The Hofstra Law Access to Justice Incubator is a non-profit entity affiliated with the University and formed with the assistance of the New York State Unified Court System and the Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services established by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman in 2010. Similar to the Task Force, the Incubator’s dual mission is to fill a critical gap in access to certain civil legal services for low- and moderate-income individuals, and to promote a culture of service in the legal profession. The Incubator focuses on areas of civil practice which have been identified as being in critical need of legal services in Nassau County, including guardianship matters, Landlord/Tenant proceedings, foreclosure actions, and securing public and private benefits and access to appropriate healthcare.

The Incubator is led by Hofstra Law alumna and executive director/managing attorney Lisa M. Petrocelli, Esq. ’94. Petrocelli oversees a group of Hofstra Law graduates who have recently sat for the New York State Bar Examination, and have made a commitment to work for the Incubator during a salaried one-year fellowship.  As new graduates, the Fellows are closely supervised while they are trained to provide the full spectrum of representation for clients and hone the skills of reflective practice both pursuant to a Student Practice Order and then, during the course of the year-long fellowship, as newly-admitted attorneys.  In addition, they are given the opportunity to observe a broad spectrum of practice areas, to shadow experienced practitioners, to participate and appear in judicial proceedings, and to meet with judicial and non-judicial staff in the various courthouses in Nassau County.  At the conclusion of the fellowship, they will be practice-ready attorneys.

For further information on how to obtain legal services from the Hofstra Law Access to Justice Incubator, please call 516-463-4157 or email Lisa.M.Petrocelli@hofstra.edu.

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