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What we do

LawHelpNY.org, powered by Pro Bono Net, is an online tool for helping low-income New Yorkers solve their legal problems. Our mission is to provide and promote access to high-quality online information about:

  • Free legal services throughout New York State;
  • Legal rights in a broad range of substantive areas;
  • The New York State court system;
  • Advocacy groups, government offices and social service organizations that help low-income New Yorkers. 

We are committed to helping low-income and other vulnerable New Yorkers achieve equal access to justice by providing information that is user-friendly in English, Spanish and other languages.

 

Why we do it

In the United States, you only have the right to an attorney if you've been accused of a crime. Constitutional guarantee of a lawyer does not apply to people fighting civil injustices, even those injustices that threaten their personal safety, economic security, and family. Such injustices include unlawful eviction, denial of public benefits and limited access to health services.

 

What we offer

LawHelpNY.org is New York's only comprehensive source of legal referral information and includes:

  • More than 600 free legal service projects and organizations with their contact and intake information
  • More than 4,000 Know Your Rights and self-help resources covering 11 areas of law
  • Extensive links to social service, advocacy and government organizations
  • Information about the Court system
  • AyudaLegalNY.org, a Spanish mirror website
  • Legal rights resources in more than 30 languages
  • LiveHelp, a real-time chat service that helps users find the legal help they need

 

Who we are

LawHelpNY.org is a collaborative project of:

 

LawHelpNY.org Staff

Program Director: Quisquella Addison 

Quisquella joined Pro Bono Net in July 2016. Previously, she worked as a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society focusing primarily on eviction defense. She began her legal career as the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow and LiveHelp Program Coordinator with LawHelpNY. She is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Mount Holyoke College. Prior to law school, Quisquella was the Constituent Services Director for New York State Senator Eric Schneiderman. She also lived abroad for several years in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where she taught and volunteered with a local women’s law project. She is a 2012 Council of Urban Professionals Fellow, holds a Certificate in Corporate Compliance from Fordham University School of Law and is a Certified Mediator. Originally from Boston, she currently lives in New York City. qaddison@nylawhelp.org

 

Content Manager: Lilly Prince

Lilly joined LawHelpNY in May 2017 as Content Manager. She has more than eight years’ experience creating and managing a variety of digital content, with an emphasis on grassroots advocacy and public policy. Prior to joining LawHelpNY, Lilly was a freelance digital content creator and worked with a variety of brands across the U.S. to develop content that helps reach business goals. Before going solo, she managed advocacy communications for the International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association, a trade group for health clubs. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, she now lives in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. lprince@nylawhelp.org

 

Content Consultant: Anne O'Grady 

Anne is a family and immigration lawyer practicing in New York City.  She has been working with LawHelpNY since its founding in 2001. aogrady@nylawhelp.org.

 

LiveHelp Program Coordinator: Michelle Born 

Michelle joined LawHelpNY.org in September 2015.  Previously she worked as an Immigration Attorney at The Bronx Defenders after receiving her J.D. from CUNY School of Law. Before law school, Michelle worked in Arica, Chile as a social worker with Jesuit Volunteers International, and in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina as an International Development Fellow with Catholic Relief Services. Michelle also worked in grant-writing for Human Rights Watch and recruitment for Maryknoll Lay Missioners. Michelle holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Fordham University and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from St. Louis University. mborn@nylawhelp.org

 

Program Associate: Ashley Coneys

aconeys@nylawhelp.org

 

Americorps Vista Volunteer: Maureen North 

mnorth@nylawhelp.org

 

Website Coordinator: Taylor Goetzinger

Taylor joined LawHelpNY.org in May 2017.  As the website coordinator, Taylor maintains a database of the 600 legal services organizations and projects listed on LawHelpNY.org. She is also a staff paralegal at Legal Assistance of Western New York (LawNY). Taylor holds a Bachelor’s degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University with a minor in Inequality Studies. Taylor lives in Watkins Glen, New York. tgoetzinger@nylawhelp.org