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Volunteer

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Her Justice

Our legal volunteers provided more than 78,000 hours of service to our clients in 2017, valued at over $38 million.

Experienced Her Justice staff attorneys provide intensive training and mentoring to volunteer lawyers from more than 80 law firms and corporations so they can best use their skills to address the critical concerns of families in crisis in New York City.

Carolyn Silane, Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and Fiona Brett, Former Pro Bono Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP talk about their experience as volunteer attorneys with Her Justice. 

You might also be interested in our legal internships, fellowships and volunteer positions.

*identities changed to protect client confidentiality

Volunteer lawyers

When people go to court and they don’t have a lawyer, they come up short – even when the law has been designed to protect them. 

Volunteer lawyers may choose to take on a divorce case involving financial or child-related issues in Supreme Court, or an order of protection, custody/visitation or child or spousal support matter in Family Court, or to represent immigrant victims of gender-based violence to help them obtain legal status.  Attorneys may also volunteer to research a variety of policy issues and collaborate with us on affecting systemic changes in the courts.

  • Attorneys interested in expanding their courtroom skills can represent individual Her Justice clients in litigated matters. In addition, forensic accounting experts and investigators from several firms assist volunteer legal teams with compiling and analyzing the documentation necessary to obtain fair divisions of marital assets and support orders for our client
  • Lawyers who do not seek adversarial court experiences can assist Her Justice clients with uncontested divorces and immigration petitions for domestic violence survivors seeking legal residency in the United States
  • Along with other languages, Spanish-fluency is particularly valuable, as more than 50% of our clients speak Spanish as their primary language
  • Your work for Her Justice clients satisfies your professional obligation to provide pro bono assistance to those who cannot afford counsel

To find out how you can make a lasting impact on the lives of women living in poverty, email inquiries@herjustice.org.

Find out more about volunteering as pro bono lawyer with Her Justice.

Legal interns, fellows & volunteers

Learn more about the legal internships, fellowships and volunteer positions available at Her Justice. 

Click here to see the latest volunteer positions at Her Justice

Her Justice is an equal opportunity employer.

Free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) training

You can earn CLE credits by representing Her Justice clients in family, divorce and immigration law.

Her Justice offers free, live, CLE-accredited training throughout the year.  Click here to find out more.


Basic primer for pro-bono lawyers working with victims of intimate partner violence

 

Policy Pro Bono

‘Policy pro bono’ represents a new set of opportunities to work with Her Justice. Policy pro bono projects can involve writing briefs and letters or conducting research to support advocacy for court and law reform on issues that affect Her Justice clients.

Find out more about Her Justice Policy Pro Bono: A New Opportunity for Law Firms and Corporations.

Attend an Event

Her Justice hosts events throughout the year to raise awareness of the issues faced by our clients, introduce concerned New Yorkers to our work, and raise funds.

You can support Her Justice by joining us for social or professional networking events, athletic activities, informative discussions, or special tours to see our work in action.

Click here to learn more about upcoming events, or contact development@herjustice.org.

Donate Online or by Check

Every dollar donated to Her Justice delivers six dollars’ worth of free legal services. Your support makes it possible for Her Justice to pair skilled lawyers with women living in poverty who have high-stakes legal needs.

Making a gift online is safe and easy – click here to donate now.

If you prefer to make a gift by check, please make payable to Her Justice and mail to:

Her Justice
100 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Attn: Director of Development