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In May 2009, the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program (NYA2J), directed by Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for NYC Courts Fern A. Fisher, launched statewide DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form computer programs. DIY Form programs prepare court forms or information sheets to help unrepresented litigants in court. The DIY Form programs increase access to justice and improve courthouse efficiency.

In January 2010, Judge Fisher resolved that the NYA2J establish an award designated as the "DIY Star Award." This award is presented from time to time to UCS personnel and courts who have made exceptional contributions to the successful development and implementation of the DIY Form programs.

Nomination Criteria | Recipients




Nomination Criteria

The DIY Star Award seeks to applaud individuals or courts whose actions and activities further equal access to justice for those who cannot afford an attorney. DIY Star Awards go to individuals who are critical in creating lasting change in court culture and work environment. DIY Star Awards are predominantly based on quarterly performance statistics drawn from UCMS filings, DIY User Surveys and Program Usage, as well as submitted nominations. Final decision of the winners is made by Judge Fisher.



DIY Star Award Recipients

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010


2014 Recipients

July
L&T Clerk's Office Staff
Kings County Civil Court

Melinda Alexander
Assistant Deputy Chief Clerk
Kings County Civil Court

Lydia Grima
Chief Clerk of the County (Ret.)
Kings County Civil Court

March
Clerk's Office Staff
Tompkins County Family Court

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2013 Recipients

August
Help Center and Petition Room Staffs
New York County Family Court

Nicholas Rapallo
Assistant Deputy Chief Clerk
New York County Family Court

Juntel Sheard
Court Assistant
New York County Family Court

Edwina G. Richardson-Mendelson
Administrative Judge
New York City Family Court

April
Surrogate's Court Staff
Suffolk County Surrogate's Court

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2012 Recipients

November
Maureen Ball
Chief Clerk
Oswego County Fulton City Court

March
Civil Court Clerk's Office Staff
Queens County Civil Court

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2011 Recipients

October
Civil Court Clerk's Office Staff
New York County Civil Court

March
Family Court Help Center Staff
Queens County Family Court

Nicole Coleman
Court Assistant
Queens County Family Court

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2010 Recipients

December
Court Information Center Staff and Library Staff
Nassau County Supreme Court

August
Petition Division Staff
Bronx County Family Court

Gilbert Rodriguez
Assistant Deputy Chief Clerk
Bronx County Family Court

Surrogate's Court Staff
Bronx County Surrogate's Court

Michael P. Hausler
Chief Clerk
Bronx County Surrogate's Court

Joan Reid
Data Entry Clerk
Bronx County Surrogate's Court

April
Surrogate's Court Staff
Onondaga County Surrogate's Court

Ava S. Raphael
Surrogate
Onondaga County Surrogate's Court

February
Petition Room Staff
Kings County Family Court

Mike Williams
Court Clerk Specialist
Kings County Family Court

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