Welcome to the NYC Pro Bono Center's Volunteer Spotlight!

This area features a collection of New York pro bono volunteer profiles, submitted to the NYC Pro Bono Center by our legal services and pro bono community. We are sharing these to both honor and recognize our pro bono volunteers as well as inspire others to volunteer themselves.  

The profiles feature a range of pro bono work, including in relation to diverse subject areas (e.g. veterans work, immigration, employment etc) as well as types of pro bono volunteers (e.g. pro bono attorneys from large law firms, solo practitioners, law students).  The profiles also showcase the many forms of pro bono volunteer work - from clinic work to ongoing full presentation and profiles usually feature a set of links to relevant further information.  

We hope that this information helps inform your understanding of what it might look like to engage in pro bono, and we thank our wonderful volunteers for their hard work and commitment towards our professional ideal of striving to achieve equal access to justice for all.  It was estimated by the NY Permanent Commission on Access to Justice that only 30% of essential civil legal needs are being met in New York, and the importance of pro bono in helping to bridge the justice gap is critical.  As Heather McDevitt, partner at White & Case, advised to those who are thinking about volunteering in our special national feature: "My best advice would be to stop thinking about it and just do it." 

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Summer 2018 Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Schuette

Just because they retire doesn’t mean they stop practicing law. Attorneys from all backgrounds volunteer in various units at The Legal Aid Society after retirement. Their presence helps Legal Aid to assist additional clients, and lightens the caseload for our attorneys. They are a vital part of the work we do throughout the Society. One such volunteer is Mary Schuette, who volunteers in our Education Law Unit. Find Out More

May/June 2018 Volunteer Spotlight: Paul Winke

On an unseasonably warm day in December 2013, former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman held a press conference at NYU to announce a new initiative making it easier for thousands of in-house corporate counsel to provide pro bono services. Find Out More

April 2018 Volunteer Spotlight: John Bryant

Each year, The Legal Aid Society works with thousands of volunteers ranging from law firm volunteers to student interns. One group of dedicated volunteers come to us through the Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP), which engages transitioning and retiring attorneys in public interest work. Find Out More

March 2018 Volunteer Spotlight: Capital One Lawyers Volunteer with Legal Clinic for the Homeless

This January, attorneys from Capital One and attorneys from some of the law firms with which it works received training from the City Bar Justice Center’s Legal Clinic for the Homeless (LCH). The lawyers seek to help homeless families navigate the government bureaucracies that provide for their basic needs, including food, clothing, health care and shelter. Find Out More

February 2018 Volunteer Spotlight: Danny Essadiq and Adham Elsayed (not pictured)

The Legal Aid Society relies on the assistance of thousands of volunteers every year to expand and enhance services to our clients. This past year, our Immigration Law Unit has been especially busy. Luckily, they have had a number of dedicated volunteers assist them with their work Find Out More


2017- 2018 WINTER EDITION: City Bar Volunteers Kick Off FEMA Appeals Clinics


Pro Bono FEMA Appeals Clinics for the 2017 hurricane season kicked off on December 11 at the New York City Bar Association with three pro bono attorneys and three clients with support from the City Bar Justice Center. The clinics are made possible by the collaborative efforts of the City Bar, the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, and members of the new Task Force on Disaster Relief launched by New York’s Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. Find Out More


November 2017 Volunteer Spotlight- City Bar Justice Center Honors Top Pro Bono Volunteers at the Jeremy G. Epstein Awards


The City Bar Justice Center launched National Pro Bono Week on Monday, October 23rd with the annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service. Every year, the awards honor the outstanding pro bono attorneys from each City Bar Justice Center project. The awards were established in honor of the late Jeremy G. Epstein, the prominent litigator and pro bono champion who logged over 5,000 hours of pro bono and public service over 20 years. He was a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP and a board member at the City Bar Justice Center, The Legal Aid Society and the Fund for Modern Courts. Find out more


October 2017 Volunteer Spotlight- Melinda Roberts


When Melinda Roberts wanted to get back into practicing law after a ten year break, she reached out to The Legal Aid Society. Now, three days a week, she volunteers with The Legal Aid Society’s Employment Law Unit, helping to ensure that low income New Yorkers have good representation in labor disputes.Find out more


September 2017 Volunteer Spotlight- Alan B. Kaplan


Alan B. Kaplan, is Managing Director & Deputy General Counsel of the Americas at Barclays, a member of the City Bar Fund Board, and a committed pro bono volunteer with the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project. As Managing Director & Deputy General Counsel, Alan covers a broad range of activities and businesses of Barclays in the US, with a focus on investment banking, lending, debt capital markets and prime brokerage.Find out more


SUMMER EDITION 2017 Volunteer Spotlght- Noam Biale


This month we are featuring an associate and Pro Bono Coordinator at Sher Tremonte LLP, Noam Biale.  Although at a small firm, Noam and the attorneys at Sher Tremonte have a sizeable and varied pro bono docket, including working with with non profit partners to protect refugees and immigrants. In this piece,  Noam shares some insight and advice for small firm/solo attorneys or any attorney looking to get involved with pro bono work. Find out more


May 2017 Volunteer Spotlight - City Bar Justice Center Gala Celebrates Pro Bono


This month  the City Bar Justice Center’s 12th Annual Gala honored the global business leader Bloomberg L.P. and the international law firm Proskauer Rose LLP with the 2017 City Bar Justice Awards, for their leadership and dedication to pro bono and public service.  Find out more


February 2017 Volunteer Spotlight -  Volunteer Attorneys at JFK Airport


This month we honor the volunteers who committed their time to go to JFK airport in response to the immigration ban. Learn more


December 2016/January 2017 Volunteer Spotlight - The Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award Winners

This month we feature the winners of the Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Awards across categories like Protecting the Rights of Low Income Clients and Innovative Corporate Pro Bono Projects & Partnerships. Learn More

November 2016 Volunteer Spotlight - Epstein Award Winners
The City Bar Justice Center is the pro bono affiliate of the of the NYC Bar Association.  Read on to learn about the winners of the City Bar Justice Center's prestigious Epstein Award winners for Outstanding Pro Bono Service. Learn More
October 2016 Volunteer Spotlight - Joan Archer
Joan Archer shares her  pro bono experience working as a LiveHelp law student volunteer, live chatting with low-income individuals in need of legal information and referrals on New York's statewide legal information website, LawHelpNY. Learn More


September 2016 Volunteer Spotlight - Kevin Hackett
. Kevin Hackett is a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP in the Corporate and Real Estate practice. An Army veteran himself, read on to learn about Kevin's amazing work helping less fortunate vets as part of the City Bar Justice Center's Veteran's Assistance Project.  Learn More
Summer 2016 Volunteer Spotlight - Rolando Gonzalez
Rolando Gonzalez is a Legal Aid Society staff attorney based in the Harlem Community Law Office in the Community Development Project.  In this piece, he shares his experience working with pro bono volunteers and assisting low-income entrepreneurs. Learn More
May 2016 Volunteer Spotlight - Osvaldo Garcia
The NYC Pro Bono Center features Osvaldo Garcia this month.  Osvaldo is a second year associate at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.  He is the recipient of the New York State Bar Association President's Pro Bono Service Award and shares his experience as the founder and current director of the Cadwalader Black and Latino Association Immigration Clinic. Learn More




The NYC Pro Bono Center is a joint collaboration between the Legal Aid Society, the City Bar Justice Center and Pro Bono Net.  Membership is free for all attorneys, law students and legal professionals interested in pro bono and you can join here.  

The NYC Pro Bono Center E-Newsletter is a monthly publication of the NYC Pro Bono Center, and provides information about pro bono news, opportunities, trainings and volunteer spotlights.  It is distributed monthly by email to our members and interested parties may also subscribe here. Archived versions of the NYC Pro Bono Center newsletter are accessible in our library, by clicking here (you must be a member to access our library). 

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Interested in volunteering?  Start searching for pro bono opportunities by interest area (e.g. family, asylum), community served (e.g. domestic violence victims, children) or location right now by using our interactive NY Pro Bono Opportunities Guide!