With growing and evolving immigration legal needs around the
country and New York State, NYSBA is committed to assisting local legal service
coalitions with their pro bono activities. Through NYSBA’s Pro Bono Immigration Portal (www.nysbaprobono.org), any attorney who
is interested in volunteering with a local legal service organization can
register and receive volunteer opportunity referrals. As the immigration legal landscape rapidly
evolves, NYSBA will keep its members up to date on the legal challenges and
needs of the day and inform them of how they may be of assistance statewide.
Volunteers are needed all over the state. Whether or not you have immigration legal
experience, you can be of assistance.
If you are interested in volunteering to do pro bono legal
work or serve as an interpreter, please go to www.nysbaprobono.org to register as a
Volunteer Attorney. Be sure to complete
your registration as thoroughly as possible so we may refer you to the most
appropriate volunteer opportunity. If
you have any questions about the portal or the registration process, please
contact NYSBA’s Pro Bono Services Department at 518-487-5641 or
The New York State Bar Association is proud of New York’s
legal community for rapidly responding to the need for pro bono immigration
legal assistance. On August 13, 2018 NYSBA recognized the exemplary
efforts of volunteers who contributed to the success of the Detention Outreach
Project at the Albany County Correctional Facility, where over 300 ICE
detainees were provided legal consultations through the coordinated efforts of
volunteer attorneys, interpreters, civil legal service providers, law schools,
and others. You can read more about this project and NYSBA’s recognition
Photos from the recognition luncheon can be found here.
NYSBA recognizes exemplary pro bono service through its
annual Empire State Counsel and President’s Pro Bono Service Awards. To
learn more about these awards and how to nominate award winners, go here.
If you are unable to volunteer, you can have a significant
impact by making a donation to the New York Bar Foundation's
NYLawyers4ChildrenFund at www.nylawyers4children.swell.gives/. This fund was established to make special
grants to trusted organizations providing pro bono legal services to children
and families who are separated.
If you have any questions about the Foundation and the
NYLawyers4Children Fund, please contact the New York Bar Foundation at
NYSBA’s Immigration Pro Bono Portal is a great resource for
staying up to date on trainings and volunteer opportunities around the
state. At www.nysbaprobono.org you can
also access written materials, videos and news feeds that will help keep you up
Contact your legislators and advocate for what you think is
right. Find your legislator at http://www.elections.ny.gov/district-map/district-map.html.