Access To Council Project

The Federal Bar Council’s Access To Counsel Project (“A2C Project”) aims to increase and enhance pro bono representation of civil pro se litigants in the courts of the Second Circuit. The A2C Project marshals the Council’s members, committees, and programming to support the federal courts’ existing framework for promoting pro bono representation.

Cornerstones of the Project

MOBILIZATION

The Council will leverage its board, member networks, and committee chairs to recruit lawyers to serve as part of an informal “Pro Bono Corps” of attorneys that stand ready, willing, and able to take civil pro se cases from the courts’ docket. Working closely with the Offices of Pro Se Counsel in both the SDNY and EDNY, the A2C Project will assist with attorney list management and communication efforts about available cases.

 

CONSULTATION & PARTNERSHIP: the A2C PRO BONO ADVISORY PANEL

The A2C Pro Bono Advisory Panel is a council of experts in civil rights, employment, trial skills, immigration, and other substantive areas of law that often appear in pro se cases. The Panel will be available to pro bono attorneys and trial teams for mentorship, dialogue, and Q&A. The Advisory Panel will also engage in educational programming and outreach through the Project. Pro bono attorneys will be paired with Advisory Panel members for case mentoring on an as-needed basis to support law firms’ existing pro bono supervision networks. A full list of Advisory Panel members can be found here.

 

SECOND CIRCUIT PRO BONO MANUAL

The Pro Bono Advisory Panel, in partnership with practitioner volunteers, has developed and is publishing the Second Circuit Pro Bono Manual, an online compendium of guidance on issues, case law, discovery, and strategic and logistical issues that arise in pro bono cases. The Second Circuit Pro Bono Manual is available to practitioners actively representing pro se litigants within the Second Circuit. For more information and to register for access to the Manual, please visit the Second Circuit Pro Bono Manual website here.

 

PRO BONO TRIAL SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMS

In addition, the Access to Counsel Project will offer targeted skills-based training to help train lawyers for pro bono service. This program is offered in partnership with the American College of Trial Lawyers and NITA. Training programs will follow the NITA method of fully interactive trial skills training in small-group settings. The training program will begin with intensive deposition trainings in the spring and fall of 2022. More information is available here.

 

RECOGNITION

The Access to Counsel Project will host recognition events and publicly promote the pro bono contributions of attorneys. More information and a schedule of events to follow.

A2C Project Committee Members

Member Role Organization
Member
Marjorie E. Berman
Role
Chair
Organization
Krantz & Berman LLP
Member
Amy J. Agnew
Role
Member
Organization
Law Office of Amy Jane Agnew, P.C.
Member
Steven M. Gold
Role
Member
Organization
JAMS
Member
David B. Shanies
Role
Member
Organization
Shanies Law Office
Member
Valdi Licul
Role
Member
Organization
Wigdor LLP
Member
Margaret A. Malloy
Role
Member
Organization
U.S. District Court - SDNY
Member
Robyn F. Tarnofsky
Role
Member
Organization
NYLAG Pro Se Legal Services Clinic
Member
Marc L. Greenwald
Role
Member
Organization
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Member
Vilia B. Hayes
Role
Member
Organization
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Member
Jonathan M. Moses
Role
Member
Organization
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Member
Saul B. Shapiro
Role
Member
Organization
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Member
Anna S. DeNicola
Role
Member
Organization
Federal Bar Council