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. 

In 2017, VOLS enabled 690 volunteer lawyers and 87 other people from 50 law firms to volunteer 22,103 hours providing legal assistance that benefitted 2,600 low-income New Yorkers on crucial issues including immigration, elder law, family law, housing, government benefits, and community economic development.