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Legal Services NYC

Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) fights poverty and seeks justice for low-income New Yorkers. For more than 40 years, we have challenged systemic injustice and helped clients meet basic needs for housing, access to high-quality education, health care, family stability, and income and economic security. LSNYC is the largest civil legal services provider in the country, with deep roots in all of the communities we serve. Our neighborhood-based offices and outreach sites across all five boroughs help more than 70,000 New Yorkers annually. LSNYC leverages its limited resources with a range of pro bono partnerships across all of our practice areas. Lawyers and law firms interested in working with LSNY are asked to complete this form: http://www.probono.net/ny/lsnycvolunteerapp

  • 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, Disability, Disaster and Crisis Assistance, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, HIV/AIDS, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Life Planning, Nonprofit Organizations, Public Benefits
  • Populations Served: Children, Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, HIV, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Low Income, Nonprofits, Persons with Disabilities, State Residents, Working poor and unemployed
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Chinese, Russian, Spanish
  • 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
  • CLE pro bono comments: Attorneys in New York State may now fulfill their mandatory CLE requirements through pro bono work performed at any of Legal Services NYC’s offices.
  • 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), Legal Research, Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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