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Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee

The Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee addresses issues surrounding pro bono work by attorneys and advocates for efforts to provide legal services to those in need. The Committee is composed of representatives from law firms, legal service providers, corporations and law schools and is currently engaged in significant efforts to study and enhance access to justice. The Committee participates in selecting the Association's Legal Services Award winners and recommends potential appointees to Boards of legal services organization to the Executive Committee.

Recent Reports

Memo urging the City Council to pass an expanded version of legislation to provide access to counsel in Housing Court for low-income people facing eviction (February 2015) ( PDF format ) 
Subject area: Housing Court; Right to Counsel 


Report on legislation providing the right to counsel in eviction, foreclosure and/or ejectment cases in New York City which can result in the litigant’s loss of shelter (February 2015) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Housing Court; Right to Counsel

Amicus brief: Solla v. Berlin (New York Court of Appeals)(December 2014) ( PDF ) 
Subject area: Attorneys Fees



Statement of Pro Bono Principles ( PDF )

Signatories to the Statement of Pro Bono Principles ( PDF )