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Pro bono attorneys, community, and student volunteers have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of clients who have nowhere else to turn for help. Pro bono service provides the personal satisfaction that comes from helping someone in need. Here at CELJ we have a wide range of volunteer and pro bono opportunities for attorneys, law grads, law students, undergraduates and others. Click "Apply Today" below or continue on to read more about available opportunities.

Pro Bono Opportunities for:


CELJ has many exciting programs in need of volunteers:

* CLE Credit is calculated in increments of .5 CLE credit hour. A maximum of ten (10) pro bono CLE credit hours may be earned during any one reporting cycle. See New York State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines § 3(D)(11)(d).



WHO: Attorneys 55 years of age and older who have practiced for a minimum of ten years.

WHAT: 60 hour pro bono commitment over 2 year reporting cycle.

WHERE: Center for Elder Law & Justice (in person and virtual opportunities available)

WHY: If you are registered as a retired attorney, your biannual CLE requirement and registration fees are waived. If you are still engaged in the active practice of law, the CLE and registration requirements still apply, but you may earn up to 15 CLE credits of pro bono time per reporting cycle.

As always, regardless of your status as retired or still engaged in the active practice of law, CELJ covers malpractice insurance for your pro bono cases.

HOW: You may enroll anytime by calling (877) 800-0396 or going to nycourts.gov/ ATTORNEYS/volunteer/emeritus/index.shtml and completing the online form.

For more information on volunteering with CELJ through the Attorney Emeritus Program, please contact Amanda Warner at (716) 853-3087, ext 241, or visit http://ww2.nycourts.gov/sites/default/files/document/files/2018-05/AEF.pdf


In 2015, according to the New York State Court of Appeals, any applicant seeking to be admitted to practice in New York must satisfy the 50-hour volunteer requirement.

Law students can fulfill their 50-hour pro bono requirement through volunteering with our agency. Cross another task off your law school graduation list!

Individuals interested in pro bono, internship, or volunteer opportunities should fill out our volunteer form here by clicking "Apply Today".

Individuals interested in pro bono, internship, or volunteer opportunities should fill out our volunteer form by clicking "Apply Today".

Law firms, corporations, and in-house counsel interested in partnering with CELJ are encouraged to reach out to learn more. Contact the Director of Pro Bono Programs, Amanda Warner at 716-835-3087 ext. 241, or via email at awarner@elderjusticeny.org