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The Legal Aid Society

About The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society is the oldest legal office established to serve low-income people in the United States. It was originally founded in 1876 as the German Legal Aid Society to help German immigrants coming to New York in need of legal assistance. The organization helped over 200 cases in the first year alone. By 1881, the Legal Aid Society had to expand. The team of lawyers opened an office out of the Plymouth Church in Brooklyn to reach further across the city. The organization was critical to the wellbeing of low-income New Yorkers that needed legal assistance. It continued to grow and progress as an organization. In 1902, Rosalie Loew became the first woman attorney-in-chief, setting a standard of progressivism and inclusivity at the Legal Aid Society.

Today, the Legal Aid Society has several units and projects and helps New Yorkers with legal aid across all boroughs. Some of the organization’s units include the Family Law and Domestic Violence Project, the Immigration Law Unity, The Cop Accountability Project, The Prisoners’ Rights Project, the Employment Law Unit, and The Homeless Rights Project, just to name a few. The organization has provided legal services on over 50,000 cases and has continued to progress as a legal service that always takes into account the socioeconomic climate and realities in order to find a unique solution to each case as well as get closer to socioeconomic and racial equality. The Legal Aid society has always viewed its work through the lens of racial and social equity.

The team of attorneys, paralegals, and staff members all work hard to achieve success in each case as well as make steps towards a more equitable future through reform and cultural change. Attorneys typically work or specialize in one unit or project, but each unit is integral to the other, making a web of legal service that is equipped to handle even the most complex of cases. Attorney-In-Chief and CEO Janet Sabel leads Legal Aid in its pursuit of a more just law system for all folks regardless of income, socioeconomic status, race, or gender.

The Legal Aid Society

111 Livingston St
7th floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 645-3111

Firm Stats

Attorney-in-Chief and Chief Executive Office: Janet Sabel

Major Office Locations

Brooklyn, NY

Major Departments & Practices

Social Worker
Staff attorney