MFY filed suit in Bronx Supreme Court on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, on behalf of a former worker of Rio Cobre Restaurant & Lounge, charging that the restaurant’s owner violated minimum wage and overtime laws, and violated the New York City Human Rights Law by firing the worker because of his sexual orientation.
MFY submitted comments strongly opposing the Office of Court Administration’s (OCA) proposal to create statewide forms for debt collectors to use when seeking default judgments in consumer credit actions. Although MFY recognizes OCA’s initiative in addressing the meager amount of proof required to obtain default judgments in these cases, the proposed forms actually serve to [...]
MFY filed a groundbreaking lawsuit on behalf of a Queens homeowner who paid thousands of dollars in fees to a company that promised a loan modification and legal services but provided nothing. The New York Post describes the suit, the first of its kind filed in the city under the distressed property consultant law.
MFY filed suit in state Supreme Court on Thursday, November 21, 2013, on behalf of Carmen Salvador, a vendor at the city-administered Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side, charging that the city’s refusal to renew the permit for her small clothing business violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and was arbitrary and capricious.
MFY has updated "Nursing Homes and Alternatives," originally published by Friends & Relatives of the Institutionalized Aged (FRIA). Called "the bible of long-term care for the elderly and their caregivers," this book has been used by many families to ensure that their relatives receive the care they deserve.
MFY will hold a Pro Bono Recognition Awards Breakfast on Friday, December 6, 2013 at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in Manhattan to recognize the important work done by private attorneys and others to improve access to justice for MFY's clients. Honorees include State Senator Brad Hoylman for his efforts to expand justice for tenants, consumers, workers and patients; Ropes & Gray LLP for its participation in MFY's externship and re-entry programs; DLA Piper LLP for co-counseling a major class action case on behalf of adult home residents; and Dora Galacatos and Fordham Law School's Feerick Center for outstanding work to encourage pro bono participation.
MFY's 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion was held on Sept. 26. To see photos, listen to panel presentation and stay connected, click here.
MFY marked its 50th anniversary with a Gala on June 13, 2013 at Capitale in lower Manhattan. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman presented awards to Judge Judith S. Kaye and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for their commitment to expanding access to justice for the poor. The evening's master of ceremonies was Harry Smith, NBC Correspondent. Click here for photos.
Click here to see externs from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP speak about their experiences preserving affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers (four-minute video).
MFY Legal Services, Inc. envisions a society in which no one is denied justice because he or she cannot afford an attorney. To make this vision a reality, MFY provides free legal assistance to residents of New York City on a wide range of civil legal issues, prioritizing services to vulnerable and under-served populations, while simultaneously working to end the root causes of inequities through impact litigation, law reform and policy advocacy.