Empire Justice Center

Statewide, multi-issue, multi-strategy public interest law firm focused on changing the “systems” within which poor and low income families live through advocacy and service.
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Primary geographic focus: New York
Organization type(s): Provider

Empire Justice of New York state is a statewide, multi-issue, multi-strategy public interest law firm focused on changing the “systems” within which poor and low income families live. With a focus on poverty law, Empire Justice undertakes research and training, acts as an informational clearinghouse, and provides litigation backup to local legal services programs and community based organizations. As an advocacy organization, we engage in legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of those impacted by poverty and discrimination. As a non-profit law firm, we provide legal assistance to those in need and undertake impact litigation in order to protect and defend the rights of disenfranchised New Yorkers.


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Mind the Gap: Bending the Cost Curve of Legal Services to Close the Justice Gap

Ray Brescia
Huffington Post
June 9, 2015
How do we use technology and innovation to break down barriers to justice and affordability of lawyers? This op-ed lays out ideas.

News Story

Why Is It So Hard for Corinthian Students to Get Their Promised Debt Relief?

Michelle Chen
Nation, The
July 15, 2015
 After years of miseducating students nationwide, Everest College is finally toppling from its perch at the peak of the for-profit college bubble. But now thousands of alleged fraud victims are mired in a debt trap of epic proportions. Civil legal aid attorneys in Rochester, New York, are working to help students know their rights and get the debt relief they deserve.


The Education Department Is Failing Students Who Got Defrauded

David Dayen
Fiscal Times
July 24, 2015
So far, just a handful of students have seen their loans forgiven, despite a supposedly streamlined process in the Corinthian scandal. Many students are being left out.

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Web Service To Connect Crime Victims With Legal Help

Lucas Willard
November 18, 2015
A new online tool will allow victims of crime in upstate New York to more easily find the legal help and services they need.


Philanthropy Must Step Up for Fairness in Civil Justice

Mary McClymont
Chronicle of Philanthropy
April 8, 2016
Foundations have started to hear the call to action on criminal justice and have stepped up. Now, we must do the same to advance needed reforms in civil justice.

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Post Office Fails to Deliver on Time, and DACA Applications Get Rejected

Liz Robbins
New York Times (NYT)
November 10, 2017
Dozens of young immigrants mailed renewal forms weeks before they were due. But their paperwork was delayed in the mail and then denied for being late.


On Trans Day of Visibility, Do More Than Make Yourself Seen

Milo Primeaux
March 28, 2018
Being out and proud is important, writes Milo Primeaux, but visibility alone will not set us free.

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Unsung Heroes of Obamacare’s Enrollment Surge

Martha Bergmark
Huffington Post
April 3, 2014
From coast to coast, legal aid organizations helped low- and moderate-income Americans sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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