The LGBT Bar Association Foundation of Greater New York ("LeGaL") offers several legal services devoted to serving the LGBTQ community. Whether you are an attorney, law student, or anyone else eager to donate your time and skills to furthering our mission, we have a variety of ways to get involved.
LEGAL WALK-IN CLINICS
The clinics are staffed by volunteer attorneys who are available to provide general guidance and legal referrals, but not legal representation. LeGaL holds weekly clinics in Manhattan and Newark, monthly clinics in Harlem and the Bronx, and a Youth Clinic.
Through the "Mentorpalooza" Mentoring Program, LeGaL and New York City Bar LGBT Rights Committee seek to foster the professional development of LGBTQ law students and assist them in navigating the unique issues they might encounter during Law School and the beginning of their legal careers. The Mentoring Program aims to reinforce a sense of community among members of the LGBT legal community while enhancing the skills and career prospects of participants.
Under the guidance of LeGaL’s Legal Director and volunteer attorneys, interns participate in client intake, assist with legal research, organize case documents, learn valuable legal resources, and develop a deeper understanding of the profession. They have the opportunity to interact directly with clients through LeGaL’s free legal clinics, client phone calls, and online inquiries. As a result, LeGaL’s interns gain exposure to a wide range of legal issue and practice areas, including housing, criminal law, discrimination, employment, family law, immigration, and estate planning.