Attorney Volunteers Make A Difference

The clients at NLS always need pro bono attorney assistance. NLS is looking especially for pro bono attorneys to help with Protection from Abuse cases. We will provide guidance and training. Your triage, analysis, and negotiation skills will help to process cases in an efficient manner benefiting vulnerable clients, the court, and NLS attorneys. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please contact Mary Ann Troper Malley at [email protected] or call her at (412)-586-6134.

Approximately 17% of the 7,523 cases handled by Neighborhood Legal Services in 2019 were assisted by pro bono programs. Click here for a detailed guide of NLS's current pro bono volunteer opportunities.

If you are already a Pro Bono Attorney for NLS click here for resources and other helpful information.

Why Pro Bono?

Pro Bono Attorneys improve the lives of those in your community and uphold the promise of our profession – a legal system in which every voice will be heard.

Having adequate legal representation often means the difference between shelter and homelessness, nourishment and hunger, economic stability and bankruptcy, or productive work and unemployment. In a very clear way, the availability of civil legal aid helps prevent a costly spiral into poverty. Legal needs studies consistently report that legal aid programs serve only one person out of every five who need civil legal assistance.

Ways you can help meet the legal needs of our community:

  • handle pro bono cases involving Protection from Abuse, credit card defense, unemployment compensation, bankruptcy, SSI, and expungements;
  • provide telephone custody advice; provide advice at our debt clinic;
  • take reduced fee referrals for bankruptcy, divorce, custody, and support;
  • assist with fundraising efforts and resource development; and
    conduct research.

Ways pro bono can benefit you:

  • Earn up to 3 CLE credits per year for your pro bono hours;
  • Earn free credits at NLS sponsored CLE courses when you agree to take pro bono cases;
  • Gain access to NLS’s network of mentors and consultants as well as experienced NLS staff
  • Free malpractice coverage while working on pro bono cases

Apply to Volunteer Today

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form below with your contact information and area(s) of interest.

What Our Volunteers Say

"As the capacity of such organizations is reduced due to the limitation of public resources, lawyers bear an even greater burden to ensure access to justice."

Carol S.

“Support of NLS by donation of time, talent, or treasure allows us to serve others while serving the law, a noteworthy goal for all lawyers.”

Marie M.

"In representing our clients, we ‘stand up for justice’ every day. The rules of Professional Conduct require us to do the same on behalf of those who cannot afford a private attorney. That’s why I support NLS."

Gary P.

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