The Legal Aid Society Dedicates Its Mobile Justice Unit In Far Rockaway
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012

Today, The Legal Aid Society formally dedicated its Mobile Justice Unit at the Joseph P. Addabo Family Health Center in Far Rockaway. Purchased with dedicated funding from a Robin Hood Hero's Award and the George Link Jr. Foundation, the Mobile Justice Unit expands the ability of The Legal Aid Society to go directly to those clients who reside in the most vulnerable and isolated communities in New York City in order provide early intervention legal services. By going out directly into these communities rather than waiting for individuals to come see us in our neighborhood- and courthouse-based offices, we are able to address legal problems at an early stage before litigation has begun and clients would normally seek our help.

From July through October of this year, The Legal Aid Society operated the Mobile Justice Unit on a pilot basis in Far Rockaway. Beginning right after the Hurricane, the Society pressed the Mobile Justice Unit into service to help with the Society's community outreach disaster relief efforts, which include community-based services in Far Rockaway and Coney Island as well as in Red Hook and Staten Island. The Mobile Justice Unit enables the Society to reach families and individuals in the low-income and isolated communities that have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The Robin Hood Hero's Award was given to Marshall Green, the long-time Attorney-in-Charge of the Society's Bronx Neighborhood Office. In recognition of this award and his exceptional service to the Society's clients, the Mobile Justice Unit is named in honor of Marshall Green, who began his Legal Aid career as an attorney in what was then the Society's Far Rockaway office. Funding from Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman's Civil Legal Services Initiative and general support from New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council are supporting some of the Society's ongoing Mobile Justice Unit services for low-income families and individuals.