Low Bono Access to Justice

Launchpad for Justice

Launchpad Fellows 2017

Pictured: Launchpad Fellows 2017.

The Launchpad for Justice program provides direct in-court representation in Queens and Brooklyn in the areas of housing, consumer debt, and uncontested divorces. Launchpad Fellows are recent CUNY School of Law graduates, most of whom are awaiting their bar exam results and admission. With six months of excellent supervision under a special practice order, fellows gain valuable court experience and earn over 12 free CLE credits. Fellows develop their skills and resumes while supported by stipends for their participation in the program.

The Launchpad program operates in collaboration with the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program with alumna Judge Edwina Richardson Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge of New York Courts and Director of the Program. Last year, the Launchpad program assisted over 1,400 low-income New Yorkers. If interested, contact Lisa Reiner at lisa.reiner@law.cuny.edu.

City Counseling

Devian Daniels ‘06 delivering legal assistance in the Bronx

Pictured: Devian Daniels ‘06 delivering legal assistance in the Bronx.

CUNY Law promotes models of lawyering leading to access to justice for all. Through funding from members of the New York City Council and the New York State Assembly, CUNY Law contracts experienced alumni to provide free legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers in all five boroughs.

Alumni deliver legal consultation, limited representation, and legal rights workshops to a diverse range of constituents. Attorneys receive support from CUNY Law and by joining a network of attorneys that participate in the city counseling program. Alumni in the city counseling program address issues including consumer debt, employment foreclosure, elder care, family law, immigration, public benefits and housing issues.

Participant attorneys supplement their income through this contract work, doing well while doing good.

Angela Torregoza ’12 presenting for community organization on immigration

Pictured: Angela Torregoza ’12 presenting for community organization on immigration.

Last year the City Counseling program delivered services in:

  • 5 boroughs
  • 12 districts
  • 27 alumni attorneys
  • 2,000 hours of direct service
  • 750 diverse legal matters
  • 14 languages

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If you are interested in learning more and/or would like to participate in this program in the future, contact Alizabeth Newman ‘91 at newman@law.cuny.edu .

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