By: Fern A. Fisher and Juanita Bing Newton. Published by: Civil Court of the City of New York and New York City Bar Association. Published in February 2008
This collaboration was an effort to study the effectiveness of unbundled legal services. Lawyers volunteered to represent a litigant in New York City housing court for one day. The lawyer would represent the litigant in one single appearance before the court.
- A Lawyer for a Day Program in Housing Court benefits the litigants by improving access to justice.
- A Lawyer for a Day Program in Housing Court benefits the litigants and the court system by improving perceptions of fairness and accessibility to justice.
- A Lawyer for a Day Program in Housing Court benefits the judge and court staff by improving courthouse efficiency.
- A Lawyer for a Day Program in Housing Court is an attractive pro bono opportunity for Attorneys.
- New York City Housing Court settlement conferences are an ideal arena for unbundled legal services in factually and legally simple cases.
- Based upon these findings, this report concludes that a Lawyer for the Day Program is a feasible and useful approach to alleviate the overwhelming unmet legal needs of New York City Housing Court litigants.