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Access to Justice by the Numbers


pro bono hours dedicated to
“signature projects,” including:


hours representing 223 nonprofits in corporate and tax matters and in applying for federal stimulus funds to maintain operations during the pandemic


hours representing 49 immigrants seeking lawful status or release from detention and 16 legal services organizations advocating in the courts and administrative agencies on behalf of their immigration clients


hours representing 31 individuals with criminal convictions seeking to prove their innocence, appeal their convictions, petition for pardons or sentence commutations, or expunge low-level criminal records


hours representing 237 low-income entrepreneurs or inventors seeking assistance to start businesses, file for patents, or secure federal stimulus funds to stay open during the pandemic


hours representing 12 domestic violence survivors seeking final restraining orders and/or child custody and support orders


hours representing 45 tenants seeking to avoid eviction and 24 legal and community organizations advocating for reforms to protect tenants from mass eviction during and following the pandemic


hours representing 36 transgender individuals seeking legal name changes


hours representing 15 frontline workers and low-income individuals in preparing wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney, and other life-planning documents


hours representing 7 veterans applying for service-related disability benefits


hours representing 14 low-income debtors filing for personal bankruptcy to get a fresh financial start

Access to Justice by the Numbers
Courtesy of Historical Society of the New York Courts