Volunteers of Legal Services (NY)


Founded in 1984. Pro bono program recruiting from New York City's leading law firms to provide pro bono legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers.
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Primary geographic focus: New York
Organization type(s): Provider

Through our projects, VOLS’ staff and volunteer attorneys help all kinds of New Yorkers solve difficult legal problems that have significant consequences for them and for their families. We help mothers in prison maintain visitation with their children. We provide senior citizens with advance health care directives and other essential life-planning documents. We help immigrant high school students resolve immigration issues so that they can work legally and/or attend college. We help children with asthma by forcing landlords to eradicate mold and to repair crumbling plaster.

We strive to provide pro bono legal assistance when and where it will be most accessible to our clients, in settings familiar to them, instead of requiring people in desperate need to come to us. We do this by working closely with hospitals, schools, senior centers, and other community organizations, and integrating pro bono legal assistance into the array of services these organizations already provide.



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Op-Ed

Shortchanging military heroes: Millions don’t access the benefits they have earned and need

Peter Kempner
New York Daily News
November 11, 2019
As our attention again turns towards the brave individuals who served in the armed forces, it is time for us to address a significant question: How do we ensure our veterans are able to access their rightful benefits?



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