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Welcome to the June 2013 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

NELP Honors Proskauer Rose LLP for Work on Sandy Small Business Clinic
Proskauer Rose LLP, the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project, and Goldman Sachs collaborated to hold Sandy Relief Legal clinics to assist small businesses in the South Street Seaport that were affected by Superstorm Sandy. Learn more

The Legal Aid Society Prepares New Generation of Law Firm and Corporate Leaders Through Law Firm Initiative
The Legal Aid Society's New Leadership Program held its first pro bono initiative, "Access to Justice - A Community Service Day." Volunteer attorneys were trained in the basics of public benefits programs and prepared to staff the Society's Access to Benefits Helpline. 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's Annual Awards Dinner Honors Pete Ruegger and Raymond McGuire 
At The Legal Aid Society's 36th Annual Awards Dinner, Pete Ruegger was the recipient of the Society's 2013 Servant of Justice Award and Raymond J. McGuire was honored with the Theodore Roosevelt Award. Learn more

NELP Assists Small Business Owners Struggling After Superstorm Sandy
Since Superstorm Sandy, the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project has held thirteen Small Business Legal Clinics throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island and assisted eight-seven clients on Sandy-related legal issues. Learn more

Weil and The Legal Aid Society Win Major Victory for Sandy Evacuees
The New York County Supreme Court ruled that the City cannot terminate the hotel program relied upon by hundreds of Sandy evacuees. Learn more

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New Opportunities

Volunteer at the Access to Benefits (A2B) Hotline
The Legal Aid Society is looking for volunteer assistance to help staff the Access to Benefits hotline, which is open for calls on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am-1pm and run from the Society's 199 Water Street location. Learn more

Click here to see more available opportunities.

Upcoming Trainings and Events

June 5, 2013: Public Service for Experienced Attorneys: Finding and Making the Most of Volunteer Opportunities 
This event is for experienced lawyers well into their careers or in retirement seeking to utilize their talents in public service. Groups seeking experienced lawyers for pro bono or public service involvement will meet with interested lawyers after the program. Learn more

June 11, 2013: September 11th Victims Compensation Fund Legal Clinic
The City Bar Justice Center is collaborating with Special Master Sheila Birnbaum to host pro bono clinics for potential claimants under the reopened September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Learn more

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

Library Resources

Counseling the Small Nonprofit Organization
From the Legal Aid Society's 2012-2013 training series, this program covers the essentials of counseling small to medium-sized nonprofit organizations, including good governance best practices, fiduciary duties of the board of directors, annual reporting to the IRS, and legally-compliant fundraising. Learn more.

Housing Preservation Actions
This training provides an overview of how to litigate on behalf of tenants whose landlords refuse to provide basic utilities and services. Learn more

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Did you know?

As of May 1st, 2013, New York lawyers submitting their biennial registration forms must disclose pro bono hours provided and financial contributions to legal services organizations over the prior two years. Learn more

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