The Next Generation “Making the Case for Humanity”
The Legal Aid Society’s New Leadership Program (NLP) is a community of like-minded young professionals who believe in the Society’s mission, leveraging fundraising, pro bono services and networking to help the Society’s Civil Practice fill the access-to-justice gap in New York City.
NLP Board members are tasked with recruiting legal and corporate volunteers to assist in fulfilling Legal Aid’s mission throughout NYC. Currently, the Society has 40 sustaining law firms and more than 25 corporate sponsors and multiple ways to get involved:
Under the leadership of associates at leading New York law firms, The Legal Aid Society’s Associates’ Campaign raises awareness and vital funds for the Society’s Civil Practice which depends on private funding to provide legal assistance to the most vulnerable New Yorkers. In fact, individual gifts raised through this campaign account for nearly one-third of all individual contributions raised for our Civil Practice each year.
Through campaign presentations and firm hosted campaign events and fundraisers, employees of participating law firms can learn more about the work of the Society, volunteer and pro bono opportunities and make a difference in the life of a Legal Aid client.
The New Leadership Program is planning some events for the coming year that will highlight current events and issues that have the potential to have serious impact and implications for the work of the Society and our client community.
These panel discussions, workshops and CLE trainings will be offered to young professionals across corporate and legal fields as well as to young professionals at area law schools and their networks.
Volunteers offer free resume counseling and tips to help Legal Aid clients regain employment. Volunteers are able to make a difference by working one-on-one with clients to improve resumes, navigate online search tools, hone interview skills and much more.
The annual Winter Benefit is the largest fundraising event of the New Leadership Program’s calendar year. Event proceeds from the Benefit support the Society’s Civil Practice and its critical work providing free legal services and tools to more than 126,000 low income children and adults annually. Tickets purchased help struggling New Yorkers break free from poverty and rebuild their lives.
For more information, email Matthew Hanifin in The Legal Aid Society’s Development Office.
ACCESS TO BENEFITS (A2B) HOTLINE
In collaboration with Pro Bono, the NLP offers volunteer opportunities via the A2B Hotline in which volunteers can sign up on a shift-basis throughout the year to assist with calls in matters related to employment/ unemployment insurance, public health insurance, including Medicaid, public assistance, including food stamps, and education law/ special education.
On Fridays volunteers assist callers with immigration matters. Volunteers work alongside Legal Aid Society staff to answer the hotline, identify questions and legal issues, record basic information about each caller's issues, and provide advice when appropriate. All volunteers will be supervised by our experienced A2B Hotline Coordinator. CLE credit is available to attorneys who participate. 50 hour pro bono credit for NY bar admission is available for students who participate.
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If you are interested in learning more about the New Leadership Program, please contact
Matthew Hanifin, Deputy Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.