Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. ®

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) has opportunities for pro bono volunteers to assist low-income clients both remotely and in-person in each of our seven offices, which cover a fourteen-county service area. Opportunities include document/pleading drafting and/or review, legal research projects, case support services and mentoring, clinic assistance, limited scope representation, and full representation.

LawNY® also operates an Uncontested Divorce Program that offers remote and in-person opportunities for law students and law school graduates to draft uncontested divorce pleadings and gather client information. This program also allows private attorneys to provide remote document drafting, review of pleadings, and/or client meetings..

For more information about available volunteer opportunities, please contact Kelly McGovern, Esq. Director of Pro Bono Affairs at 585-295-5613, send an email to, or visit our website at To learn more about Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. visit

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Yates
  • Area of law: Arts, Consumer, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Health, HIV/AIDS, Housing, Life Planning, Public Benefits, Veterans
  • Populations Served: Children, Communities of Color, Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, General Public, Immigrants, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Low Income, Military/Veterans, Native Americans, Nonprofits, Persons with Disabilities, State Residents, Women, Working poor and unemployed
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • CLE pro bono comments: 1 CLE credit per 2 hours of pro bono, up to 10 CLE credits per reporting period, or 15 for Attorneys Emeritus.
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students, Transactional work
  • Other Project Types: Full and limited scope representation, presentation and content development of CLE programs in areas of practice.
  • Long Distance Opportunities: Conduct Research
  • Other Long Distance Opportunities: Limited scope and full scope representation in nonprofit transactional matters, including incorporation, bylaws review, real estate issues, and financial and employment compliance advice. Representation of domestic violence survivors in contested divorce
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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