More than 60,000 people, including over 23,000 children, sleep in the city’s homeless shelters each night. Thousands more spend each night on the street or in abandoned buildings. New York City is expensive. The cost of housing, food, and transportation create barriers for the city’s homeless to achieve independence and stability.
Join attorneys and staff from the City Bar Justice Center’s Legal Clinic for the Homeless (LCH) as they discuss this pro bono opportunity. LCH primarily assists homeless families and those at risk of homelessness in New York City to secure state and federal public benefits, vital tools in poverty prevention and alleviation. Project advocates contest denials and reductions of public assistance and food stamps as well as inappropriate shelter placements. They also work to ensure that homeless immigrant clients who are victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes are referred to immigration lawyer.
Teams of Columbia Law School students staff legal clinics at local homeless shelters. Working with attorneys from the City Bar Justice Center, students will be assigned a client and advocate for the resolution of various legal issues. Students commonly work on issues related to public assistance, immigration, employment, and family law.
This pro bono opportunity is open to JD's and LL.M's and qualify for both the CLS mandatory requirement (for 2 & 3Ls; voluntary for 1Ls) and the NY State Bar requirement.
Lunch will be served. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be available. If you have further dietary restrictions, email Diana Pedi at [email protected] at least two business days prior to the event, and we will do our best to accommodate them.