VLP volunteers come from every type of legal background. They range from recent law school graduates to the most seasoned attorneys, and include attorneys at large Manhattan law firms and sole practitioners in Brooklyn. They all have one thing in common: the desire to use their unique skills and talents to address the critical legal needs of low-income Brooklyn residents. The VLP is committed to providing rewarding opportunities for pro bono attorneys to make meaningful contributions to the Brooklyn community.
“Without a doubt, my experience at the VLP not only allowed me to learn more about the law and to further hone my legal mind, but also provided a great community of legal minds that I could interact with and learn from” – Volunteer Attorney
Training Opportunities. The VLP provides opportunities for attorneys who want to give back to the Brooklyn community to hone their skills and develop experience in new practice areas. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) trainings are offered throughout the year and are free to volunteers in exchange for accepting a VLP case or participating in one of our programs. Because the VLP is recognized as an accredited CLE provider by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, we have the freedom to develop new trainings and programs based on the interests of our volunteers and the needs of the Brooklyn community. Check for upcoming CLEs.
Dedicated Mentors. The VLP knows that the effectiveness of a volunteer program is only as strong as its mentors. We are fortunate to have experienced and generous volunteer mentors available to guide volunteers in each of our program areas. The VLP staff also provides one-on-one training and guidance, always with an eye toward preparing volunteer attorneys to provide exceptional pro bono representation to low-income clients.
Community and Networking. As a VLP volunteer, you are part of a lively and diverse community of legal professionals. Through our events, trainings and clinics, volunteers have the opportunity to meet, collaborate and network with like-minded colleagues. Check for upcoming events.
Earn CLE Credit. In addition to earning CLE credit through participating in VLP trainings, attorneys admitted two years or more may also earn CLE credits for their pro bono work. Volunteers earn one CLE credit for every 2 fifty-minute hours of pro bono service, up to a maximum of ten credits per reporting cycle.
Malpractice Insurance. The VLP’s malpractice insurance covers its volunteer lawyers. Corporate lawyers are welcome! The VLP has many opportunities for attorneys whose goal is to never set foot in a courtroom. There are many excellent opportunities that do not require direct representation or a long term commitment.
“What has been the most gratifying professional or personal part of your involvement with the VLP?”
“Providing legal assistance to those who cannot otherwise afford legal representation; making a difference for someone who is in need; offering me the opportunity to hone my legal skills and one on one client-attorney relationships.” – Volunteer Lawyer