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Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes is part of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LAWNY), a non-profit law firm that provides free legal aid to people who live in 14 counties in Western New York. LAWNY's mission is to provide access to the justice system to low-income people and to other vulnerable populations with civil legal problems. LAWNY offices may be able to helps people with problems such as welfare terminations, divorces, evictions, SSI denials, or other problems if you live in one of these counties we cover.

Current FLVLS program priorities include matrimonial actions when there are allegations of spousal abuse or child abuse, a broad variety of consumer matters, real property issues, wills and estate probates.

Support and technical assistance to attorneys participating in the program is provided by LAWNY Staff Attorney Elizabeth Hendy. For more information about FLVLS, call Keith McCafferty at (315) 781-1465 or email him at .


The Legal Aid Society (LAS) of Rochester believes in the guarantees of due process and equal protection as promised in our State and Federal constitutions. To insure that those rights have real meaning, we will strive to provide a highly qualified and zealous advocate to anyone who cannot otherwise obtain representation in civil legal matters. We will create an environment in our community that values access to legal counsel, so every person is treated with dignity, equality, and fairness.

The Legal Aid Society provides direct legal representation to individuals and families. The service areas of the Civil Division are Family Law, Domestic Violence, Housing Law and Immigration Law. The service areas of the Juvenile Justice Division includes Youth Advocacy/Education Law and a Law Guardian Unit.

For more information about LAS, call Carla Palumbo at (585) 295-4090 or email her at


The Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) provides representation in civil matters to low-income Monroe County residents facing serious problems that can be resolved through legal intervention. Attorneys can help in a number of ways - by taking a case, staffing a clinic at the VLSP office or helping clients in court. We encourage volunteers to take cases in areas of interest to them, and at times that fit their schedules. VLSP will work hard to find a good match for your interests and will provide training and support for cases outside your area of expertise.

If you are an attorney interested in volunteering, please call Sheila A. Gaddis at 585-232-3051 or contact her at

For more information about VLSP, please call Linda Kostin, Pro Bono Coordinator, at 585-295-5703 or contact her at