Pro Bono Week

Join the VLP in celebration of Pro Bono Week!

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 engaging in the conversation and celebration easy with the VLP’s Pro Bono Week Toolkit.

Be sure to tag the Brooklyn VLP on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and let us know your #ProBonoStory and share #WhyIProBono!


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 1,000 volunteers who provided nearly 13,000 hours – valued at over $5.1 million – of high quality, compassionate, direct legal representation, advice and counsel, and community education throughout Brooklyn. As a result, nearly 20,400 New Yorkers benefited from services provided by the VLP.

We are grateful to our volunteers who inspire us each and every day to strive to fulfill our critical mission.


Lorraine Sabalja
VLP Volunteer

“Volunteering with the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Program has been an incredibly rewarding experience and real game changer for me. The opportunity to reconnect to my law practice, after a hiatus in the corporate world, has allowed me to reclaim my true passion of representing clients to help them move forward with their lives. Whether it be for a child support, modification or uncontested divorce matter, enabling clients to achieve their goals is especially gratifying.”


Melissa Johnson
VLP Volunteer

“As a recent law school graduate, my internship at the VLP was the springboard to my legal career. The VLP attorneys provided me with quality training in the area of family law and consumer debt and encouraged me to pay attention to detail and to care about the quality of work that I produce for my clients. This training has served me well in my current role as an Associate at a tax firm. In addition, the VLP taught me the importance of providing legal services to the underrepresented in my local community who may otherwise be at a disadvantage while trying to navigate the legal system on their own.”


To learn more about the VLP’s pro bono opportunities, please contact Anne O’Grady, VLP Pro Bono Director, at aogrady@brooklynvlp.org or 718-473-9202.