The Legal Aid Society Celebrates Its 135th Anniversary of Service to New York City

The Legal Aid Society is celebrating its 135th anniversary of service to New York City by announcing a series of Know Your Rights pamphlets intended to help inform and educate New Yorkers about a number of legal matters, including evictions, immigration, domestic violence, unemployment insurance, low income taxpayers, Medicaid managed care, and what to do when you encounter the police. The pamphlets will be available at Legal Aid offices throughout the City, courthouse offices and on The Legal Aid Society’s website.

The pamphlets soon will be available in Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese.

The Legal Aid Society, the nation’s oldest and largest not-for-profit legal services organization, is more than a law firm for low-income New Yorkers. It is an indispensable component of the legal, social, and economic fabric of New York City — passionately advocating for low-income individuals and families across a variety of civil, criminal and juvenile rights matters, while also fighting for legal reform. Through a network of borough, neighborhood, and courthouse offices in 25 locations in New York City, the Society provides comprehensive legal services in all five boroughs of New York City for clients who cannot afford to pay for private counsel. The Society’s legal program operates three major practices — Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Rights — and receives volunteer help from law firms, corporate law departments and expert consultants that is coordinated by the Society’s Pro Bono program. The Legal Aid Society takes on more cases for more clients than any other legal services organization in the United States. And it brings a depth and breadth of perspective that is unmatched in the legal profession.

The Legal Aid Society's unique value is an ability to go beyond any one case to create more equitable outcomes for individuals and broader, more powerful systemic change for society as a whole. In addition to the annual caseload of 300,000 individual cases and legal matters, the Society’s law reform work benefits some 2 million low income families and individuals in New York City and the landmark rulings in many of these cases have a State-wide and national impact.

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