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New venue for Art of Lawyering fundraiser

Volunteer Legal Services of Monroe County Inc. is hosting its biennial Art of Lawyering event on Oct. 7 in a new venue.

Previously held at VLSP’s offices in the Telesca Center in downtown Rochester, the event is moving to Village Gate in the Neighborhood of the Arts. The event will feature local musicians, dancers and food, and the auction of arts and crafts from the legal community and local artists.

All of the net proceeds directly benefit VLSP’s low income clients by funding litigation costs such as subpoenas, transcript and translation fees for their pending cases. Tickets are available at www.vlsprochester.org/art-of-lawyering.html.

“We are really excited about the beautiful, larger space and the location, which allow us to expand the event and offer more experiences,” said VLSP Executive Director Sheila Gaddis.

VLSP traces its origins to June 1981 when the Monroe County Bar Association received a $20,000 demonstration grant from the Legal Services Corporation to develop a project to increase private attorney participation in the delivery of civil legal services to low-income clients. The local bar association was one of only five bar associations nationwide, and the only one in New York state to receive funding. The LSC grant was matched by contributions from law firms and individual lawyers.