September 28, 2016

Last week, the New York Law Journal recognized Bob Sheehan, a VOLS board member since 2008, of counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, with the  “Lawyers Who Lead By Example Lifetime Achievement Award.”

It is truly an honor to work with Bob.  His lifelong dedication to closing the justice gap is an inspiration to us all.   He is incredibly generous with his time, energy, and wisdom, and never hesitates to do what he can for VOLS.  Whether he is leading a VOLS board committee or helping a summer associate win an unemployment benefits hearing, he always shows the same selfless dedication.

Congratulations, Bob, and thank you for all you do for VOLS and for the entire legal community.

August 31, 2016

Working with a team of lawyers from Kramer Levin and Lambda Legal,  VOLS Board member Jeffrey S. Trachtman helped win a landmark ruling from the Court of Appeals in Matter of Brooke S.B. v. Elizabeth C.C. and the companion case Estrellita A. overturning Alison D., a 25 year-old decision that had denied non-biological, non-adoptive parents standing in custody cases.  

The court held that, "the definition of 'parent' . . . in Alison D. has become unworkable when applied to increasingly varied family relationships. . . [W]here a partner shows by clear and convincing evidence that the parties agreed to conceive a child and to raise the child toghether, the nonbiological, nonadoptive partner has standing to seek visitation and custody."

Kramer Levin Litigation Associate Andrew J. Estes served as lead appellate counsel, assisted by Mr. Trachtman and associates Jason Moff and Catherine Hoge.

VOLS congratulates the team at Kramer Levin and Lambda Legal for this tremendous victory.

See New York's Highest Court Expands Definition of Parenthood, New York Times, August 31, 2016.

June 24, 2016

Law360 featured VOLS’ Liz Markuci's response to the US Supreme Court's decision on immigration made on June 23, 2016.

Law360 Article: Attys React To High Court Tie In Immigration Actions Case

June 24, 2016

PIX11 News featured VOLS’ Liz Markuci and two clients and their reactions to the US Supreme Court's split 4-4 decision on immigration made on June 23, 2016.

PIX11 News Article and Video: How the Supreme Court’s Immigration Decision will Affect Local Families

June 7, 2016

The New York Times published a feature-length article on PS 188, a participant in VOLS' School-based Children's Project.

New York Times Article: Where Nearly Half of Pupils Are Homeless, School Aims to Be Teacher, Therapist, Even Santa

November 10, 2015

VOLS mourns the passing of founding board member Haliburton Fales II.

New York State Bar Association Article: November 6, 2015: New York State Bar Association Mourns the Passing of Former President Haliburton Fales II

November 9, 2015

"Having help from VOLS not only enabled me to adjust my immigration status, but it opened many doors to my future."

Through a collaboration between VOLS’ Dream Not Deferred Project and The Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation high school, Pierina Ortiz received the legal assistance she needed to adjust her immigration status so that she could go on to college.

Read the Story in Pierina’s Own Words

Help VOLS provide legal assistance to more students like Pierina so that they can achieve their dreams by making a donation today.

November 9, 2015

The Urban Assembly wrote an article on Pierina Ortiz, a VOLS Immigration Project client.

The Urban Assembly Article: UA Alumna Pierina Ortiz and Volunteers Of Legal Service

October 23, 2015

Pro Bono Net published a piece by VOLS' Executive Director Bill Lienhard on Chris Mendez, a volunteer in VOLS' Microenterprise Project and former Marine.

Pro Bono Net Article: NY Fifty Hour Pro Bono Requirement Prods Former Marine to Help Bronx Health Organization