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Pro Bono Center Overview

From spearheading the legal services response to 9/11, to developing innovative solutions to the most pressing issues of the day, the City Bar Justice Center has been a leader in providing pro bono services in New York City.  The success of the Justice Center's projects is only made possible through the participation of dedicated pro bono volunteers who donate their time and expertise to clients who would otherwise not be able to afford legal services.  With extensive training, mentorship and support from Justice Center staff members, volunteer attorneys are equipped with the necessary tools to assist thousands of low-income clients with their legal needs.

For more information on volunteering with the City Bar Justice Center, please click here.

Why You Should Consider Pro Bono

Click here to read "On the Front Lines of Foreclosure," an article printed in the April 44th Street Notes featuring a roundtable discussion with volunteers from the Lawyers' Foreclosure Intervention Network

On February 28, 2007 Robert A. Katzmann, United States Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, delivered the Orison S. Marden lecture. Click here to read the full transcript of his lecture, titled "The Legal Profession and the Unmet Needs of the Immigrant Poor."

Click here to view the Statement of Pro Bono Principles.

What Our Volunteers Say About Participating in Pro Bono Projects

"There is no greater reward than realizing that because of my efforts someone is going to be eating better and have more benefits, and those may be the type of benefits that will push them along toward their path of independence."

Jose Almonte, Dechert LLP, volunteer for Legal Clinic for the Homeless

"When you are helping low-income entrepreneurs, you are probably the only professional they will encounter. It's the first time these clients have had to think about a loan, a commercial lease, hiring contractors—so they tend to look to you for much more than legal advice. For small business owners your help on every level is essential, and that's the part I find so rewarding."

Gustavo Ordñez, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, volunteer for Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project

"The opportunity to engage one-on-one with my client, negotiate with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Attorney General's Office and prepare to litigate in court, is not something I would have been exposed to at my junior level at a big law firm. Additionally, advocating for a low income individual through the bankruptcy court has made me feel more dedicated to the bankruptcy bar."

Amanda Raboy, Covington & Burling LLP, volunteer for Consumer Bankruptcy Project

"As a pro bono program coordinator, I continuously research programs and develop relationships with organizations that may be of interest to my colleagues. Using my experiences as a volunteer attorney, I am able to motivate people to take on certain types of cases and also provide guidance to those that may be interested, but have little experience with this type of work."

Alena Brenner, Hunton & Williams LLP, volunteer for Immigrant Women and Children Project

"Working with clients in the Cancer Advocacy Project has provided me with a different perspective, encouraging me to become more focused on and responsive to client concerns. In addition, securing needed medical benefits for clients who are confronting sometimes desperate situations is especially gratifying."

Wendy Luftig, volunteer for Cancer Advocacy Project

"Having an attorney stand up on behalf of homeowners prevents the judicial foreclosure system from being a rubber stamp."

Mike Hanin, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP, volunteer for Lawyers Foreclosure Intervention Network

"Every case permits me to flex my legal skills, find the best solution to a problem, and use my education to improve not just my life, but the lives of people of my parents' generation who might otherwise not have the same access to legal help."

Melody Morgan, volunteer for Elderlaw Project