Pro Bono Case Opportunities

The need for legal services among low-income people living with HIV/AIDS is overwhelming. At least 40% of HIV-positive people experience a legal problem each year. However, in NYC, general legal services providers- who are prohibited from handling immigration- law matters – already turn away over 80% of clients seeking assistance.

HIV Law Project provides lawyers with the opportunity to answer the call to make a difference in the lives of low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, while at the same time allowing them to develop additional skills.

Pro bono work is not just about being a do-gooder; it’s about becoming a true participant in the legal profession. By volunteering your time and legal expertise, you will get a deeper understanding of how people interact with the law in their daily lives. Engaging in pro bono work with HIV Law Project, from employment discrimination to drafting wills, will enable you to experience in concrete ways how lawyers make a difference every day.

Additionally, pro bono opportunities with HIV Law Project provides law firms the opportunity to provide professional development to junior associates by working with low-income HIV-positive clients in immigration proceedings, drafting wills, and representation in federal and state courts. In essence, pro bono work provides the kind of transformative experiences that lawyers bring to future clients, employers and communities.

Legal issues we address:

Employment discrimination
Health insurance issues
Health care proxies
HIV confidentiality
Social security/SSI
Living wills
Long Term Disability
Supplemental Needs Trusts

Our Partners

Proskauer Rose, LLP

Weil Gotshal

White & Case, LLP

Cleary Gottlieb

Morrison & Foerster, LLP

Outten & Golden






Interested in Joining?

If you have questions or would like to enroll your firm or corporation in HIV Law Project’s pro bono program, please contact Armen Merjian, Legal Director, at 347.473.7477 or