Summer Associates Assist 1,300 Low-Income Tenants (and Counting!)

Friday, July 24, 2009

  • City Bar Justice Center

The City Bar Justice Center’s Housing Court Summer Assistance Project has grown tremendously since its inception in 1989. This summer, 38 summer associates from 14 law firms and in-house legal departments are spending one week in the Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, or Queens Housing Courts where they assist pro se tenants with numerous matters, including Orders to Show Cause, Inspection and Repair Orders, Poor Persons Petitions, and Illegal Lockouts.

Intended to give summer associates valuable counseling experience while providing insight into the workings of the New York Housing Courts, this summer’s project is already proving to be a success. With two weeks left in the program, an amazing 1,300 pro se litigants have already been assisted. The experience is overwhelmingly positive for the summer associates, also. Said one: this was “an immesurable learning experience.” The pro se attorneys at the Housing Court were “tremendously friendly and helpful,” says another. “I would gladly participate again,” says a third, a sentiment echoed by many.

The City Bar Justice Center would like to thank this year's summer associates for their hard work, as well as the participating legal departments and firms: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Dewey & LeBoeuf; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; MetLife; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Pfizer; Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; White & Case LLP; and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.