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Access To Justice: It's Not Just Lawyers Anymore

Access To Justice: It's Not Just Lawyers Anymore
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Program Fee:
Free for Members and Non-Lawyers | $15 Non-Members
Non-Lawyers please call Customer Relations to register at (212) 382-6663

Access to Justice no longer means simply getting a court-assigned lawyer. There are an array of alternatives, including lay persons and technological devices that now provide legal help. Speaker Rebecca Sandefur has studied the question of how best to provide people with access to justice without requiring the use of expensive and labor-intensive law firms, while Noelle Francois has brought that vision into existence with a high-tech device that automatically records housing code violations. Additionally, Denise Colón Greenaway will discuss non-traditional ways of expanding access to justice (including the Court Navigators Program and the Guardians Ad Litem Program) through the use of innovative programs that train non-lawyers to provide free, skilled assistance to people using courts and government agencies.

Rebecca L. Sandefur, Professor, School of Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University, and Faculty Fellow, American Bar Foundation, and Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, and Editor, Law & Society Review. Professor Sandefur was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, known as "the genius grant," for her contribution to civil justice. 
Noelle Francois
, executive director of HeatSeek, a non-profit organization operating under grants from the Robin Hood Foundation and the City of New York
Denise Colón Greenaway, graduate of Yale (BA) and Columbia (MSW) Universities, and Rutgers School of Law, is Special Counsel for Court-Based Interdisciplinary Programs for the NYS Office for Justice Initiatives.  In that capacity, she serves as the Coordinator of the NYC Housing Court Guardian Ad Litem Program and is the liaison between the Department for the Aging and Civil Court for the Assigned Counsel Project.  She also oversees court initiatives involving concerns for elder justice and mental health protections in the court.  Ms. Colón Greenaway is a former Adjunct Professor at the Fordham University School of Social Work where she taught Social Work and the Law.

Sponsoring Association Committee:
Senior Lawyers Committee | Barry M. Bloom, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Association Committee:
Council on the Profession | Dean Matthew Diller & Hon. Elizabeth S. Strong, Co-Chairs
Housing Court Committee | Sara Nicole Wagner, Chair
Law Student Perspectives Committee | Andrew Tobel, Chair
Legal Problems of the Aging Committee | Britt Burner, Chair
Public Service Committee | Michelle S. Kim, Chair

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