What we do
For more than three decades, NYLPI has matched the formidable abilities of dozens of New York law firms and corporate law departments with the needs of low-income clients and the nonprofit organizations that serve them. The Pro Bono Clearinghouse helps clients get legal assistance; it also ensures that volunteer attorneys receive assignments that stretch their skills and connect them with work that matters.
The work includes a mix of litigation and transactional work. Attorneys have undertaken important groundbreaking litigation in areas such as housing, civil rights, disability rights, employment and environmental discrimination. Transactional work includes, but is not limited to, nonprofit formation, lease reviews, employment counsel and intellectual property work. The groups we serve focus on housing, health care, education, youth and more. In our most successful matches, the relationship between a firm and a nonprofit client continues long after NYLPI makes a connection.
The Pro Bono Clearinghouse is further committed to helping nonprofits thrive by providing resources that help organizations overcome legal obstacles, build capacity and develop stronger and more effective programs. Through educational workshops, trainings for nonprofit leaders, individual counseling and a series of publications, the Clearinghouse is at the forefront of helping nonprofits maximize their performance and their impact on our community.
How we do it
The Pro Bono Clearinghouse screens and refers requests for free legal assistance for organizations to over 90 member law firms and corporate legal departments. Last year alone, NYLPI placed over 225 pro bono matters with volunteer lawyers, who use their expertise to improve the quality of life for underrepresented New Yorkers. A list of recent cases is available in our newsletter Pro Bono Matters.
Legal projects referred through the Pro Bono Clearinghouse assist organizations, strengthen communities, and attack systemic problems for low-income New Yorkers. The skills and resources of our volunteer attorneys allow us to offer a wide range of legal services and in turn offers our volunteer attorneys many avenues for pro bono work. The countless hours of pro bono work performed by NYLPI’s members are a reflection of the profession’s continuing commitment to public interest.