Pro Bono Week

Thank you for joining with us in the global celebration!

Pro Bono Week takes place every year in October and celebrates the pro bono ethic of the thousands of professionals who volunteer their skills and professional expertise to support nonprofits all around the world.

We made it easy to join the conversation and celebration:  The VLP’s Pro Bono Week Toolkit is still available for download. We shared #probono stories all week long, October 22 – 28, and enjoyed seeing your posts too!  Please continue to tag us on social media @Brooklynvlp and share your #probonostory.  It’s never too late.  Include #whyIprobono, #PBW17, #celebrateprobono.


The VLP was founded on the basis that the pro bono commitment of the private bar can be most effective and efficient in accessing justice for the poor.  Our pro bono model not only extends our reach, but increases our capacity to serve those who are most in need and deepens partnerships within the legal community.  In the past year, the VLP trained and supervised over 920 volunteer attorneys, law students and other legal professionals who, with the support of the VLP, provided over 12,000 hours of high quality, compassionate direct legal representation, advice and counsel and community education throughout Brooklyn.


We are grateful to our volunteers who inspire us each and every day to strive to fulfill our critical mission.  In honor of Pro Bono Week, we asked our volunteers, Ed Donovan, Mira Kolker and Nancy Tang to share their personal VLP #probonostory:

Edward Donovan, Esq.

"For the last year I have been volunteering my time pro bono with the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP).  Volunteering at the VLP has enabled me to assist a mother who needed legal help with filing a petition with the Surrogate’s Court to be appointed the primary guardian for her developmentally disabled adult son.  The VLP provides a critical lifeline to those who don’t have the resources and for whom legal representation would otherwise be out of reach.  The VLP provides volunteer lawyers with the opportunity to assist in a number of civil matters including, but not limited to: bankruptcy, debt collection, family law, guardianship, powers of attorney, wills, and probate. For me, volunteering at the VLP has been a very rewarding experience and has enabled me to serve and, in a small way, give back to the community where I live.  I’ve also been able to learn about new areas of the law and work with people from different backgrounds. Volunteering at the VLP has given me the opportunity to do some good in the world and to apply my legal experience and skills for the benefit of others.”


Mira Kolker, Esq.

“I first began volunteering with the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) in order to complete my 50 hour pro bono requirement for admission to the New York State Bar.  During my time with the VLP, I’ve assisted many low income Brooklyn residents with various legal issues such as divorce and guardianship petitions.  I’ve also been given the flexibility to choose which cases and legal issues I’d like to take on from the varied legal services the VLP offers.  While I have since completed my required hours, I am honored to continue to volunteer with the VLP.  The entire staff is very professional and each client receives the same attention as would a paying client in a full service law firm.”


Nancy Tang, Esq.

“Working with the VLP not only gave me the experience and skills I needed to succeed in the legal field but, also allowed me to give back to my community, which has given me so much. The VLP provides great hands on training and has a very informative and supportive staff. Through the VLP, I was able to help individuals and families in need, particularly those who spoke little to no english.  It was a great experience to volunteer and work with the VLP and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a rewarding, informative, and satisfying experience.”


The VLP is committed to providing rewarding opportunities for pro bono attorneys to make meaningful contributions to the Brooklyn community.  For more information please contact Sarah Burrows, VLP’s Pro Bono Manager.