As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said: “Lawyers have a license to practice law, a monopoly on certain services. But for that privilege and status, lawyers have an obligation to provide legal services to those without the wherewithal to pay, to respond to needs outside themselves, to help repair tears in their communities.”
VLP is here to help you on your path to pro bono.
For attorneys, VLP has pro bono cases as well as one day and short-term projects. We welcome attorneys with all levels and types of experience, and we provide trainings in many subject areas to prepare attorneys for the types of cases they will handle. We also offer pro bono opportunities for students, law students, paralegals, and non-legal professionals.
Why Pro Bono?
The Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers say you should do at least 25 hours of pro bono service for people of limited means every year. And many law schools now require pro bono for graduation and some states like New York require pro bono for bar admission.
But the reasons go beyond these admonitions. As one volunteer attorney stated:
“I volunteer because of the opportunity to use my legal skills to help those who are unable to obtain legal representation otherwise. Clients are very grateful for the help of volunteers because otherwise the legal system can seem quite daunting and complex to them. Volunteering has been a two-way street for me - not only do I help clients with their legal woes, but being a newly admitted attorney I get to take on interesting cases, receive training and mentorship from senior lawyers, interact with and represent clients, and be challenged everyday in every way.”
Whatever your reasons are for doing pro bono, we thank you and look forward to working with you.