Low-income New Yorkers will have an opportunity to talk with attorneys at free legal clinics sponsored by state and local bar associations, legal services organizations, law firms and law schools across New York during National Pro Bono Week October 23 through 29, the New York State Bar Association announced today.

Other events during the week will honor pro bono attorneys and encourage other attorneys to donate their services to help society's most vulnerable citizens.

"By volunteering their services, pro bono attorneys make a difference in the lives of countless low-income New Yorkers. They help protect tenants from eviction, keep families together and assist people with disabilities maintain their benefits. Increasingly during these uncertain economic times, pro bono attorneys are helping clients who face bankruptcy," said State Bar Association President Vincent E. Doyle III of Buffalo (Connors & Vilardo LLP). "We commend lawyers across New York who make 'justice for all' not just a slogan, but a reality."

The American Bar Association (ABA) established National Pro Bono Week in 2009 to support local efforts to expand the delivery of pro bono legal services, recognize the significant efforts of pro bono attorneys and showcase the tremendous difference that pro bono lawyers make to our system of justice, our communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve.

For a schedule of Pro Bono Week events across New York, please visit www.nysba.org/probono. Or visit www.probono.net.

The 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876.

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Contact: Brandon Vogel
Media Writer
bvogel@nysba.org
518/487-5535