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June 2018


The Legal Project: Our Mission

The Legal Project believes that all people, regardless of income, gender, disability, race, religion, age, sexual orientation or ethnicity should have access to legal services. This belief reflects a deep commitment to fairness and equal justice under the law.

Based upon these beliefs, the mission of The Legal Project is to make the law more accessible to those in need, to increase the legal community's involvement in pro bono work; and to serve as a resource on legal issues. We feel a special commitment to women and others who may have difficulty in obtaining legal assistance.

Thank you for making our Pro Bono Awards Luncheon a great success!

We were pleased to honor some of our most dedicated volunteers at this year's Pro Bono Awards Luncheon on April 27th at The Century House in Latham.  We extend our gratitude to everyone who helped to make this year's event a success.  Special thanks to all of our event Sponsors and to The Century House for their work in creating the perfect venue.

» Please click here for a complete list of our Sponsors.


» Please follow this link to see all the great photos from the Pro Bono Reception


Please join us in congratulating this year's award winners:

Herb and Shirley Gordon, Friends of The Legal Project

This award honors an individual or group who has gone beyond the call of duty to provide support or services to assist The Legal Project in helping additional people in need.

Brian Collins, Esq., Kurt Clobridge Memorial Award for Pro Bono Service

This award is presented to attorneys who embody the spirit of pro bono volunteerism and selflessness that Kurt Clobridge, a dedicated participant in The Legal Project’s programs, exemplified during his life.

Doug Broda, Esq., Brigid Nolan Memorial Award for Pro Bono Service to Victims of Domestic Violence 

This award is presented to an attorney who, through his or her dedication and pro bono service with The Legal Project, has helped a victim of domestic violence to begin life anew.

Martin J. Cirincione, Esq. , Stanley A. Rosen Memorial Award for Service to Victims of Domestic Violence 

This award is presented to an attorney who has demonstrated an ability to litigate a matter on behalf of a victim of domestic violence and shows the utmost professionalism and integrity in their dealings with the Court, litigants and attorneys, which are qualities exemplified by Stanley Rosen during his lifetime. 

Eleanor DeCoursey, Esq., The Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award

This award recognizes an individual who has displayed excellence in their efforts on behalf of pro bono clients, perseverance in their service, and dedication to The Legal Project’s commitment to providing access to justice. 

O’Connell & Aronowitz, P.C., Barry A. Gold Law Firm Leadership Award 

This award is presented in recognition of a law firm that has made a significant difference over the past year in The Legal Project’s programs. 

New York Bar Foundation, Swyer Companies Corporate Leadership Award

This award honors a business, corporation or philanthropist that has provided support or services that assist us in helping additional people in need. 

Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, The Legal Project Champion Award

This award honors those who have made a tremendous difference in supporting the work of The Legal Project and promoting the goal of access to justice for all.

The Neurobiology of Experiencing Violence and/or Assault

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
at The Legal Project 24 Aviation Road, Suite 101 Albany, NY 12205
» Download the Sign Up Informational Sheet Here Legal Project Winter Appeal PDF document for download
Two (2) Hours of Transitional CLE Credit

Survivors of interpersonal violence; sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, face an uphill battle when seeking assistance. On their journeys to justice and healing, the trauma experienced manifests in various ways that survivors are not always aware of or prepared to handle. Given this, it is key for those working with survivors to be aware of the neurobiology of trauma and various techniques to work through these confusing moments to provide the best representation possible. Participants will learn how the brain and body respond to trauma, techniques to better prepare clients for problematic situations, and how the brain processes and recalls memories from these events.


2017-2018 50,000 Matching Grant - Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region

We hope you will consider making a donation to this important matching grant that we have received from the Communtiy Foundation of the Greater Capital Region.Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar with a gift from an anonymous donor who wishes to assist us in serving those who would otherwise go unserved, such as immigrants in our community, and assist us in enhancing our capacity to reach more people in need.  Every dollar makes a difference — thank you for considering support at any level for The Legal Project. 

Our services include finding a solution to extremely challenging situations such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, returning veterans, end of life planning and domestic violence. Many of our clients would have nowhere else to turn for this help, which is why your donations are so critical to our mission.

Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors. Your support means so much!

» Download the 2017-2018 Matching Grant flyer Legal Project Winter Appeal PDF document for download


Please join our efforts by making a one-time or recurring tax-deductible donation.

Thank you! We can’t do what we do without you!

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Immigration Legal Network

In light of the changing immigration landscape, many are feeling scared or are looking for ways to help. We are currently in the process of planning and scheduling Know Your Rights presentations, which will occur in safe places and include consultations with attorneys. If you would like more information about these programs, or would like to volunteer as either a presenter or a consultation attorney, please email us at cric@legalproject.org. The Legal Project's Immigration Legal Network provides free, confidential consultations with an immigration attorney as well as free representation for those who can't afford a lawyer. We have an experienced staff attorney, a BIA Accredited Representative and wonderful volunteer immigration attorneys who are ready to help.

You can also help by making a donation toward our $50,000 matching gift through the Community Foundation of the Capital Region. This will directly support our immigration civil legal program, which allows us to help anyone in need of this assistance, regardless of immigration status, if they are unable to afford an attorney. All donations, regardless of size, will make a tremendous difference in helping us help others.

Our Immigration Legal Network helps:

  • Petition to bring family members to the United States
  • Petition to allow family members to stay in the United States
  • Petition for legal status for victims of domestic violence by a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Petition for legal status for victims of certain other crimes
  • Apply for a green card
  • Apply for asylum
  • Apply for Consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Apply to travel outside of the United States
  • Apply for a work permit

P.S. If you are interested in volunteering, want more information about our programs or scheduling Know Your Rights presentations, please email us at cric@legalproject.org

»Download The Legal Project Immigration Brochure. PDF document for download

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History of The Legal Project

The Legal Project is a private, not-for-profit organization that was founded by the Capital District Women's Bar Association in 1995. It provides a variety of free and low cost legal services to the working poor, victims of domestic violence and other underserved individuals in the Capital District of New York State.

» Download The Legal Project brochure PDF document for download

» Download The Domestic Violence brochure PDF document for download


The Legal Project needs your help. Your donation can help ensure that hardworking people who earn too much "on paper" for government funded legal services have somewhere to turn.