January 17, 2017

Shruti Chopra is an attorney licensed to practice in New York and India who focuses on intellectual property, technology and mergers and acquisitions transactions. She is currently volunteering in VOLS’ Microenterprise Project.  Recently, Shruti published an article in the State Bar News on the experience of providing pro bono legal assistance.

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December 12, 2016 featured Elizabeta Markuci, VOLS' Immigration Project Director, in an online article titled "Immigration Attorneys' Fears Grow Over Uncertain DACA Future."

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December 8, 2016

Bill Lienhard, VOLS' Executive Director, was featured in a full-length interview in the Fall 2016 edition of Kattwalk, a publication of Katten Muchen & Rosenman LLP.  In the interview, Lienhard discusses some recent activities at VOLS, including a collaboration between VOLS' Immigration Project and the photographer Hugo Arturi, and also talks about why he became a public interest lawyer and what inspires him to do this work.

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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