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.

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. 

Individuals interested in pro bono, internship, or volunteer opportunities should fill out our volunteer form here:

Volunteer Sign-Up

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 for more information. 

You do not need a law license to help make a difference in your community. If you have a skill set you want to contribute to the CELJ’s fight for justice, we are currently looking for volunteers with one or more of the following skill sets:

  • Translation
  • Graphic Design
  • Photographer and/or Videography

WHAT KIND OF WORK WILL I DO?

The type of experience available for each volunteer depends on your skill level, and the unit that you are assigned to. Below are some examples of the type of work by skill level:

ADMITTED ATTORNEYS

  • Assist with cases involving litigated matters
  • Provide pro bono assistance to patient-clients of MedLaw Cancer Partnership

LAW STUDENTS

  • Assist staff attorneys with legal research and drafting court documents
  • Accompany attorneys to court appearances and client visits
  • Client intake
  • Work as a general volunteer or through a law school externship

SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS

  • Work with staff social workers in our guardianship unit
  • Help locate necessary services for clients
  • Work as a general volunteer or through an externship program

COLLEGE STUDENTS

  • Work on special projects and outreach events
  • Assist with helping clients find assistance programs
  • Help organize and staff fundraising events
  • Assist in planning and implementing outreach presentations
  • Specialized projects available for accounting and web-based experienced students

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

  • Help organize and staff fundraising events
  • Assist with filing, scanning and copying
  • Sit in on client interviews and court appearances
  • Receive volunteer credits for school

PARALEGAL PROGRAM STUDENTS

  • Work with staff paralegals on existing cases
  • Draft letters to clients and make client calls
  • Provide assisted referrals to clients