Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) Program
The Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) Program gives private attorneys the opportunity to volunteer their time and talent to serve Legal Aid clients. Volunteers sign up for the types of cases they want, in the own locale. Sign up by filling out the PAI Registration Form. Our PAI Director, Kristie Cinelli or PAI Coordinator, Staci Dongelewic in Albany, or Paralegal Linda Larue in Canton will call you to see if you can accept a case. If you're too busy or can't serve this particular client, just let them know. If you can accept the case, they'll send you particulars about the client's problem and ask the client to contact you. PAI volunteers are eligible for professional liability insurance coverage, reimbursement of up to $200 of out of pocket expenses (more with prior approval), mentoring, and other free supports. Our PAI Volunteers receive recognition for their good deeds -- see our newsletter, Legal Aid Matters.
New Pro Bono Rules!
**Volunteers will now receive 1 CLE credit for every 2 actual hours of pro bono work
**In addition, volunteers may report 10 pro bono CLE credits towards the total required 24 CLE credits during an OCA reporting period.
**In addition, if you are a volunteer through the Attorney Emeritus program, you may report up to 15 credits in pro bono service during a report period.
All of these rules effectuated on 2/15/12.
If you are interested in participating please contact:
Kristie Cinelli, PAI Director in Albany (serving Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties) at (800) 462-2922 ext. 322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.