Practice Area: Pro Bono & Public Good

New York State Bar Association Task Force Searches for Ways to Reduce Homelessness While Protecting Civil Liberties

The New York State Bar Association is launching a new task force that will examine the impact of homelessness and explore ways that governments can intervene so that fewer people will be living on the streets. More than 74,000 New Yorkers are homeless, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. “Homelessness is a crisis, … Continued

New York State Bar Association Says the Constitutional Rights of Children, Indigent Adults Must Be Protected

Sherry Levin Wallach, president of the New York State Bar Association, issued the following statement about the New York State budget: “While Gov. Kathy Hochul and legislative leaders have recognized that the state budget must include funding to protect the constitutional right to counsel of children and indigent adults, the New York State Bar Association … Continued

Let’s Get Physical: Get Moving for Attorney Well-Being

New York prides itself on being a sophisticated jurisdiction. Its transactional lawyers structure deals that are cutting edge. Its litigators craft novel arguments that are considered by learned courts. New York law governs contracts throughout the world. Now through the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), New York offers its legal community a cutting-edge path … Continued

Bill Provides $560 Million to the Legal Services Corporation

In its waning hours, the 117th Congress passed the 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which included the association’s perennial federal legislative priority of increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation.  On Dec. 29, President Biden signed the measure, which provides $560 million through Sept. 30. The LSC is an independent non-profit corporation established by Congress in … Continued

It’s Time To Take ‘Hygiene’ out of the Mental Hygiene Law

“I’m clean. I’m not supposed to be here. I’m clean.” Derek pleaded with me in the doorway of his room on the locked inpatient psychiatric unit at St. Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie. He pressed on: “I did my laundry this morning. I brushed my teeth. These other people stink. I take care of myself.” I … Continued

Two Capital Region Lawyers Honored for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare by New York State Bar Association

The New York State Bar Association honored two Capital Region legal champions with the Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare — Justice Elizabeth A. Garry, presiding justice of the New York State Appellate Division, Third Department, and Rensselaer County child advocate Douglas Broda. The award recognizes vital work undertaken … Continued