It’s only june, but the summer pro bono program of the Network for Women’s Services is already in full swing. More than 240 summer associates, attorneys and legal assistants at 19 law firms in Manhattan have volunteered to provide pro bono services in all areas of family law: divorces, custody and visitation disputes and domestic violence cases.

Many of these far-flung volunteers have little or no experience in handling these types of cases. Last summer Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, the director of the Network for Women’s Services, received 2,200 e-mail messages from the volunteers. She spent hours answering them, every day. “The questions were very fact-specific,” she says.