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Pro Bono

Pro Bono

AFC provides free individual case representation where legal action is necessary.  However, AFC legal staff only has the capacity to provide free representation to a limited number of families. Our Pro Bono Partners Program was created to allow AFC attorneys to partner with law firms throughout New York City, so that more children can get the legal help they need – and hence the education they deserve.  The ultimate goal of these partnerships is not only to serve our current families, but to develop a growing cadre of attorneys trained in education law and procedure, and to increase the number of trained, effective advocates available to protect the right to learn for New York City’s most vulnerable children.

At present Advocates for Children is partnered with over twenty law firms representing students and families to secure the educational support to which they are entitled by law, but for some reason have been denied. 

Our Pro Bono Partnerships

Advocates for Children selects private firm partnerships based on attorney interest and availability, staff capacity, and potential for a long-term relationship.  AFC’s policy is to work with firms that demonstrate a commitment to the issues as well as to building internal capacity.

Pro Bono Flagship Firm Program  

AFC is proud to announce our new Pro Bono Flagship Firm Program. The program keeps all the benefits of the current co-counsel model, with an increased focus on firms most able to develop and expand their pro bono capacity. Flagship firms provide a dedicated partner and coordinator and take on additional cases. As these firms develop expertise, AFC will be able to represent more families.  

caroline with a young client

"A child with an education has the capacity to fulfill his or her dreams. To help a child have that opportunity makes this among the most meaningful legal work I have ever done."
Caroline Heller, pro bono volunteer for AFC and Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP

If you or your firm have questions about pro bono opportunities, please contact Allison Guttu at or 212-822-9541. Please be aware there is currently a waiting list for pro bono opportunities.