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News and Events

    Thursday, 30 October 2014

    Public Advocate Letitia James Calls for Forest City Ratner, BUILD to be Held to Account

    October 30th, 2014, Brooklyn, NY—In a substantial victory, a group of low-income Brooklyn workers will move forward to trial in their lawsuit against Forest City Ratner and related entities. Judge John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York issued a decision on October 27th denying Forest City Ratner’s and Brooklyn United for Innovative Development’s (BUILD) motion for summary judgment on the workers’ key claims involving unpaid wages and false promises. The workers are represented by Legal Services NYC’s Brooklyn program and the law firm of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady. 

    Friday, 24 October 2014

     October 24, 2014, New York, NY— Last night, Legal Services NYC honored more than 600 volunteers at an event generously hosted by WilmerHale. At the event, LSNYC premiered a short video highlighting several top honorees. The video is available on youtube. (Above: LSNYC Executive Director Raun Rasmussen with honorees Rossalyn Quaye and Shira Rosenblatt of Consolidated Edison Company of New York.)

    Wednesday, 08 October 2014

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014, New York, NY—LSNYC Executive Director Raun Rasmussen and Rossalyn Quaye of Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison) joined Congressman Jerry Nadler (NY-10th), CBS Vice Chair Shari Redstone, New York University School of Law Dean Trevor Morrison, Cardozo Law School Dean Matthew Diller, and CUNY School of Law Dean Michelle Anderson to discuss ways to increase pro bono services and access to justice in our communities on October 7th.

    Wednesday, 01 October 2014

    October 1, 2014, New York, NY—Today's New York Law Journal features an OpEd by Legal Services NYC Executive Director Raun Rasmussen, marking the 40th Anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation.

    Wednesday, 24 September 2014

    Fund knew that neither spouse could speak or read English when it directed them to sign away right to survivor benefits

    September 24, 2014, New York, NY— A non-English speaking widow today filed a federal lawsuit against the New York Hotel Trades Council and Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. Pension Fund, challenging the wrongful denial of her application for a survivor annuity following her husband’s untimely death. The Plaintiff is represented by Legal Services NYC’s Brooklyn Program and Legal Services NYC’s Equal Rights Initiative.