The Consumer Credit Volunteer Lawyer for the Day (VLFD) program is an innovative court program, which provides limited-scope, day-only representation to unrepresented litigants in consumer debt cases.
This is an ideal opportunity for a law student, recent law graduate or admitted attorney to gain litigation skills with the close guidance of an on-site supervising attorney. Volunteers have the unparalleled opportunity to represent clients in court, negotiate with opposing counsel, and argue motions before a judge.
Currently, there are thousands of debt collection cases in New York City every year. About 98% of defendants in these cases appear unrepresented. This often leads to intimidation through the legal system and abuses in the collections process. Volunteers provide critical assistance to individuals who otherwise may be unable to defend themselves.
The Consumer Credit Volunteer Lawyer for a Day program (VLFD) seeks several volunteers to represent clients on-site in the Bronx, Queens, or Staten Island Civil Courts.
The ideal candidate will:
- Be a current law student, a recent law graduate (who took the first available bar exam post law school), or an admitted New York attorney
- Be able to communicate effectively
- Have strong attention to detail
- Have a positive attitude
- Have strong desire to be involved in litigation and client advocacy
- Have a professional demeanor, even under pressure
- Be punctual
- Be able to handle a fast-paced environment
- Be able to take direction and feedback constructively
- Be able to adapt to a changing court environment and handle unexpected situations
More about NYLAG: The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. NYLAG clients include immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence survivors, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBT community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need.
To Apply: E-mail resume and cover letter indicating your interest in consumer credit issues, social justice, and/or civil litigation to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Consumer VLFD” in the subject line.