We are excited to announce the launch of a monthly legal clinic to benefit the Senior Citizen Community in New York City by assisting them with getting their monthly apartment rents frozen. Our Brooklyn Office For The Aging staff, together with pro bono volunteers from the legal community, will begin to pilot a monthly SCRIE clinic at our downtown Brooklyn (111 Livingston Street) offices to assist qualified seniors with applying for Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemptions or SCRIE. We are asking for your help in getting the word out to your clients, clients’ families, and anyone else you think would be interested. You do NOT have to be a Brooklyn resident to participate in the Clinic.
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The Legal Aid Society suffered the loss of two great leaders who were former Presidents of this 139-year-old organization that has served New York City’s poor . Federal Judge Robert P. Patterson of the Southern District, whose remarkable life was devoted to public service, passed away Tuesday. Leon Silverman, a tenacious litigator who was involved in the desegregation of schools in Little Rock, Ark., was fondly remembered at a memorial service on Wednesday. Mr. Silverman passed away January 29.
Federal District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest has preliminarily approved a proposed settlement agreement in Toney-Dick, et al. v. Doar, et al., a class action suit against the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) concerning disability access to disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) benefits. The Legal Aid Society brought this case, with the help of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, LLP, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Many people with disabilities faced obstacles in applying for these disaster benefits, in part because they had to travel from devastated areas such as the Rockaways to downtown Brooklyn just to apply. Judge Forrest will hold a fairness hearing on June 25, 2015 at the federal courthouse at 500 Pearl St.
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-Bronx) held a town hall meeting at the Kingsbridge Public Library on New York’s tenant protection laws, which are due to expire in June. Over 100 community members attended the event. Assemblyman Dinowitz and the town hall’s other two panelists, Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice Law Reform Unit at The Legal Aid Society, and Katie Goldstein, Executive Director of Tenants and Neighbors, spoke briefly and then answered a number of insightful questions from attendees about the nuances of New York’s rent laws.
Seymour W. James, the Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, said he was pleased that the City plans to transform the summons process in hopes of making it more efficient, but he added that he hoped it would encourage broader change.
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