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Elder Justice Conference - Rapid Fire Presentation 2019

Office for Justice Initiatives attorney, Denise Colon Greenaway, presented as part of a distinguished panel of experts at the 14th Annual New York City Elder Justice Conference. Ms. Colon Greenaway discussed the Office for Justice Initiatives’ partnership with the Weinberg Center for Elder Justice to provide Housing Court judges with a group of Guardians Ad Litem with elder abuse specialization for appointment in cases where an impaired older adult is facing an eviction proceeding and there is concern for possible elder abuse. She also explained how professionals can seek to access court resources that aim to serve litigants who are mentally and/or physically impaired or disabled so that such litigants are able to meaningfully participate in their court case.

New Foreclosure Answer DIY Form Program

The Office for Justice Initiatives and the Office for Policy and Planning have developed a brand-new DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Foreclosure Answer Program in partnership with Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc., Legal Services NYC, and the Division of Technology. The program provides users with easy to read Foreclosure Answer papers along with step-by-step instructions. To use the Foreclosure Answer Program, the user will need Adobe Flash Player, Microsoft Word and an attached printer. Visit CourtHelp to view all available programs.


Poverty Simulation

On March 6, 2019, the Office for Justice Initiatives facilitated a Poverty Simulation at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Participants included law students from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Fordham University School of Law, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, New York Law School as well as the Associate Dean for Pro Bono and Public Interest at Rutgers Law School, the Senior Director of Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives at New York Law School, and a faculty member from New York Law School and non-judicial NYS Court personnel. In addition, administrators and faculty from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, staffed community organizations that the participants interacted with. The Poverty Simulation is designed to provide participants with the experience of living in poverty for one month. Participants were exposed to the difficult choices that people living in poverty make every day. At the conclusion, of the simulation, participants and volunteers gathered to debrief.

Visit the Litigants with Diverse Needs page to learn more about poverty simulations and read testimonials provided by participants.


Grand Opening of the Bronx County Surrogate's Court Help Center

Bronx Surrogate's Court Help Center
(L-R) Deputy Chief Clerk Elix R. Madera-Fliegelman, Surrogate Nelida Maláve-González, Hon. Edwina G. Mendelson, DCAJ for Justice Initiatives, Chief Clerk Michael P. Hausler and Associate Court Attorney Wendy Silva

Friday, January 11, 2019, marked the grand opening of the Bronx County Surrogate’s Court Help Center. Surrogate Nelida Maláve-González, Chief Clerk Michael P. Hausler, Deputy Chief Clerk Elix R. Madera-Fliegelman and Associate Court Attorney Wendy Silva, hosted the grand opening celebration. Hon. Edwina G. Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives presided over the grand opening celebration. This is the second Help Center to open under the leadership of Judge Mendelson and the thirtieth Help Center to open in New York State.

The Bronx County Surrogate’s Court Help Center is located on the third floor in room 323 of the courthouse. The Help Center is staffed by a court attorney who will be available to meet with unrepresented litigants one-on-one, to assist them with administration proceedings. In addition to the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Forms terminals located in other parts of the Surrogate’s Court, the Help Center has one DIY terminal that unrepresented litigants may use to prepare the papers they need for a Small Estate Affidavit, Article 17-A Guardianship Petition and Safe Deposit Box Petition. The location, address, and hours of operation are available on CourtHelp.