Earlier this week, the New York Court System and the New York State Bar Association, in partnership with Governor Cuomo's office announced a statewide initiative to create a network of lawyers who will offer pro bono assistance to individuals impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
According to the announcement, the pro bono network will initially focus on helping individuals apply for unemployment benefits; however, the network also intends to provide assistance in the areas of housing and evictions, domestic violence, and housing discrimination, among other areas.
Lawyers who want to volunteer can sign up here. The NYSBA will also be hosting free webinars to provide more information about the network and to train lawyers on the various areas of substantive law on which the pro bono efforts will be focusing.
“Just as [Gov. Cuomo] has issued a call for health care professionals to volunteer on the front lines of the fight against this virus, we are calling on lawyers to do what they do best – help New Yorkers put their lives back together.” – NYSBA President Henry M. Greenberg