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AABANY's Ongoing Pro Bono Projects

AABANY's Monthly Pro Bono Advice and Referral Clinic

Through the Pro Bono & Community Service Committee, AABANY conducts a monthly free legal advice and referral clinic at 

Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York
33 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Every Second Wednesday of Each Month

Those needing legal assistance should bring all documents pertaining to their legal issues to the clinic location, no earlier than 6:00 PM on the day of the Clinic. There is no fee. A person's immigration status is never asked.

BACKGROUND: Since the inauguration of this monthly pro bono clinic in 2015, thousands of low-income community members have received thoughtful advice and appropriate legal referral from AABANY members. Click on the below to see:

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: Attorney volunteers do not need to be specialists or have expertise in a specific area of law. Attorney volunteers will only be rendering legal advice and will not take on any legal representation. All volunteers must be AABANY members for professional liability coverage purposes. A volunteer may become an AABANY member here or can do so at the Pro Bono Clinic.

All volunteers should arrive no later than 6:15 PM.  Volunteers - attorneys and interpreters - should bring open ears, patience, and compassion. 

New attorney volunteers must get an orientation at 6:00 PM before volunteering and should arrive by that time.

All volunteers, including attorneys, are also provided a basic training from 6:15 PM to 6:30 PM on some best practices in working with interpreters and vice versa.

Attorneys and interpreters interested in volunteering for the Pro Bono Clinic should contact Pro Bono and Community Service Committee Co-chair Asako Alba at Asako.Aiba@aabany.org

Each and every volunteer attorney and interpreter who participate in these clinics receive a by-name shout-out in AABANY's Weekly Announcements. 

RESOURCES FOR THE CLINIC: The Clinic can only operate with the generosity of donors and volunteers. Please support this important AABANY project and expand the APA community‚Äôs access to justice by making a donation to the Clinic. The Asian American Law Fund of New York is serving as its fiscal sponsor. Indicate in the notes or memo line that this donation is made specifically to benefit the Clinic. Please contact karen.yau@aabany.org with any questions or leads about supporting the Clinic financially.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the Monthly Pro Bono Advice and Referral Clinic or any other pro bono activities and services, please contact Pro Bono and Community Service Committee Co-chairs Karen Kithan Yau at karen.yau@aabany.org or Pauline Yeung-Ha at pauline.yeung@aabany.org.

 
Volunteer Opportunities for Lawyers

We commend your giving spirit and want to support your endeavors to better the community while honing your skills as a lawyer. If you would like to be added to our roster of potential volunteers for the Monthly Clinic (see above) or for other pro bono activities, please reach out to Pro Bono Committee Co-chair Asako Aiba at asako.aiba@aabany.org

Community Resources (Not AABANY Related)

Here are some legal and community resources for APA community members. 

General Legal Assistance

  • Law Help NY provides a hotline list for those seeking help with legal issues in New York.
  • The Legal Aid Society of New York provides legal assistance to low-income families and individuals in a variety of matters and acts as the Public Defender in New York City. Legal Services NYC also provides legal assistance to low-income people on civil matters.
  • The New York City Bar Association provides a legal referral service for those who are able to pay their attorneys.

Topical Legal Assistance


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