These opportunities fulfill your fifty-hour pro bono requirement through volunteering with one of these agencies. You could also learn valuable skills to enhance your ability to become practice-ready. These opportunities are not credit-bearing nor are they paid positions. Some of these legal service offices have limitations on the number of law students they can accommodate and others require you to make a commitment of a certain amount of time.
The opportunities below are listed geographically starting with Erie County (Buffalo) and also include Monroe County (Rochester).
Any questions, please contact Vice Dean Melinda Saran.
Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Inc.
438 Main St. 7th Floor, Buffalo, New York 14202
Contact: Gregory Stewart, Supervising Attorney - 716-847-0662 (Ext. 313), firstname.lastname@example.org
Gayle Murphy, Esq., Pro Bono Coordinator (Ext. 321), email@example.com
Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo Inc.
290 Main Street, Suite 450, Buffalo, NY 14202
Center For Elder Law & Justice
438 Main Street, Suite 1200, Buffalo, NY 14202-3208
Contact: Nicole Komin, Esq. Pro Bono Coordinator
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (NLS)
237 Main Street, 4th Floor, Buffalo, New York 14203
WNY Law Center Inc.
37 Franklin St., 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202
Contact: Joseph Keleman, Esq., Executive Director
Mental Health Association of Erie County, Inc., Legal Services & Advocacy
999 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Michael M. Kane, Director; 716-886-1242 Ext. 322; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rochester (Monroe County)
Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc.
1 West Main Street, Suite 500, Rochester, NY 14614
Danielle Nelson, VLSP Pro Bono Coordinator, email@example.com or 585-295-5717
Pro bono opportunities: Program can only handle one law student at a time. Prefer Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in summer. Winter break or one day each during the semester will also be acceptable.
Worker Justice Center of New York (formerly Farmworkers Legal Services Project)
1187 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14609
585-325-3050 (Ext. 12)
Student will obtain hands on experience working with worker advocacy primarily with migrant and immigrant populations throughout Western New York. Areas include employment and wage issues and representing migrant workers in domestic violence and human trafficking cases.
Contact: Lewis Papenfuse, Co-Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamestown (Chautauqua County)
Southern Tier Legal Services (formerly Chautauqua County Legal Aid)
111 West Second Street, Suite 250, Jamestown NY 14701
The Empire Justice Center needs hundreds of cases to be summarized and categorized to add to its Online Resource Center (ORC) database. Your pro bono job will be to complete these summaries and add them to the bank. You will be supervised and the summaries will be reviewed by an attorney from the Empire Justice Center before they are added to the ORC. You will receive one hour of pro bono credit for each summary completed.
Interested? Send an email to Susan Antos (Santos@empirejustice.org). Attach your resume to the email and explain your interest in the project, how may hearings you are willing to summarize and the date you expect your summaries to be complete.