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Pro Bono Resources

CLE Credit

The City Bar Justice Center is an Approved Pro Bono CLE Provider. As an approved provider, it may award pro bono CLE Credit to New York attorneys who perform uncompensated legal service for clients unable to afford counsel in New York.

  • Foreclosure Project
  • Veterans Assistance Project
  • Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Project
  • Legal Clinic for the Homeless
  • Elderlaw Project
  • Cancer Advocacy Project
  • Refugee Assistance Project
  • Immigrant Women & Children Project
  • Immigrant Outreach Project
  • Monday Night Law Advisory Workshop

How much CLE credit may I earn?

Attorneys may earn one (1) CLE credit for every two (2) 60-minute hours (120 minutes) of eligible pro bono legal service. A maximum of ten (10) pro bono CLE credit hours may be earned during any one reporting cycle. (A reporting cycle is the two-year cycle governed by the attorney's biennial attorney registration period.)

The CLE credit will be in the area of "skills" as defined by 22 NYCRR 1500.2. Attorneys may use these "skills" credits in their current reporting cycle or may use these credits as carry-over credits into the next biennial reporting cycle. The maximum number of carry-over credits, regardless of source, is six (6).

Newly admitted attorneys may earn CLE credit for pro bono work "solely for the purpose of carrying over pro bono CLE credit to the following biennial reporting cycle in partial fulfillment of the requirements for experienced attorneys." A maximum of six (6) CLE credits, including pro bono CLE credit, may be carried over to the following biennial reporting year. Newly admitted attorneys may not apply pro bono CLE credit to meet their minimum CLE requirements as set forth in 22 NYCRR 1500.12(a).

What do I need to do to get CLE credit for my pro bono activities sponsored by the City Bar Justice Center?

Attorneys who perform eligible pro bono activities sponsored by the City Bar Justice Center must:

  1. Keep time records of their participation and retain those time records for a period of four (4) years.
  2. Complete the Affirmation of Pro Bono Services ("the affirmation form") provided by the City Bar Justice Center, describing the services provided and stating the number of hours of pro bono legal service performed. The affirmation must be submitted to the City Bar Justice Center.

Once the City Bar Justice Center receives your affirmation form, it will provide you with a "Letter of Participation." The Letter will include the date(s) of your assignment, the name of the pro bono CLE program, your name, the number of hours of pro bono service you provided and the number of pro bono CLE credit hours earned. The Letter of Participation is your "proof" that you have earned the CLE pro bono credits and you should keep it with the time records of your participation for the requisite period of four (4) years.

Affirmation of Pro Bono Services for CLE Credit Form

Other Resources

Leaders for Justice: New York City Bar Presidents on Pro Bono and Access to Justice

Probono.net Helpful resources for probono & legal services attorneys, law professionals, and law students to assist in your representation of low income or disadvantaged clients. The City Bar Justice Center is a co-host of Pro Bono Net's NYC Pro Bono Center. Click here for a calendar of pro bono trainings.

Pro Bono Opportunities Guide Searchable Guide to Pro Bono Service Opportunities in New York City and throughout New York State in a single online version. This easy to use format is searchable by county, subject area, and population served. A PDF version is also available. The City Bar Justice Center acknowledges the generous support of The New York Law Journal for printing and production services. The guide provides detailed information on over 80 organizations citywide seeking volunteer lawyers, law students and paralegals.

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