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City Bar Public Service Network

The Public Service Network, a program offered through the City Bar Justice Center, fosters public service in the legal community by matching attorneys with legal and non-legal volunteer opportunities in the not-for-profit sector. The Network works with nonprofits to develop potential projects and facilitates the placement of lawyers with opportunities that match their interests and skills. Examples of volunteer opportunities include providing legal services to individual clients or nonprofit organizations, assisting with policy and legal research, providing advice with management assistance, and helping with program development issues. The Network also promotes pro bono development by working with law firms and corporate counsel offices to help them design, implement or improve upon internal pro bono programs.

The original idea for the Network grew out of the experience of Dean John D. Feerick during his tenure as President of the Association. Dean Feerick, known for his own involvement in public interest work, was frequently approached by attorneys who were preparing for retirement and wanted to use their skills in service of the community. These attorneys were often unsure what opportunities existed for volunteer work, who to contact in the nonprofit community, or had been unsuccessful in offering their services to nonprofits. Dean Feerick himself linked these attorneys with volunteer positions but realized that the demand for such services was enough to warrant creating a formalized program to help facilitate these matches. Dean Feerick set up at taskforce to explore this possibility in 1993 and the resulting program, the CityBar Public Service Network, officially opened its doors in 1997. Originally intending to focus on creating legal and non-legal volunteer positions for retired attorneys, the Network has now placed almost 1,000 attorneys at every stage of their careers on legal and non-legal volunteer projects. To date, Network attorneys have donated over 135,000 hours of public service to New York City area nonprofit organizations.

If you are an attorney seeking volunteer opportunities or a non-profit organization that could use volunteer assistance, please call (212) 382-6759.

Learn more about the Public Service Network

Network brochure (PDF file)

Ideas for non-legal volunteer opportunities for lawyers: A resource for nonprofits and attorneys. (PDF file)