New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)

NYLAG, founded in 1990, provides high quality, free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers who cannot afford attorneys.
NYLAG website

Primary geographic focus: New York
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: NYLAG

Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides high quality, free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers who cannot afford attorneys. Our comprehensive range of services includes direct representation, case consultation, advocacy, community education, training, financial counseling, and impact litigation.


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When an Attorney Is the Best Medicine

Randye Ratkin, Beth Breslin
Huffington Post
August 14, 2015
Combatting cancer is rarely a health issue only. Many patients deal with legal issues which need a lawyer to resolve.


At Capital One, Easy Credit and Abundant Lawsuits

Paul Kiel
December 28, 2015
A ProPublica analysis of state court filings reveals that Capital One sues its customers far more than any other bank.

Lives Upended by Disputed Cuts in Home-Health Care for Disabled Patients

Nina Bernstein
New York Times (NYT)
A detailed report by a coalition of more than 100 nonprofit groups shows that the crisis in Ms. Negron’s family has been repeated in hundreds of households covered by Senior Health Partners.

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Reverse Mortgages: Unintended Consequences

Jessica Scholes
Huffington Post
November 3, 2016
NYLAG has seen increasing numbers of reverse mortgage foreclosures in New York City and on Long Island.

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Housing Policy Punishes Vulnerable Immigrants, NYC Can Help

Brian Hilburn
Huffington Post
November 21, 2016
As the City’s leaders grapple with the best way forward to protect and defend the rights of immigrants, I have a recommendation that would help to provide vulnerable families with a measure of economic security and peace of mind.

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New York Courts Struggle to Keep Up With Need to Interpret More Languages

Thomas MacMillan
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
April 18, 2017
The challenge is growing to provide translations for more than 100 languages in New York City.

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The Car Was Repossessed, but the Debt Remains

Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Michael Corkery
New York Times (NYT)
June 18, 2017
Many of these auto loans, it turns out, have a habit of haunting people long after their cars have been repossessed.

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As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away

Stacy Cowley, Jessica Silver-Greenberg
New York Times (NYT)
July 17, 2017
The troubled loans, which total at least $5 billion, are at the center of a protracted legal dispute between the student borrowers and a group of creditors who have aggressively pursued them in court after they fell behind on payments.

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U.S. to Help Remove Debt Burden for Students Defrauded by For-Profit Chain

Patricia Cohen, Emily S. Rueb
New York Times (NYT)
August 9, 2017
Nearly 25 years after a nationwide chain of beauty and secretarial schools was closed for defrauding students, the Department of Education has agreed to help victims wipe clean their burdensome federal student loan debts.

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Five Years After Sandy, Lessons For Today’s Hurricane Victims

Nadine Gabai
Huffington Post
October 6, 2017
Legal services groups like ours that in the last several years have become recognized as a vital social service in the immediate and long-term aftermath of a natural disaster.

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This Year, Honor Our Veterans By Giving Them The Legal Services They Need

Keith Hoffman
Huffington Post
November 9, 2017
As we celebrate Veterans Day, Congress is debating legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to directly fund civil legal aid for veterans.

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Behind the Lucrative Assembly Line of Student Debt Lawsuits

Stacy Cowley, Jessica Silver-Greenberg
New York Times (NYT)
November 13, 2017
The tide of rising defaults has also turned into a lucrative business, with companies collecting tens of millions of dollars through settlements, wage garnishments and other compelled payments.


Over 70,000 military sexual assaults took place last year — Congress must take action

Samantha Kubek
Fox News
November 16, 2017
Congress should act swiftly to approve long overdue legislation introduced Thursday to strengthen the prosecution of sexual assault in the military.


They Lost Their Homes. Now A Reality TV Star Is Selling Them

Lisa Riordan Seville
December 20, 2017
Behind the scenes of Million Dollar Listing New York are black and Latino families who lost their homes in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis.

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A mother’s dilemma: Get cancer meds and risk deportation, or hide and surely die

Dan Gorenstein
February 1, 2018
This is a story about what happens when you have no good option.

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NYC’s Immigration Court Erodes Accommodations for Children Without Attorneys

David Brand
City Limits
February 13, 2018
Thousands of other undocumented immigrant children never get a lawyer and continue to experience that fear and uncertainty during deportation proceedings. Others choose to avoid court, exposing themselves to in-absentia removal orders.

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Debt-Collection Firm Settles Class-Action Lawsuit

Melanie Grayce West
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
March 31, 2018
Asta Funding, law firm to pay $3.9 million to settle charges they improperly tried to collect millions of dollars on AT&T Wireless debts.


Senator’s plan best for GI sex-assault victims

Samantha Kubek
Stars and Stripes
May 17, 2018
Far too few stories of #MeTooMilitary have been told. Enough is enough. We must act now to support our troops by passing the MJIA, cracking down on sexual harassment and assault in our military, and safeguarding their fundamental rights.


Take care to help veterans who care for others too

Ruth Stein
Stars and Stripes
November 29, 2018
As an attorney with LegalHealth, who staffs an on-site free legal clinic for older veterans at the Manhattan and Bronx VA hospitals in New York, I find far too many veteran clients who are seeking services not only for themselves, but care for others.


As DIY Litigants Crowd The Docket, Courts Step In To Help

Cara Salvatore
January 6, 2019
While they remain rare for now, clinics like the one in the Eastern District of New York appear to be catching on in federal court as a way to aid self-represented litigants, for whom putting together a legally coherent complaint can be an insurmountable barrier.

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Eviction on Trial

Soni Sangha
U.S. News & World Report
January 22, 2019
Cities from New York to Minneapolis are providing free attorneys to low-income tenants facing eviction.


The DIY Divorce

Deborah Copaken
Atlantic, The
February 12, 2019
How I got divorced without hiring a lawyer.


Does NY’s Legal System Provide Justice to Sexual Assault Survivors?

Lisa Rivera
New York Law Journal
April 23, 2019
Justice can seem elusive for survivors when our legal system and all its players do not reflect an understanding of trauma.

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How Long Will States’ Foreclosure Prevention Services Last?

Soni Sangha
U.S. News & World Report
April 4, 2019
New York leads the way with its mortgage assistance programs, and lawmakers eke out $20 million in funding for another year.


Head of legal-assistance group on how firms’ pro bono work keeps NYC just

Jennifer Henderson
Crain’s New York Business
October 14, 2019
As president and attorney-in-charge of the New York Legal Assistance Group, Beth Goldman leads the nonprofit's efforts to provide free legal services and financial counseling to tens of thousands of New Yorkers in need.

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Bronx legal clinic for women veterans in jeopardy of closing due to funding

News 12 the Bronx
November 13, 2019
Samantha Kubek, with the NY Legal Assistance, established the legal clinic, the nation's first for women veterans at VA hospital.


How Does a Tenants’ Rights Attorney Do His Job?

Jordan Weissman
November 4, 2019
In this first episode, Jordan speaks to Mark Hess, a supervising attorney in New York Legal Assistance Group’s tenants’ rights unit.

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Housing: The Other Civil Rights Movement

Victoria Bekiempis
December 11, 2014
As protests against police misconduct rage on, another civil rights movement is quietly gaining momentum: The right to counsel in eviction proceedings.

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