INTERNSHIP AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Please follow the links above to view and apply to Internship and Volunteer Openings. If you don’t see an opportunity that fits your area of interest, know that we always have general positions available so please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please note that Legal Internships will be coordinated through our Pro Bono Program (see below for contact information).
PRO BONO ATTORNEY PROGRAM
Please sign up online to volunteer by filling out the volunteer registration form.
Attorneys who want to share their expertise and passion for justice are encouraged to contact 914-949-1305, ext. 116.
The volunteer attorney program creates opportunities for attorneys to:
- – Provide legal assistance in civil matters to needy residents of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, Ulster, Orange and Sullivan counties
- – Stay active, develop new skills, and gain courtroom experience if they are currently seeking employment in the field of law or want to take on new challenges in a not-for-profit law firm environment
- – Mentor staff attorneys
- – Provide training to LSHV staff and other Pro Bono attorneys
- – Conduct clinics for pro se clients
- – Earn CLE credits for doing Pro Bono work
Assignment of Cases: Legal Services of the Hudson Valley will contact a participating attorney before referring a Pro Bono case. We ask that the attorney accept up to two cases a year. The attorney is not referred a second case until the first is completed. Usually cases are referred to attorneys from the geographic area in which the client resides.
Client Eligibility: Clients must be low-income in accordance with the national poverty level, as annually adjusted by the Federal Office of Management and Budget.
Types of Cases: Pro Bono Attorneys are assigned civil matters that cannot be handled by Legal Services of the Hudson Valley staff because of limited resources. These include cases in the following areas of law: family, consumer, housing, wills, bankruptcy, elder and unemployment, among others.
The Pro Bono Attorney Program does not handle juvenile matters, criminal cases or traffic violations. Since many more clients apply for assistance than there are lawyers available, efforts are made to refer high-priority cases first. Attorneys are encouraged to indicate the types of cases they would prefer to handle.
Case Follow-Up: During the case, and at the conclusion of the matter, we ask the Pro Bono attorney to submit case updates and a final case disposition form. These simple forms include a summary of the services rendered, case outcome and Pro Bono hours spent on the case. At the conclusion of the case, the client receives a satisfaction questionnaire to provide feedback regarding the legal services performed.
CLE Credit: An attorney is eligible to receive one CLE credit for every two hours he or she spends on a Pro Bono case.
Malpractice insurance: Malpractice insurance is provided by LSHV to attorneys who provide volunteer services.
I volunteer with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley because it’s a great law firm, fighting the good fight. Do you know their greatest strength? Their attorneys get credibility in front of a judge that private attorneys don’t, so a judge takes their client more seriously.”
– One of the hundreds of Pro Bono attorneys volunteering with our organization
LSHV is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt not-for-profit organization.
LSHV Charitable Solicitation Disclosure Statement
The mission of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is to provide high quality counsel in civil matters for poor and low-income individuals and families and other vulnerable persons who do not have access to the legal representation needed to meet their basic needs. Pursuit of this mission includes a commitment to principles and practices of diversity and inclusion to ensure justice for all persons regardless of their economic or social conditions.
A copy of LSHV’s latest annual financial report may be obtained from the organization by calling (914) 949-1305 x175 or from the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau’s Website – www.charitiesnys.com or (212) 416-8686.