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

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.

Interview (New York)

Jennifer Henderson
Crain’s New York Business
October 14, 2019

Tags: Access to Justice

Organizations mentioned/involved: New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)


Goldman joined NYLAG in 2015 after 20 years in government, including her 2013 appointment by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve as the commissioner of the Department of Finance. Started with a $50,000 grant, NYLAG is approaching three decades of operation and has grown into a $33 million organization that affects the lives of more than 90,000 people each year.

Why are NYLAG’s services so necessary now?

There are new things coming out of the federal government that affect the communities we serve. That includes immigrants, but it’s also the LGBT community. It’s people with student debt. It’s people receiving public benefits. The demand for our services has never been higher. Any single change tends to have a cascading effect and will reverberate in other areas