Empire Justice Center is a statewide, social justice law firm that makes the law work for all New Yorkers. We use every tool possible to strengthen, improve, and enforce the law. In order to do so, Empire Justice Center:
• represents low-income families, as well as classes of New Yorkers, in a wide range of legal areas;
• researches and analyzes policies, then advocates on the local and state level for improving and strengthening the rights of people who have low-incomes, are disabled, or disenfranchised;
• provides legal support and training to nonprofit and private attorneys and other nonprofit advocates.
Specifically, Empire Justice Center focuses on consumer law, child care, housing, special education, disability and civil rights, public benefits, immigration, domestic violence, LGBT and crime victims' rights. We have seven offices statewide: in Rochester, Albany, White Plains, Yonkers and on Long Island.
Over the past year, our work directly benefited tens of thousands of New Yorkers. These investments helps to support families, and can also be a boon to economic development. For example, our foreclosure prevention practice stabilizes not just the homeowners we represented, but the neighborhoods they live in and the property tax base of their communities.
More Than Direct Legal Representation
But Empire Justice Center does more than just assist individual clients and the communities they live in, we provide legal analysis and advocacy aimed at improving the laws that impact low-income households and communities across the state. Our reports educate and inform the public and policymakers about inequities, and press lawmakers for change.
We provide direct legal representation and litigation when necessary, and we also attempt to solve problems raised at the local level without litigation. Many of our advocates play an integral role in commissions around the state that are focused on resolving problems outside of the court system. We find that this strategy is one of the most fruitful ways to quickly and efficiently solve systemic issues that arise at the local level.
Backup or Support Services
As a statewide support center Empire Justice provides technical assistance and training on substantive legal issues, acts as an informational clearinghouse, and provides litigation backup to local legal services programs and advocacy organizations across the state. Empire Justice advocates often act as co-counsel in more complicated and difficult cases. Through our trainings and technical assistance we are building a statewide community of informed advocates who can spot and challenge unfair and potentially illegal practices. By providing litigation support we are working to ensure that laws affecting low-income New Yorkers are respected and enforced.
We focus on: Community Benefit and Economic Development, Human Services
Where we are: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne
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