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October 18, 2010

STATE BAR ASSOCIATION'S FALL RADIO CAMPAIGN RAISES AWARENESS OF RESOURCES TO HELP NEW YORKERS AVOID FORECLOSURE

Campaign Also Calls on Lawyers to Provide Pro Bono Services to the Public; and Reaffirms the Need for Legal Representation in Civil Matters

Continuing its efforts to improve access to justice for all citizens, the New York State Bar Association today unveiled its latest statewide radio announcement series designed to highlight the information and resources it offers to help homeowners avoid mortgage foreclosure. Narrated by State Bar President Stephen P. Younger of New York (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP), the ad campaign also calls on lawyers to continue their extraordinary commitment to providing pro bono services to disadvantaged New Yorkers. The final announcement emphasizes the rising unmet need for legal representation in civil matters, including housing, health care and debt relief.

"The downturn in our economy has put many homeowners in New York at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure," said President Younger. "These radio ads provide valuable information to assist our most vulnerable citizens by highlighting important resources available through the State Bar's website that can be used to save a home, secure important public benefits, or seek relief from the crushing burden of financial debt."

A recent estimate according to the Mortgage Bankers Association indicates that there are currently 80,000 or more homes in various stages of foreclosure throughout New York.

The NCSA (Non-Commercial Sustaining Announcements) spots were produced and distributed in coordination with the New York State Broadcasters Association as part of an ongoing radio campaign designed to educate citizens about a wide variety of important legal issues that affect the lives of New Yorkers. The spots will run from October 18th through November 14th.  It is anticipated that the spots will air several thousand times on radio stations across the state throughout the four-week campaign.

The scripts for the three radio announcements are as follows:   

Mortgage Foreclosure: 30-seconds

This is Steve Younger, President of the New York State Bar Association. In communities across our state, the American Dream of owning a home is being jeopardized by the threat of foreclosure. If you are facing the loss of your home, the State Bar can help. Our website contains useful tips that can help you avoid foreclosure and save your most important investment.  Visit nysba.org for more information.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association.

National Pro Bono Week: 30-seconds

This is Steve Younger, President of the New York State Bar Association. Recent economic challenges have increased the demand for legal services for the poor. Last year, State Bar members donated more than a quarter of a million hours of pro bono services to New Yorkers in need. But, we can do more. If you are a lawyer and want to learn how you can help, visit nysba.org/probono. Please join us and do the public good.

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association.

The Right to Counsel: 60-seconds

This is Steve Younger, President of the New York State Bar Association. If you are accused of a crime, you have the right to be represented by a court appointed lawyer, even if you can't afford one. However, did you know that if you are facing eviction from your home or are on the verge of losing critical health benefits, you do not have the right to a free lawyer in those cases? Having a lawyer could mean the difference between keeping your home and being out on the street.

Each year, New York lawyers provide thousands of hours of free legal services to the poor. But, the unmet need for representation in civil matters continues to rise.  When basic human needs, such as shelter and public benefits are at stake, every person deserves a lawyer. For more information about your rights and for questions about free legal services in areas like housing, health care and debt relief, visit our website nysba.org. That's nysba.org.      

Brought to you by the New York State Bar Association, in cooperation with the New York State Broadcasters Association.

Below are links to the mp3 audio files of the three radio announcements:
www.nysba.org/mortgagemp3
www.nysba.org/probonomp3
www.nysba.org/righttocounselmp3

Founded in 1876, the 77,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. The State Bar's programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years. For more information, visit us at our Web site at www.nysba.org.

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