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How do I sign-up | Malpractice Insurance | Pro Bono Opportunities


How do I sign up?

If you know that you would like to become a volunteer for the Fifth Judicial District Pro Bono Action Now Program, all you need do is open this link to an attorney registration form. At the end of the form, choose “Email Completed Form” to send it to Program staff. They will contact you to let you know it was received and to discuss how you might volunteer. You can also simply call us at (315) 703-6500 and ask for any Fifth District staff person.


Malpractice Insurance

The Program provides malpractice insurance coverage to any Pro Bono attorney for any client they serve who is a client of our Program. The coverage is paid for by the Program and is primary coverage, meaning that should a Pro Bono attorney have their own coverage, it would be secondary to our coverage.


What Pro Bono Opportunities are available?

If it is not listed below, be sure to contact the Pro Bono staff by email at or by phone at (315) 703-6500 BEFORE you do volunteer work so you can find out if your service qualifies as Pro Bono for the Action Now Program.

There are many ongoing Pro Bono efforts that you might consider:

  • Landlord Tenant Court (advocate for indigent tenants facing evictions in city court - training is available)
  • Talk to a Lawyer (meet with walk-in clients at one of three locations to give advice on civil matters or make referrals to legal service providers using materials provided at each location- orientation will be provided)
  • The Franciscan Legal Clinic (a walk-in advice clinic organized by a local private attorney next to a local church in Syracuse, New York)
  • Consumer Law Clinic (meet with clients at a legal services office who need basic consumer information and advocacy using legal materials and handouts provided for you - training is provided)
  • Tel-Law (give advice and referral on civil matters to clients by phone at the Onondaga County Bar Association - orientation provided)
  • Pro Se Divorce Clinic (assist clients to fill out an uncontested divorce packet in a group setting)
  • Legal Assistance Clinic at Crouse Hospital
  • Actual representation of indigent folks in all types of civil matters
  • Pro Se assistance to clients, for example Name Changes
  • Vera House (advise victims of domestic violence on various, mostly family law matters at a Syracuse location).
  • Mentoring an attorney with less experience on a Pro Bono matter
  • Volunteer work for the Courts (eg. Pro Bono Guardianship or Small Claims Court arbitration)