UPDATED: May 17, 2017

NYLAG routinely offers one-day legal clinics in the community to address urgent and other large-scale needs. Participants undergo training in the legal issues addressed in the clinic and are supervised by NYLAG staff attorneys. NYLAG has several different one-day legal clinic volunteer opportunities available. Pro bono attorneys, law grads and law students and interpreters are welcome to participate.

All NYLAG One-Day Legal Clinics will count toward the 50-hour pro bono requirement for admission to the New York State Bar.

To sign up for one or more of the One-Day Legal Clinics, please fill out this form. You may contact Volunteer Coordinator, Jaida Samuels at [email protected] for questions, but the only way to sign up for the clinics is via the online form. (Please note we have a new form!).  

Due to the high volume of interested volunteers, only those who are confirmed for clinics will be contacted. All other volunteers will automatically be added to our waitlist. Please wait for confirmation before making plans to go to a site. 

Any questions about eligibility for participation in the legal clinics may be directed to Volunteer Coordinator, Jaida Samuels, at [email protected]

Current one-day clinic opportunities include:


Immigration Relief Screening Clinic

NYLAG will be conducting general immigration screenings for a variety of immigrant populations to determine eligibility for various forms of immigration relief, including family based petitions, deferred action, naturalization, T and U visas, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Clinic volunteers with immigration experience are needed to help conduct the screenings. Volunteer Spanish interpreters are also needed. NYLAG staff will be on site to provide direct supervision to volunteers.

Saturday, May 20
Co-sponsored by New York City Council & New York Immigration Coalition
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Port Richmond HS
85 Saint Josephs Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10302
Need 15 Volunteers. Spanish speakers needed. Spanish interpreters also needed

Immigration Relief Training Resources:

  • NYLAG’s Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Training. This 2-hour webinar training provides information about SIJS, a form of immigration relief available to unmarried individuals under the age of 21 who are in the United States and have been abandoned, abused, or neglected by one or both parents. This training addresses both Family Law and Immigration Law issues necessary to SIJS applications. A portion of the training also addresses special issues involved in representing immigrant youth, including effective communication and how to establish a good rapport and create a trusting environment, as well as working with youth who have experienced trauma and how to identify and overcome communication barriers.
  • NYLAG’s Asylum Law Training.  This 1.5-hour webinar training will provide an overview of asylum law and other humanitarian relief, including how to prepare an effective asylum case; how to work with potential applicants for asylum; and recent developments in asylum law, including a discussion on the recent BIA ruling recognizing domestic violence as a basis for asylum.
  • NYLAG’s Naturalization & Citizenship Training.  According to the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service, only 40% of eligible immigrants in the New York City metro area have applied for naturalization. Citizenship provides immigrants with many benefits, including: voting rights, expanded opportunity to petition for foreign relatives within the United States and abroad, as well as access to medical and other benefits available to low-income individuals. This training will provide an overview of the Naturalization process and how to help low-income clients complete the application.

Mobile Legal Help Center Volunteer Opportunities

The Mobile Legal Help Center (MLHC) is the country’s first-ever legal services office and courtroom on wheels. On the MLHC, NYLAG staff provide counseling, advice, and direct representation without leaving the vehicle. A video link with the courts enables access to judges for emergency hearings, including domestic violence and eviction cases.

NYLAG staff will be conducting legal clinics aboard the MLHC on the dates listed below. We invite participation from volunteer attorneys, law graduates and law students to help us provide legal services. Volunteers conduct intake interviews with MLHC visitors, and provide information and brief advice on a variety of legal issues. All volunteers are supervised by a NYLAG staff attorney who assists with evaluation of the legal issues raised during intake, and provides any guidance and support volunteers may need. Volunteers will have access to a recording of a webinar training on the MLHC intake process and will be sent training materials and intake guides.

 

Wednesday, April 26 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Senator Felder
4623 16th Avenue
Parkville, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers.

Friday, April 28 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Assembly Member Hyndman
232-06a Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, Queens
Need 4 Volunteers.

Monday, May 1 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Senator Hamilton
1669 Bedford Avenue
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers. Haitian Creole speakers needed.

Tuesday, May 2 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Red Hook Community Justice Center
88 Visitation Place
Red Hook, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers. Mandarin and Spanish speakers needed.

Wednesday, May 3 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Senator Phillips
Westbury Library
445 Jefferson Street
Westbury, Long Island
Need 4 Volunteers.

Friday, May 5 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Chin
C-Town Supermarket
5 Saint James Place
Two Bridges, Manhattan
Need 4 Volunteers. Cantonese and Mandarin speakers needed.

Monday, May 8 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Menchaca
Exact Location TBD
Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers.

Tuesday, May 9 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Williams
4517 Avenue D
East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers.

Wednesday, May 10 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Crown Heights Mediation
260 Kingston Avenue
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers.

Thursday, May 11 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Speaker Mark-Viverito
P.S. 73
1020 Anderson Avenue
Highbridge, Bronx
Need 4 Volunteers. Spanish speakers needed.

Friday, May 12 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Levine
500 West 141st Street
West Harlem, Manhattan
Need 4 Volunteers. Spanish speakers needed.

Monday, May 15 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Greenfield
4424 16th Avenue
Parkville, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers.

Tuesday, May 16 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Rosenthal
Exact Location TBD
Upper West Side, Manhattan
Need 4 Volunteers.

Wednesday, May 17 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Chin
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA)
62 Mott Street
Chinatown, Manhattan
Need 4 Volunteers. Cantonese and Mandarin speakers needed.

Friday, May 19 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Levine
500 West 141st Street
West Harlem, Manhattan
Need 4 Volunteers. Spanish speakers needed.

Monday, May 22 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Grodenchik
SNAP Senior Center
80-85 Winchester Boulevard
Queens Village, Queens
Need 4 Volunteers.

Tuesday, May 23 (FULL)
10:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Nassau Family Court
1200 Old Country Road
Westbury, Long Island
Need 4 Volunteers.

Wednesday, May 24 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Senator Felder
4623 16th Avenue
Borough Park, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers.

Friday, May 26 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Miller
172-12 Linden Boulevard
Saint Albans, Queens
Need 4 Volunteers.

Tuesday, May 30 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mount Moriah Baptist Church
140-17 Guy Brewer Boulevard
Springfield Gardens, Queens
Need 4 Volunteers.

Wednesday, May 31 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Gibson
1377 Jerome Avenue
Highbridge, Bronx
Need 4 Volunteers.

Mobile Legal Help Center Training Resources:

  • Click here to view a recording of the webinar training on conducting intakes aboard the MLHC and clinic logistics.
  • Click here to view/ download a printable PDF of the presentation handout.

Click here to sign up to volunteer for the MLHC.