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The Albany County Family Court Help Center is a flexible volunteer commitment for attorneys looking to do pro bono work in Albany County.  Attorney volunteers in the Help Center assist unrepresented litigants with filling out and filing pro se family court petitions and give brief legal advice in areas like child custody, visitation, and support.  This is a limited scope legal service for pro se clients: representation ends at the conclusion of each shift.

The average Help Center commitment is approximately two hours, once a month.  The Help Center is open during court hours – 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.  Volunteers may choose any open shift that works with their schedule, or set up a recurring monthly shift (e.g. the first Thursday of every month) on a day they’re normally available. The Help Center’s current schedule is available here.


Interested in learning more?

First, check out why you don’t need to be a family court attorney to volunteer at the Help Center


If you don’t often practice family law, attend a training online or in person. 

               Watch the Help Center Training CLE online and follow the instructions to redeem 2.0 MCLE credits.

               Take a look at our Help Center Training schedule and register here.


If you have more questions or are ready to get involved,  contact Coordinating Attorney Kristin Petrella at (518) 445-7691 x113 or


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