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.

All orientations take place at VLA Auditorium: One East 53rd Street, First Floor, New York, NY 10022. Attorney orientations are conducted by VLA staff. Attorneys who cannot attend in person may complete the orientation online. Click here to learn more.

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:

JANUARY: Thursday, January 30, 2020

FEBRUARY: Thursday, February 27, 2020

MARCH: Thursday, March 26, 2020

APRIL: Thursday, April 30, 2020

MAY: Thursday, May 28, 2020

JUNE: Thursday, June 25, 2020

JULY: Thursday, July 30, 2020

AUGUST: Thursday, August 27, 2020

SEPTEMBER: Thursday, September 24,2020

OCTOBER: Thursday, October 29, 2020

NOVEMBER: Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday on November 26, there is no training scheduled.

DECEMBER: Thursday, December 10, 2020

All orientations begin at 6:00 PM sharp and run approximately 30 minutes.

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. 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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