Legal Hand empowers community residents to support their neighbors with the legal information they need.
Legal Hand trains local volunteers at storefront centers in some of New York’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. These volunteers provide free legal information and referrals to their neighbors. Assistance can take many forms, including help with navigating the social services system, completing online legal forms, and drafting form letters. A legal services attorney is on-site at each Legal Hand office to train and assist volunteers.
Legal Hand operates in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville and Crown Heights, in Jamaica, Queens, and in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx. The program is run by the Center for Court Innovation in collaboration with the New York State court system, the Legal Aid Society, Legal Services NYC, and New York Legal Assistance Group.
Legal Hand seeks to help people resolve civil justice issues before they need lawyers and court intervention. In our latest New Thinking episode, learn about how the program works, how civil justice issues impact different communities, and why it can be hard to get basic legal information to the people who need it.
Legal Hand—our free storefront legal information centers—helps residents in vulnerable New York City neighborhoods with legal problems related to issues such as housing and family law. In Queens, as this profile reports, immigration questions are increasing in number, and urgency.