Business lawyers volunteer with Lawyers Alliance for the opportunity
to work with organizations whose missions they admire. Our volunteers
provide invaluable legal services to nonprofits that are serving
low-income communities and creating a better New York, while
they develop professional skills and practical experience.
Thanks to our partnership with top law firms
and corporate legal departments, hundreds of nonprofits
have access to the expert legal counsel they need to
accomplish their missions and best serve New York City's
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Our pro bono
Lawyers Alliance volunteers have time to give but no time
to waste. Lawyers Alliance's pro bono model
allows volunteers to use their skills efficiently, with maximum
impact. There are four essential elements to our model: client
outreach, client screening, volunteer support, and volunteer
First, our extensive client outreach attracts
a dynamic range of nonprofit clients to Lawyers Alliance,
from small community-based organizations to large multi-service
providers. We reach out to current and past clients, umbrella
organizations, coalitions, and the media, and we participate
regularly in seminars and panels to identify nonprofits with
business law needs.
Second, pro bono clients undergo a client screening
process. Our trained staff attorneys interview potential clients
to assess program merit, readiness, and specific legal needs
and to determine the legal skills and experience required
for each pro bono project.
Third, we provide unparalleled volunteer support.
A Lawyers Alliance staff attorney serves as co-counsel on
every legal matter placed with a volunteer. Our legal team
has specialized nonprofit knowledge and an understanding of
clients' business law needs. In addition to co-counseling,
we offer resources for volunteers
through our "Community Development and Nonprofit Law"
practice area on
Resource Call Hotline, publications,
and CLE trainings.
The fourth element of our pro bono model is volunteer
recognition. We are strongly committed to increasing
business law pro bono services in New York City and we want
our volunteers to know that their work is appreciated. We
join our volunteer institutions in raising visibility for
the firms and individuals who make significant pro bono contributions
each year. Click here
to learn more about our volunteer recognition programs.