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Volunteer Resources

Volunteer Resources

To be added to our list of attorneys willing to take cases: 

Please fill out this form or contact Maria Valeri: mvaleri@ecbavlp.com Ext. 321

Current volunteers with questions/concerns or to update your information:

Please contact Maria Valeri: mvaleri@ecbavlp.com Ext. 321

To volunteer with the Family Court Help Desk:

Please contact Lori Genovese: lgenovese@ecbavlp.com  Ext. 305

To volunteer with Attorney of the Morning (L/T):

Please contact Rachel Bieger: rbieger@ecbavlp.com Ext. 353

FREE PRO BONO TRAININGS AVAILABLE ON DEMAND:

Post Eviction Moratorium Madness: What Happens Now 

Learn how the courts handle evictions in this post-moratorium world, particularly in Erie County. 

Speakers: Christine McMenamin, Esq., VLP Housing Senior Staff Attorney 

                        Christopher Szczygiel, Esq., VLP Housing Staff Attorney 

Duration: 1.5 hours 

CLE Credits: 1.5 Professional Practice 

Cost: Free in exchange for volunteering with our eviction defense program for a minimum of three hours. 

To Register: mvaleri@ecbavlp.com 

Wills & Advance Directives 

This program will provide the basic instruction and forms needed to prepare essential future planning documents and advance directives with a special emphasis on serving low-income populations. 

Speakers: Nikole M. Wynn, Esq., VLP Supervising Attorney 

Duration: 1 hour 

CLE Credits: 1 Professional Practice 

Cost: Free in exchange for representing one VLP client with preparation of essential documents. 

To Register: mvaleri@ecbavlp.com 

Representing Taxpayers Facing IRS Audits 

Join us as we highlight the major issues low-income taxpayers face when responding to an examination of their federal tax return, as well as the tools and methods to address such issues. 

Speakers: Michael Tedeso, Esq. and Heather Marello, Esq. of Andreozzi Bluestein LLP 

Duration: 1.5 hours 

CLE Credits: 1.0 Professional Practice and 1.5 Skills 

Cost: Free in exchange for representing one VLP client with a federal income tax dispute. 

To Register: mvaleri@ecbavlp.com 

Child Support: Show Me the Money 

A deep dive into establishment of income in child support cases. 

Speakers: John J. Aman, Erie County Support Magistrate 

Brian R. Welsh, Esq. of Brian R. Welsh PLLC 

Vanessa C. Gabriele, Esq. of Gabriele Law, PLLC 

Duration: 1 hour 

CLE Credits: 1 Skills 

Cost: Free in exchange for handling a support case on referral from VLP or covering two shifts 

at our Family Court Help Desk. 

To Register: mvaleri@ecbavlp.com 

Utilizing Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act Article 17-A 

An examination of the rules surrounding guardianship of an intellectually or developmentally disabled adult 

Speakers: Courtney J. Donahue Tasner, Esq. and Jessica Peraza, Esq. of Lippes Mathias LLP 

Kimberly Colaiacovo, Esq. Of Erie County Surrogates Court 

Duration: 1 hour 

CLE Credits: 1 Professional Practice 

Cost: Free in exchange for representing one VLP client in an Article 17-A case. 

To Register: mvaleri@ecbavlp.com 


WNY Lawyers have a proud history of service to others. They embody the occupational goal by (Rule 6.1 of NY Rules of Provisional Conduct) donating fifty or more hours of free legal services to low-income people. They generously contribute to our regions legal services organizations.

At VLP over 2,000 attorneys have gained volunteer their legal expertise to our clients. We are grateful to our volunteer attorneys. It is a wonderful and rewarding experience to help those in need.


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