The Door Legal Services Center
Chadbourne works closely on a pro bono basis with The Door, New York City’s premier youth development agency. It serves young people, 12 to 21 years old, primarily from low-income families.
The Door Legal Services Center was established in 1992 to address the lack of free legal services for youth in New York City in need of help with their legal problems. The Center provides a broad range of counseling and advocacy services in civil matters, including family law issues involving paternity, child support, divorce, domestic violence, child custody and visitation rights; juvenile matters including emancipation, the rights of youth in foster care and obtaining government benefits; immigration issues for undocumented clients; employment issues, such as unpaid wages; and issues in handling difficulties at school and with the police.
Since 1998, Chadbourne has had an externship program with The Door, in which associates are sent on 8-12 week assignments. In 2005, Chadbourne expanded its commitment to The Door Legal Services Center through the Chadbourne & Parke Fellowship Program at The Door. The Chadbourne Fellow is an associate of Chadbourne, receives Firm benefits and has an office at the Firm in addition to space at The Door Legal Services Center. After an orientation period at the Firm’s New York office, the Fellow associate works on-site at The Door for approximately 16 months.
The Fellow reports regularly to Chadbourne on the work being done at The Door and attends Firm meetings and social functions. At the end of the term, the Fellow has the option to return to Chadbourne in a practice area of the Fellow’s choice.
In October 2011, Chadbourne associate Natalie Orr was named the Fellow, following Rebecca Press and Pooja Asnani. For more information about Chadbourne's Door Fellowship, please contact