New York Women’s Bar Association Matrimonila Pro Bono Law Project Re-Launched at New York Law School

Program To Help Family Court Pro Se Litigants Seeks Experienced Volunteers

New York, December 21, 2011 – The New York Women’s Bar Association (NYWBA) and New York Law School (NYLS) announce the re-launch of the NYWBA Matrimonial Pro Bono Law Project, a program in New York City to provide legal assistance on contested matrimonial matters to pro se litigants referred by New York State Supreme Court judges. The program will be administered through The Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families at New York Law School (NYLS).

Matrimonial attorneys with a minimum of five years experience are asked to volunteer 25 hours a year to help deserving pro se litigants in contested matrimonial action. In the past, many attorneys have generously continued representation beyond their initial commitment.

“I am very excited about the re-launch of the NYWBA’s matrimonial pro bono program, which has an even more exciting dimension with the addition of NYLS students serving as volunteers,” said Pat Grant, President of the NYWBA. “With NYLS student Jessica Badt administering the program, and NYLS student volunteers to assist the pro bono attorneys, this program is bound to be a great success. It is a program which offers so much to so many.”

Jessica Badt, a second-year NYLS student has been selected as the Bar Fellow and project manager to coordinate this volunteer effort. She is the first student to be chosen for this position, which was previously administered from within the court system. Ms. Badt will receive the referrals and match the litigants with lawyers using a random name computer program.

The project manager position is funded by a grant from the NYWBA and the Justice Betty Ellerin Foundation, and was selected with the help of Professor Carlin Meyer, Diane Abbey Law Center, NYLS.

“The Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families is proud to be the home of this wonderful pro bono program, and to be part of a law school that really means it when offer students the chance to ‘learn law’ and ‘take action,’” Professor Meyer said.
For program details or to volunteer, contact Jessica Badt at (212) 431-2100 Ext. 4533

The New York Women’s Bar Association is a non-profit organization devoted to improving the status of women in society, educating women lawyers and assisting them in professional development and advancement, and promoting the fair and equal administration of justice. The NYWBA is celebrating its 75th Anniversary, having been founded in 1934 and incorporated as a bar association in 1935.

The Diane Abbey Law Center at New York Law School was founded in 2009 to ensure that children, and the families who care for them, receive the legal assistance necessary to ensure their safety, security and well-being.