COMMUNITY LEGAL RESOURCE NETWORK

The Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN), started in 1998, is a collaborative that supports CUNY Law School graduates as they work to set up and run solo or small-group practices devoted to serving pressing needs of the poor and disadvantaged in communities that are underserved by lawyers.

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A compilation of CLRN related articles

A compilation of CLRN related articles.

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The personal and professional rewards of such practice can be great, and increasing access to justice in underserved communities is an enormously important sector of public interest law, the specialty of CUNY School of Law. Without mentoring support and additional training, it is easy for new attorneys to founder in isolated, economically precarious, situations. CLRN, based at the Law School, also helps new attorneys "find" one another for networking opportunities through virtual connections such as e-mail and other modern technologies. Individual members thus retain autonomy and the ability to locate in a community of their choice while, at the same time, tapping into the virtual community of some 300 lawyers.

The ultimate goal of CLRN: continuing legal education tailored to members' needs, and a sophisticated mentoring program to make its members financially, professionally, and personally successful, and help them achieve their individual justice missions.

If you are in solo or small firm practice, or are thinking of this type of practice as a career option, contact Interim Director and CUNY Law Alum Lisa Reiner (’90) at lisa.reiner@law.cuny.edu about the Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN).

CLRN at CUNY Law and the Health Care Rights Initiative

CUNY TV produced this story about the Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) and the work of the Health Care Rights Initiative, an education and advocacy organization that assists patients and health care providers to navigate private health insurance issues. HCRI was founded by Alum Juliette Fostenzer Espinosa ('08), and alum Joanna Donbeck ('08) serves as staff attorney and director of advocacy programs for the organization. Both are members of CLRN. 

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Incubator for Justice

Attending the CUNY School of Law to become a Public Lawyer is a social justice imperative.

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Starting your own law practice is a business.

The Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) at the CUNY School of Law created the Incubator for Justice, the first of its kind in the nation, to work with CUNY graduates to not only help graduates to fulfill their personal mission, but to establish successful law practices.

The Incubator for Justice provides the essential tools for building and managing a successful and sustainable law practice.  Professional development and training includes essential business practice topics including:

  • Personnel Management
  • Financial Practices and Management
  • Operations and Technology
  • Marketing
  • Leadership Development
  • Managing for Mission
  • Working Business Plans

Additionally, the Incubator for Justice provides opportunities for lawyers to share best practices, learn from experienced attorneys, identify resources for practice maintenance, obtain critical CLE credits and engage with and support the greater CUNY Law School community.

Please stay tuned for updates regarding the CLRN construction project for more details regarding the Incubator for Justice Program.  In the meanwhile, please contact Interim Director Lisa Reiner with any questions.

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