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Welcome to the July/August 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

Attorney Emeritus Volunteer John Young Takes Final Bow in his "Second Act"
John Young has spent the last 15 years of his official retirement working with the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights office inside the Manhattan Family Court. Learn more

The City Bar Justice Center and its Refugee Assistance Program Honors Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for Successful Asylum Representation
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer attorneys Katharine O'Neill and David Russo and legal assistant Jeremy Constancio worked tirelessly to win asylum for Mr. X, a gay man with AIDS who fled Panama in 2012 after a lifetime of discrimination, harassment, abuse, and violence. 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 City Bar Justice Center Announces New Planning and Estates Law Project
The City Bar Justice Center is introducing a new pro bono project to assist low-income callers to its Legal Hotline. The Planning and Estates Law Project will be a regularly scheduled clinic providing advice on personal planning, end of life, and estate matters. Learn more

Law Firm Summer Associates Continue a Long Standing Tradition
Summer associates from New York's top law firms worked with senior Legal Aid attorneys to provide legal assistance to New Yorkers seeking Social Security Income Disability benefits, fighting NYCHA evictions, and dealing with various civil court issues. Learn more

Cooley LLP Provides Pro Bono Counsel to Obtain Wrongfully Terminated Public Benefits for 1000s of low-income Households
Cooley LLP partnered with the Legal Aid Society in two federal class actions on New York City's illegal reduction of Safety Net Assistance and the State's improper termination of Food Stamps. The suits ended the illegal practices and won almost $100 million in retroactive benefits. Learn more

Click here to read more pro bono news.

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

August 21st, 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

How To Draft a Will for Low-Income Elderly Clients
From the Legal Aid Society's 2012-2013 training series, this program provides an overview of how to draft wills for seniors with small estates. Learn more

Access to Benefits (A2B) Training
This training prepares lawyers to staff the The Legal Aid Society's A2B hotline with a focus on Helpline procedures, issue spotting, and problem solving techniques, as well as an overview of employment and health law. Learn more

Click here to browse through the entire NYC Pro Bono Center Library.

Did you know?

On July 12, 2013, the American Lawyer released their 2013 Pro Bono Survey. 88 firms raised their pro bono scores from their 2012 numbers. Learn more

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