Advocates of Civil Legal Services Point to Collateral Benefits

Providing civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers not only benefits the clients directly but benefits society as a whole.

News Story (New York)

Andrew Denney
New York Law Journal
September 30, 2015

Tags: Access to Justice


The hearing at the Appellate Division, First Department, was the first of four—one in each of the state’s four judicial departments, that will be held over the next few weeks.

Among the speakers was Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said that by investing in legal services to address evictions, homelessness and domestic violence, the city can save money on shelter costs. Additionally, providing services can reduce the cost of litigation and increase the efficiency of the courts, he said.

“Every family or individual who can keep their home with the help of legal assistance is spared the trauma of homelessness, including the disruption of education, employment and medical care,” de Blasio said, reading from prepared remarks. “The city is spared the expense of emergency shelter services. And together, we become a stronger and more just city.”