Community Seminar Video Recordings


Civil Topics 

Video (20 min.) | Transcript (May 26, 2010)
Before you file for personal bankruptcy, get the facts! Get answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding Bankruptcy. Learn about the federal bankruptcy law, the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13, how bankruptcy affects your credit, what debt bankruptcy will not erase, and much more!

Credit Problems?
Video (20 min.) | Transcript (February 21, 2007)
In this seminar Alexander Levine, Esq., of Levine & Chong, discusses consumer rights and responsibilities, what to do if you are being sued by a creditor or have a judgment against you.

Video (20 min.) | Transcript (April 29, 2009)
Are you a tenant living in a foreclosed property? Come to our seminar and find out what your rights & responsibilities are as a tenant once the foreclosure process has started. Find out if you have to pay rent, and to whom? How much time you will be given to move out? And much more!

How to Start a Small Claims Case
Video (36 min.) | Transcript (February 3, 2006)
In this Community Seminar, Court Attorneys Aaron Hauptman and Susan Avery, along with Court Clerk James Lopez, explain how to start a Small Claims case. The Small Claims Court provides a less expensive and simple way for people to resolve their legal problems involving cases of small amounts of money (less than $5,000). The seminar covers how to be a "PRO" - Prepared, Realistic, and Organized.

Identity Theft
Video (17 min.) | Transcript (January 30, 2008)
In this community seminar, Edgar Perez, a Senior Financial Education Specialist from Citigroup teaches you how to protect yourself against identity theft, what to do if you become a victim and much more!

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Housing Topics 

Video (42 min.) | Transcript (October 27, 2010)
Got Bedbugs? These tiny bloodsucking bugs have invaded countless New York City apartments, public builidngs and some very popular retail stores throughout the city. According to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, there have been 12,768 bedbug complaints and 4,808 violations in 2010. This seminar will give you tips and strategies for detecting and getting rid of bedbugs. In addition, you will learn valuable information about the new Bedbug Disclosure Law! Guest speakers are Dr. Edgar Butts of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Rosalind Black from Legal Services NYC.

Defenses to a Non-Payment Proceeding
Video (27 min.) | Transcript (November 3, 2005)
In this community seminar, Sandra Russo, Esq., an attorney with Legal Services for New York City, discusses common defenses to nonpayment of rent. Some of the topics covered include: improper service of the court papers, improper naming of parties, payment of the rent, and conditions in the apartment.

Help! My Landlord Says I'm a Nuisance!
Video (18 min.) | Transcript (October 28, 2009)
In this seminar, Joyce Zimberg, Esq., a Court Attorney, discusses the nuisance holdover proceeding. A landlord may bring a nuisance holdover if a tenant, a member of the tenant's family, or a guest of the tenant engages in a continuous course of conduct which threatens the health, safety, or comfort of neighboring tenants or other building occupants. The seminar covers elements of and defenses to a nuisance holdover proceeding, and how to prepare for court.

Help! My Landlord Wants to Evict Me!
Video (32 min) | Transcript (February 25, 2009)
If your Landlord is kicking you out, come to one of our Community Seminars and get your questions answered. Find out how your Landlord can evict you even if you paid your rent and how to defend yourself in court against a holdover (eviction) proceeding. You will also learn about the different types of holdover (eviction) cases and much more! The guest speaker will be Joyce Zimberg, Esq., an experienced Court Attorney and educator.

Landlord 101
Video (20 min.) | Transcript (May 21, 2008)
Welcome to Landlord 101 for Small Property Owners! Find out what your rights and responsibilities are regarding leases, security deposits, violations & repairs, lead paint disclosures, evictions, landlord's rights to access and much more.

My Tenant Owes Me Rent
Video (17 min.) | Transcript (March 25, 2009)
In this seminar,experienced Court Attorney, Autrey Johnson, Esq., discusses the procedure for starting a non-payment proceeding when a tenant owes rent.

Need Help Paying Back Rent?
Video (20 min.) | Transcript (March 26, 2008)
The Emergency Rent Coalition (ERC) can help. The ERC is a network of community organizations that represents and advocates for vulnerable New York families and individuals who are at risk of eviction from their homes by providing education and information about emergency rent assistance. The guest speaker is Bruce Jordan, a Rental Assistance Director from the Human Resources Administration.

Need Repairs
Video (20 min.) | Transcript (October 29, 2008)
Need Repairs? Find out how to get repairs done in Housing Court, notify the landlord, prepare evidence for court and much more! The featured Speaker will be Staff Attorney, Sateesh Nori from the Housing Development Unit in the Harlem Community Law Office of the Legal Aid Society.

Pet Evictions
Video (32 min.) | Transcript (January 26, 2011)
If you have pets and you live in a New York City apartment this is the seminar for you! Ronald Languedoc, Esq., an expert on landlord-tenant law will explain how you can defend yourself in court against a Pet Eviction (Holdover).

Section 8: Everything you Wanted to Know!
Video (20 min.) | Transcript (September 26, 2007)
In this community seminar, Sateesh Nori, a staff attorney in the Housing Development Unit of the Legal Aid Society, discusses the types of Section 8, eligibility & income guidelines, the re-certification process and more!

Tenant's Rights & Responsibilities
Video (20 min.) | Transcript (April 25, 2007)
In this seminar Carol E. Mayse, a Senior Court Clerk discusses tenant's rights and responsibilities. Some of the topics covered include: how do I get the landlord to make repairs, does the landlord have to give me a lease, what about my security deposit?

What to do if you've been evicted?
Video (22 min.) | Transcript (January 6, 2006)
In this seminar, Douglass Seidman, Esq., an experienced tenants' rights lawyer with the Legal-Aid Society, discusses what legal and procedural steps to take if you have been evicted from your home.

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Family Topics 

Do you need an Order of Protection?
Video (18 min.) | Transcript (Februry 24, 2010)
This seminar answers many of the frequently asked questions people have when seeking an Order of Protection. You will also get instructions on how to file for an Order of Protection. The guest speaker will be Jack Cairns, Assistant to the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Family Court Matters.

Paternity & Child Support (Part I)
Video (20 min.) | Transcript (March 24, 2010)

Custody & Visitation (Part II)
Video (21 min.) | Transcript (March 24, 2010)
This informative two part seminar will teach you how to start a paternity, child support or custody/visitation proceeding and much more! Jack Cairns, Assistant to the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Family Court Matters will be covering "Paternity & Child Support" and Mike Williams, a Court Clerk Specialist from Kings County Family Court will be discussing "Custody & Visitation".

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