The VLP was originally founded under the auspices of the Brooklyn Bar Association through a demonstration grant from the New York State IOLA Fund and the New York Bar Foundation and continues to receive support from IOLA, NYBF, the city and state, as well as from private foundations and individual donors.
The mission of the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, is to ensure that the legal system is accessible to those who, because of special needs or the overwhelming burdens of poverty, would not otherwise have their rights protected or their voices heard.
Since its founding in 1990, the VLP has harnessed the powerful pro bono commitment of the private bar to provide critical civil legal services and equal access to the justice system to thousands of Brooklyn residents. As an essential legal lifeline, the VLP remains uniquely responsive to the evolving legal needs of Brooklyn’s overlooked and underserved communities.
Meet our clients and volunteers, and learn more about our programs: View our 2019 video below:
The VLP Model in Action: A Year in Review
In the past year, the VLP trained and supervised over 960 volunteers who provided 15,505 hours—valued at over $5.7 million—of high-quality compassionate legal representation, advice and counsel, brief legal services and community education throughout Brooklyn.
Click each image below to learn about the Brooklyn VLP, the 17-A Guardianship Program and the CLARO Consumer Debt Program.