June 10, 2019 CLARO Special Celebration (from left: Dora Galacatos, Hon. Edwina G. Mendelson, Fletcher W. Strong, Gina M. Calabrese, Ann L. Goldweber, Hon. April A. Newbauer, Christopher Newton, Akash Pal, Charles A. Giudice)
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.
Please contact Katherine Alonzo, the 2019-2020 AmeriCorps VISTA Member supporting the CLARO Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-636-6222 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.
Feerick Center for Social Justice of Fordham School of Law
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