UPDATED: September 29, 2016

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.  

Due to the high volume of interested volunteers, please note it may take 2-3 business days to respond to your request to volunteer. Please wait for confirmation before making plans to go to a site. (Only volunteers who are confirmed for clinics will be contacted.)

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, October 29
Co-sponsored by New York City Council and New York Immigration Coalition
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
45-10 94th Street
Woodhaven, Queens
Need 15-20 legal volunteers. Spanish speakers preferred. 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.
  • DACA Training. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) relief is available to youth who arrived in the United States before their 16th birthday and were under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012; have resided continuously in the U.S. for the past five years; and have graduated from or are currently in school or have served in the armed forces. While DACA relief is not a path to permanent residence, it will permit immigrant youth to work lawfully in the United States.

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 (also available below).

Tuesday, October 4 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Senator Martin
Great Neck Social Center
80 Grace Avenue
Great Neck, Long Island
Need 4 Volunteers

Wednesday, October 5 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Gibson
Exact Location TBD
Bronx
Need 4 Volunteers

Thursday, October 6 (FULL)
8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Senator Hannon
Senior Health Expo
295 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, Long Island
Need 4 Volunteers

Friday, October 7 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mount Moriah Baptist Church
140-17 Guy Brewer Boulevard
Springfield Gardens, Queens
Need 4 Volunteers

Monday, October 17 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Ulrich
Corner of Hawtree Road and 135th Avenue
Ozone Park, Queens
Need 4 Volunteers

Tuesday, October 18 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Senator Martin
Hicksville Library
169 Jerusalem Avenue
Hicksville, Long Island
Need 4 Volunteers

Wednesday, October 19 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Community Board 12
530 West 166th Street
Washington Heights, Manhattan
Need 4 Volunteers. Spanish speakers appreciated.

Friday, October 21 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hempstead Public Library
115 Nichols Court
Hempstead, Long Island
Need 4 Volunteers

Monday, October 24 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Patchogue-Medford Library
54-60 East Main Street
Patchogue, Long Island
Need 4 Volunteers

Tuesday, October 25 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Crown Heights Mediation
250 Kingston Avenue
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers. Haitian-Creole speakers needed.

Wednesday, October 26
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pro Bono Week: Queens Center for Gay Seniors
37-06 77th Street
Jackson Heights, Queens
Need 3 Volunteers

Thursday, October 27 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Eugene
900 Rogers Avenue
Flatbush, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers. Haitian-Creole speakers appreciated.

Friday, October 28 (FULL)
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Council Member Ulrich
114-12 Beach Channel Drive
Far Rockaway, Queens
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.

 

To sign up for one or more of the One-Day Legal Clinics, please fill out this form.