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Pro Bono: Housing Court Resolution Assistance Program (RAP)

  • 11 Oct 2013
  • 9:30 AM - 12:30 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.")




Friday, October 11, 2013
9:30 am-10:00 am (Registration)
10:00 am to 12:30 pm (Training)



FREE- in exchange for 30 hours of volunteer service between October 31, 2013 and December 31, 2013: Monday-Friday: 9AM-1PM.

RSVP REQUIRED: This event is open to Members and non-Members. Send an email to to register for the training with a copy of your resume (pdf or .doc; no .docx, please). Your email should include your training date and time, volunteer housing court county preference, and your contact information (Full name, NYCPA members status, and a telephone number).

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 October 31, 2013 and December 31, 2013 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.

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;

● Provide unrepresented litigants with the confidence to discuss their
claims or defenses before a court attorney or


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

If you have questions you can leave a message at 516-851-4007.

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