Volunteer with Us

Volunteer with Us

Access Justice Brooklyn partners with compassionate pro bono attorneys to provide high-quality, civil legal services that help ensure equal access to the legal system. At its heart, our model channels the pro bono power of the private bar to expand access to justice by: engaging private practice attorneys in community legal work; forming bridges between the private bar, educational institutions, social service agencies, and legal services offices; producing free training programs and manuals; and building a support system for our volunteers.

All Access Justice Brooklyn volunteers are part of a lively and diverse community of legal and non-legal professionals. With us, you can expand your expertise on your own time and give back to the community you love.

Our Pro Bono Model – The Volunteer Experience:

Access Justice Brooklyn provides opportunities for volunteers from various legal backgrounds and range from recent law school graduates to seasoned attorneys, to give back to the Brooklyn community and to develop experience in new practice areas. Volunteers outside the legal profession can still participate in outreach efforts, including “know your rights” trainings, financial counseling, and community forums.

Training:  Access Justice Brooklyn is an accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider and regularly designs and presents CLE training programs that prepare both new and repeat volunteers to provide critical community legal support. Each training is free in exchange for taking a pro bono case with us. Upcoming CLE courses are listed on the events calendar. View current training videos here.

CLE Credit: Attorneys admitted two or more years in New York State may earn CLE credit by completing pro bono work with Access Justice Brooklyn. In accordance with CLE Board Regulations, experienced attorneys (those admitted 2 years or more in New York State) may earn CLE credits for performing pro bono work up to a maximum of 10 credits per reporting cycle.

Support:  Access Justice Brooklyn offers written materials with relevant case law, statutes, and forms, as well as matches volunteers with experienced practitioners and mentors. Regular check-ins, review of court documents before filing, and assistance in client meetings or court appearances are all available as needed.

Flexibility: Courthouse and community clinics, brief legal services, and many other pro bono opportunities do not involve long-term representation, offering volunteers flexible time commitments.

Coverage and Resources: Access Justice Brooklyn provides volunteers with malpractice insurance, technical support, convenient meeting rooms, and resources to successfully serve the community.

Contact us at volunteer@accessjusticebk.org to learn more about our pro bono model and volunteer opportunities for individuals, law firms and companies, and other business professionals. Click here to view a list of our current law firm and corporate pro bono partners.

Additional Volunteer Resources

Court Websites
Kings County Courts
United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District

Uncontested Divorce Resources
NY State Uncontested Divorce Forms

To check the status of a divorce in Kings County:
Kings County Clerk Minutes
E-courts (note: nothing will appear here until case has been filed on the 10th floor matrimonial part.)

Limited Scope
Best Practices in Limited Scope Representation

CLE Information
Pro Bono Information for CLE Credit