Pro Bono Committee

Civil legal services programs are able to serve only a small portion of low-income New Yorkers who need assistance. Private attorneys who volunteer their time, pro bono, help to reach those who would not otherwise be aided.

While any lawyer can donate pro bono legal assistance, we believe that senior lawyers, whether retired or not, have a wealth of experience to contribute. It is the Pro Bono Committee’s mission to meet more of the legal needs of the public, while at the same time providing senior lawyers with an avenue for meaningful service. We welcome your participation on the Senior Lawyers Section, Pro Bono Committee. Please contact [email protected] at the New York State Bar Association if you are interested in joining.

Also, if you are currently providing pro bono service, or starting to consider it, look into the New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel Program. The Program is designed to recognize members who annually donate 50 hours or more of free legal services to individuals or certain organizations. See the NYSBA Pro Bono website for details here.

In addition, The Committee encourages you to join the Attorney Emeritus Program of the Unified Court System. See:

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Committee involvement is a free benefit of Senior Lawyers Section membership. To join a committee, email your request to [email protected].  

For information on NYSBA Pro Bono, visit

View information on the NYS OCA Attorney Emeritus Program