Volunteers Sought for Monday Night Law

The NYC Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Services for Persons of Moderate Means, in conjunction with the City Bar Justice Center, is seeking volunteer attorneys to staff the Monday Night Law clinic, which begins its 30th year in September. MNL is designed to address the public’s need for affordable and accessible legal assistance by providing clinics every Monday evening at the Association where volunteers meet with clients who have been screened by the Association’s Legal Referral Service, which coordinates MNL’s scheduling.

Volunteers must attend two training sessions at the City Bar Association on Monday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sept. 16, both from 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Volunteers commit to attend the clinic one Monday evening per month from October 2019 through the end of August 2020. CLE credit is available upon completing the requirements for the trainings and attendance at the MNL clinics; pro bono CLE credit is also available for the MNL clinic work. Audio of the training sessions will be posted for volunteers who cannot attend, but the audio will not carry CLE credit.

During 30-minute appointments, the clients and attorneys discuss problems in the areas of housing, employment, family law, consumer law, small business, and personal bankruptcy. The volunteers do not take any cases, but will distribute materials and provide explanations and suggestions to help clients understand and find solutions to their legal problems on their own, or, where appropriate, make referrals for representation back to the Legal Referral Service or other legal services providers.

No prior experience in the topics covered is necessary. To participate in the program, volunteer attorneys must (1) be admitted to New York practice, and (2) have been practicing law for at least two years in the public sector, private practice, as in-house counsel, or in some other capacity, or have had some significant related experience. There also are internship roles for non-admitted attorneys and individuals with translation skills. For a copy of the full clinic description and an application to participate, please email here by Friday, Aug. 23, to complete applications by the Wednesday, Aug. 28, deadline.