Legal Aid Society

Engaging & Investing in Communities

The Legal Aid Society goes beyond the courtroom to defend, empower, and give voice to everyday New Yorkers.

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Every day, in courthouses and communities across the city, we advocate for the rights of all New Yorkers. Learn more about the services we provide.

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Making a Difference

Projects, Units & Initiatives

Our specialized teams have experience working on nearly every area of law that impacts New Yorkers. Explore the ways we fight on behalf of clients and communities.


Q&A: Takeasha L. Newton, Community Justice Unit

As a leader directly impacted by generational incarceration, Takeasha is determined to empower the communities she respects.

Takeasha L. Newton 

Our Impact

Client Stories: Leidy Pagan Saves Queens Salon

With grit, perseverance, and a bit of help from Legal Aid’s Community Development Project Leidy Pagan founded two businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leidy Pagan outside of Bellissima Hair and Nail. 

By the Numbers

Our Community Justice Unit (CJU) and Community Development Project (CDP) work across all five boroughs to make New York’s communities safer and promote economic development.


Legal services provided by the Community Justice Unit, including rap sheet clinics, safe surrenders, and Know Your Rights events.


CJU Community events including Know Your Rights training, gun awareness, and more.


Attendees at 65 trainings hosted by the Community Development Project.

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The Legal Aid Society changes the lives of our clients with the help of our generous supporters.

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