Our mission is to leverage the good will, resources, and talents of New York City's leading law firms to provide pro bono legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers.
In 2015, our ten-person staff enabled 950 lawyers and others from 50 law firms to volunteer 18,000 hours, a value of over $6 million in donated legal fees, to serve 3,000 low-income New Yorkers through VOLS' projects. Our Unemployment Insurance Advocacy Project alone won $270,000 in benefits for people who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
We are currently seeking law firms and legal departments to join in our Commercial Leasing Iniatitive (CLI). Through the CLI volunteer lawyers will work together with VOLS and NYC Small Business Services to educate hundreds of entrepreneurs and small business owners about leasing commercial real estate, a complex area of vital importance to the success of small businesses. Read more