About the NYC Pro Bono Center
The NYC Pro Bono Center is a joint effort of Pro Bono Net, the City Bar Justice Center, and the Legal Aid Society. It serves as a hub for tools and resources to support your civil legal aid and pro bono work in and around NYC. Join our network of over 10,000 members today to access all of our resources, and help us close the justice gap in NY.
Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a national nonprofit founded in 1999. From connecting attorneys to those most in need, to creating legal tools to help individuals advocate for themselves, we make the law work for the many and not the few. We achieve our mission by:
- Helping individuals access the full power of the law
- Making it easier for advocates to do the most good
- Developing initiatives to support vulnerable communities
The City Bar Justice Center
The City Bar Justice Center is the legal services arm of the New York City Bar, one of the nation's oldest and largest bar associations. Founded in 1946, the mission of the City Bar Justice Center is to "facilitate and improve the administration of justice." By harnessing resources from the legal profession, we provide direct legal representation, information, and advocacy to over 25,000 low-income and vulnerable New Yorkers in all five boroughs.The Justice Center's clients include the homeless, the elderly, immigrant women and children, people seeking asylum, victims of domestic violence, cancer patients and survivors, small businesses, and those in need who cannot otherwise access legal resources. The Justice Center also operates a hotline through which we provide referrals and brief advice to nearly 1,000 people per month who have nowhere else to turn for legal assistance.
The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society is a private, not-for-profit organization, providing free legal services to indigent clients in New York City in three major practice areas: civil legal work, criminal defense and juvenile rights. The Society handles nearly 275,000 cases annually with a staff of more than 800 lawyers and 600 para-professionals and support staff in 25 locations throughout the five boroughs. In addition to direct representation, the Society brings impact litigation on behalf of thousands of clients, including immigrants, survivors of domestic violence, children in foster care, homeless children and adults, disabled New Yorkers and the incarcerated. Leading law firms and corporate law departments are represented on its Board of Directors and hundreds of volunteer lawyers participate in the Society's pro bono program, one of the largest in the country, and serve as co-counsel on important class action litigation and law reform cases.
To find out how your organization can get involved with the NYC Pro Bono Center, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.