New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)

7 Hanover Square, 18th Floor
New York, New York 10004

To Volunteer, Contact:

Email Alison Sclater at

Storm Response and Volunteer Needs

As New Yorkers struggle in the wake of Sandy to find shelter, food, and other basic needs, legal issues related to the storm are already emerging across the five boroughs and Long Island. NYLAG has mobilized a legal aid disaster relief program to help victims of the storm deal with a range of issues, including:

  • FEMA Claims
  • Housing
  • Consumer Matters
  • Family Law Matters
  • Accessing & Continuing Public Benefits
  • Immigration
  • Employment
  • Other (e.g., replacing lost documentation, wills and advance directives)

Our legal staff of more than 100 professionals, assisted by a network of over 800 volunteers, are setting up "legal access points" throughout the areas most affected by the storm. These include the community-based organizations, courts, hospitals and other agencies with which we have existing intake sites and long-standing partnerships. Please see the calendar at for updates on locations.

In addition, NYLAG's Mobile Legal Help Center is traveling to hard-hit neighborhoods across the city, in particular Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island, where the devastation has been most profound, the legal aid infrastructure is compromised by storm damage, and those in need are isolated and unable to travel.

We hope that you will join with us to secure the legal rights of the victims of this terrible natural disaster in the difficult days ahead.

Training Materials

Watch NYLAG's pro bono trainings on the web at