Since 1976, NYLPI
has been a leading civil rights advocate for marginalized New Yorkers. These communities define our work; they shape
our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions. We strive to create equal access to health
care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with
disabilities, ensure immigrant opportunity, strengthen local non-profits, and
secure environmental justice for low-income communities of color.
NYLPI pioneered the practice
of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use
every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation and individual representation,
policy advocacy, media, pro bono
partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems,
develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice and equality. Integrated
with our programs, our Pro Bono Clearinghouse
provides community groups and nonprofit organizations with free legal
assistance by drawing on hundreds of volunteer lawyers from New York’s most
prestigious law firms and corporate law departments.