New York state court officials have announced a new program that will have recent graduates of the City University of New York Law School representing city residents in housing courts.
New York City’s Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Fern Fisher says 11 lawyers trained in housing law will represent low to moderate income residents on selected housing court cases starting next week.
Fisher says the six-month LaunchPad for Justice pilot program is the first time the state court system has partnered with a law school.
State Assemblymen Adriano Espaillat, of Manhattan, and Hakeem Jeffries, of Brooklyn, obtained legislative funds to pay the lawyers a $200 weekly stipend for a 20-hour week.
It’s estimated each lawyer will handle about 44 cases a week.