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David Bookstaver, Director
Kali Holloway, Deputy Director
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Date: July 23, 2010

Hon. Ann Pfau
Chief Administrative Judge

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Chief Judge to Conduct Public Hearings on the Unmet Civil Legal Services Needs of Low-Income New Yorkers

NEW YORK –Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman will conduct four public hearings to assess the extent and nature of unmet
civil legal services for low-income New Yorkers in matters in which their basic human needs are at stake. The findings of these hearings will inform recommendations to the Legislature and the Executive about the level of public resources necessary to meet those needs.

The Chief Judge will hold one hearing in each of the four Appellate Division Departments together with the Presiding Justice of that Judicial Department, Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau, and President of the New York State Bar Association, Stephen P. Younger. The Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York, empaneled by Chief Judge Lippman earlier this year, will assist the Chief Judge in preparing for these hearings and reporting on their results.

The Chief Judge’s hearing panel will consider both oral testimony and written submissions. Because of the limited time available for the hearings, oral testimony is by invitation only. Those interested in testifying at a hearing must request an invitation in advance of the hearing at which they propose to testify. For detailed information on how to request an invitation to testify or how to make a written submission and for all applicable deadlines, visit The Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York website at and click on the link “Notice of Chief Judge’s Hearings.”

The hearings will take place as follows:

FIRST DEPARTMENT                                
September 28, 2010                                       
10 a.m.-1 p.m.                                                           
Appellate Division                                         
27 Madison Avenue, New York City            

FOURTH DEPARTMENT                           
September 29, 2010                                       
11 a.m.-2 p.m.                                                           
Appellate Division                                         
50 East Avenue, Rochester                            

October 5, 2010
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Court of Appeals
20 Eagle Street, Albany

October 7, 2010
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Appellate Division
45 Monroe Place, Brooklyn 

The Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York includes statewide representatives from the courts, civil legal services and pro bono providers, bar associations, government, law schools, and business and not-for-profit organizations. In supporting Chief Judge Lippman’s efforts to ensure adequate access to justice in civil legal proceedings involving basic human needs, the Task Force’s broad-based mission includes identifying permanent civil legal service funding streams, improving delivery of those services and guiding the courts’ ongoing efforts to remove barriers to justice for all New Yorkers.


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