438 Main Street l 7th Floor l Buffalo, NY
(716) 847-0662


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Volunteer Lawyers Project

Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) provides free civil legal services to low income individuals and small not-for-profits in the greater Western New York region.


Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) provides a number of services to our community


The staff and volunteers at VLP provide free civil legal services for low income people.

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VLP offers a number of legal advice and counsel clinics in the Western New York Area.

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VLP offers a wide variety of pro bono opportunities for Western New York attorneys.


Donate now to help VLP provide legal services to low income people.


VLP Latest News

Now Hiring – Office Manager (Batavia, NY Office)

The Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) seeks a full time Office Manager to work for our law office in Batavia, NY which provides free civil legal services to low income people. For a complete job descriptions, please click here. TO APPLY: Please send a resume with a cover letter clearly explaining your interest and qualifications. Include contact information for 3 references and send your materials to: Robert Elardo, Executive Director/CEO, ECBA Volunteer[…]

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Immigration Court Can Be Overwhelming

Noncitizens are not guaranteed free legal representation. This can lead to many noncitizens going pro se because they cannot afford an attorney and do not realize they could be eligible for free legal services if they fall under a certain income level.  My first experience at court allowed me to observe other attorneys with their clients. The waiting room was overcrowded with attorneys, respondents, and family members. Even for me as a law student, it[…]

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Immigration 102 Videos

VLP is happy to announce our series “Immigration 102” produced through our partnership with the Rise Collaborative. Many thanks to our sponsor Try-It Distributing. Stay tuned for new episodes.  VLP represents clients facing immigration issues in WNY, for help call (716) 847-0662 x 301

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Our Mission

VLP’s dual mission is to provide quality, free civil legal services for low income people and smaller not-for-profit groups; and to effectively involve volunteers in the delivery of those services.

Client Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our clients say:

Child Support

“VLP provided me with a wonderful attorney. She stood up in the courtroom and fought as if she were me! We were in the right and the other party withdrew their petition.”

Positive Legal Services Client

“…I was represented by a VLP lawyer and she went above and beyond to explain everything fully…and explored all options. Love her!”

Immigration Client

“Getting help from VLP allowed me to continue to go to school, continue to work, and have a better life here.”

Family Law Client

“Going to Volunteer Lawyer Project for help got me out of those courtrooms so I could live again.”

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