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Hot off the press – Law Services News – March, 2017


Certain adult applicants are eligible for file for SSI Online. For more information go to https://www.ssa.gov/disabilityssi/ssi.html


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”.


Pro Bono Assistance Website – Sponsored by NYSBA and ABA

The New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association are sponsoring a new website where you can ask a lawyer for free legal advice. There is an online income qualification interview, and if eligible, a legal question can be posted which will be answered by a participating attorney. New York Free Legal Answers


The New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association are sponsoring a new website where you can ask a lawyer for free legal advice. There is an online income qualification interview, and if eligible, a legal question can be posted which will be answered by a participating attorney. Free Legal Answers


Legal Services Corporation Confident of Bipartisan Support Despite President Trump’s Call to Defund.  See LSC update