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National Pro Bono Celebration Week 2018

The NYS Unified Court System Office for Justice Initiatives joined the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to sponsor annual National Pro Bono Celebration Week from October 21-27, 2018. The Access to Justice Program will hold events for lawyers and litigants to celebrate pro bono! The 2018 events include:

• Free Bridge the Gap Training
• Court Help Center Events
• Pro Bono Awards Night

Court Help Center Events | Bridge the Gap | Pro Bono Awards Night | Past Celebrations



Court Help Center Events

In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, Help Centers throughout New York State will be providing free presentations and information sessions for the public during the last week of October 2018. Registration is not required, and all events are open to the public. This year, events will take place in Bronx County, Kings County (Brooklyn), Monroe County, New York County, and Queens County. Topics will include NYC Small Claims, Family Law, Small Estates, Disaster Preparedness and general information about the law and court procedure. Click on the county nearest to you, to view the flyer for the event.

Bronx County

Kings County

Monroe County

New York County

Queens County




Bridge the Gap Training Series

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program will hold a free "Bridge the Gap" training program for recent law school graduates and newly admitted attorneys. Experienced attorneys are also invited to participate in the training. Training sessions in Consumer Debt, Ethics, Landlord & Tenant Law, Family Law and Uncontested Divorce will take place Tuesday, October 23rd through Friday, October 26th, 2018. In exchange for 21 CLE credits participants will complete a 60-hour pro bono practicum assisting litigants in the NYC Housing, Civil, Family and Supreme Courts. This training series encourages graduates and newly admitted attorneys to get involved in pro bono work early in their careers by bridging the gap between law school and the realities of practicing law.



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Pro Bono Awards Night

The NYS Unified Court System Office for Justice Initiatives, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), and the New York County Lawyers' Association (NYCLA) will co-sponsor a pro bono volunteer recognition event on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at the New York County Lawyers Association. Awards will be presented by NYCLA President Michael J. McNamara, NYSBA President’s Committee on Access to Justice, Edwina Frances Martin, Chair and Hon. Edwina G. Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives.


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Past Celebrations

Every October, the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program has held events to celebrate Pro Bono service in the New York State Courts.

National Pro Bono Celebration Week 2017
National Pro Bono Celebration Week 2016
National Pro Bono Celebration Week 2015
National Pro Bono Celebration Week 2014
National Pro Bono Celebration Week 2013
National Pro Bono Celebration Week 2012
National Pro Bono Celebration Week 2011
National Pro Bono Celebration Week 2010

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