EIN 11-3155182

Access Justice Brooklyn

IRS 501(c) type
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VLP provides civil legal services to low-income Brooklyn residents, with a focus on consumer debt and bankruptcy protection.
Also known as...
Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
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Program areas at Access Justice Brooklyn

Consumer debt program: in the past year, the organization handled 3,257 consumer debt cases, assisting approximately 7,286 individuals and family members. Access Justice Brooklyn operates two programs in kings county civil court to assist unrepresented consumer credit litigants. The civil legal advice and resource office (claro) program is a free weekly clinic which gives litigants important information about debt collection and their options for defense, representing a critical resource for individuals without counsel. Through the volunteer lawyer for a day (vlfd) Access to Justice program, an Access Justice Brooklyn attorney is present four days per week in kings county civil court and works with pro bono volunteer attorneys, law graduates, and law students to provide limited scope representation to unrepresented litigants on the date of their court appearance, including clients referred by our claro program, to help reduce or dismiss their debt or obtain an adjournment. For individuals seeking to discharge debt and reorder their finances, we prepare bankruptcy petitions and offer representation in chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings.
Homeowner assistance program: in the past year, the organization handled 498 foreclosure matters, department of buildings violations, and other issues impacting Brooklyn homeowners, assisting approximately 1,415 individuals and family members. Access Justice Brooklyn's services to homeowners encompass a range of services that include foreclosure intervention and prevention, assistance with deed theft and other scams, and representation in administrative hearings that concern department of buildings (dob) violations. For homeowners at risk of losing their homes due to foreclosure, we provide advice, brief services, and full legal representation including foreclosure motion practice, bad faith hearings, foreclosure defense litigation, preparing and negotiating loan modifications, and attending settlement conferences. We also participate in workshops and legal clinics, such as the flag clinic where we provide information, advice, and brief legal services to homeowners who have attended pre-settlement conferences; the friend of the court programs for emergency, limited scope representation in foreclosure cases; and other clinics for homeowners appearing in kings county supreme court. In addition, we assist homeowners with dob violations by providing limited scope, day-of representation before the office of administrative trials and hearings (oath), helping reduce or dismiss fines and preventing liens that can increase the likelihood of foreclosure.
Family stabilization program: in the past year, the organization handled 394 family law cases, assisting approximately 780 individuals and family members. Access Justice Brooklyn works to stabilize Brooklyn families by helping to resolve disputes in family court related to custody, visitation, and child and spousal support for both custodial and non-custodial parents to ensure fairness and equity in support orders issued by the kings county family court. We also have a robust pro se uncontested divorce program through which we draft divorce pleadings for clients seeking legal separation from a partner. In addition, we provide advice and representation in article 17a guardianship matters to designate trusted friends or family members to act on behalf of individuals who are over age 18 and living with intellectual or developmental disabilities. We also hold clinics where clients can make appointments for pro se assistance related to uncontested divorce as well as article 17a guardianship matters.
Senior assistance, immigration, and miscellaneous matters; legal education and outreach; continuing legal education (cle)

Who funds Access Justice Brooklyn

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Booth Ferris FoundationGeneral$134,000
The Overbrook FoundationGeneral Operating Support$100,000
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)Grant Subcontracts$51,834
...and 18 more grants received totalling $618,176

Personnel at Access Justice Brooklyn

Heidi Lee HendersonPresident and Chief Executive Officer$177,892
Melissa StarrSenior Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives$151,944
Teresa DalyDirector of Institutional Giving$110,000
Sidney CherubinDirector of Legal Services$124,812
Anne O'GradyPro Bono Director$107,513
...and 7 more key personnel

Financials for Access Justice Brooklyn

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$1,741,066
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$18,223
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$63,732
Net income from fundraising events$-110,045
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$1,712,976

Form 990s for Access Justice Brooklyn

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-10990View PDF
2020-122021-11-03990View PDF
2019-122021-02-22990View PDF
2018-122019-12-02990View PDF
2017-122018-12-22990View PDF
...and 8 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 18, 2024
Received grants
Identified 10 new grant, including a grant for $134,000 from Booth Ferris Foundation
December 26, 2023
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $9,000 from The Ford Foundation
December 23, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 3 new personnel
December 23, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
August 20, 2023
Received grants
Identified 9 new grant, including a grant for $134,000 from Booth Ferris Foundation
Nonprofit Types
Crime and legal aid organizationsLegal service nonprofitsCharities
Human servicesHomelessnessCrime and lawLegal services
Fundraising eventsState / local levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersTax deductible donations
General information
44 CT St 1206
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Metro area
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
Kings County, NY
Website URL
(718) 624-5446
IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
I80: Legal Services
NAICS code, primary
5411: Legal Services
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