JustCause [formerly Volunteer Legal Services Project] coordinates the delivery of free civil legal services by approximately 700 volunteer private lawyers to low-income residents of Monroe County. The types of cases in which volunteer attorneys provide pro bono services include domestic violence divorces and post-divorce proceedings, Family Court child support and custody cases (initial orders or modifications) involving domestic violence, name changes, landlord-tenant, unemployment insurance, bankruptcy, consumer, income tax, foreclosure, immigration and naturalization, nonprofit organizations, micro-entrepreneur, wills and additional estate planning, among others. Pro bono attorneys accept cases in which they provide full representation. Pro bono attorneys can also participate in the 7th Judicial District/JustCause Help Center, the Federal Pro Se Assistance Program or the JustCause clinics: family law custody,  debt management advice, wills, or immigration. Law student volunteers can participate in a variety of ways.

Please submit a resume to blong@justcauseny.org

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Monroe
  • Area of law: Community Development, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Health, Immigration & Naturalization, Life Planning, Nonprofit Organizations, Unemployment Insurance, Wills, Guardianships, and Pro Se Clinics
  • Populations Served: Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Interpreters, Law Students, Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Arabic, Signers for the deaf: ASL, Spanish, Ukrainian
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • 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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