9. The Door The Door is an unprecedented youth development model that provides a full range of integrated services in one place to nearly 11,000 young people in New York City each year. Our mission is to enable young adults to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, teens have access to health care and education, mental health and crisis counselling, legal advice, university preparation services, career development, housing support, arts, sports and recreation, and nutritious meals – all free of charge and under one roof. By offering participants our integrated services, we aim to provide every motivated youth with the tools, resources and opportunities they need to successfully transition to adulthood. The Door Legal Services Centre is an office of forty lawyers, paralegals, social workers and other support staff. We specialize in at-risk youth, including the homeless, undocumented, and/or LGBTQ. Development match options are numerous, although the program can only support a few of these placements in a given year, as development planning and monitoring demands more from the program. Many organizations in New York that provide legal services to low-income or disenfranchised clients are already accustomed to accepting pro bono fellows and have a process for doing so. A candidate should inquire early on to ensure compliance with that organization`s process, which can be competitive. The Pro Bono Scholars Program (PBSP) was created under special rules of the New York Court of Appeals to allow law students to take the New York Bar exam in February of their 3L year if they commit to spending the final semester of law school full-time doing pro bono law work at law school. Through the NYU PBSP Day School, students can participate in this program in partnership with nonprofit legal service providers who primarily cater to the legal needs of needy clients when the work is done for those clients.
Once law students pass the bar exam in February 2023, their entire workload in the spring semester (late February to May) consists of this articling. During the 12 weeks of this revamped semester, students are expected to participate in the fieldwork and internship seminar approximately 45 hours per week. The Pro Bono Fellow will be involved in all aspects of TakeRoot`s housing work, including representing tenants and tenant groups in housing court and administrative proceedings; research and drafting of legal documents, including pleadings and motions; participation in tenant association meetings; organizing training courses on tenants` rights; assist our coalition partners, including legal research and document review on liability issues; Assistance with registration and customer relations; and counselling in legal clinics (under legal supervision). If the schedule allows, we would like to give the fellow the opportunity to stand trial and act as lead counsel in at least one Housing Court case. The fellow is directly supervised by a lawyer from the housing justice team as well as other lawyers with whom he or she works on individual projects. (During the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our community and partner activities, as well as court appearances, are taking place remotely.) 10. Legal Services Volunteers (VOLS) VOLS harnesses the power of the New York legal community and neighborhood groups to provide free civil law services when and where they are needed most. The seminar will also complement students` fieldwork with an analysis of legal, strategic, ethical, and cultural issues typically raised in the public interest, as well as an examination of broader political, social, and institutional norms that affect the lives of clients and communities, creating barriers to successful advocacy.
The pro bono fellow will be placed in our Homeowner & Consumer Rights (« HCRP ») project. HCRP helps landlords facing foreclosures and consumer debtors challenge and eliminate abusive lending practices through litigation, non-contentious advocacy, and community building. We represent property owners in foreclosure proceedings and in dealing with abusive loans, tax privileges and reverse mortgage issues. We also assist consumers with a range of collection issues, including student loans, nursing home debts and loan collection lawsuits. Under the supervision of a lawyer, the Pro Bono Fellow is involved in all aspects of our practice, including client interviews, legal research, preparation of briefs and motions, and representing clients at court-supervised settlement conferences. The social determinants of health – non-medical circumstances (i.e. housing, income, food security, immigration status, etc.) that have a direct impact on health – limit access to and quality of medical care. This reality makes LegalHealth not only revolutionary, but necessary. The Legal Health Unit`s volunteer fellows will help patients obtain benefits, resolve housing issues, manage immigration issues, access specialized educational services, resolve insurance disputes, resolve family law issues, and negotiate workplace housing. Internal responsibilities include client interviews, client record keeping, legal writing and research. Strong preference for mainstream Spanish speakers.
The ICAP team serves both BDS clients and members of the Brooklyn community by representing individual clients before USCIS, Family Court, and New York Immigration Court not incarcerated, and has helped hundreds of clients obtain permanent residence, asylum, special immigrant status, Temporary Protected Status, Deferred Arrival of Children (DACA) and other benefits. The project also manages and employs numerous community clinics and presentations, and works with community groups, elected officials, churches and social service providers. Here you will find help answering a number of questions: Civil litigation Our civil litigation practice provides comprehensive legal services to our clients and their families by fully integrating civil representation into our criminal and family defence practice. Our goal is to minimize the serious and often unintended consequences of criminal and family proceedings, while facilitating our clients` reintegration into their communities. Our attorneys and civil litigation attorneys represent our clients in all New York City forums – governmental, state, and federal – to resolve these issues. Lawyers and civil lawyers provide comprehensive advocacy to assist our clients in resolving civil law issues related to barriers to employment, utilities and housing (including eviction efforts); police misconduct and criminal record errors; and civil forfeiture. The Bronx Defenders` Family Defense Practice (« FDP ») provides legal representation and social support to parents accused of child abuse and neglect who are at risk of losing custody of their children. Family advocates at The Bronx Defenders are at the forefront of a movement to provide holistic institutional representation to parents in the Bronx County Family Court who are fighting allegations of child abuse and/or neglect. They pledged to fight for parents whose parental rights are threatened, while creating long-term solutions for family reunification and stability. Family advocates will primarily litigate abuse and neglect cases, but occasionally appear in concurrent cases such as custody, access, and deprivation of parental rights. Below you will find legal briefs written by our lawyers on specific areas of law that affect academic activities.
These memoranda are general in nature and may not apply to the facts of a particular case. To discuss a specific issue, please contact our practice areas to find a lawyer in the relevant field with whom you can speak. The OGC website does not purport to provide legal advice on specific legal issues, but to provide a general reference for the NYU community. The OGC also does not provide legal advice to members of the New York University community, but to the university and academic staff in an official capacity. Please do not hesitate to contact the OGC at 212-998-2240 for legal advice on university matters. The Criminal Defense Practice (CDP) at The Bronx Defenders consists of more than 150 lawyers, investigators, social workers, practice staff, and administrators who provide comprehensive criminal defense representation to individuals in the Bronx facing police and criminal implications. They appear in a variety of proceedings, including, but not limited to, criminal court charges, hearings and trials, as well as concurrent proceedings such as the Superintendent`s suspension and Ministry of Motor Vehicles refusal hearings. CDP lawyers work with lawyers and administrators in holistic, interdisciplinary teams to identify and resolve issues that contribute to our clients` involvement in the criminal justice system and the interrelated consequences of their contact with the system.
Through a client-centric approach, our CDP lawyers strive to better understand our clients` situation and priorities. With this understanding, they fight for our clients` desired outcomes by presenting strategically customized and compelling mitigation, negotiation, and litigation arguments. Rounds of cases or work are part of the weekly seminar. Students have many opportunities to reflect on their own experiences and to think critically about the legal profession and the various legal institutions.