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Welcome to the January/February 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

Louise Gruner Gans Receives the Legal Aid Society's 2012 Second Acts Leadership Award
Gruner Gans, a former Acting Supreme Court Justice, Civil and Criminal Court Judge, and Family Court Judicial Hearing Officer, was the recipient of the Legal Aid Society's Second Acts Leadership Award, for continuing a lifetime of dedication to the law while serving the public good. Learn more

Morrison & Foerster Come to the Rescue on Superstorm Sandy
The firm created a Superstorm Sandy Helping Handbook that provides an overview of issues that victims may face and resources that are available to them as a result of Superstorm Sandy. As of this month, ten thousand copies have already been distributed to storm victims. 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 Evolving Face of Superstorm Sandy
Almost four months after Superstorm Sandy,Victor Tello, Coordinating Attorney of the City Bar Justice Center Disaster Assistance Project, continues to work tirelessly to address the legal needs of storm victims. Even after the most immediate issues of the storm have been dealt with, Victor tells us that Sandy victims are still very much in need. Learn more

Law Firms Honored For Innovative Pro Bono Programs And Law Reform Litigation
The Legal Aid Society recognized firms that made a significant pro bono commitment to expand access to justice for low-income New Yorkers. These firms engaged in several innovative initiatives that made a real difference in both criminal and civil cases. Learn more

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New Opportunities

Access to Benefits Hotline Opportunity
The Access to Benefits Hotline is a 'one-stop' resource for New Yorkers in need of legal assistance to obtain government benefits. To provide volunteer staffing assistance to the hotline, please email a resume and availability to Emily Bormann at eborrman@legal-aid.org.

Ongoing Superstorm Sandy Clinics
The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Make the Road NY, and others continue to operate legal relief clinics that need volunteers. For more information, see our Superstorm Sandy legal relief page.

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Upcoming Trainings and Events

February 19, 2013: New York Lawyers and Public Service - Looking Back Looking Forward
Tonight at the New York City Bar, the Historical Society of the New York Courts presents a program that considers New York's pro bono past and future. Participants include Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and former Chief Judge Judith Kaye. Learn more

March/April 2013: LAS Prisoners' Rights Curriculum
The Legal Aid Society will present several upcoming trainings on prisoner's rights issues:

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

Library Resources

Article 78 Proceedings
From the Legal Aid Society's 2012-2013 training series, the video and related materials cover how to litigate an appeal of an administrative decision in State Supreme Court and the Appellate Division. Learn more

Criminal Appeals
Part of the Legal Aid Society's 2012-2013 training series, this video and manual detail the procedural and substantive law underlying criminal appeals. Learn more

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