Don’t Forget to Register for the Upcoming Medicaid Training on April 25, 2017 and the Social Security Post Eligibility Training on May 24, 2017. Spring Training Registration Form

Jeffrey Seigel, NSLS Executive Director (right) is joined by Staff Attorney, NSLS Veterans Rights Project, Susanna Laruccia in accepting a check and certificate of recognition from New York Bar Foundation representative, John P. Christopher, partner at Sahn, Ward, Koschignano, PLLC. The Young Lawyers Section and Young Lawyer Friends of the Foundation sponsored a 24 hr challenge to raise funds for veterans services.

Immigrant Tenant Rights: Guidance issued by AG Schneiderman
document outlines basic legal rights for all NY tenants, regardless of immigration status.

A hotline  has also been set up for immigrants whose housing is being threatened due to their immigration status. NYS Office of New Americans 1-800-566-7636

Remembering Ryan White, the young man who fought against the stigma of AIDS.

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Ellen Krakow, Esq. NSLS Suffolk Pro Bono Coordinator, accepted the Legal Advocate of the Year Award at the LI Womens’ Conference on April 1, 2017.

Ellen along with other honorees pictured third from the left.

Late Breaking News on Foreclosure Funding!

The Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, has committed to interim funding to insure foreclosure services continue through March 31, 2018!

When the new round of funding ends the legislature will still need to identify funds for the program’s future but this news is a welcome reprieve. Thanks to the foreclosure prevention network of support that kept this issue on the front burner.

Supreme Court Decision in Endrew F. Rules Favorably for Students With Special Needs

In rejecting the notion that an Individualized Education Program (IEP) need only be reasonably calculated to allow the student to make “merely more than de minimis progress”, the Supreme Court in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1. determined that a “free appropriate public education” is delivered, pursuant to the IDEA, if “an educational program [is] reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances”. To hold otherwise would allow children with disabilities to “receiv[e] instruction that aims so low [such that they would be] sitting idly . . . awaiting the time when they were old enough to drop out”.