Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to volunteer?
Licensed attorneys and recent graduates supervised by a licensed attorney in an employment setting are eligible to serve as volunteers on our client matters. Pro Bono Partnership cannot (1) supervise law students and recent graduates awaiting admission to the bar or (2) sign the 50 hour pro bono requirement affidavit for admission to the New York Bar.
Paralegals are also eligible to become volunteers if supervised by a licensed attorney.
If you are a current law student interested in volunteering, please visit our Law Students page for more information.
How do I get involved with Pro Bono Partnership?
Please complete the Become a Volunteer Attorney form and visit our current Volunteer Opportunities page to indicate interest in and/or learn more about any of our client matters.
What types of legal matters would I get to work on?
We handle a wide range of business and transactional legal matters including: contracts, corporate, employment, intellectual property, lending/finance, nonprofit, real estate, tax and others.
We do not handle litigation matters and do not represent individuals or for-profit entities. All of our clients are 501(c)(3) organizations or are seeking 501(c)(3) status.
What is the process I go through as a volunteer attorney?
Once you submit the Become a Volunteer Attorney form, you will receive regular email updates of our Volunteer Opportunities. If you are interested in one of the listed matters, you can indicate your interest through the website or by reply to the email. Joining the mailing list and/or indicating interest in a matter through the website does not obligate you to take a matter.
We are fortunate to have many willing volunteer attorneys, so please keep in mind that volunteering for a matter does not guarantee that you will be matched with the matter you have requested.
If you are matched with a matter and have cleared your internal conflicts and/or approval process, if any, we will provide you with additional matter details and schedule an initial client call. A Partnership staff attorney is assigned to each matter and participates in the initial call for purposes of introduction and transition.
Following the initial call, you will work directly with the client until the matter is complete. The Partnership staff attorney is available to provide support as needed and should be updated with the progress of the matter and informed when the matter is complete.
For more information on what to expect, please read our Volunteer Guidelines above.
What is the scope of my representation?
You are only expected to handle the specific matter for which you initially volunteered. If the nonprofit needs assistance with additional legal matters, ask the client to contact us directly. Please let us now if you would like to assist the organization with the additional matters.
Can I get assistance on the matter I am working on?
While Pro Bono Partnership does not have the capacity to closely supervise volunteer attorneys on matters, we are available to assist on any nonprofit or tax-exempt law questions that arise during your representation. We also have model documents and research resources for your use. We are happy to pair in-house volunteers with law firm attorneys where appropriate. We ask that recent graduates and newly-admitted attorneys be supervised by a partner or senior associate/colleague at their firm or company.
Our volunteer attorneys are ultimately responsible for their own research and the work product they created for Pro Bono Partnership clients just as they would be for any other client.
What is the level of commitment expected of me?
You can volunteer for matters as often or as little as you like. All that we ask is that you complete any matter for which you volunteer. If you are unable to complete a matter for any reason, please contact us as soon as possible, and we will find another volunteer.
Will my work be covered by malpractice insurance?
Yes. All of our volunteer attorneys are covered through our malpractice insurance policy.