About Us

Our Mission

We leverage the good will, resources, and talents of New York City's leading law firms to provide pro bono legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers.

Through our projects, VOLS' staff and volunteer attorneys help all kinds of New Yorkers solve difficult legal problems that have significant consequences for them and for their families. We help mothers in prison maintain visitation with their children. We provide senior citizens with advance health care directives and other essential life-planning documents. We help immigrant high school students resolve immigration issues so that they can work legally and/or attend college. We help children with asthma by forcing landlords to eradicate mold and to repair crumbling plaster.

We strive to provide pro bono legal assistance when and where it will be most accessible to our clients, in settings familiar to them, instead of requiring people in desperate need to come to us. We do this by working closely with hospitals, schools, senior centers, and other community organizations, and integrating pro bono legal assistance into the array of services these organizations already provide.