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. 


Each year, VOLS staff members enable volunteer lawyers from over 50 firms to provide thousands of hours of pro bono legal assistance benefitting low-income New Yorkers on critical issues including immigration, elder law, family law, housing, government benefits, and community economic development.