Volunteer Lawyer for the Day Program (VLFD)
Volunteer attorneys provide limited representation for unrepresented litigants in their nonpayment cases in the Housing Court’s Resolution Part. The representation begins and ends the same day. This program is conducted in partnership with CUNY School of Law's Community Legal Resource Network in New York, Kings and Queens counties. The Program also operates in Bronx County Housing Court.
Consumer Debt VLFD
Volunteer attorneys provide limited representation for unrepresented consumer debtors in Civil Court in New York, Kings, Bronx and Queens Counties. Volunteer attorneys represent litigants during settlement negotiations and in vacating default judgments. This program is conducted in partnership with New York County Lawyers' Association, New York Legal Assistance Group and the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program.
Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP)
Housing VLP and Civil VLP
Volunteer attorneys provide advice to unrepresented Housing Court litigants and Civil Court litigants under the supervision of the Civil Court’s Help Center Court Attorneys. Volunteer lawyers meet with unrepresented litigants on a walk-in basis in the Court’s Help Centers. This is an advice-only program. Volunteer lawyers do not represent the litigants in court or file papers on their behalf. The Housing VLP operates in all counties of New York City, with an additional site for the Housing VLP in the Harlem Community Court. The Civil VLP operates in New York and Kings Counties only.
Guardian Ad Litem - Housing (GAL)
The Civil Court’s GAL Program recruits, trains, and supervises a pool of GALs who are appointed by Housing Judges to advocate on behalf of mentally or physically impaired litigants facing eviction in landlord-tenant cases. Attorneys and non-attorneys are eligible to participate.
Volunteer lawyers provide legal advice on support, paternity, custody,visitation, family offense and guardianship matters to unrepresented litigants in Family Court in New York, Kings, Queens, Bronx and Richmond Counties.
While under the supervision of the Supreme Court’s Help Center’s Court Attorneys, volunteer attorneys will assist unrepresented litigants in the preparation of uncontested divorce papers to enable them to accomplish divorce through the State Supreme Court. Volunteer lawyers do not represent the litigants in court or file papers on their behalf.
- Bronx, Queens and All counties: Laurie Milder, Esq.
- New York County: Baila Kamman, Esq.
- Kings County: Kwaku Agyeman, Esq.
- Richmond County: Robert Soos, Esq.
This program was launched in February 2014 to support and assist unrepresented litigants - people who do not have an attorney - during their court appearances in landlord-tenant and consumer debt cases. Specially trained and supervised non-lawyers, called Court Navigators, provide general information, written materials, and one-on-one assistance to eligible unrepresented litigants. In addition, Court Navigators provide moral support to litigants, help them access and complete court forms, assist them with keeping paperwork in order, in accessing interpreters and other services, explain what to expect and what the roles of each person is in the courtroom. Court Navigators are also permitted to accompany unrepresented litigants into the courtroom in Kings County Housing Court and Bronx County Civil Court. While these Court Navigators cannot address the court on their own, they are able to respond to factual questions asked by the judge.
Assigned Counsel Project (ACP) Internship Program - Housing
The Internship Program recruits, trains, and supervises law students to conduct intake and assess the legal and social services needs of vulnerable seniors at risk of eviction. Volunteers meet with seniors in Court, complete evaluations, and issue spot in formulating a legal assessment of the senior's case for the Supervising Judge to consider in triaging for the ACP Program. The screening and assessment process are performed under the supervision of a Court Attorney.