Pro Bono & Volunteer Opportunities
Provide valuable adult guidance and serve as a role model for at-risk middle school students in one-on-one sessions at a local middle school. The commitment is twice a month for less than an hour, but the rewards you receive are immeasurable. Mentors are always in demand.
Volunteer Lawyers Project
What is the Volunteer Lawyers
Attorneys are encouraged to volunteer to provide free legal assistance to the poor in Nassau County through the Volunteer Lawyers Project. NCBA partners with the Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee to support VLP, which helps maximize the quantity and quality of pro bono assistance provided for the county's low-income community.
What programs are part of the VLP?
Volunteer attorneys handle a wide array of cases including matrimonial matters, individual bankruptcy, personal injury and negligence defense, estate matters, release of accounts blocked by judgment creditors, and various other civil matters.
• The Landlord/Tenant Project's Attorney of the Day Program assists thousands of men, women and children in court to prevent homelessness.
• The Bankruptcy Clinics assist families either with advice or the filing for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, when appropriate.
• The Matrimonial Project assists hundreds of individuals in obtaining divorces, child support and custody.
How does it work?
An attorney based at VLP’s offices in Hempstead conducts client intake interviews and refers clients to appropriate volunteer attorneys. The VLP attorney also recruits and trains volunteer attorneys to handle cases.
Pro Bono Opportunities for NCBA Members
BOLD - Bridge Over Language Divides
Use your second language skills and your contacts in local ethnic communities to help NCBA provide legal services and education in communities that speak languages other than English. BOLD works to incorporate non-English languages in all areas of NCBA’s activities and services to better reach out to these communities.
Encourage and motivate high school students to consider a career in the legal profession by serving as a team coach or trial judge as teams argue a case in a real courtroom during the annual Mock Trial competition.
Mortgage Foreclosure Clinics & Conferences
Sandy Recovery Clinics
In 2008, NCBA became the first bar association in New York State to address the looming mortgage foreclosure crisis. Volunteer attorneys provide one-on-one consultations at free monthly clinics to any Nassau County homeowner who is facing foreclosure. Clinics are 3-6 p.m. at the Bar's headquarters in Mineola. Victims of Superstorm Sandy also attend clinics with issues regarding mortgage foreclosure, claims, landlord/tenant, debt referral, consumer protection, bankruptcy. (Pro bono legal consultation only; no legal services are performed.)
Members may also represent homeowners pro bono at court-mandated conferences with mortgage holders, which are held twice a day, every day in Supreme Court. Attorneys from all practice areas are welcome; training on the newest foreclosure laws and procedures is provided.
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Access to Justice Committee
NCBA, Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Nassau Suffolk Law Services, Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, Assigned Counsel Defender Plan, Hofstra and Touro law schools and Nassau County government work together to provide information on free and reduced fee legal resources, coordinate legal services for the community and strengthen the core of volunteer attorneys through education and professional development.
→Contact Gale Berg at the NCBA 516-747-4070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Senior Citizen Consultation Clinics
Share your legal knowledge as a consultant at the NCBA's popular Senior Citizen Consultation Clinics. Elder care, matrimonial, real estate, trust and estates attorneys needed for a monthly, 9:30-11 a.m. clinics at Domus.
Pro bono legal consultation only; no legal services are performed.
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Love to talk about the law? We have an audience for you! More than 500 attorneys participate in our Speakers Bureau, the most important component of our public education program, bringing an understanding of the law to local citizens. Our attorney speakers go into the community, addressing students, business groups and organizations of every description to education the public by disseminating accurate information regarding local, state and federal law and legal issues.
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WE CARE Fund
Participate in annual fund raising events such as the Stephen W. Schlissel Golf &Tennis Classic, Dressed to a Tea Fashion Show and Raffle, Gingerbread University for the kids, or the Italian Feast. Lend a hand at the annual holiday party for disadvantaged youth, the trip to a baseball game with disadvantaged youth, and help at clothing and food drives. Or create your own project. There is something for everyone!
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