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Welcome to the September 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

Goodwin Procter, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Assist East Harlem Low-Income Entrepreneurs
Goodwin Procter, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, and Simpson Thacher partnered with The Legal Aid Society's Community Development Project to work with the Hot Bread Kitchen's Low Income Food Entrepreneur program to help foreign-born and low-income entrepreneurs grow successful food businesses. Learn more

CBJC Honors Hunton & Williams' Brittany Bacon for her Work with the Center's Legal Clinic for the Homeless
The City Bar Justice Center is honoring Hunton & Williams' associate Brittany Bacon, who has volunteered with the Legal Clinic for the Homeless since 2010. Brittany has handled over 48 cases, zealously representing her clients and recovering over $17,500 on their behalf. 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

CBJC Holds Final 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund Clinic before October Filing Deadline
On August 21st, the City Bar Justice Center held its final Victims Compensation Fund Legal Clinic in advance of the October 3rd filing deadline. Attorneys from over 30 firms and corporations around the city volunteered, and since the Fund was reopened on October 3rd, 2011, VCF clinics have helped over 300 people file claims. Learn more

Pro Bono Services to The Legal Aid Society Increased by Nearly 15% in 2012
The Legal Aid Society is happy to report that in 2012 the Society and its clients experienced a 15% increase in pro bono services with volunteers contributing almost 283,000 hours of service valued at over $74 million. Learn more

Pro Bono Net's Sandy Blog Series begins with NYLAG's Sunny Noh
Over the coming weeks, Pro Bono Net will present a series of talks with leaders of Sandy relief efforts to get their thoughts on the legal community's response, the lessons learned, and the remaining challenges. The series' first entry is an interview with NYLAG's Sunny Noh. 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

Disaster Lawyering Conference: Delivering Legal Aid Post Sandy
Please join the City Bar Justice Center, Legal Aid Society, and Pro Bono Net on October 17 at the NYC Bar Association to reflect on the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy from the perspective of public interest attorneys and their pro bono partners. Learn more

ACA Implementation: New Opportunities and New Hurdles for Low-Income Communities in NYC
On September 10th, in the first of a multi-part series on Affordable Care Act implementation, The Legal Aid Society is hosting Lisa Sbrana, counsel of the NYS Health Benefit Exchange to discuss the entities that helped design NYS implementation, new programs making insurance affordable for low-income households, and the Exchange's marketing and community outreach initiatives. Learn more

Representing an Immigration Client at Bond Hearings
The New York City Bar Association's Immigration & Nationality Law Committee and the City Bar Justice Center are pleased to announce a free CLE training on September 24th for pro bono attorneys interested in representing clients in bond hearings. The training will provide a practical introduction to representing immigrants in bond proceedings in Immigration Court. Learn more

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

Library Resources

Housing Preservation Actions
From The Legal Aid Society's 2012-2013 training series, 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?

That in August 2013, Kramer Levin's Jeffrey Trachtman was honored with a Pro Bono Publico Award for his work on civil rights and liberties and his tenure as Chair of Kramer Levin's Pro Bono Committee, during which the firm received numerous pro bono awards? Learn more

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