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MARCH 2015

Free Bridge-the-Gap CLE in return for pro bono service in court's
Access to Justice Program

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program will present its eighth series of free bridge-the-gap CLE trainings on March 24th-26th in return for pro bono service in the Court’s Access to Justice Program. Attorneys will be trained to provide free legal advice and limited representation to unrepresented litigants in New York City’s Housing, Civil, and Supreme Courts. Recent law school graduates and newly admitted attorneys may fulfill their first or second year Mandatory CLE requirements through participation in this program. The program also facilitates fulfillment of the new rule mandating 50 hours of pro bono service for new attorneys. Since the program’s inception in 2011, over 600 recent law school graduates and newly admitted attorneys have signed up for this CLE series and provided pro bono service to more than 6,000 litigants. Involving attorneys in pro bono service early in their careers encourages long-term commitment to public service within the profession. All participants in the program gain invaluable experience while helping some of New York’s most disadvantaged civil litigants obtain access to justice. View Flyer for more information


News


MARCH 2015

Nepal Delegation Visit

On March 10, 2015, a delegation from the Supreme Court of Nepal visited Bronx County Family Court in the morning and spent the afternoon with Judge Fisher and the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program staff learning about access to justice programs and initiatives. The Nepal delegation, led by Senior Justice Kalyan Shrestha, and organized by D. Christopher Decker, Chief Technical Advisor, Rule of Law and Human Rights Programme, United Nations Development Programme, visited Arizona and Washington D.C., before finishing their judicial outreach trip in New York.

Visit from the Supreme Court of Nepal
Delegation from the Supreme Court of Nepal with Judge Fern Fisher




FEBRUARY 2015

Lance B. Harris Wins DIY Star Award

On February 25, 2015, Kings County Supreme Court Senior Court Clerk Lance B. Harris was awarded the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program’s prestigious DIY Star Award for his contribution to the Uncontested Divorce DIY Form program’s Pilot Project and his assistance to unrepresented litigants in the Court Help Center. Read about Mr. Harris and the Star Award Ceremony.

Judicial Activism

Justice Fern Fisher, Director of the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program and Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts has published an article in the CUNY Law Review. In her article she urges the judiciary to embrace a new definition of judicial activism in light of the legal needs crisis. The article, entitled "Moving Toward a More Perfect World: Achieving Equal Access to Justice Through a New Definition of Judicial Activism," discusses the various ways that judges can improve the administration of justice.




JANUARY 2015

2014 Report

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program issued its 2014 Report, entitled, "Providing New Pathways to Legal Services, Assistance and Information." The Report provides a brief overview of the Access to Justice Program's programs and resources, as well as the highlights of the Access to Justice Program's accomplishments in 2014. Thank you to all the partners, friends, volunteers and court personnel who helped make 2014 a success!

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