Telesca Center For Justice
One West Main Street, Suite 400
Rochester, NY 14614

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY)

LawNY is a not-for-profit law firm established to increase access to the justice system among community members who have civil legal problems. Through our seven offices, we serve 14 counties throughout Western New York, the largest service area compared to any other civil legal assistance office in New York State. We believe in fairness and access to justice for all, regardless of income. Unlike criminal cases in New York State, those with civil legal issues are not entitled to assigned counsel. As a result, more than 2.3 million New Yorkers each year navigate the State’s civil justice system alone. At LawNY, our mission is to increase access to justice through excellent legal representation, advocacy, and service. Our vision is a society where access to justice is not determined by one’s social or economic status. How We Help: Direct Legal Advocacy- We meet with individuals to review their specific legal needs. This can sometimes involve going with you and advocating for you through fair hearings and court appearances. In 2021, we closed 5,397 cases, benefiting 12,286 individuals. Information About Rights- Sometimes individuals just need legal information on how to solve their legal issue rather than a fair hearing or court appearance. In 2021, we offered legal information to 13,789 individuals. Outreach and Education- We work to continuously be out in the community educating individuals and community groups about their rights. In 2021, we attended 384 outreach events, reaching over 27,000 individuals. To learn more about our organization, find us online at Please consider sharing this page or following along with us on social media. Twitter: @LawNY Instagram: @LawNYInc Facebook: @LawNYInc Acknowledging the strength of collaboration, the four legal service providers housed in the Telesca Center for Justice embarked on an innovative and collaborative call to increase access to justice for all in our community. Bonded by the shared belief that legal barriers should never prevent those in our community from achieving their dreams, this collaborative partnership combines the wisdom and expertise of Empire Justice Center, JustCause, the Legal Aid Society of Rochester, and Legal Assistance of Western New York. Together, these partners reach thousands of individuals, empowering our neighbors with equal protection before the law each year. Your support of this innovative collaboration ensures access to high-quality, comprehensive legal services for all, regardless of their financial means.

We focus on: Human Services, Community Benefit and Economic Development

Where we are: Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Yates

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