contributed hundreds of hours of work, and a recent referral from the Bankruptcy Court to the Panel demonstrates the firm's dedication to providing pro bono assistance. Learn more

We welcome your contributions! To nominate an outstanding volunteer, send an email describing the pro bono case or project to

Pro Bono News

Pro Bono Net presents its inaugural Pro Bono in New York webinar: NYLAG and Family/Matrimonial Law on Monday, June 23rd
Pro Bono Net is pleased to introduce a new webinar series Pro Bono in New York, funded by the New York Community Trust. Over the coming year, this new series will highlight exciting pro bono organizations and opportunities, and show you how you can get involved. Please join us for our first session in the series introducing NYLAG, their pro bono program, and an introduction to pro bono opportunities in Family and Matrimonial Law. Registration is still open! Learn More

Summer Associates Program Represents Disabled Clients, Fights Homelessness
Every year, summer associates at leading New York City law firms participate in a number of different Legal Aid Society programs. This year, summer associates are representing Legal Aid clients seeking disability benefits while fighting to keep their public housing apartments, assisting Legal Aid's efforts to give low-income New Yorkers advice and referrals about their rights under a new law that bans discrimination by landlords based on source of income, and assisting tenants whose Section 8 rent vouchers were suspended because landlords failed to maintain housing quality standards. Learn More

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New Resources Available in the Library

NYLAG Summer CLE Series Training Materials and Webcasts
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has been updating its training materials based on their Summer 2008 training series. Find Webcasts and training materials on Litigating Family Offense Cases and Uncontested Divorce in the NYC Pro Bono Center Library. Keep checking back for more NYLAG trainings being posted throughout the summer!

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Upcoming Trainings and Events

Tuesday June 24: Hot Topics in Landlord / Tenant Law
This Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project CLE discussion will address bills recently passed or under consideration by the City Council, including bills related to: Source of Income Discrimination; Harassment; Pet Succession; and Litigants in Need of Guardians Ad Litem. Learn more

Wednesday June 25: Immigration Options for Victims of Domestic Violence - VAWA, T & U Visas
This free NYLAG training will cover immigration options available to victims of domestic violence, including Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, T visas for victims of trafficking, and U visas for crime victims. The dynamics of domestic violence, as well as legal requirements for each form of relief, will be addressed. Learn more

Thursday June 26: Annual Habeas Corpus Training for Capital Post-Conviction Attorneys
This free 5-hour CLE program offered by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Committee on Capital Punishment is for attorneys who currently have or are considering representing a capital client in habeas proceedings. Sessions will include review of recent Supreme Court decisions, discussion of ethical issues in post-conviction claims, a keynote address by David Baugh on the sanctity of the Constitution in capital cases & habeas claims, and sessions for new and experienced attorneys. Learn more

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Did you know...

Did you know that almost 1,000 new members joined the New York City Pro Bono Center in 2007? Over the course of 9,250 site visits in 2007, members and non-members viewed nearly 30,000 pages and downloaded over 2,440 resources. Learn More

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