Legal Services of Central New York
Legal Services of Central New York is a non-profit law firm founded in 1966 to provide free, civil legal assistance to low-income families and individuals in thirteen counties of Central New York. We provide our clients legal assistance with 34 lawyers and 5 paralegals. We are governed by a Board of Directors made up of attorneys, clients, and community representatives. We serve clients residing in our core counties of Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, and Oswego. Some of our projects cover more counties.
In 2004, Legal Services of Central New York, the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, and Legal Aid for Broome and Chenango Counties reorganized and formed the Justice Alliance of Central New York. A major funding source had restricted funding for certain types on clients (non-citizens, for example) and certain types of critical legal strategies (class actions, for example). Civil legal services in our region were reorganized in order to make sure that we could use the full array of legal tools that lawyers have to properly represent people with significant legal needs.