HELPThe H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experience Legal Protection) Program is a limited, legal advice project for homeless individuals and individuals at risk of homelessness. H.E.L.P. volunteer lawyers assist individuals with legal matters on a single consultation, advice only and/or limited representation basis. In 2014, H.E.L.P.’s volunteer firms and individuals include Cleary Gottlieb, DLA Piper, Steven Neil, Esq., O’Melveny & Myers, Proskauer Rose, Segal McCambridge and Shearman & Sterling. This project is directed by a volunteer Fordham alumnus, Tom Bisdale.
CLAROThe Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO) is a limited, legal advice project for unrepresented debtor-defendants with consumer debt cases in New York City Civil Court. CLARO operates under the auspices of the New York State Unified Court System’s Access to Justice Program. CLARO involves partnerships among the county Civil Courts, New York City bar associations, and local academic institutions, including several law schools. CLARO now operates in all five boroughs -- Bronx County Civil Court, New York County Civil Court (Manhattan), Kings County Civil Court (Brooklyn), Queens County Civil Court, Richmond County Civil Court (Staten Island) and in Westchester and Erie Counties. Volunteer lawyers work side by side with volunteer law students. Consumer law experts help train volunteers and are available for onsite consultation during weekly clinics, which take place in the courthouses. The Feerick Center helps administer the Manhattan CLARO Project and the Bronx CLARO and provides support to the Staten Island CLARO Steering Committee.
For citywide CLARO contact information please visit www.claronyc.org.
Senior Lawyer ProgramThe Feerick Center is working to develop pro bono opportunities for Fordham Law School alumni and, in particular, senior lawyers and lawyers in transition. The CLARO and LEEAP Programs offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for alumni, senior volunteers, and other professionals.
In addition, in 2010, New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman designated the Feerick Center to provide administrative and programmatic support in connection with the Attorney Emeritus Program (AEP). The AEP seeks to engage attorneys 55 years and over, in good standing, and with 10 years experience in pro bono service. For more information on the AEP, please visit the New York State Unified Court website.
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