Last week, Legal Services NYC presented John Aerni, VOLS' Board Chair, with a special Pro Bono Champion award. John received the award because he has "provided tireless pro bono legal service to Legal Services NYC for decades, and made untold contributions to our clients, their families, and communities." Congratulations, John!
Legal Services NYC Article: LSNYC Celebrates National Pro Bono Week With Event Honoring Pro Bono Champions
This past summer, Housing Works came to VOLS seeking pro bono assistance to challenge a landlord's refusal to clients of HASA, a New York City agency that provides rent subsidies to low-income people living with HIV. Landlords know that they cannot discriminate against people on the basis of race, but some believe they can accomplish the same goals by refusing to rent to people based on their sources of income (e.g. a HASA subsidy, public assistance, or Section 8). Fortunately, this practice is illegal.
VOLS was able to find an eager and highly-qualified litigation team to work pro bono with Housing Works at Morrison & Foerster. On September 30, 2014, Housing Works and Morrison & Foerster filed a complaint in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York alleging violations of the federal Fair Housing Act and the New York City Human Rights Law.
On October 14, 2014, the New York Law Journal named John Kiernan, of Debevoise & Plimpton, as one of its 2014 "Lawyers Who Lead By Example." John is a former Chair of the VOLS Board and a long-term, active VOLS Board member. Congratulations, John!
New York Law Journal Article: John Kiernan
On October 14, 2014, the New York Law Journal named David Sherman, of Katten, Muchin & Rosenman, as one of its 2014 "Lawyers Who Lead By Example." David is a member of VOLS' Microenterprise Advisory Council and has provided pro bono assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs through our Microenterprise Project for years. Congratulations, David!
New York Law Journal Article: David Sherman
New York Daily News Article: Lawsuit Alleges Discrimination Against Two Disabled Men at Queens Complex
CBS New York Article: Queens Apartment Complex Sued Over Accusations Of Discrimination
VOLS was mentioned in a housing case.
Housing Works Article: AIDS Issues Update Blog
School-Based Clinics: Partnerships to Assist Families and Children, is an excellent article by Brenna DeVaney, Pro Bono Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Claire James, Associate. The article describes the firm's efforts to provide pro bono legal assistance to families at the DREAM Charter School.
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Article: School-Based Clinics: Partnerships to Assist Families and Children
VOLS Executive Director Bill Lienhard was featured in Pro Bono Institute's PBEye series.
Pro Bono Institute's PBEye Video: Why Do Pro Bono? Bill Lienhard, Volunteers of Legal Service