Community Legal Education
The HELPlines are available via Telephone, Email, and Live Chat.
LIFT has expanded its community legal education to meet increasingly high demand. We partner with community organizations and social service providers whose clients need help with family law matters, particularly child support, as it is a very specialized area of the law. We schedule workshops and legal clinics in places where clients are already comfortable receiving services, reducing scheduling, transportation, and childcare barriers. In addition, the experience of being inside the crowded Family Courthouse can be very stressful, which is why many potential litigants welcome the opportunity to access LIFT’s services in their local communities.
LIFT’s workshops are tailored to each audience, and may include a legal clinic in addition to a presentation and Q&A. In a legal clinic, clients schedule one-on-one appointments with our staff attorneys, who provide legal advice, information and referrals.
In 2020, LIFT is increasing services for four key constituencies: 1) veterans and active military service-members; 2) immigrants; 3) formerly incarcerated people; and 4) survivors of domestic violence and abuse. LIFT is focusing on these constituencies because our experience in providing them with family law services has revealed urgent needs for more targeted and specialized outreach, support and guidance. LIFT’s partner organizations for the initiative include HELP USA, The Fortune Society, Children’s Aid, the Department of Veterans Services, the Queens Family Justice Center, Samaritan Daytop Village, and City Council members’ offices. LIFT’s community legal education workshops are available in English and in Spanish.