Thirteen legal services organizations that assisted victims of Superstorm Sandy are receiving grants totaling $52,000, through a joint initiative of the New York State Bar Association and The New York Bar Foundation.

The Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund, created by The Foundation, is providing funding to local bar associations and legal service providers for projects including disaster relief hotlines, free legal consultations and online information for victims. Each grant is for $4,000.

"Each grantee immediately stepped up to help people in need," said Bar Foundation President Cristine Cioffi of Niskayuna (Cioffi Slezak Wildgrube)." We are honored to help those who are providing vital legal services during this critical time."

Grantees include:

• Legal Services for New York City, New York City;
• Make the Road New York, Brooklyn;
• Mobilizing For Justice Legal Services Inc., New York City;
• Nassau County Bar Association, Mineola;
• Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee Inc., Hempstead;
• New York Legal Assistance Group, New York City;
• Queens Legal Services, Jamaica;
• Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project Inc., Jamaica; 
• The Legal Aid Society, New York City; 
• The New York LawHelp Consortium, New York City;
• Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Central Islip;
• Urban Justice Center, New York City; and
• Volunteers of Legal Services (VOLS), New York City. 

Funding for the projects comes from contributions to The Foundation by lawyers, law firms and several sections of the New York State Bar Association, including the Antitrust, Elder Law, Family Law, Trusts and Estates, Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law, and Young Lawyers sections.

The New York Bar Foundation is dedicated to aiding charitable and educational projects to meet the law-related needs of the public and the legal profession. To learn more about The New York Bar Foundation, go to, phone 518-487-5651 or email

The 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation.  It was founded in 1876.


Contact: Deborah Auspelmyer
Foundation Administrator