May 2014 Newsletter Now Available

Maria Dosso Honored

On March 21, 2014, Honorable C. Randall Hinrichs, District Administrative Judge of Suffolk County and The Suffolk County Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts held  an awards ceremony for Women’s History Month.    This very special event celebrates women who have made significant contributions to providing access to justice and pro bono services. Congratulations to our very own Maria Dosso, Director of Communications & Volunteer Services for this very special acknowledgment!

Financial Assistance for Storm Related Damage to Your Home

If your home was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the NY Rising Housing Recovery Program.
Applications for assistance are being accepted through April 11, 2014.
Apply online today at above link or call the STORM RECOVERY HOT LINE at 1-855-NYS-SANDY (1-855-697-7263
).  For more info see NY Rising Program Flyer – English , NY Rising Program Flyer – Spanish

Free Tax Preparation for Long Islanders

Are you or a family member a U.S military personnel, over the age of 60, or have a low to moderate income?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be eligible for free tax preparation.  Click here for more information including the eligibility guidelines and a listing of Long Island Centers.

Home Energy Allowance Program

HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat related energy emergency. See if you qualify.

Apple Inc. Refunds $32.5 Million

Apple Inc.  will refund consumers at least $32.5 million to settle a longstanding complaint that the technology company billed U.S. consumers for charges incurred by children through mobile apps without their parents’ consent,0,5591309.story See our December 2013 newsletter article page 4. “The FTC Says, “Be on the Lookout” Consumer Scams Target Children and ACA Applicants” :

Assistance for Education Matters

The Juvenile Justice Clinic at Hofstra is accepting referrals regarding :
school superintendent hearing’s, residency, student homeless issues.


Juvenile Justice Clinic
Maurice A. Deane School of Law
108 Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York, 11549
Phone: 516-463-5934
Fax: 516-463-5937

Help For Simple Uncontested Divorces

For the second year Law Services is working with Touro Law School to provide assistance to unrepresented individuals who are seeking a divorce. This project is meant only for simple uncontested cases. Nassau/Suffolk Law Services continues to operate the Pro Bono Project to do divorce representation and will continue to screen appropriate cases for pro bono representation by the Pro Bono Project or pro se services through Touro. Touro will also accept calls directly (631) 761-7197 and coordinate with Law Services. Please Click Here for more information.

On December 12, 2013 the Suffolk County Bar Association hosted a free Foreclosure CLE for pro bono attorneys and others who were interested in volunteering. The program was co-sponsored by Nassau Suffolk Law Services and drew a packed audience to a presentation by impressive speakers including Barry Lites, Eric Sackstein, Ray Lang, Mike Wigutow and Glenn Warmuth. Law Services’ Senior Staff Attorney, Mike Wigutow, is pictured below. Law Services oversees the Pro Bono Foreclosure Settlement Project and was pleased to see so many new prospective volunteers

December 2012 Newsletter – Special Double Issue