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The changing legal landscape(External Link) Glenn Lau-Kee (March/April 2015), "The Evolving Legal Landscape," New York State Bar Association Journal, Vol. 87, No.3, p. 5.
Unbundling legal services(External Link) Forrest Mosten (Winter 2014), "Unbundling Legal Services in 2014: Recommendations for the Courts," The Judges' Journal, Vol. 53, No. 1. Published by the American Bar Association (ABA), Washington, DC. Article is available for purchase from the ABA.
The changing legal landscape(External Link) Lorelei Laird (August 3, 2015), "Avvo Founder Tells Lawyers To 'Get Rid of UPL' If They Want Innovation and Access to Justice," ABA Journal on line. Washington, DC: American Bar Association. Article reporting on various presenters speaking at the 2015 ABA Annual Meeting, ABA's House of Delegates meeting, Committee on Issues of Concern, presenting talks on 'Issues of Concern to the Legal Profession' ... "which grew out of the research of the Commission on the Future of Legal Services; the Commission was created last year ... to address the problems created by the rise in pro se litigants, the ongoing lack of court funding, and the rise of technology to fill some gaps" in legal assistance.
Report to the NYS Chief Judge: 2014(External Link); 2013(External Link) The Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York (November 2013 and November 2014), Report to the Chief Judge of the State of New York. Published by the New York State Unified Court System
Justice Center for Protection of People with Special Needs(External Link) Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce Agreement on Legislation to Protect People with Special Needs and Disabilities (June 17, 2012). Press release issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo's office announcing agreement among the New York State Senate, Assembly, and Governor on legislation to create the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs to Prevent, Investigate and Prosecute Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable New Yorkers.
  • NY State legislation, bill # S7400 / A10721 (2011). The legislation was developed, in part, from recommendations in "The Measure of a Society(External Link): Protection of Vulnerable Persons in Residential Facilities Against Abuse and Neglect," a special report prepared by Clarence Sundram, Governor Cuomo's Special Advisor on Vulnerable Persons.
Re-emergence of the law lab(External Link) (Retrieved on-line August 11, 2015), Institutionalizing Legal Innovation: The (Re)Emergence of the Law Lab, a project of the Northeastern University Law Lab, Boston MA.
  • M. F. Davis (June 22, 2015), " Institutionalizing Legal Innovation: The (Re)Emergence of the Law Lab," Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 65, No. 1, pp. 190-206, 2015.
    • Abstract(External Link) of the article.
    • For a hard copy of the article, contact Sarah Hooke Lee, Northeastern University School of Law, at
Interdisciplinary approach to legal education(External Link) Rose Voyvodic and Mary Medcalf (2004), "Advancing Social Justice Through an Interdisciplinary Approach to Clinical Legal Education: The Case of Legal Assistance of Windsor," Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, Vol. 14 (Justice, Ethics, and Interdisciplinary Teaching and Practice), p. 101.
Using social work's approach to teaching law students(External Link) Spencer Rand (2006), "Teaching Law Students to Practice Social Justice: An Interdisciplinary Search for Help through Social Work's Empowerment Approach," Clinical Law Review, Vol. 13, p. 459. Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007-11; NY Law School Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 06/07-7. Available for purchase through Social Science Research Network web site.
Interdisciplinary approach to legal education(External Link) Linda Morton and Janet Weinstein (May, 2013), "Teaching Law Students to Work on Interdisciplinary Teams." Presentation paper, AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Washington, DC: American Association of Law Schools.
Collaboration: lawyers and social workers(External Link) Paula Galowitz (1999), "Collaboration Between Lawyers and Social Workers: Re-examining the Nature and Potential of the Relationship," Fordham Law Review, Vol. 67, No. 5, p. 2123.
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Collaboration: lawyers and social workers(External Link) Brigid Coleman (January 2001), "Lawyers Who Are Also Social Workers: How to Effectively Combine Two Different Disciplines to Better Serve Clients," Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 7, Access to Justice, the Social Responsibility of Lawyers, p. 131.
Law as social work(External Link) Jane H. Aiken (Georgetown University Law Center) and Stephen Wizner (Yale Law School) (2003), "Law as Social Work," Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, Vol 11, p. 63.
NY State Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution(External Link) Alternative Dispute Resolution—using mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution as a means of resolving disputes and other conflicts peacefully. The Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution is part of the Division of Professional and Court Services in the New York State Unified Court System.
Mediation for people with disabilities(External Link) Legal Research Team (March 2011), "Assessing the Effectiveness of New York State Mediation Programs for People with Disabilities: Recommendations for Improvements," New York Makes Work Pay: Developing a Path to Employment for New Yorkers with Disabilities. Syracuse, NY: Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University.
To view this artice: click here(External Link); choose "Resources"; scroll down to "Research." This article is listed under "Research."
Elder Mediation(External Link) Elder Mediation International Network (Retrieved on-line 7-28-2015), "What is Elder Mediation" (excerpt from J. McCann-Beranger's A Caregiver's Guide for Alzheimer and Related Diseases, 2014).
Elder Mediation(External Link) Rikk Larsen and Crystal Thorpe (Spring 2006), "Elder Mediation: Optimizing Major Family Transitions," Marquette Elder's Advisor, Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 293.
Elder Mediation(External Link) Luc Rinaldi (May 26, 2015), "Call an Elder Mediator," Alzlive, Planning Section. Also published in the Huffington Post(External Link) on-line as "Elder Mediation Could Soon Become a Staple in Age-Related Care."
Uniform Collaborative Law(External Link) Dispute Resolution Section (January 27, 2011), "Report on the Uniform Collaborative Law Act." Albany, NY: New York State Bar Association.
Collaborative Family Law Center(External Link) Collaborative Family Law Center, a program of the NY State Unified Court System, located at 80 Centre Street, Room 133, New York, NY, which serves divorcing couples throughout New York City.
Pro Bono legal assistance—in legal education(External Link) Jonathan Lippman (Winter 2014), "Pushing the Envelope on Pro Bono: The New York Judiciary's Initiatives in Legal Education," New York State Bar Association Government, Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2, p. 57.
Pro Bono Scholars Program(External Link) (Retrieved on-line 7-30-2015), "Pro Bono Scholars Program: A Legal Education Initiative,", The Legal Profession, which is a program of the NY State Unified Court System. The program is "a partnership among the Judiciary, the law schools and the profession with the goal of revitalizing legal education to adapt to society's changing needs . . . the program allows students in their final year of law school to devote their last semester of study to performing pro bono service for individuals of limited means through approved externship programs, law school clinics, legal services providers, law firms, or corporations." Link) is "a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation. The site provides resources for pro bono and legal services attorneys, law professionals, and law students who are working to assist low income or disadvantaged clients."
  • in New York State(External Link)
  • New York State Pro Bono Opportunities Guide(External Link) (a project of the City Bar Justice Center, the New York State Bar Association, Pro Bono Net and Volunteers of Legal Service). A database of organizations that lawyers, law students, and paralegals can search in order to find volunteer opportunities.
  • New York City(External Link) Pro Bono Center.
  • Link), serving the counties of Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates:
Limited Scope Legal Assistance(External Link) M. Tuohey III, S. Rosen, L. Zelon, et al. (2003), Handbook on Limited Scope Legal Assistance, a report of the Modest Means Task Force, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation. Washington, DC: American Bar Association.
NY State: Committee on Non-Lawyers and the Justice Gap(External Link) Hon. A. Gail Prudenti (May 28, 2013), "Chief Judge Names Members of Committee Charged with Examining How Non-Lawyer Advocates Can Help Narrow New York's Justice Gap," Press Release, NY State Unified Court System.
  • Fern Schair(External Link) (May 29, 2013), "Non-Lawyers May Be Given Role in Closing Justice Gap," New York Law Journal. Retrieved on-line (July 31, 2015), Fordham University, School of Law, Newsroom.
NY State Court Navigator Program(External Link) Committee on NonLawyers and the Justice Gap (December 2014), New York State Court Navigator Program: Navigator Snapshot Report.
Role of Nonlawyers as Legal Practitioners(External Link) Committee on Professional Responsibility (June 2013), "Narrowing the 'Justice Gap': Roles for Nonlawyer Practitioners." New York, NY: New York City Bar Association.
Court Advocate; Court Navigator; Limited License Legal Technician(External Link) Robert Ambrogi (March 2, 2015), "Three Notable Updates on Non-Lawyers Providing Legal Assistance," Law Sites: tracking new and intriguing websites and products for the legal profession. Updates on three non-attorney alternatives: Court Advocate, Court Navigator, and Limited License Legal Technician.
Court Navigator Program(External Link) "Court Navigator Program,", New York City Housing Court, Volunteer Opportunities. This program, launched in February 2014 to assist litigants who do not have an attorney during their court appearances in landlord-tenant and consumer-debt cases, uses specially trained and supervised non-lawyers (Court Navigators) to provide information, written materials, and one-on-one assistance to eligible unrepresented litigants.
Court Navigator Program(External Link) Richard Zorza (February 11, 2014), "New York Chief Judge Lippman Announces Court Navigator Program in State of Judiciary," Richard Zorza's Access to Justice Blog.
Simulated self-representation in court(External Link) Online Simulation for Self-Represented Parties (Retrieved on-line August 10, 2015), a web site of The Innovation Lab at Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA. The Lab is an "interdisciplinary innovation laboratory working to imagine, design, test, and implement pioneering approaches to legal empowerment." According to the web site, The Lab is "working with New Haven (Connecticut) Legal Assistance, Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, and Northeastern University's Playable Innovative Technologies Lab to create an on-line game for self-represented parties to gain advocacy experience before heading to court for real . . . an interactive serious game simulating aspects of an actual legal proceeding . . . providing an experiential learning environment that allows users, through trial and retrial, to attain experience that will help guide future action in reality."
CUNY: Innovative programs to help new lawyers City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law—innovative programming:
Attorney Emeritus Program(External Link) New York State Attorney Emeritus Program, which is meant to "enhance the capacity of legal service providers in New York State to provide quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers by encouraging lawyers of at least 55 years of age with at least 10 years of legal experience to offer their extensive skills and expertise pro bono to legal service providers who are registered with the Attorney Emeritus Program."
Legal Access Job Corps: innovative programs Legal Access Job Corps Task Force (August 2014), Report to the House of Delegates. Washington, DC: American Bar Association.
  • James R. Silkenat(External Link) (Winter 2014), "Legal Access Job Corps," The Judges' Journal, Vol. 53, No. 1. Published by the American Bar Association, Washington, DC.
Delivering legal services via the Internet(External Link) William Hornsby (November 1999; updated June 10, 2009), "Improving the Delivery of Affordable Legal Services Through the Internet: A Blueprint for the Shift to a Digital Paradigm," Washington, DC: American Bar Association, Division for Legal Services, Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.
Web apps for accessing legal assistance(External Link) Joe Dysart (April 2015), "Here Are 20 Apps Providing Easier Access to Legal Help," American Bar Association Journal, Vol. 101, p. 54.
Preparing for the Elder Years(External Link) Are You Prepared for the Elder Years? (July/August 2011) (Editor: Robert Abrams, Esq.), Vol. 83, No. 6, a special issue of the Journal of the New York State Bar Association, Albany, NY. 21 articles devoted to a variety of issues related to aging, older adults, and elder law.
Aging and Longevity Law Institute(External Link) Aging and Longevity Law Institute, which is housed at Touro College's Jacob D. Fuschsberg Law Center, Central Islip, NY. Provides interdisciplinary training and research to the legal community and to students; partners with other schools in the Touro community to offer a continuum of professional development through a unique interdisciplinary collaboration.
National Disability Rights Network National Disability Rights Network, Washington, DC: web-based resources. NDRN is a "nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) . . . the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services for people with disabilities in the United States."
Federal government agency for aging and disabilities(External Link) Administration for Community Living, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Elder Rights Protection(External Link) Administration on Aging (Retrieved on-line July 30, 2015), "Elder Rights Protection." Washington, DC: U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging. Extensive legal information and resources related to older adults.
Elder abuse and the Elder Justice Movement Generations: Elder Abuse and the Elder Justice Movement in America (Fall 2012), Vol. 36, No. 3. The Journal of the American Society on Aging (ASA), San Francisco, CA. This issue contains 23 articles related to the topic of elder abuse.
Housing for older adults(External Link) Mireya Navarro and Vivian Yee (April 29, 2014), "Up in Years and All but Priced Out of New York," New York Times on-line, NY, Region.
Housing rights of people with disabilities(External Link) Committee on Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities—K. King, J. Herrion, D. Boyd, and T. Finkelstein (April 2011), "Disability Housing Rights and Building Codes of New York." New York, NY: Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committees, Committee Reports, Housing Discrimination.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)(External Link) Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Washington, DC: U. S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. Web site of the ADA, providing the Act's language and extensive information and resources related to the rights of individuals with disabilities.
Tenants' guide to NY City Housing Court: English(External Link); Spanish(External Link); Housing Court Public Service Projects Committee and the Civil Court of the City of New York (February 2006), "A Tenant's Guide to the New York City Housing Court." New York, NY: Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committees, Committee Reports, Housing Court.
Rocket Dockets(External Link) Maria Aspan (February 11, 2014), "Courthouse 'Rocket Dockets' Give Debt Collectors Edge Over Debtors," American Banker.