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Second Circuit Taking Pro Bono Panel Applications

By Robyn Hagan Cain on April 26, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

We have a quick announcement today from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals regarding pro bono opportunities.

If you’re interested in serving on the Second Circuit’s Pro Bono Panel, read on.

The Second Circuit's Criminal Justice Act/Pro Bono Committee is currently accepting applications for service on the Pro Bono Panel, but you don't have much time. Applications are due Friday, April 27. If this gig would be the feather in your appellate cap -- and you haven't started the application yet -- you probably need to drop everything and get to work.

Pro Bono Panel members represent pro se litigants in civil appeals at the Second Circuit's invitation or on an appellant's motion for appointment of counsel. Pro bono representation is provided to litigants who the court thinks would benefit from assistance, but who would otherwise be unable to pay for counsel and are ineligible for the appointment of counsel pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act.

Applicants must be admitted to, and members in good standing of, the Bar of the Second Circuit, (or have an application pending before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals), and have at least three years of appellate experience. Pro Bono Panel members will serve for a term not to exceed three years. Appointees from the 2009 term must submit a new application by April 27 if they wish to be considered for another term.

Pro Bono Panel applications are available on the Second Circuit's website, and must be accompanied by a resume and three writing samples. (The court prefers appellate briefs on which the attorney was the primary author.)

Completed applications and accompanying documents must be submitted no later than April 27, 2012 to:

Elizabeth Cronin, Director of Legal Affairs

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit,

40 Foley Square

New York, NY 10007

Friday is almost upon us; gather your writing samples, and good luck.

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