Criminal Defense Pro Bono Project

The Criminal Defense Pro Bono Project, in which volunteer lawyers allocate a third of their time over a nine-month period or serve as full-time externs for up to a year, provides legal resources to assist with this enormous caseload. Under the mentorship of senior Legal Aid Society trial counsel, participating attorneys will work arraignments and handle misdemeanor cases for clients as part of this program. They will be responsible for engaging in research, conducting criminal investigations, drafting motions and memoranda, preparing witnesses and conducting hearings and trials on their cases. They will also serve as part of litigation teams on complex felony matters.