The Legal Aid Society’s New Leadership Program (NLP) is a community of like-minded young professionals who believe in the Society’s mission, leveraging fundraising, pro bono services and networking to help the Society’s Civil Practice fill the access-to-justice gap in New York City.
As members of the Program, New Leaders help the Society through annual fundraising, by acting as ambassadors for the mission of the Society and by participating in various community service and pro bono projects. NLP Board members are tasked with recruiting legal and corporate volunteers to assist in fulfilling Legal Aid’s mission throughout NYC. Currently, the Society has 40 sustaining law firms and more than 25 corporate sponsors.
2017 Events Calendar
We hope to see you at one of the many exciting events held by the NLP this summer and hope you will spread the word to your family and friends! Click Here to see our Events Calendar.
2017 Associates’ Campaign donors are automatically enrolled as members of the NLP from now until the end of March 2018, and there are multiple ways to get involved:
Under the leadership of associates at 40 leading New York law firms, The Legal Aid Society’s Associates’ Campaign raises awareness and vital funds for the Society’s Civil Practice which depends on private funding to provide legal assistance to the most vulnerable New Yorkers. In fact, individual gifts raised through this campaign account for nearly one-third of all individual contributions raised for our Civil Practice each year.
The New Leadership Program is planning some events for the coming year that will highlight current events and issues that have the potential to have serious impact and implications for our work and our client community.
These panel discussions, workshops, and CLE trainings will be offered to young professionals across the corporate and legal fields as well as students at area law schools – and their networks.
Volunteers offer free resume counseling and tips to help Legal Aid clients regain employment. Volunteers are able to make a difference by working one-on-one with clients to improve resumes, navigate online search tools, hone interview skills and much more.
In collaboration with Pro Bono, the NLP offers volunteer opportunities via the A2B Hotline in which volunteers can sign up on a shift-basis throughout the year to assist with calls in matters related to employment/ unemployment insurance, public health insurance, including Medicaid, public assistance, including food stamps, and education law/ special education.
On Fridays volunteers assist callers with immigration matters. Volunteers work alongside Legal Aid Society staff to answer the hotline, identify questions and legal issues, record basic information about each caller's issues, and provide advice when appropriate. All volunteers will be supervised by our experienced A2B Hotline Coordinator. CLE credit is available to attorneys who participate. 50 hour pro bono credit for NY bar admission is available for students who participate.
The annual Winter Benefit is the largest fundraising event of the NLP’s calendar year. Event proceeds from the Benefit support the Society’s Civil Practice and its critical work providing free legal services and tools to nearly 128,000 low income children and adults annually. Tickets purchased help struggling New Yorkers break free from poverty and rebuild their lives.
The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Practice is the leading pro bono program in the nation. Last year more than 3,00 attorneys, paralegals, and other legal and corporate professionals handled over 3,400 matters on behalf of our clients.
Since 1876, major New York City law firms and corporations have served as partners with The Legal Aid Society in securing the fundamental legal rights of low-income New Yorkers in critical need of counsel but unable to afford it.
Annually, our pro bono partners deliver life-changing legal assistance to our City's most vulnerable residents – homeless and imminently homeless children and adults, senior citizens, unemployed and low-wage workers, children and adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities, survivors of domestic violence, immigrants, neglected or abused children, persons living with HIV/AIDS, and inmates in the jails on Rikers Island in New York City and prisoners in correctional facilities throughout the State of New York.
Volunteers work alongside Legal Aid Society staff to answer the hotline, identify questions and legal issues, record basic information about each caller's issue, and provide advice when appropriate: no law degree is required.
· Benefits: legal matters related to unemployment insurance, public health insurance, including Medicaid, public assistance, food stamps and education law will be addressed.
· Immigration: legal matters pertaining to naturalization, renewal of green cards, temporary protected status, deferred action, lifting conditions for green cards, undocumented youth, and unaccompanied minors will be addressed.
All volunteers are supervised by Legal Aid staff and training materials are provided prior to volunteering. The Helpline is run from the Society’s 199 Water Street location Tuesday – Friday 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. CLE Credit is available to attorneys who participate. 50 hour pro bono credit for NY bar admission is available to volunteers who participate. Volunteers with foreign language expertise are encouraged to participate.
"The hotline provided the perfect opportunity to apply communication and negotiation skills to effectively represent each caller. As a volunteer, I had the opportunity to engage one-on-one with tens of individuals who required legal counsel, and I was able to effectively and efficiently help them right on the spot or point them in the right direction to accomplish their specific goals. I was even able to utilize my conversational Spanish speaking skills. The minimal time commitment, practical exposure, good feeling I got knowing I was helping those in need, and presence of great leadership…made the experience an excellent pro bono opportunity."
-Evan Fensterstock, Volunteer Attorney
"Volunteering for the A2B Hotline gave me an opportunity to contribute to Legal Aid in a hands on role. Being able to help people in need of assistance, even in a small way, was extremely rewarding. I look forward to being able to help out again soon."
-Alex Maffeo, IA Capital Group