Please be advised that the New York State Unified Court System Office for Justice Initiatives has temporarily suspended all court-based volunteer lawyer programs.
We look forward to resuming all programs at the appropriate time.
The New York State Unified Court System’s Office for Justice Initiatives led by Honorable Edwina G. Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives, is charged with directing the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program. The Office for Justice Initiatives (OJI) also oversees child welfare and juvenile and adolescent justice initiatives, including implementation of legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York (commonly known as the “Raise the Age” law). The Office for Justice Initiatives works closely with the Permanent Commission on Access to Justice, as well as with the Advisory Committee on Access for People with Disabilities, the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), the Division of Technology, the Grants Office, the Office of Language Access, Office of Legal Information and law schools.
Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives
Hon. Edwina G. Mendelson Profile
Chief of Staff
Michelle Smith, Esq.