In late 2007, CLRN also established a new project, the Incubator for Justice, in Manhattan. The Incubator trains CLRN members, over an 18-month period, in basic business issues such as billing, record-keeping, technology, bookkeeping and taxes while, at the same time, facilitating Incubator participants' involvement in larger justice initiatives and in subject-based training in immigration law, labor and employment and other topics that will arise continually as these attorneys build their practices.

The ultimate goal both of CLRN and the Incubator: continuing legal education tailored to members' needs, and a sophisticated mentoring program to make its members financially, professionally, and personally successful, and help them achieve their individual justice missions.


New Application Round For CUNY Law School's Incubator for Justice

Are You Passionate about starting your own law practice or non-profit organization? CUNY Law's Community Legal Resource Network can help. We currently have one desk opening in the Incubator for Justice on September 5, 2013. This unique professional opportunity is open to CUNY Law School graduates who:

  • Are admitted to practice in New York State
  • Have a demonstrated a commitment to justice (as evidenced from prior employment and/or community service)
  • Are willing to engage in ongoing pro & low bono services arranged by CLRN
  • Work well in intimate settings with a diverse groups of individuals
  • Are interested in collaborating with other attorneys in the Incubator
  • Have references to support their credentials
  • Commit to establishing a solo/small firm practice/non-profit organization in an underserved community after completion of their incubator training
  • Have, or will purchase, malpractice insurance
  • Are ready to commit to 18 months in the Incubator

Our incubator's main goal is to produce successful, public service oriented solo or small firm practitioners and/or non-profit organizations that will leave the program after 18 months with a financially viable, community-based, legal practice or non-profit organization.

Started in 2007, and now a model of numerous other programs throughout the country, our Incubator Program consists of CUNY School of Law graduates who have a strong desire to become solo or small firm practitioners or start-up non-profit organizations providing legal services to underserved communities in New York City. The participants will be assessed a modest monthly fee and provided with a fully equipped law office conveniently located at 27th Street & Fifth Avenue, from which they can begin representing clients. Periodic training in business management skills, client representation, Continued Legal Education courses, and peer-to-peer mentoring are among the supportive services provided throughout the process. We are looking for attorneys in various practice areas that reflect the diversity of New York City; bilingual/bicultural skills are a plus.

If you have any questions, or are interested in joining our Incubator for Justice, please email Incubator Attorney and Program Manager, Michele Lampach, at with the following to apply:

  • Your resume, including the names and contact information of three references,
  • A two or three page business plan,
  • A two-page statement of interest which is responsive to the following questions:
    1. Why do you believe an office in the Incubator would be helpful?
    2. How do you perceive your private practice or non-profit organization will enable you to increase access to justice in underserved communities?
    3. What have you done, and what do you plan to do, to further CUNY Law's mission to use "Law in the Service of Human Needs"?

Applications are due by September 5, 2013, to start immediately.