New York Bar Foundation Awards 克斯法律服务 Grant to Help Address Urgent Covid-19 Legal Needs

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纽约, 纽约(7月15日, 2020) – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The New York Bar Foundation launched an emergency fundraising drive to help address the legal needs of New Yorkers brought on by the pandemic. With these funds the Foundation has awarded 29 grants to legal services and public interest organizations in neraly every judicial district of the state, in the most successful fundraising effort in the Foundation's history.
"Even in the best of times The New York Bar Foundation learns of numerous and different unmet legal needs across New York State,露西娅·威斯南说, Chair of the Foundation's Grants Review Committee. "Now with the confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic disruption those unmet needs are even more acute. The goal of this special campaign is to help providers increase their ability to represent those in urgent need of legal services."

The programs receiving Foundation grants will provide access to justice for those affected by the medical and economic crisis, 包括:
  • Sustenance income, health care, cash assistance, and food stamps benefits for those in need
  • Emergency legal assistance for victims of domestic violence sheltering in place with their abusers;
  • Small businesses working to preserve employment critical to the fabric of neighborhoods by renegotiating commercial lease and rent modifications;
  • Those ages 60+ in need of health care related assistance;
  • HIV-positive and LGBTQ immigrants seeking release from detention;
  • Laid-off Latinx workers compromised by limited access to relief programs;
  • Renters with pandemic-related housing issues;
  • Seniors, medically fragile individuals, and first responders seeking advanced planning, i.e., wills, living wills, health care proxies and powers of attorney.
  • Consumers who face unmanageable debt collection issues
除了, the Foundation awarded NYSBA a grant to help fund its pathbreaking Unemployment Insurance 公益性服务 Assistance Network project.

"I'm impressed by the determination and resourcefulness of these organizations - many in fragile financial condition themselves and coping with the impacts of the pandemic," Foundation President Lesley Rosenthal said.

"The generosity of our state bar members and all of our donors has made it possible to provide critical support to these organizations,琼·卡斯特利亚诺说, Vice-Chair of the Grants Review Committee. "Lawyers throughout the state selflessly responded to the Foundation's call to fund the legal emergencies created by COVID-19."
Organizations receiving grants include:

布鲁克林 Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
布鲁克林 Legal Services Corporation
Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York
Family Justice Center of Erie County
LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT)
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Nassau County Bar Association Fund, Inc.
The Door - A Center of Alternatives, Inc.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.

"If you can, please join us in support these important efforts," said Rosenthal. "There is a world of need from the twin medical and economic crisis posed by COVID-19."
Gifts to the COVID-19 Emergency Legal Relief Fund can be made via and clicking the donate button or sent to The New York Bar Foundation, 1麋鹿街, 奥尔巴尼, NY 12207

The New York Bar Foundation is a charitable and philanthropic arm of the New York State Bar Association. 成立于1950年, the foundation is dedicated to aiding educational, 直接的法律服务, and charitable projects aimed at meeting the law-related needs of the public and the profession. The foundation solicits charitable contributions and provides funding to increase public understanding of the law; improve the justice system and the law; facilitate the delivery of legal services; and enhance professional competence and ethics. More information about the foundation can be found at

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