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 with the VLP’s Pro Bono Week Toolkit. Thank you for sharing your #probono stories all week long, October 20 – 26!

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 960 volunteer attorneys, law students and other legal professionals who, with the support of the VLP, provided over 15,505 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 and domestic violence awareness month, volunteers Ryan Buffkin and Dana Rosenbaum share their VLP #probonostory assisting low-income domestic violence survivors file uncontested divorces through the VLP and AXA XL partnership project:

Ryan Buffkin, Corporate Counsel, Investments & Alternative Capital, AXA XL

“From a practitioner’s perspective, having no familiarity with this area substantively, I found that the work was well-suited even to a corporate background; the training materials and an attention to detail are all you would need to feel confident in this representation.  From a personal perspective, meeting and working with these clients is the most rewarding experience as an attorney that I have ever had.”

Dana Rosenbaum, Esq., Chair of the AXA XL Pro Bono Committee

“I signed up for the Pro Se Uncontested Divorce Workshop to assist domestic violence victims sever their ties with their abusive partners. Working on the uncontested divorce project allowed me to use my attention to detail and understanding of legal documents to help my client achieve her goal. In the training, Anne O’Grady, VLP Pro Bono Director, did an excellent job explaining the process and each form involved in each step. She gave us sample documents to reference when preparing the forms for our clients and as always was available when we had questions. I would absolutely recommend the uncontested divorce clinic for any lawyer looking for an easy to understand and highly rewarding pro bono opportunity.”

The VLP is committed to providing a range of opportunities for pro bono attorneys to make meaningful contributions to the Brooklyn community.  For more information please contact Anne O’Grady, VLP’s Pro Bono Director.