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Pro Bono: Housing Court Resolution Assistance Program (RAP)

  • 18 Jun 2012
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Registration is mandatory. Send e-mail to


The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program is holding a training session for the Housing Court's

Resolution Assistance Program ("R.A.P.")




MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

9:30am-10:00am (Registration)

10:00 am to 12:00PM (Training)




FREE- in exchange for 30 hours of volunteer service between June 25, 2012 and September 28, 2012: Monday-Friday: 9AM-1PM.

RSVP REQUIRED: Send an e-mail to to register for the training with a copy of your resume (pdf or .doc; no .docx, please).

All volunteers are mandated to participate in one two-hour training provided by the Honorable Fern

A. Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts and Director of the New

York State Courts Access to Justice Program, and/or her staff.

Training topics include Housing Court Overview, Basics of Nonpayment Proceedings and Interviewing and Communication Skills. In exchange for this free training, prospective volunteers are required to volunteer a minimum of 30 hours in the Resolution Part between June 25, 2012 and September 28, 2012 and will receive an electronic copy of the program manual, and, upon request, a certificate of volunteer service upon completion of the training and volunteer hours.

Volunteers are given flexibility with their schedules and may volunteer time in blocks of time as follows:

Monday -Friday: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Participants may choose to volunteer in a specific borough. While the program runs in 4 boroughs including Manhattan and Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx urgently need volunteers.

Each volunteer will be assigned to a Resolution Part of the Housing Court.

R.A.P. trains volunteers to provide in-court assistance to tenants and owners who are parties to nonpayment proceedings and are appearing without an attorney in the Housing Court, Resolution Part. (Nonpayment proceedings are cases in which an owner/landlord sues a tenant to collect alleged overdue rent). Join R.A.P. if you would like to:

  • Help unrepresented litigants have a productive experience in Housing Court through an offering of non-legal support;
  • Ensure unrepresented litigants are aware of all of the resources available to them, so that they may better advocate for themselves; and
  • Provide unrepresented litigants with the confidence to discuss their claims or defenses before a court attorney or judge.

RSVP: This event is open for Members and non-Members.

In order to register, volunteers must contact the pro-bono chairperson. Send an E-mail to the Pro-Bono Chairperson at which includes training date and time, volunteer housing court county preference, and your contact information (Full name, Current New York City Paralegal Association Membership status or whether you are a Berkeley Paralegal Student, address, and cell phone number) If you have questions you can leave a message at 516-851-4007.

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