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Learning to Use Job Browser

Posted on June 23rd, 2022

Confronting vocational testimony can be one of the biggest challenges DAP advocates face.  Now that many DAP programs have subscribed Job Browser, advocates can be better prepared to cross-examine vocational witnesses.  This session will help you be even better prepared by learning to use Job Browser from an expert.

Presenter: Betsy Lombardi, Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Central NY

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LGBTQ Domestic Violence Annual Statewide Meeting – Day 2

Posted on December 3rd, 2021

Technology-Facilitated Abuse & LGBTQ+ Communities

LGBTQ+ Community members regularly seek connections with intimate partners online. Whether through dating or hook up apps, texting or through social media, technology is used to facilitate communication and intimacy. Simultaneously, as awareness of “sextortion”, non-consensual pornography, cyber-bullying has grown, technology is also recognized as a form of abuse. The targets of these harms are vast and reflect victims of every intersection around gender, age, race, economic status, sexual orientation and more. However, rare is the understanding that LGBTQ communities, particularly LGBTQ youth, are disproportionately the victims of these types of crimes. This session will provide information about how this form of violence and abuse impacts LGBTQ communities, as well as legal and non-legal interventions.  Presented by: Andrew Sta. Ana, Esq., Day One

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LGBTQ Domestic Violence Annual Statewide Meeting – Day 1

Posted on December 2nd, 2021

This meeting was recorded 12/2/21 and has two parts:

Cultural Proficiency and Legal Tools for Serving Polyamorous Clients

When clients choose to create relationships and families outside of traditional models, they often find themselves under-resourced, unable to access culturally competent services, and without the more than 1,000 rights and benefits that come with legally-recognized relationship structures. This workshop will focus on the nuts-and-bolts of how to serve and support polyamorous clients, including topics such as welcoming practices, relationship rights and dissolution, parentage, property issues, and domestic violence. Presented by: Andy Izenson, Esq., Sr. Legal Director of the Chosen Family Law Center

Conflict of Laws, Full Faith and Credit, and LGBTQ Folks

Hey—I do family law or LGBTQ rights, why do I need to know about conflicts of law? It’s because we live in a mobile society with an ever-evolving legal landscape, especially around LGBTQ+ rights and recognition. While states like New York are expanding recognition and respect, others are narrowing and contracting. Further, victims of intimate partner violence, coercive control, or intra-familial violence may flee to or from New York and will need information and support as they navigate new systems. Join us to learn more about interstate issues as they apply to orders of protection, name change orders, birth certificates and other identity documents, parentage orders, and more.  Presented by: Lettie Dickerson, Esq. and Amy Schwartz-Wallace, Esq., Empire Justice Center

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Understanding New York’s New Gender Recognition Act

Posted on October 13th, 2021

For transgender, nonbinary, and intersex New Yorkers, there have been a multitude of financial, logistical, and safety-related barriers to updating documents with the correct name and gender. According to the U.S. Transgender Survey, 88% of trans New Yorkers have not been able to update all of their identity documents, and 63% have not been able to update any of these documents. Mismatching ID documents leave transgender and nonbinary New Yorkers open to discrimination in employment, housing, education, travel, and health care. For victims of intimate partner violence in these communities, it makes them significantly more vulnerable to economic abuse and exploitation by their abuser.

On June 24, 2021, the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) was signed into law. The GRA is a comprehensive new law that has created streamlined and privacy-protective processes for transgender and nonbinary New Yorkers to update and obtain accurate identification documents. Empire Justice Center and Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund worked with a robust coalition of more than 20 different transgender, LGBTQ, civil legal, and civil rights advocacy organizations to identify the myriad problems transgender and nonbinary people faced when seeking to update identity documents. They worked together with legislators to propose solutions which have finally been adopted.

Join us to learn more about this landmark legislation that removes many of the barriers that transgender, nonbinary, and intersex New Yorkers have experienced in obtaining and updating accurate birth certificates, marriage certificates, driver’s licenses, and court-ordered name change. Notably, some of these new processes and procedures will also assist cisgender and other domestic violence survivors who need to use an identity change as part of a larger safety plan.

This presentation was recorded on October 13, 2021.  All information presented was accurate as of that date.

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Part 419: An Overview of New York State’s Mortgage Servicing Rules

Posted on September 22nd, 2021

Previously Recorded 9/21/2021

In 2020, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) made permanent business conduct rules for mortgage loan servicers, known as “Part 419.” The final Part 419 restates, with some changes, many of the requirements contained in its predecessor regulation promulgated ten years ago. The regulation governs many aspects of mortgage loan servicing such as application of payments, allowable fees, rules for getting reinstatement and payoff quotes, loss mitigation, reporting and more. While there is no explicit “private right of action” for homeowners when the rules are violated, advocates have successfully raised the requirements of this rule to reach better outcomes for homeowners. This webinar will provide an in-depth description of the permanent rule and provide foreclosure advocates the tools for implementing its practical application.

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What Foreclosure Prevention Advocates Should Know about Estate Administration

Posted on September 10th, 2021

Previously Recorded 9/9/2021

There are few foreclosure advocates who have not encountered a trusts and estates issue while representing a homeowner in a foreclosure action.  “What Foreclosure Prevention Advocates Should Know about Estate Administration” will simplify an often-complicated estate administration process while clarifying and navigating its relationship to foreclosure.  Specifically, it will explain the differences between probate and administration proceedings, highlighting the required estate proceeding parties and those persons required to be served in foreclosure actions.  Using an intestate inheritance flowchart, the presentation will demystify identifying estate distributees and their commensurate distributive share, while narrowing which homeowners should implement an estate plan.   Most important, the presentation will assess when an estate may present insurmountable obstacles, which could make resolution of the underlying foreclosure action impossible.  While the presentation is geared toward attorneys, housing counselors are encouraged to attend.

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Legal Services Excel-to-Manual Key

Posted on October 30th, 2016

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Legal Services Supplemental Fields Chart

Posted on October 30th, 2016

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Legal Services Data Report Template

Posted on October 1st, 2016

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Legal Services Reporting Manual

Posted on October 1st, 2016

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