Legal Economic and Educational Advancement Project (LEEAP)Legal Economic and Educational Advancement Project (LEEAP)
In 2012, the Corporation for National and Community Service awarded Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center a three-year AmeriCorps VISTA grant to launch the Legal Economic and Educational Advancement Project (LEEAP). LEEAP seeks to direct the energy, skills, and experience of senior lawyers to volunteering activities in three discrete focus areas:
• Credit-related education and identity theft assistance;
LEEAP seeks to match senior volunteer attorneys with legal service organizations and community-based organizations to create sustainable public services such as specialized identity theft assistance programs and high school and college application workshops.
LEEAP builds on the Feerick Center’s involvement with the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO) Programs, which operate clinics in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, staffed by volunteer attorneys who provide limited legal advice to low-income New Yorkers being sued by debt collectors (www.claronyc.org). In continuing to recruit, train, and place senior volunteer attorneys in a pro bono capacity, LEEAP will further strengthen the Feerick Center’s partnership with the Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP)—a program established in 2010 by New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman that connects senior lawyers with legal services organization and court programs to provide legal services to unrepresented New Yorkers (www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/volunteer/emeritus).
The Feerick Center is delighted to have VISTA members Priscilla Alabi, Katie McConnell, and Sara Trongone co-directing LEEAP.
If you are a legal service organization, community-based organization, or an attorney seeking volunteer opportunities, and you are interested in partnering with LEEAP, please contact email@example.com.
Please review our VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. After reviewing all the volunteer opportunities please click here to submit your ONLINE APPLICATION.
- ASSISTANCE ACCESSING HIGH QUALITY SECONDARY AND HIGHER EDUCATION
The educational component of LEEAP was born out of the recognition that students from families with low incomes graduate from college and attend quality secondary schools at a much lower rate than their more affluent peers. To work against this inequity, LEEAP seeks to enhance the capacity of middle schools and high schools serving low-income populations and education-oriented community-based organizations to provide effective high school application and college readiness / application programming. These workshops will be staffed by trained volunteers. Examples of potential volunteer opportunities include:
• Providing one-on-one or small group high school application assistance to 7th grade students;
- CONSUMER DEBT DEFENSE
• Limited scope or full service representation of defendants in consumer debt cases;
- CREDIT-RELATED ASSISTANCE
• Providing one-on-one assistance to obtain and review credit reports, write dispute letters, and resolve identity theft issues;
Please contact Sara Trongone (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions pertaining to consumer debt defense and credit-related assistance volunteer opportunities. **Please note that consumer debt defense volunteer opportunities may qualify for pro bono credit under New York State’s Attorney Emeritus Program.** All LEEAP volunteers are paired with host organizations that provide the training and supervision necessary for volunteer attorneys to carry out these activities.