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March 2019


The Legal Project

Our Mission

The Legal Project provides access to the protections of the law to advance the safety, stability and independence of the people we serve and strengthen our communities.  We do this by advising, advocating for and representing people who have traditionally had difficulty obtaining civil legal assistance.

Our Values

The Legal Project believes:

1)      All people should have access to legal services.  We feel a special commitment to people who have traditionally had difficulty in obtaining legal assistance, including the working poor, women, immigrants and the LGBTQ community.

2)      Fostering collaborative relationships within the community is essential to serving the whole person, inspiring the legal profession’s commitment to pro bono, and raising awareness about the importance of civil legal services in protecting people’s basic rights.

3)      Our communities are stronger and more economically vital when people are safe, stable and independent.

Our Vision

We envision a world where all people have access to justice and equal protection under the law.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our 23rd Annual Pro Bono Reception a great success!

The Legal Project's 23rd Annual Pro Bono Reception was held Thursday, October 18th at the Hart Theater Lounge at The Egg in downtown Albany.  We are grateful that so many of you were with us to help celebrate the work of our wonderful volunteers.  Many local chefs and restaurants provided delicious dishes and lots of Capital Region businesses donated raffle and silent auction items.  The event was a true success and we are so thankful to YOU for attending and joining in the celebration!  Our Pro Bono Reception is our major fundraiser for the year and 100% of the proceeds from the event help to support our domestic violence and immigration pro bono programs.

» Please follow this link to see all the wonderful photos from our 23rd Annual Pro Bono Reception

The Awards Luncheon will be scheduled for Spring of 2019.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our 23rd Annual Pro Bono Reception Sponsors:

Benefactor Sponsors

Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP

O’Connell & Aronowitz

Stuyvesant Plaza

Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

Partner Sponsors

Capital District Women’s Bar Association

Deily & Glastetter, LLP

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, LLP

Mack & Associates, PLLC

McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, PC

MVP Healthcare

Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP

Supporter Sponsors

Copps DiPaola Silverman PLLC

E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLP

Times Union

Collaborator Sponsors

Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP

Carrow Real Estate Services, LLC

Elizabeth Katz, in honor of Katheryn D. Katz

Nigro Companies

Joann Sternheimer & William Stanley

Friend Sponsors

Shahila Abbasi

Barclay Damon, LLP

Bouchey & Clarke Benefits, Inc.

CAP COM Federal Credit Union

Celebrity Cruises 

Cioffi Slezak Wildgrube, PC

Cruise Planners, Bob Zweig

Ferraro, Amodio & Zarecki, CPAs

High Adventure Ski & Bike

Konica Minolta

Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa

Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin, LLC

The Spada Law Firm

Thruway Beverage

Susan and James T. Towne, Jr.

W.B. Mason


Thank You for Helping Us Support Immigrants in the Capital Region!

We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the Albany County Jail Detention Outreach Project.  With your help, in less than a month (!) the team is nearly done with 300 + intakes and we no longer need volunteers for this effort.  At this point, we have a large number of attorney volunteers with credible fear experience and training to handle that next phase. We also have benefited from a large number of professionally trained interpreters, to whom we will be reaching out for assistance on an individual basis. Thanks again, so much, for your support.

If you didn't have the chance to volunteer, but you would still like to help, donations are what will allow these kinds of vital efforts to be sustainable.  See below for ways you can help. Thank you!

I'd like to donate to The Legal Project to Show Support for Immigrants in the Capital Region

Please help immigrants in the Capital Region by supporting The Legal Project's Immigration Program which provides direct pro bono civil legal services to immigrants, ranging from Family Reunification to Asylum. All donations to our program will be matched dollar for dollar by the Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region.

You also can choose to support our Immigration Assistance Fund, which provides urgent financial support for fees associated with their cases, such as travel to asylum interviews. You may specify that your donation go to help the detainees at Albany County Jail, to add to their commissary accounts or to purchase dictionaries, books or magazines in their native languages, or other important needs while they are being held at the Jail.

» Click Here to donate to The Legal Project to Show Support for Immigrants in the Capital Region

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Thank you for making our Spring, 2018 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.

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.