City Bar Justice Center

The City Bar Justice Center recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation to indigent and low-income New Yorkers.

Volunteers represent political asylum seekers; prepare wills and provide other legal assistance for the elderly; represent cancer survivors in insurance disputes; represent immigrant victims of domestic violence; provide legal assistance to the homeless; advise microentrepreneurs; and provide assistance to individuals, families, and small businesses that were affected by the September 11th disaster.

The City Bar Justice Center's Public Service Network matches volunteer attorneys with legal and non-legal volunteer opportunities at nonprofit organizations. The Network works closely with attorneys and nonprofit organizations to make appropriate matches and develop projects that meet the interests and needs of both parties.

The City Bar's Monday Night Legal Advisory Workshop (LAW) addresses the public's need for basic legal information and assistance by having volunteer attorneys available at the City Bar on Monday evenings to provide information, assistance and materials to clients on housing, bankruptcy, employment, family and consumer law issues.

You can read more about the City Bar Justice Center's pro bono programs here.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: All NYC, Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), NY (Manhattan), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island)
  • Area of law: Community Development, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disaster and Emergency Assistance, Elder Law, Foreclosure, Health, Homeless, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Public Benefits, Veterans, Insurance & Employment Discrimination related to Cancer Diagnosis
  • Populations Served: Asylum Seekers, Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, Human Trafficking Survivors, Immigrants, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Low Income, Micro-enterprises, Military/Veterans, State Residents, Torture survivors, Women
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Small and medium law firm attorneys
  • Need for non-English services: Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Russian, Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: Yes
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • CLE pro bono comments: Find more information online at
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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