The Legal Project helps Capital Region residents who can’t afford an attorney

Cases taken by the nonprofit range from domestic violence to bankruptcy.

Feature (New York)

Brianna Snyder
Albany Times Union
May 9, 2017

Tags: Justice for All

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Project


That night at the hospital, she got a referral to The Legal Project, a nonprofit that provides legal counsel to Capital Region families considered “the working poor,” who can’t afford legal fees but also have income slightly above the poverty line, disqualifying them from other services. The Legal Project works with many women like Medina. It was started by the Capital District Women’s Bar Association in 1995 as a resource for victims of domestic violence.

Lisa Frisch, The Legal Project’s executive director, said when the organization launched, “there were no other (civil legal) resources for domestic violence victims.” (Now, other organizations offer these services, too, like Unity House in Troy.) Family and divorce courts didn’t address those issues on the civil side, and there weren’t any agencies that helped victims find representation and navigate a complex court system. “So (the CDWBA) got together and created The Legal Project as a separate independent not-for-profit,” Frisch said.