VLP Family Law Training Pays Off with Early Program Success

The new VLP Family Court Clinic, which began on October 9th, is off to an incredibly strong start. In the first 4 weeks, 18 low-income clients with family court matters were assisted by four volunteer attorneys and three law students intake assistants with two attorneys serving as mentors. The client numbers in these first weeks demonstrate the great need for this clinic, and with 44 attorneys and 9 law students having signed up to volunteer, we look forward to expanding the hours of the program soon.

The clinic, which is open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, is housed in Room 116 of the Onondaga County Courthouse. At the clinic, a trained volunteer lawyer help clients prepare petitions and motions in custody and child support matters. The volunteer lawyers do not represent those who use the clinic in court. There is no charge for the services provided at the clinic. No appointment is necessary to use the clinic and clients are seen on a drop-in basis.