Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with VLA! Our success depends on the generous commitments made by volunteer attorneys. We provide not only an invaluable resource for New York City-area artists, but also an exciting opportunity for attorneys to interact with artists and contribute meaningfully to their work.

If you are not yet admitted and are looking for volunteer opportunities to complete your 50 hour pro bono requirement, please click here.

New Attorney Orientations

To volunteer for in-house consultations or to take a case from our list of available cases, or caselist, VLA requires that attorneys attend a short orientation. At the orientation, important information about VLA’s programs, requirements for volunteers and our administrative procedures will be covered.

All orientations take place 
at VLA Auditorium: 
One East 53rd Street, First Floor
, New York, NY 10022.
Attorney orientations are 
conducted by VLA staff.

Please note the following requirements for all attorneys performing volunteer work through VLA:

  • All volunteer attorneys MUST be covered by their own or their employer’s legal malpractice insurance policy for volunteer work performed through VLA.
  • Attorneys who have have been admitted to practice for less than 3 years must have a supervising attorney who has been admitted to practice for longer than 3 years. Volunteers are responsible for securing their own supervising attorney.

Upcoming Orientations:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 6 – 7 pm
Monday, September 25, 2017, 6 – 7 pm
Monday, October 23, 2017, 6 – 7 pm
Monday, November 20, 2017, 6 – 7 pm

Register here for these dates!

Receive CLE credit for pro bono work

VLA is approved to provide CLE credit to attorneys who provide pro bono legal services through our organization.

Credit for pro bono legal services shall be awarded in the following ratio: one (1) CLE hour for every 120 minutes of eligible pro bono legal service. A maximum of ten (10) pro bono CLE credit hours may be earned during any biennial reporting cycle.

Eligible pro bono activity is limited to legal services performed within New York State to clients unable to afford counsel, and is not available to attorneys volunteering at a clinic. CLE credit is also not available to volunteer attorneys assisting arts and cultural organizations with incorporating as non-profits and seeking tax-exempt status.

Newly admitted New York attorneys may earn pro bono CLE credit only for the purpose of carrying over those credits to the following biennial reporting cycle, in partial fulfillment of the pro bono requirement for experienced attorneys.

For additional information about this program, contact VLA at probono@vlany.org or call 212-319-2787 ext. 1.