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NYC Pro Bono Center Newsletter - May 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

  • Organization: Pro Bono Net

NYC Pro Bono Center Newsletter

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

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May's Outstanding Volunteers

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP was recently recognized by the New York State Bar Association for its 150 year history of performing work pro bono publico. Milbank was nominated for this honor by the Legal Aid Society, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and Lawyers Alliance for New York. Learn More

During National Volunteer Week (April 27-May 3), the NYC Pro Bono Center recognized the thousands of pro bono attorneys across the country without whose help low-income people would be unable to achieve access to justice. The NYC Pro Bono Center thank our many members who enthusiastically volunteer time and legal expertise and the law firms who support the work of pro bono attorneys. Learn More

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

New Case Opportunities

Legal Counsel Needed for Victim of a "Forclosure Rescue Scheme" Involving Parties Currently Under Federal Investigation and Indictment
Legal Aid Society's client lost the title to her home in a "foreclosure rescue scheme" in which the "foreclosure rescue" company forged her name to a power of attorney and transferred the title of the property to a straw purchaser. The "foreclosure rescue company" pocketed the difference between the client's original mortgage, and the straw purchaser's purchase price for the property. Pro bono counsel will assist this victimized home owner in all aspects of litigation. Learn More

Click here to see the full listing of available cases.

Upcoming Trainings and Events

Tuesday May 20: The Economic Effects of Divorce Settlements for Low Income People
This Legal Services NYC class will provide an introduction to the financial considerations and impact of child support, maintenance, and equitable distribution awards for recipients of various government benefits, and suggestions for fashioning settlement agreements that are beneficial to recipients. Learn More

Tuesday May 27: Child Support Proceedings in Family Court
This Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project CLE training will cover all the topics you need to know to represent effectively a client in a child support proceeding. Learn More

Wednesday June 18: Private Placement Adoption Training
MFY's Kinship Caregiver Law Project was created to help stabilize families, promote children's security, and help prevent children from entering the foster care system. Approximately 300,000 children in New York City are currently cared for by relatives, primarily grandparents. Pro bono attorneys are needed to provide full legal representation at adoption proceedings. Learn More

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

Pro Bono News

NYC Bar Association Announces Winners of the 19th Annual Legal Services Awards
New York City Bar Association has named four legal services attorneys and one non-attorney as recipients of the Nineteenth Annual Legal Services Awards, which give recognition to attorneys and non-attorneys who provide outstanding civil legal assistance to New York's poor. Learn More

Making Seven Minutes Count
Read an article by the New York Law Journal which highlights the immense need for volunteers in Family Court, and learn about a new pro bono project in Brooklyn designed to address that need. Learn More

Click here to read more pro bono news.

Did you know...

Did you know that you can receive up to 6 hours of CLE credit for doing pro bono work? You can earn up to 6 hours of CLE credit in "skills" in each reporting cycle from pro bono work done through an accredited CLE provider. For every 6 hours (50-minute hours) of pro bono performed, you will receive one hour of CLE credit. Learn More

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