Pro Bono and Volunteer

Taking the time to transform lives.

NYLAG strategically engages skilled volunteers—retired and veteran attorneys, law graduates, students, and others—who support the organization’s mission and core values. 


Pro bono partners and volunteers


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Our Approach

We work closely with experts across practice areas to understand the legal challenges in the communities served by NYLAG. We craft unique volunteer opportunities that provide a range of services, including, screening, intake, pro se assistance, advice and counsel, brief services, and limited and full representation. We strategically pair skilled volunteers with appropriate opportunities to yield a meaningful volunteer experience and quality services for clients. We bear in mind the tremendous diversity of our client population and mentor our volunteers to be culturally sensitive. Our volunteers help us expand our reach and strengthen our impact as we strive to remove the barriers caused by poverty, as well as racial, social, and economic injustice. 

Help us provide free legal help to people with low-income and in need of a lawyer.

Long-Term Support from Orrick Strengthens NYLAG’s LGBTQ Advocacy

NYLAG is proud to highlight the socially conscious law firm, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for their continuous support of NYLAG’s LGBTQ+ Law Project. With support from Orrick and their commitment to racial, economic, and social justice, we were able to provide 534 New Yorkers with free civil legal services on 715 cases in the last year.

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NYLAG and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Successfully Advocate for Policy Change to Prevent Homeless Families with Children from Sleeping on Streets and Subways

After nearly two years of advocacy by NYLAG and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) closed an administrative loophole that denied shelter to families with children, forcing them to sleep on streets, subways, and emergency rooms even if they had no other housing options.

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