To More Efficiently Leverage Civil Legal Aid, New York Providers Eye Online Portals

The focus on providing, expanding and modernizing civil legal aid in New York comes directly from the top.

News Story (New York)

Ricci Dipshan
June 23, 2016

Tags: Technology

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Legal Assistance of Western New York


As head of the state’s judicial system,” Chief Judge of the State of New York Janet DiFiore told the audience at the opening of the 2016 Statewide Civil Legal Aid Technology Conference, “I believe that it is my No. 1 responsibility, and it is indeed my top priority, to make sure that we are working to ensure that the justice system works fairly and efficiently for every New Yorker across the state.”

She expressed optimism toward this goal, noting that there is “unprecedented funding in our judicial budget to pay for civil legal aid for the poor,” and “the private bar has devoted a number of enormous pro bono hours.” But she added, “We know that there is much more work to be done, and we also know the resources that are available to us are far outstripped by the need for civil legal aid.