Pro Bono Opportunity – City Bar Justice Center – Planning and Estates Law Project

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The Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP) is the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC)’s pro bono program to assist low-income New Yorkers with personal planning, end of life and estate matters. PELP works in collaboration with the CBJC’s Legal Hotline, which screens the cases and refers them to PELP’s panel of experienced attorneys, led by Pamela Ehrenkranz, head of the Trusts & Estates practice group at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. The pro bono panel provides legal advice and assistance with document preparation to clients at regular clinics.


Each law student intern will attend PELP’s legal clinics to meet and assist clients. Students will be assigned to one of the pro bono panel members and will undertake supervised work, including legal research and document preparation.


Practice Area: New York Trusts & Estates Law, Tax Law, and Surrogate’s Court Practice


Schedule Information: The pro bono placement will commence in September 2017. Students will complete about 20-25 hours of pro bono work in the fall semester, with the opportunity to continue volunteering into the spring. There will be a training session for law student interns before the first clinic. The clinics will be held at the NYC Bar Association building at 42 W 44th Street, New York, NY. Dates and times are as follows:

Law Student Intern Training Session: TBD
Clinic 1: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (12-2 pm)
Clinic 2: Monday, October 2, 2017 (12-2 pm)
Clinic 3: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (12-2 pm)
Clinic 4: Monday, November 20, 2017 (12-2 pm)


Interested students should send a resume, transcript and letter of interest (please indicate the clinics you can attend) to Marisa Guerrero at Preference will be given to J.D. candidates and L.L.M. candidates with prior experience in Trusts and Estates law.


Note: This is posted as an opportunity to perform volunteer legal work. Whether the work qualifies toward the New York State Bar 50-hour pro bono requirement is a determination made on a case-by-case basis by the Character and Fitness Committee that processes bar admission applications. For more information about the 50-hour pro bono requirement, links to the rule and FAQ document, and who to contact if you have any questions, visit the Public Interest Law Center website here: