March 2010 NYC Pro Bono Center Newsletter

Thursday, March 18, 2010

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NYC Pro Bono Center Newsletter

Welcome to the March 2010 edition of the NYC Pro Bono Center newsletter!  Read on to learn about the latest featured volunteers, pro bono news, volunteer opportunities, upcoming trainings and new helpful resources.

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Outstanding Volunteers

City Bar Justice Center Honors Goldman Sachs and Shearman & Sterling LLP for Work with the Veterans Assistance Project
The City Bar Justice Center is proud to honor The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and Shearman & Sterling LLP for their work with the Veterans Assistance Project. Forty attorneys from both firms have participated in the partnership by gaining accreditation from the Veterans Administration, attending a training session, interviewing clients at legal clinics, and working on on-going cases. So far, nineteen disabled veterans and family members have been assisted by the team. Learn more

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP Partners with the Legal Aid Society to Protect the Right to Lawful Emergency Shelter for Homeless Single Men and Women
In 1981, the Coalition for the Homeless and the Legal Aid Society settled landmark litigation, Callahan v. Carey, with a consent decree which requires New York City to provide emergency shelter to each man who is homeless by reason of physical, mental or social dysfunction or who meets the need standard for public assistance. Two years later, the case of Eldredge v. Koch extended this right to shelter to homeless women. 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

NYLAG Seeks Pro Bono Attorneys for Haitian TPS Clinic
NYLAG is seeking pro bono attorneys to assist Haitian nationals who may be eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the U.S. NYLAG has several clinics scheduled in the coming weeks at the Haitian Earthquake Family Resource Center at the New York National Guard Armory in Brooklyn and need up to 10 volunteers for each clinic to help interview Haitian nationals and screen them for TPS eligibility. Learn more

Innovative Criminal Defense Project Begins Its Second Year In New York County and Expands to the Bronx Trial Office
The Legal Aid Society, the primary public defender in New York City, handles some 232,000 cases annually. The Criminal Defense Pro Bono Project, in which volunteer lawyers allocate a third of their time over a nine-month period or serve as full-time externs for up to a year, provides legal resources to assist with this enormous caseload. Learn more

Lawyers Alliance Honors Nathan Dau of Skadden Arps as its Attorney of the Month
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Associate Nathan Dau helped Lawyers Alliance client the Assisted National Association of Visually Handicapped (NAVH) to form a strategic alliance with Lighthouse International. Learn more

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New Cases

Marine Needs Pro Bono Help with Divorce in New York
The ABA Military Pro Bono Project is looking for an attorney to represent a Marine stationed overseas who needs to file for divorce in New York. It is likely to be an uncontested matter. Learn more

Elderly Russian-Speaking Man Needs Help with Uncontested Divorce
New York Legal Assistance Group seeks pro bono representation in an uncontested divorce. Mr. L and his wife were married in Kiev in 1993 and emigrated from Ukraine to the United States in 1994. They separated in April 2009, and Mr. L would like to proceed with a divorce action. Learn more

Victim of Domestic Violence from Mexico Needs Help with U Visa Petition
New York Legal Assistance Group is looking for a pro bono attorney to represent Ms. G, a 29-year-old woman from Mexico who entered the United States without inspection with her family when she was 11 years old. Her long-time partner, Mr. C, was very controlling and abusive during their relationship, and Ms. G left him in order to escape the violence and protect her children. Ms. G is eligible to apply for a U visa and ultimately obtain a green card. Learn more

Estate Research Questions - Foreclosure Case
Queens Legal Services is working with a client whose family home is in foreclosure. The house was originally purchased by her mother in 1967. Her mother passed away in 1996 with no will. The house was the only property she owned. Learn more

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Upcoming Trainings and Events

Tuesday March 23: Habeas Corpus Petitions for Detained Non-Citizens
The Legal Aid Society is hosting a training for attorneys to learn how to file and litigate habeas corpus petitions in Federal District Court on behalf of detained non-citizens facing removal from the United States. Topics will include mandatory detention, prolonged detention, and indefinite detention. Learn more

Wednesday March 24: Litigating Contested Divorces
InMotion will train attorneys to represent clients in litigated divorce actions in Supreme Court. Procedural and substantive aspects will be discussed in detail. Please note that this training is open only to attorneys from corporate law firms. Learn more

Thursday April 8: Enforcing Federal Wage Claims for Low-Income Workers
The Legal Aid Society is hosting a training for attorneys to learn how to pursue unpaid wage, minimum wage, and overtime pay claims for low wage workers under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and New York State Labor Law. Learn more

Thursday April 15: Subprime Lending and Litigation Strategies
This Legal Aid Society training will provide an overview of subprime and predatory lending and real estate practices, factors that contribute to the current crisis (including securitization), the players and the discriminatory impact on New York City neighborhoods. Learn more

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and training opportunities.

New Library Resources

Legal Aid Society Trainings on Foreclosure and Subprime Lending 
Watch Legal Aid Society's April 2009 trainings on foreclosure and subprime lending. The first part focuses on the causes of the Subprime lending crisis and applicable laws and defenses. The second part focuses on the foreclosure process and claims and counterclaims under federal and state laws. View the training videos and download supporting materials here.

City Bar Justice Center's Report on its Deferred Associate Law Extern Support Project
Earlier this month, The City Bar Justice Center released a report on the Deferred Associate Law Extern Support Project, the program through which graduating law students deferred by their firms due to the economy were placed at public interest legal organizations. Read the report here

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Did you know?

Did you know that 89% of deferred associates who worked for NYC public interest nonprofit organizations this past year thought the skills they had acquired in their placement would be helpful to them in their future career, and that 73% said their interest in pro bono had increased as a result of their placement?  Read more in the City Bar Justice Center's new report

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