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Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc. & Talk to a Lawyer Clinic

Who We Are

OnVLP provides free legal information, advice, brief service and pro bono legal representation in civil legal matters to qualifying clients. We work closely with local legal services providers to identify civil legal needs that are not able to be met by those organizations. Then we harness the volunteer energies of nearly 400 members of the local legal community to meet those needs.

The mission of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.  is to expand access to justice by identifying and meeting the unmet civil legal services needs of low income people in Onondaga County through increasing the pro bono participation of the legal community.

How to Get Help

Visit our website or call our office via (315) 471-3409 for the most up-to-date information. 

Who We Serve

  • Onondaga County
Circumstances and languages in which interpreters are provided

If you need an ASL interpreter or an interpreter for any other language, you can email or call the program ahead of time so that we can schedule in in-person interpreter. We also always have telephone-based language interpretation available at all of our programs anytime.

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Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Brief Advice
  • Self-Help Materials
  • Full Legal Representation
Description of Services

We also offer legal clinics for civil legal issues:

Community clinics (in person):
- Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. - Central Library | Onondaga County Public Library (447 S Salina Street, Syracuse)
- Every other Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: For residents of Catholic Charities Men's Shelter (1074 South Clinton Street, Syracuse)

Remote clinics:
- Divorce: Free assistance with uncontested divorces for low-income clients.  VLP will draft your divorce forms and help you through the process as you file your own divorce.  If there are children, you must already have a family court order of custody and visitation before you enter our program.

- Family Court Clinic: Volunteer attorneys provide legal advice and assistance with petitions for custody, visitation, child support and paternity. This is currently being offered remotely. Low-income clients only.

- Veterans: Attorneys who are veterans provide advice and referrals to veterans. All services are currently being provided remotely. Call (315) 478-7127 to make an appointment.

General Contact Information

Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc. & Talk to a Lawyer Clinic
221 South Warren Street (map)
Suite 320
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 471-3409
Last Review and Update: Aug 01, 2017

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