UPDATED: June 26, 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 view the volunteer schedule and to sign up for one or more of the One-Day Legal Clinics, please follow the directions listed below each separate opportunity. You may contact Volunteer Coordinator, Jaida Samuels at [email protected] with any questions, but the only way to sign up for the clinics is via the online forms linked below.
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 wait list. Please wait for confirmation before making plans to go to a site.
Current one-day clinic opportunities include:
- Mobile Legal Help Center
- SDNY Legal Clinic for Pro Se Litigants
- Temporary Protected Status Application Assistance Clinics
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 a regular basis. 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.
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 view the MLHC schedule and sign up to volunteer.
SDNY Legal Clinic for Pro Se Litigants
The NYLAG Legal Clinic for Pro Se Litigants in the Southern District of New York provides free limited legal assistance to individuals who are representing themselves or planning to represent themselves in civil lawsuits in federal court in Manhattan and White Plains. The SDNY Pro Se Legal Clinic provides a variety of volunteer opportunities for law students, law grads, new and experienced attorneys. Opportunities for attorneys affiliated with our pro bono partners include conducting intakes, client interviews, drafting discovery documents and limited scope representation for depositions and mediations. Opportunities for law student and law graduates include conducting research, drafting manuals for pro se litigants, conducting intakes and more. All volunteers are provided with onsite supervision and training materials.
- Client Intake SDNY–Manhattan (Open to all)
- Client Interviews SDNY–Manhattan (Open to litigators with at least one year practice or clerkship experience)
- Client Intake SDNY–White Plains (Open to litigators with at least 3 years experience)
- Limited Scope Deposition Assistance SDNY–Manhattan (Open to litigators admitted to S.D.N.Y. with at least two years experience)
- Limited Scope Mediation Assistance SDNY–Manhattan (Open to litigators admitted to S.D.N.Y. with at least two years experience)
- 50-hour pro bono opportunities for law students and law graduates
Click here to view the SDNY One-Day Legal Clinic schedule and sign up to volunteer.
Temporary Protected Status Application Assistance Clinics
On May 24, 2017, the Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, announced his decision to extend Haiti’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional six months. Haiti was initially designated for TPS on January 21, 2010, after a major earthquake devastated the country. Following consultations with other federal agencies, the Department of Homeland Security has determined that current conditions in Haiti support extending the designation period for current TPS beneficiaries. This decision means that current TPS Haiti beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from May 24, 2017 through July 24, 2017.
NYLAG is partnering with Council Member Mathieu Eugene to provide application assistance for nationals of Haiti who are seeking to extend their TPS. At these clinics, NYLAG will be assisting with completing TPS applications. NYLAG seeks Haitian-Creole interpreters to assist with the application process. Legal experience is not necessary to volunteer as interpreters.
Click here to view the Temporary Protected Status Clinics schedule and sign up to volunteer.