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Launchpad to Justice

The CUNY School of Law Launchpad for Justice Program is part of our commitment to educating and supporting our Public Lawyers beyond the three years of law school.  The Launchpad to Justice program offers recent CUNY Law graduates continued professional development in the area of Landlord and Tenant Law, and an opportunity use the law in service of low income tenants in the most critical need for habitable housing.

In 2009, in collaboration with the Honorable Fern Fisher, New York Deputy Chief Administrative Judge and Director of NYS Courts Access to Justice Program, the CUNY School of Law created the Launchpad program.  With the permission of the Court, the Launchpad for Justice program operates under a special practice order for the Court’s Volunteer Lawyer for a Day program to allow recent CUNY law graduates to provide legal advice and support to unrepresented tenants in Housing Court. The Court provides the Fellows with intensive substantive training, and CUNY Law provides additional training, as well as experienced Housing Court attorneys to supervise and mentor the graduates to ensure high quality legal services are delivered.  The training qualifies for free CLE credits through the Court’s Volunteer Lawyer for the Day Housing Program as well as the Volunteer Lawyers Program.  Fellows gain unparalleled experience in the practical implementation of Landlord Tenant Law and transition from law graduate to lawyer in an exceptional structured and supportive setting.  And unrepresented tenants receive legal support and representation

General Launchpad Eligibility Criteria:

  •             CUNY School of Law graduate
  •             Must have graduated in the immediately preceding spring semester
  •             Must have taken the most recent July New York State Bar Examination
  •             Commitment to serving as a Public Lawyer
  •             Positive references

Application for Fall 2014 will be available online beginning June 15, 2014 and will be due by August 25, 2014.  Please contact Community Legal Resource Network Associate Director Lisa Reiner.

 

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