2017 Fall Commitment to Justice Reception

Established in 1966, Law Services provides free civil legal representation and advocacy for low income and disabled residents of Long Island. During 2016, over 14,000 individuals benefitted from our direct legal representation. We work to secure Social Security and public benefits; advocate for seniors, veterans, and low income families; prevent foreclosure and defend evictions; and provide legal assistance for domestic violence victims and people with cancer, mental illness, and HIV/AIDs. Please join us at our Fall Commitment to Justice Reception featuring a scrumptious dinner buffet, open bar, live music , raffles and silent auction – Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – Larkfield, East Northport, NY 6:00-10:00 . With your support, we will continue to provide free, quality civil legal representation to Long Island’s neediest residents.

To purchase tickets, sponsorships, and virtual journal ads on line please click here . You may also download the Sponsorship/Ticket Request Form and Virtual Journal Ad Request Form and mail in your payment.

Please join us as we salute,  The Barbara J. Merhman Commitment to Justice Honoree,

A. Thomas Levin , Esq. of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein


Law Services News – Latest Edition


We Honor Our Pro Bono Attorneys:


On June 22,2017 the Suffolk Pro Bono Project and the Suffolk County Pro Bono Foundation proudly celebrated the generosity of Suffolk’ s pro bono attorneys. The Hon. A Gail Prudential, Hofstra Law School Dean, was the guest speaker.


Recent Study - 86 Percent of low-income Americans’ civil legal issues get inadequate or no legal help.



LONG ISLAND PRO BONO ATTORNEYS WORK TO BRIDGE THE JUSTICE GAP

In recent months, Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee Inc. has continued its tradition of periodically honoring outstanding attorneys who volunteer their time to serve low income and disabled Long Islanders. Partnering with the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Foundation and the Nassau County Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee , the agency works to recruit and assign pro bono attorneys to represent low income clients in compelling civil cases, giving those who are less fortunate access the justice system.Hear the inspiring words of these volunteer attorneys.


Our Fall Fundraiser is scheduled for October 25, 2017 at the Larkfield. Save the date!


Helaine Barnett, Chair of the Permanent Commission on Access to Justice

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore addressed the Access to Justice Law School conference where the announcement was made on May 18, 2017.

The NYS Access to Justice Commission recently announced that Suffolk County was chosen to pilot a local strategy approach to closing the justice gap. NSLS has been invited to participate and we are ready for the challenge!



17 A Guardianship Project Now Open for Intake

In an effort to meet the demand for 17A guardianship services, the Suffolk Pro Bono Project has launched a new Self Help Initiative. This new program will help parents and other close relatives of young adults with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities prepare their Surrogate’s Court guardianship petitions. This new program is officially now open and ready to screen clients for eligibility. To be eligible, the client seeking guardianship must be live in Suffolk County, and the total household income must be within 200% of the federal poverty level. The new project is limited to self help assistance, but we may be able to arrange for a full service pro bono attorney in some cases.
Be advised that Nassau County clients can apply to the Nassau VLP for 17A Guardianship pro bono services, in most cases for full representation.
Those wishing to be screened for eligibility should contact us at (631) 232-2400 and ask to speak with the Pro Bono Unit. In Nassau County please call 516 292-8299



NYS Bar Foundation Congratulates NSLS on Receiving a Grant for the Veterans Rights Project.

With so many veterans on Long Island, the funding is being put to good use. In a recent case, a veteran and reservist was being evicted from the apartment where he, his fiancé and child were living. A few months remained until he would be deployed, and he was eligible for full time military pay and a housing stipend. The Veterans Rights Project attorney was able to negotiate with the landlord’s attorney by citing federal laws that protect active military personnel and assuring the landlord that the veteran was willing and able to make ongoing payments as well as payments towards the rental arrears to avoid the eviction. The negotiation was successful and the veteran was able to go overseas knowing that his family would continue to have secure housing.

NSLS’ legal staff is very gratified to be able to assist in cases such as these to extend legal protections to our veterans.