Our Mission & History

The Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) is committed to providing the community with culturally and linguistically competent legal assistance through community education and individualized assistance at its Pro Bono Clinics.

During the widespread shutdown of in-person services necessiated by the novel COVID-19 pandemic, AABANY’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee redirected it volunteer resources towards establishing the Remote Legal Clinic, which offered bilingual assistance by telephone and other virtual modalities. Thanks to AABANY’s dedicated and skilled volunteer attorneys, law students and interpreters, the Remote Clinic assisted over 400 callers from June 2020 through March 1, 2021, on a myriad of legal matters involving housing, immigration, criminal law, fraud, family and matrimonial law, wills, and small business loans. After nearly nine months in effect through the COVID-19 pandemic, AABANY’s Pro Bono Remote Clinic is winding down its operations and will cease operations on March 10, 2021. 

Transitioning forward, the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee (PBCS) will focus on collaborating with its pre-pandemic AAPI community partners in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, to provide Know-Your-Rights community presentations and legal assistance for the  as blended in-person/remote assistance becomes viable.  We hope you will consider volunteering on our future projects to continue to assist our communities in need.