The Pro Bono Committee organizes and oversees BLSPI’s very own pro bono projects: the Assistance Center for the Unrepresented ("ACU") and the Community Justice Unit ("CJU").
In addition to the ACU and CJU projects, the Pro Bono Committee, together with the Public Service Office at Brooklyn Law School, plans and organizes the bi-annual End of Semester Pro Bono Celebration to honor and celebrate the vibrant pro bono community across the BLS campus.
Training is ongoing for both projects and we welcome ALL students to join us at any time.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our excellent Pro Bono Co-Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistance Center for the Unrepresented:
The ACU project, which provides students with a unique opportunity to volunteer at the Kings County Supreme Court’s Help Center, gives participants the opportunity to help pro se litigants in various ways.
Litigants are referred to us by court personnel and library staff. We perform intakes, inform litigants of the scope of the program, and have litigants complete the limited scope agreement. Our awesome supervising attorneys are always present, and work with us depending on the nature and complexity of each individual’s questions or issues. Sometimes we assist litigants in filling out court forms, finding appropriate resources on Law Help, and/or referring them to other programs. Litigants with more or less complex issues will be referred to a Law Help self-help terminal or the volunteer attorneys. ACU is a great way for students to get hands-on experience conducting intakes and interacting with clients in the greater Brooklyn community! You'll also get to learn about the myriad legal questions and issues raised by litigants in Kings County Supreme Court, especially matrimonial and housing related issues.
The ACU is only open on Mondays and Fridays, from 12:00 - 2:00 pm.
For more information on the ACU project, please check out our brochure:
Community Justice Unit:
The CJU project, formally known as the Anti-Gun Violence Unit, aims at expanding its efforts in curbing violence throughout the five boroughs of NYC, incorporating various initiatives focused on community education and addressing the root causes of violence before they result in poor outcomes in the community. Through this project students will facilitate voting rights workshops throughout NYCs boroughs and help CJU expand their citywide voting rights initiative. Students will be trained on who is eligible to vote, how to register, who are electable officials, and the roles they play in our government. Once trained you can sign up to co-lead voting rights workshops, these workshops will take place over the summer and throughout the next school year.