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Welcome to the September 2012 edition of the NYC Pro Bono Center newsletter!  Read on to learn about the latest pro bono news, volunteer opportunities, upcoming trainings and new helpful resources.

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Outstanding Volunteers

Shearman & Sterling LLP is the Law Firm Recipient of The New York Law Journal's Lawyers That Lead by Example
Shearman & Sterling LLP, The Legal Aid Society and the City Bar Justice Center's nominee, was named the New York Law Journal's "Law Firm Honoree", citing the firm's "all-in" approach to pro bono. The firm's pro bono work ranges from freeing a Legal Aid Society client who was wrongly convicted of murder to assisting veterans in obtaining benefits through the City Bar Justice Center. Learn more

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

Pro Bono News

The Legal Aid Society and Law Firm Partners Assist Almost 700 "Dreamers"
The Society's Immigration Law Unit and Criminal Defense Practice have partnered with 130 law firm volunteers and 152 law students and community partners to help nearly 700 young people at 14 application clinics. Future clinics will be held throughout 2012.  Read more

New York Unveils New Pro Bono Requirement for Aspiring Lawyers
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman this month detailed a new rule that will require applicants to the New York bar to perform at least 50 hours of pro bono work as a condition of receiving a law license -- the first requirement of its kind in the nation. Read more

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New Cases

Still Needs Help: Navy Servicemember Seeks Pro Bono Help with Family Law Cases
The ABA Military Pro Bono Project is still looking for pro bono assistance for a navy servicemember with upcoming child custody and support hearings in Nassau County, and a potential divorce.  Learn more

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Upcoming Trainings and Events

October 2, 2012: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Clinic
City Bar Justice Center is hosting its third clinic where pro bono attorneys can sign up to assist eligible clients with filling out the application. Learn more

October 2, 2012: Fall Asylum Training
Human Rights First presents this seminar on techniques for representing asylum applicants and recent developments in asylum law. Speakers include an immigration judge, an asylum officer, and an expert on working with survivors of torture, among others. Learn more

October 16, 2012: Basics of Consumer Debt 
New York State Courts Access to Justice presents this overview of consumer debt law as part of its three-day, free Bridge-the-Gap CLE program that will prepare lawyers to participate in a hands-on practicum to help some of New York's most disadvantaged civil litigants. Learn more

October 17, 2012: Nonprofit Incorporation and Tax Exemption Workshop
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts conducts this workshop that will touch on the numerous state and federal legal issues involved in starting a nonprofit organization, as well as other concerns central to nonprofit operation. Learn more

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

Library Resources

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Training Videos and Materials
The Legal Aid Society and City Bar Justice Center recently conducted these trainings that prepare volunteer attorneys to assist "DREAMers" in applying to obtain authorized work permits under the Obama Administration's recent executive order. Learn more

Wills for the Low-Income Elderly
From The Legal Aid Society's 2011-2012 training series, these materials detail how to write wills for seniors with small estates. Topics covered include interviewing the client, assessing the information collected, and drafting the appropriate documents. Learn more

Intellectual Property for the Micro-entrepreneur
Part of the The Legal Aid Society's 2011-2012 training series, these materials cover basic principles of copyright, trademark, trade secret, and patent law, with emphasis on how to advise micro-entrepreneurs. Learn more

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