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Pro Bono Opportunities

For Members Only: Serve the Public Interest – Acquire New Skills – Earn MCLE Credit  

Here is a glimpse of the opportunities available to NYCLA members:

U. S. Tax Court Project - NYCLA is the first bar association in New York to offer a U.S. Tax Court Calendar Call Pro Bono Program.  This project provides counseling to clients seeking advice in the area of tax law at calendar call sessions of the U.S. Tax Court conducted in New York.  No representation of any kind is undertaken and you will not be required to enter an appearance.  Clients are advised by volunteers while appearing pro se before the U.S. Tax Court.  Volunteers may be asked to consult with pro se petitioners regarding the merits of their cases and evaluate any settlement proposals from the Internal Revenue Service, act as a communicator or mediator between the parties in an effort to assist in resolving the case and provide procedural advice to pro se petitioners who decide to proceed to trial.

The following requirements must be met to participate in the U.S. Tax Court Project:

  • You must be a NYCLA member in good standing
  • Admitted to both the New York and U.S. Tax Court bars
  • Have a basic understanding of substantive tax law, particularly issues common to low-income taxpayers

*If you are a law student or a law graduate, not yet admitted to the bar, and you are interested in participating in this project, please contact the Director of Pro Bono Programs.*

Legal Counseling Project - Provides counseling to clients four times a month on an appointment-only basis in the areas of family, employment and landlord/tenant law.  No representation of any kind is undertaken.  Clients are prepared during the clinics for pro se representation.  Volunteer atorneys may be asked to review documents, answer questions, discuss areas of concern that the client should be aware of when entering into certain agreements or point out various methods whereby the client can either correct a problem or seek appropriate assistance and direction.  Mentors, who are experienced in the four practice areas, are available by telephone on each clinic night to assist volunteers.

The following requirements must be met to participate in the Legal Counseling Project:

  • You must be a NYCLA member in good standing
  • Admitted to the New York bar for at least two years
  • Have one year of legal practice experience
  • Attend the mandatory training sessions

Manhattan CLARO (Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office) - The Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO) is a free, weekly walk-in clinic that provides limited legal advice to pro se litigants with consumer debt matters in the New York Civil Courts.  CLARO was created in response to the growing number of low-income individuals being sued in Civil Court by collection agencies.  The volunteer attorneys at CLARO provide unrepresented litigants with information and resources to help them represent themselves effectively.

The following requirements must be met to participate in the Manhattan CLARO Project:

  • You must be a NYCLA member in good standing or a Fordham Law School alumnus/a
  • Admitted to the New York bar for at least one year
  • Attend the mandatory training session

*If you are a law student or a law graduate, not yet admitted to the bar, and you are interested in participating in this project, please contact the Director of Pro Bono Programs.*

Project Restore - Provides assistance to individuals with misdemeanor and felony convictions who are denied vocational licenses by the New York Department of State.  This unique program provides representation for applicants whose adjudicated criminal history predates the employment license application and is the basis for the denial.

The following requirements must be met to participate in Project Restore:

  • You must be a NYCLA member in good standing
  • Admitted to the New York bar for at least one year
  • Attend the mandatory training session

*If you are a law student or a law graduate, not yet admitted to the bar, and you are interested in participating in this project, please contact the Director of Pro Bono Programs.*

For further information contact Lois Davis, director of Pro Bono Programs, at 212-267-6646, ext. 217 or ldavis@nycla.org.    

 

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