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Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office - CLARO


The Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO) is a limited, legal advice program for unrepresented defendants with consumer debt cases in New York City, Westchester, and Buffalo.  CLARO Programs operate under the auspices of the New York State Unified Court System’s Office for Justice Initiatives and its Access to Justice Program.  CLARO Programs involve partnerships among courts, bar associations, academic institutions, and legal services organizations.  In New York City, CLARO Programs operate in all five boroughs – Bronx County Civil Court, New York County Civil Court (Manhattan), Kings County Civil Court (Brooklyn), Queens County Civil Court, and Richmond County Civil Court (Staten Island).

Volunteer lawyers work side-by-side with volunteer law students and other volunteers. Consumer law experts help train volunteers and are available for onsite consultation during weekly clinics, which take place in the courthouses. The Feerick Center for Social Justice administers the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island CLARO Programs.

View a video of the CLARO Programs.

Please contact Julia Cummings, 2018-2019 AmeriCorps VISTA member at for more information about the CLARO Programs and upcoming training opportunities. 

The Feerick Center’s work in connection with the CLARO Programs is supported, in part, through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the AmeriCorps VISTA Program.


Contact Us

Feerick Center for Social Justice of Fordham School of Law
150 West 62nd Street, 7 Floor, New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-7671

Fax: 646-312-8238