Volunteer Training
Jan 2015

Volunteer Training

New Attorney Orientations

To volunteer at our clinics or take a case from our case list, 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 – See map below
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:


Monday, January 23, 2017, 6 – 7 pm
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6 – 7 pm
Monday, March 20, 2017, 6 – 7 pm
Monday, April 24, 2017, 6 – 7 pm
Monday, May 22, 2017, 6 – 7 pm
Monday, June 26, 2017, 6 – 7 pm
Monday, July 24, 2017, 6 – 7 pm
Monday, August 28, 2017, 6 – 7 pm
Monday, September 25, 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. 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 not available to volunteer attorneys assisting to incorporate and seek tax-exempt status for arts and cultural organizations. Newly admitted New York attorneys may earn pro bono CLE credit solely for the purpose of carrying over pro bono CLE credit to the following biennial reporting cycle in partial fulfillment of the requirement for experienced attorneys.

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.

For additional information about this program, contact VLA staff attorney at

CONTACT: +1.212.319.2787, ext.1



Volunteer Training

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.


Mediateart TM

Since 1998, MediateArt has offered dispute mediation, contract negotiation, and negotiation counseling in an objective forum at a nominal cost. MediateArt is open to artists and arts organizations in all disciplines regardless of income or operating budget, to address arts-related legal and business issues.


VLA Case List

VLA serves low income artists and non-profit arts and cultural organizations in a wide range of artistic disciplines. Whether artists are looking to start a non-profit dance company, copyright their manuscript or produce an independent film, VLA is available to assist them. VLA meets the artist before a case can be listed on our case list to confirm that they meet VLA’s financial and substantive guidelines. Further explanation of our financial and substantive qualification guidelines is available upon your request.


Patent Caselist

VLANY has gathered pro bono opportunities focused on patent matters …


Patent Pro Bono Program

The arts have greatly influenced technology and innovation. Through our new program, we assist in the placement of low-income artists, arts-related organizations, and other independent inventors with the pro bono legal assistance of a patent attorney.


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