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On this day, one year since Sept. 11, 2001, it seems like an appropriate time to reflect upon the tremendous outpouring of support offered by so many Americans to those directly affected by the terrorist attacks. Led by the heroic examples of our firefighters, police and other rescue personnel, countless Americans contributed to the recovery effort in multiple ways. Along with billions of dollars in donations, Americans volunteered their time and services at unprecedented levels. This may be one of the most important, and hopefully enduring, legacies of these senseless attacks. Americans have been united in their generosity and desire to assist those who are struggling to recover from the physical, emotional and economic impact of the attacks. Augmenting those who labored at the recovery site as rescue workers, welders and construction workers were medical personnel, businesspeople and lawyers who also volunteered their services to address the many needs of victims for counseling and advice. Even within professions that already had a strong tradition of volunteering, such as the legal profession, the level of interest in helping was unprecedented. Hundreds of lawyers volunteered for any program that would enable them to assist victims and their families. Lawyers were not even deterred by handling unfamiliar areas of law that would require specialized training. For example, more than 1,000 lawyers signed up for training to handle death certificates for the families of victims. Long after the actual site is cleared and the physical recovery is complete, victims and their families will continue to need assistance with issues such as benefits disputes, custody, immigration, small business assistance, employment, real estate, tenancy, and trusts and estates. In order to ensure that these needs will be met, numerous pro bono programs throughout New York City created specialized projects practically overnight. NEW PROGRAMS In the chaotic aftermath of Sept. 11, some of these new programs struggled to provide immediate assistance to victims and their families while keeping up with the large volume of volunteers. After almost a year of experience, many are functioning effectively and continue to need volunteers to handle the needs of victims. One Web site devoted to pro bono interests — www.probono.net– lists many of the available volunteer opportunities related to 9/11. After a simple sign-up procedure, lawyers can now easily browse this one site for most of the pro bono opportunities available in this area. Some examples of the opportunities you will find at Probono.net include the 9/11 Small Business Court Assistance Project, coordinated by the Legal Aid Society, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. This innovative program, established with the assistance of the Hon. Fern Fisher, creates a mediation part to handle commercial landlord and tenant litigation arising out of Sept. 11. Other examples include the Arab-American Family Support Center, which is seeking pro bono immigration lawyers who are willing to handle immigration intake on a Saturday. In addition, the Urban Justice Center is seeking pro bono assistance on several cases involving limousine drivers who are being wrongfully denied Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Moreover, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund needs bilingual volunteers who are fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Fukienese to help provide direct assistance and support to the thousands of working people in the Chinatown community. Also, the New York County Lawyers’ Association is seeking estate lawyers to “adopt” the families of police officers, fire fighters and other members of uniformed services who perished at the World Trade Center. And Lawyers Alliance for New York is serving as a clearinghouse for the “Adopt-A-Firehouse” project. This project is designed to assist the families of firefighters who perished at the World Trade Center. CHANGES IN THE LAW The events of Sept. 11 and its ramifications have touched almost all aspects of our lives. For lawyers, its impact on the economy and the law have been pronounced. For example, there have been so many changes in immigration law and such a heightened focus on the flow of immigration that programs that provide this type of assistance are in desperate need of volunteers. Programs such as Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, The Legal Aid Society, and The Association of the Bar of the City of New York are actively seeking lawyers to help with caseloads that have only grown since Sept. 11 of last year. You can access many of these organizations and their available opportunities on the Probono.net Web site. Beyond the specific needs created by the terrorist attack, many pro bono programs continue to be in dire need of volunteers to assist clients with basic issues such as housing, family law, government benefits, consumer, employment, and education. The economic slowdown of the past year has only contributed to an increase in the need for assistance in all of these areas. At the same time, pro bono programs are only meeting a fraction of the need. SPIRIT OF PUBLIC SERVICE On the first anniversary of that terrible day, one way to honor the memory of those who sacrificed so much to help others is to emulate their spirit of public service. As lawyers, we can build on the tremendous efforts by our profession during the past year by expanding our commitment to helping others and making pro bono an ongoing part of our careers. Anthony Perez Cassino is assistant director of public service at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

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