September 24, 2019
As part of the Veterans Initiative of the VOLS Elderly Project, Volunteers of Legal Service recently contributed to written testimony that highlighted veterans issues for a statewide hearing on civil legal services in New York State, held on September 23, 2019, at the Court of Appeals in Albany. Read more
September 21, 2019
By Marcia Levy, VOLS Executive Director The word anniversary is meaningful to me for two reasons. First, I have now been at VOLS for one year. Happy anniversary to me! And second, happy anniversary to VOLS!! We officially launched VOLS' 35th Anniversary Campaign, in celebration of leadership in pro bono and legal services across 35 years. Read below for exciting news about our April 2020 anniversary celebration and my reflections from the past year. CELEBRATION 2020: SHARED LEADERSHIP, EQUAL JUSTICE Since 1984, VOLS has nimbly addressed the needs facing low-income New Yorkers, launching projects such as the HIV/AIDS project in the 1980s, the Unemployment Insurance Advocacy Project in 2009, and our new Veterans Initiative in 2019. This is in addition to our long-standing school and medical based Children’s Project, and our Immigration, Incarcerated Mothers, Elderly, and Microenterprise projects. Our 35th anniversary campaign culminates with a celebration in the spring of 2020, date TBA. As the United States marks 100 years since the ratification of women's suffrage under the 19th Amendment to Constitution, our celebration theme will be Shared Leadership, Equal Justice. We are proud to announce our first panel of honorees: Honoring women’s leadership:* Sheila S. Boston, Esq. | Partner, Arnold & Porter Bettina B. Plevan, Esq. | Partner, Proskauer Recognizing lifetime achievement:* John S. Kiernan, Esq. | Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton 35th Anniversary Steering Committee:* Arnold & Porter Cravath Davis Polk Debevoise Katten Kramer Levin Proskauer Skadden Weil  * Honoree panel and steering committee in formation Read more
September 18, 2019
Following is a case example from the VOLS Incarcerated Mothers Law Project. "Ms. A" is an alias name to protect privacy.   Read more
August 12, 2019
Updated August 12, 2018:   Read more
July 23, 2019
Job Title: Community Advocate, Immigration Project VOLS’ Mission:   Read more
June 27, 2019
June is Pride Month and VOLS is proud. At VOLS, we take pride in supporting the LGBTQ community in a variety of ways. This month, VOLS is proud to highlight the voices of queer New Yorkers from across our legal projects and what access to justice has meant to them.   Read more
June 27, 2019
Following is a case example that highlights the work of the VOLS Elderly Project to help New York’s low-income seniors to age in place. VOLS is pleased to expand our work with older veterans of military service, like Mr. Rivera, with support from the New York Community Trust. Note that “Mr. Rivera” is an alias name used for this blog post to protect privacy.   Read more
June 27, 2019
There are so many people who enable VOLS to help anchor the safety net available to low-income New Yorkers across our city. Read more