Brooklyn VLP: News

  1. Access Justice Brooklyn partners with AXA XL on Annual Global Day of Giving

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    We partnered with volunteers at AXA XL in celebration of their Annual Global Day of Giving. The AXA XL Global Day of Giving allows AXA XL staff the opportunity to donate their time and skills to organizations in the communities they work and live in.

    On June 24, 2022, Access Justice Brooklyn hosted an in-person clinic for eight AXA XL volunteers who generously donated their time in support of our Advanced Life Planning services. Volunteers assisted our clients in need of help preparing healthcare proxies and power of attorney documents.

    Thank you to Steve Agosta, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, U.S. Reinsurance, H. Matthew Crusey, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Reinsurance and Global Corporate, Johana Guerrero, Underwriter, Subcontractor Default Insurance, Matthew Murabito, General Counsel, Investments, and Lian Phua, Head of Americas, Political Risk, Credit and Bond, for their participation last week.

    A special thank you to event organizer Dana Rosenbaum, Senior Legal Counsel, Investments and Pro Bono Committee Chair.

    For more information about pro bono partnership opportunities with Access Justice Brooklyn, please contact Anne O’Grady, Pro Bono Director.

    For a list of our current Pro Bono Partners, click here.

  2. New Name, New Brand, Renewed Mission

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    We are excited to announce we’ve changed our name and look to better reflect our mission and vision for the future. The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project is now Access Justice Brooklyn!

    Founded in 1990 to help close the gap in legal resources and representation in the borough, the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project has always been — and always will be — a pioneer of contemporary pro bono models and a progressive force in the community. Our small staff and dedicated volunteers have been helping neighbors for more than 32 years, and the impact of our work can be seen in the legal results achieved.

    Still, systemic barriers to the legal process remain, leaving neighbors with low incomes — especially in marginalized communities — to face legal challenges alone. This, in part, is why the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project is now Access Justice Brooklyn. We believe that broad, sustainable systems change will require a holistic approach, and our new brand is a more accurate reflection of where we’re heading as an organization and a force for change.

    Click here to learn more about our rebrand!

    Click here to read our official press release.

  3. We’re Hiring!

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    Access Justice Brooklyn has an exciting opportunity for an attorney to serve as a staff attorney for its consumer law practice.

    The staff attorney will oversee all aspects of our Volunteer Lawyer for the Day Consumer Debt Program (VLFD) program in Kings County Civil Court, and will work with our director of legal services and staff to strengthen our consumer debt practice, including Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act practice, and The Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO), which delivers critical advice and representation to hundreds of litigants a year.

    The staff attorney will have the unique opportunity to shape Access Justice Brooklyn’s work and leadership in an evolving practice area as the economic crisis continues, requiring innovative and coordinated responses. Click here to view the job posting!

  4. Press Release: New Board Member Appointment

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    Access Justice Brooklyn announces the appointment of one new member to its Board of Directors following election at the organization’s meeting held on March 9, 2022. Joining the Board of Directors is Samuel O. Maduegbuna, Founding Partner at Maduegbuna Cooper LLP. Upon his election, Mr. Maduegbuna shared the following:

    “I am incredibly excited to join in the most important and sorely needed work the VLP Board is doing – providing access to justice to underserved citizens of Brooklyn and the greater New York City. I look forward to contributing in the VLP’s mission, particularly as it assists and aids the ever-growing recent immigrant members of this most important city in the world.”

    Please see the official press release here.