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, 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.

Attorneys who cannot attend a scheduled orientation session may complete the orientation online. Click here to learn more.

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

  • To volunteer with VLA, attorneys MUST be covered by a legal malpractice insurance policy that covers pro bono work.
    • If you do not have necessary coverage for pro bono work, you may apply for coverage under VLA’s malpractice insurance policy. Please email probono@vlany.org for more information.
  • 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:

Register here for these dates!

JANUARY: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – via Zoom webinar at 5:00 PM

FEBRUARY: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 – via Zoom webinar at 5:00 PM

MARCH: Wednesday, March 23, 2022 – via Zoom webinar at 5:00 PM

APRIL: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 – via Zoom webinar at 5:00 PM

MAY: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – via Zoom webinar at 5:00 PM

JUNE: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 – via Zoom webinar at 5:00 PM

JULY: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 – via Zoom webinar at 5:00 PM

AUGUST: Wednesday, August 31, 2022 – via Zoom webinar at 5:00 PM

SEPTEMBER: Wednesday, September 28, 2022 – via Zoom webinar at 5:00 PM

OCTOBER: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 – via Zoom webinar at 5:00 PM

NOVEMBER: There is no training in November, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

DECEMBER: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 – via Zoom webinar at 5:00 PM

All orientation sessions run approximately 30 minutes.

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. 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 non-profit arts and cultural organizations.

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

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. 18.

Attorney Membership

Another way to support VLA, either at an individual or institutional level, is to join as a member. By becoming a member, you’ll be supporting VLA and have access to membership benefits, including opportunities to volunteer for in-house consultations with artists (for attorneys with more than three years of experience, or in conjunction with a more senior attorney); discounted VLA Educational and CLE programs; and access to career counseling services.

Law firms and corporations can join VLA as institutional members. Employees of member firms receive benefits, such as discounted VLA Educational and CLE programs; on-site CLE programs; on-site legal clinics (based on availability and member level); exclusive “Members Only” preview of VLA Pro Bono Caselist; and public acknowledgment as VLA member based on investment level.

For more information on membership and how to join, click here.

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