Brooklyn runs through the core and services of the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) – from origin to impact. In 1990, having witnessed growing disparities of legal resources and representation throughout Brooklyn’s judicial system, attorneys in Brooklyn joined together in founding the VLP.
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
At the heart of the VLP’s model is the recognition that the pro bono commitment of the private bar can be most effective for underserved residents of Brooklyn to access justice. The VLP recruits, trains, and mentors volunteers from every legal background, who, unified in purpose, use their skills and talents to fiercely advocate for low income, overlooked Brooklyn residents.
In the past year, the VLP trained and supervised over 1,000 volunteers who provided nearly 13,000 hours—valued at over $5.1 million—of high quality, compassionate legal representation, advice and counsel, brief legal services, and community education throughout Brooklyn.
Impactful Results: 20,393 New Yorkers Benefited
■Direct Legal Services 12,228
■Community Legal Education 2,713
■Clinics & Courthouse Help Centers 1,782