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The Legal Aid Society is the nation's oldest and largest private not-for-profit organization providing free legal services to low-income individuals and families in New York City. The Legal Aid Society handles 300,000 cases and matters annually with a staff of 1,700, including 1,000 lawyers and nearly 700 social workers, investigators, paralegals, and support and administrative staff through a network of 25 borough, neighborhood, and courthouse offices in all five boroughs of New York City. The Legal Aid Society's law reform work benefits some two million low-income families and individuals in New York City and the landmark rulings in many of these cases have a Statewide and national impact.

The Civil Practice also operates hotlines to provide additional services to low-income New Yorkers.