Why Do Pro Bono with CBJC
Pro bono is our product. When you attend a City Bar Justice Center training, assist clients at a CBJC legal clinic, or take on a case for direct representation, you are part of a pro bono model that ensures you have the resources necessary to secure effective outcomes for your clients. Initial preference for pro bono opportunities is given to current New York City Bar Association members.
Potential clients are interviewed by a CBJC project coordinator and approved for assistance by the project’s director, who is an expert in the area of law being addressed. Once the case is matched with a pro bono attorney, the project director supervises and mentors the volunteer through each major step in the case as needed.
CLE Credit at the City Bar Justice Center
Attorneys may earn one (1) CLE credit for every two (2) 60-minute hours (120 minutes) of eligible pro bono legal service. A maximum of ten (10) pro bono CLE credit hours may be earned during any one reporting cycle. (A reporting cycle is the two-year cycle governed by the attorney’s biennial attorney registration period.)
The CLE credit will be in the area of “skills” as defined by 22 NYCRR 1500.2. Attorneys may use these “skills” credits in their current reporting cycle or may use these credits as carry-over credits into the next biennial reporting cycle. The maximum number of carry-over credits, regardless of source, is six (6).
Newly admitted attorneys may earn CLE credit for pro bono work “solely for the purpose of carrying over pro bono CLE credit to the following biennial reporting cycle in partial fulfillment of the requirements for experienced attorneys.” A maximum of six (6) CLE credits, including pro bono CLE credit, may be carried over to the following biennial reporting year. Newly admitted attorneys may not apply pro bono CLE credit to meet their minimum CLE requirements as set forth in 22 NYCRR 1500.12(a).
Attorneys who perform eligible pro bono activities sponsored by CBJC must:
- Keep time records of their participation and retain those time records for a period of four (4) years.
- Complete the Affirmation of Pro Bono Services provided by CBJC, describing the services provided and stating the number of hours of pro bono legal service performed. The affirmation must be submitted to CBJC.
Once we receive your affirmation form, we will provide you with a Letter of Participation. The Letter will include the date(s) of your assignment, the name of the pro bono CLE program, your name, the number of hours of pro bono service you provided and the number of pro bono CLE credit hours earned. The Letter of Participation is your proof that you have earned the CLE pro bono credits and you should keep it with the time records of your participation for the requisite period of four (4) years.
Affirmation of Pro Bono Services for CLE Credit Form
Pro Bono Resources
Visit probono.net for helpful resources and a pro bono trainings calendar to assist in your representation of low income or disadvantaged clients. The City Bar Justice Center is a co-host of Pro Bono Net’s NYC Pro Bono Center.