NYC Pro Bono Center Newsletter - October 2006

Friday, October 27, 2006

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Welcome to the inaugural issue of the NYC Pro Bono Center newsletter! As a member of this new practice area on, you will receive monthly updates highlighting outstanding volunteers, pro bono news, upcoming trainings and other events, new library resources, and available pro bono cases.

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October's Outstanding Volunteers

Reed Smith, LLP has adopted two of the City Bar Justice Center's Elderlaw Project legal clinics. The project serves poor and elderly New Yorkers in their struggle to live independent, safe and healthy lives. Learn More

The law firm of Cooley Godward Kronish LLP has created a specialized pro bono program with The Legal Aid Society to defend detainees facing deportation. Learn More

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

Upcoming Trainings

Oct 30: Obtaining Repairs in Housing Court
This training, co-sponsored by LSNY Legal Support Unit and Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS), is designed for all tenant advocates, as well as for volunteer attorneys who will assist homebound seniors to obtain repairs through HP proceedings in Manhattan Housing Court. The training will provide an overview of the law regarding HP actions; a step-by-step guide to commencing HP actions in court; and an extensive discussion about enforcing orders to correct, including contempt and civil penalties. Learn More

Oct 30: Pro Se Debtor Assistance in Civil Court, Brooklyn
This training, sponsored by the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, provides comprehensive debt collection defense training for attorneys. Debt collection and debt harassment are dramatically on the rise, yet these cases are often not sufficiently understood by many attorneys. This course has been designed to increase your knowledge and skills for practice in Civil Court. Learn More

Nov 7: Representing Microentrepreneurs
This training, sponsored by the City Bar Justice Center, Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project, will address legal issues relevant to microentrepreneurs in starting or operating a small business. Speakers from various law firms will offer insight on the following topics: business structure and tax consequences; commercial real estate leasing; and intellectual property basics. Learn More

Nov 8: Criminal Appeals
This training, sponsored by The Legal Aid Society, will enable volunteers to represent criminal defendants in the Appellate Division. This seminar will focus on the procedural and substantive law underlying criminal appeals. Learn More

Click here to view the full calendar of pro bono events and training opportunities.

New Training Webcasts Available in the Library

Immigration & Domestic Violence
City Bar Justice Center's Immigrant Women and Children (IWC) Project
and Sanctuary for Families (October 10 training). Learn how to help immigrant victims of domestic violence seek freedom from their abusers and attain legal status in the United States. Click here to watch the webcast and download additional materials.

Prisoners' Rights
Federal Bar Council (September 19 training). Learn how to provide pro bono representation to prisoners in civil rights cases. Topics covered: elements of the relevant substantive law, focusing on claims and defenses under Section 1983 and key aspects of the Prison Litigation Reform Act. Click here to watch the webcast and download additional materials.

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New Case Opportunities

Elderly Woman with Shares in a Low-Income Co-op Requires Trusts and Estates Counsel
A divorced senior citizen with five children resides in a low-income co-op with one of her sons and would like a trusts and estates attorney to advise her on her options and any monetary costs involved in bequeathing or transferring shares. Learn More

Help a Low-Income Single Mom Get Out of Debt
A single mother needs pro bono assistance to file a Chapter 7 case and discharge the debts in order to protect her limited income. Learn More

Click here to see the full listing of available cases.

Pro Bono News

City Bar Justice Center Launches Re-Entry Initiative
The City Bar Justice Center is launching an exciting new initiative to provide legal services and information to persons with criminal records to assist their re-entry into society. The Re-Entry Project will provide legal services to persons with criminal records who are victims of the civil consequences of having a criminal record. Learn More

Legal Aid Society to Honor Pro Bono Service at Awards Ceremony
Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye will preside over The Legal Aid Society's 2006 Pro Bono Awards and Law Firm Recognition ceremony on Monday, November 6, 2006, in recognition of the outstanding contributions of individual lawyers and law firms to the cause of equal justice. Learn More

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