Helping Lawyers Volunteer for Low-Income New Yorkers Since 1984

Founded in 1984 by leaders of the New York City Bar in response to the crisis caused by Reagan-era budget cuts to legal services, VOLS has been recruiting and training lawyers from leading firms to volunteer for low-income New Yorkers for more than thirty years.  Under both Democratic and Republican presidents, and through crises such as the HIV epidemic, September 11th, the financial crisis of 2008, and Hurricane Sandy, our small staff has enabled volunteer lawyers to provide pro bono legal assistance to thousands of people in need each year. 

In 2016, ten VOLS staff members enabled 1,000 volunteer lawyers from 50 firms to provide 18,000 hours of pro bono legal assistance benefitting 3,000 low-income New Yorkers on critical issues including immigration, elder law, family law, housing, government benefits, and community economic development.  With the support of our constituent law firms, volunteer lawyers, participating community organizations, and donors, we hope to do even more to achieve justice for all in 2017.