The VLP’s September 2020 Newsletter is here! Catch up on our programming, partnerships and new COVID-19 response initiatives; read personal testimonials from our impactful summer interns and committed NGF Senior LEAP coordinator; view the VLP 30th Anniversary Virtual Event series upcoming and past opportunities to stay connected; get inspired by local, creative fundraising efforts; and join the VLP Emergency Response Campaign today! https://conta.cc/3jPXsmj
On Friday, August 21, 2020 The New York State Senate Committees on the Judiciary, Codes, and Housing, Construction, and Community Development held a joint public virtual hearing to examine the re-opening and operation of New York’s courts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sidney Cherubin, VLP Director of Legal Services, testified on behalf of unrepresented consumer debt litigants, calling on the courts to commit to (1) improve messaging and communications to litigants and legal advocates, (2) develop policies, procedures, and access to technology for unrepresented litigants and (3) ensure access to justice remains a priority. Sidney’s testimony can be viewed here. For a complete list of witnesses, submitted testimonies, and a recording of the hearing, please visit The New York State Senate website.
BREAKING NEWS: In response to the coronavirus pandemic and the unfortunate rise in COVID-19 related estate cases, the VLP announces the launch of the VLP Probate Initiative in partnership with the Brooklyn Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section and Surrogate’s Court Committee.
This new initiative offers pro bono services in probate matters to qualifying New York City residents facing the untimely death of a family member as a result of COVID-19. Volunteer legal services will be provided to families with estates of $50,000 or less, including completion of applications for voluntary letters of administration and SCPA 1310 affidavits regarding certain debts without administration.
BREAKING NEWS: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), in partnership with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (Akin Gump), has launched the VLP COVID-19 Frontline Workers Initiative. The timely initiative focuses on recognizing the sacrifice and dedication of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East members by offering the free preparation of life planning documents – wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney, parental designation forms, and other life planning documents.