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GAL Workshops

TOPIC: Remaining Family Member
SPEAKER: Lucy Newman, Esq., Legal Aid Society
WHEN: Friday, June 20, 2014 from 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
WHERE: Civil Court of the City of New York
111 Centre Street
New York, NY
12th floor Boardroom - only accessible from the White Street entrance.

To attend this workshop, GALs must RSVP with Nyiela Barret at


In Conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Housing Court GAL Program will be offering GALs and Volunteer Attorneys the following free CLE Training:

Title: "Domestic Violence and Courtroom Advocacy"
Date: Thursday, October 15 Time: 2 – 5 PM
Location: 111 Centre Street, 12th floor boardroom
Speaker: Jennifer L. DeCarli, Esq., LMSW, Senior Director, Legal Services, Her Justice

This training seminar will provide an overview of the dynamics of domestic violence, New York State's family, criminal, immigration and housing laws relevant to domestic violence and resources available for victims of domestic violence. Specific laws that will be addressed include the following: New York's mandatory arrest statute, primary aggressor statute, orders of protection in Family and Criminal Court, the role of ACS in domestic violence cases, and the federal Violence Against Women Act protections afforded to clients with regard to housing and immigration. Participants will also learn how to effectively and sensitively ask about domestic violence and how to connect litigants to available social service resources in their community.

All interested GALs must RSVP with Nyiela at to attend the workshop.


Free CLE GAL Workshop: Nuts and Bolts of Non-primary Residence Holdovers
Date: Friday, November 6
Time: 2 – 3:30 PM
Location: 111 Centre Street, 12th floor boardroom
Speaker: Leah Goodridge, Housing Staff Attorney, Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center

Typically, a rent-stabilized tenant cannot maintain their apartment if they live elsewhere for a substantial amount of time. These situations can become complicated when, for example, an elderly person is admitted to a nursing home for an illness but seeks to return to his rent-stabilized apartment later. This workshop will cover "non-primary residence holdovers"—the common type of housing cases landlords commence to evict a tenant who does not live in his or her rent-stabilized apartment primarily. We will discuss: (i) what is a non-primary residence holdover?; (ii) what procedures must a landlord follow when commencing a non-primary residence holdover?; (iii) what factors does the Housing Court consider when hearing a non-primary residence holdover case?; (iv) what are important exceptions for rent-stabilized tenants who live elsewhere but seek to maintain their rent-stabilized apartment?

All interested GALs must RSVP with Nyiela at to attend the workshop.



















































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