Program Overview

The statewide Legal Services Initiative is a collaborative public/private effort to increase access to affordable legal assistance for older adults, people of all ages with disabilities, and the caregivers of these population groups. 

The ultimate aim of this initiative is to advance equal access to justice for these individuals.

The primary partners in this joint initiative are the:

  • New York State Office for the Aging
  • New York State Office of Court Administration
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Valuable facilitation assistance is provided by Robert Abrams, Esq., of Abrams Fensterman LLP.

Through their expertise and experiences, valuable assistance is provided by a statewide 105-member Think Group.


Governor Cuomo announces statewide partnership and initiative to improve access to legal services for vulnerable New Yorkers.


Description of the Legal Services Initiative, including summary of the initiative's purpose, goal, and activities—in PDF format.


September 13, 2012, Webcast presentation transcript by the initiative's partnership members: Greg Olsen (Acting Director, NYS Office for the Aging), Judge A. Gail Prudenti (Chief Administrative Judge, NYS Office of Court Administration), and Seymour W. James, Jr., Esq. (2012 President, NYS Bar Association).