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Local Rule 83.1(f) contains a pro bono service obligation for attorneys admitted to practice in the Western District of New York as stated below:

Every Member of the bar of this Court who maintains, or whose firm maintains, an office in this District, shall be available upon the Court’s request for appointment to represent or assist in the representation of indigent parties. Appointments under this Rule shall be made in a manner such that no Member shall be requested to accept more than one appointment during any twelve month period.


The Court has a serious need for attorneys to represent pro se plaintiffs, on a pro bono basis, primarily in civil rights actions.  Attorneys may request a pro bono appointment by contacting the Court’s Pro Se Office by telephone at (716) 551-1700 (Buffalo Division) or (585) 613-4000 (Rochester Division).


Pro Bono District Court Fund Information and Forms

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