Online Now: Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project & Article 17A Guardianship Proceedings

Pro Bono in New York webinar series presents

The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project and Adult Guardianship: An Introduction to the Volunteer Lawyers Project and a Substantive Training on Article 17A Guardianship Proceedings in Surrogates Court

(Recorded on November 17, 2010)

- Recorded Webinar Now Online!
- Article 17A Guardianship Video PowerPoint Slides
- Training materials on Article 17A Guardianship Proceedings

Description of Session: This program features the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project and will focuses on their many pro bono opportunities, including the VLP's initiative to assist guardians of mentally retarded and developmentally disabled adults in obtaining legal guardianship. Viewers will learn how to find interesting pro bono projects from the VLP in the areas of Family Law, Consumer Law, Foreclosure Intervention and Elder Law. The VLP's services are available to poor and low income residents of Brooklyn, especially those who have particular difficulty in accessing the legal system, including victims of domestic violence, the elderly and the disabled.

In the video, the VLP presents a substantive training on Article 17A adult guardianship proceedings in Surrogate's Court.

Presenters: Sidney Cherubin, Supervising Attorney, and Jessica Spiegel, Pro Bono Coordinator, Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project.

About the Brooklyn Bar Association VLP:

The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (the VLP) is the only borough-wide provider of pro bono legal services in Brooklyn. Cases are staffed by attorneys from the private bar who volunteer to assist indigent clients who cannot afford legal representation. In addition, staff attorneys and legal professionals in the office offer brief advice and counsel to clients, provide information and referrals to other legal services agencies, and mentor and supervise private attorneys as needed. Among the pro bono projects at the VLP are: Senior LEAP (a legal education outreach program for senior citizens), the Consumer Bankruptcy Panel, the Foreclosure Intervention Panel, the Family Law Project, including Pro Se Uncontested Divorce clinics, weekly CLARO clinics and more.

About Pro Bono Net (PBN): Pro Bono Net ( is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. Pro Bono Net's program's include,, and Pro Bono Manager. Pro Bono Net's web platforms have been adopted in 30 states and regions, reaching approximately two-thirds of the poverty population and lawyers in the United States.

About Pro Bono in New York: The goal of this new series is to increase the number of attorneys involved in pro bono work in New York. Each webinar will highlight a NYC-based or upstate pro bono program and/or substantive legal topic, offering a virtual orientation session to attorneys wanting to learn how to get involved. This series has been funded by the New York Community Trust.