The Workers' Clinic

The Law Firm of Figeroux & Associates supervises the Paralegal Certificate Program Clinic.
Mr. Figeroux, Esq., a former labor leader in the banking industry in Trinidad & Tobago, created this program for all New York City workers.

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The Legal Clinics are mainly conducted on workers’ rights and issues that workers face, such as: Social Security Disability, From Worker to Business Owner, Workers’ Compensation, Small Business Solutions, U.S. Citizenship, Foreclosure Defenses and Wills, Trusts & Estate matters. Additional clinical consulting legal services exist in diverse areas such as Immigration Law, Bankruptcy Law, Contested Divorce, Uncontested Divorce, Equity Smart, Landlord & Tenant, Real Estate Transactions, Deed Transfers, Non-Profits, Environmental Law, Housing, Criminal Defense, Criminal Prosecution, American Indian Law and Human Rights. In those and other instances, we may refer participants to other programs after an initial consultation.

THE WORKERS' CLINIC

AREAS OF SERVICE

The Legal Clinics are mainly conducted on workers’ rights and issues that workers face, such as: Social Security Disability, From Worker to Business Owner, Workers’ Compensation, Small Business Solutions, U.S. Citizenship, Foreclosure Defenses and Wills, Trusts & Estate matters. Additional clinical consulting legal services exist in diverse areas such as Immigration Law, Bankruptcy Law, Contested Divorce, Uncontested Divorce, Equity Smart, Landlord & Tenant, Real Estate Transactions, Deed Transfers, Non-Profits, Environmental Law, Housing, Criminal Defense, Criminal Prosecution, American Indian Law and Human Rights. In those and other instances, we may refer participants to other programs after an initial consultation.

Remember, legal fees are free when legal fees are allowed by the faulting party, by law, by contract or paid at the end through a contingency arrangement.

AREAS OF SERVICE

The Legal Clinics are mainly conducted on workers’ rights and issues that workers face, such as: Social Security Disability, From Worker to Business Owner, Workers’ Compensation, Small Business Solutions, U.S. Citizenship, Foreclosure Defenses and Wills, Trusts & Estate matters. Additional clinical consulting legal services exist in diverse areas such as Immigration Law, Bankruptcy Law, Contested Divorce, Uncontested Divorce, Equity Smart, Landlord & Tenant, Real Estate Transactions, Deed Transfers, Non-Profits, Environmental Law, Housing, Criminal Defense, Criminal Prosecution, American Indian Law and Human Rights. In those and other instances, we may refer participants to other programs after an initial consultation.

Remember, legal fees are free when legal fees are allowed by the faulting party, by law, by contract or paid at the end through a contingency arrangement.

WORKERS’ RIGHTS DEFINED

Everyday in NYC thousands of workers struggle to make ends meet. Their struggle is made more difficult when they do not have access to competent advice on legal issues, business and financial problems.

Our program believes that prevention is always better than last minute cures. We believe that workers’ rights are strengthened through preventive measures.

WORKERS' RIGHTS FOCUS

• Wage Theft
• Unsafe Conditions & Workplace Injuries 
• Workplace Discrimination & Harassment
• Paid Family Leave

• Paid Sick Leave
• Unemployment Insurance
• Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Consultations & Guidance 

The Workers' Legal Clinic is ONLY on Saturdays from 10am - 3pm. Schedule a free consultation below.

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Get hands-on experience in our clinics and externships 
Our clinical programs, one of the first in the nation, focuses on Front Line Training for our diverse student body who are battling issues concerning the Black Lives Matter Movements. It is regarded as one of the finest and most comprehensive programs in New York City. The program offers students invaluable opportunities to work with real clients on real cases and develop an extraordinary skill set in the process. Our clinics and externships extend the program to state and federal government agencies, law offices, and businesses throughout New York City. An integral component of the class curriculum, every student must take at least one “real world” clinic or externship to graduate. We are hopeful that our clinical program’s excellence will lead to grants from public agencies and private foundations.

In-House Clinics
In this program, the student assumes the lawyer’s responsibility by making decisions, preparing work, and doing the tasks related to representing individual clients, entities, or working on projects. All clinics have two components: the casework and a seminar. In-house clinics take place at the Law Firm of Figeroux & Associates and are taught and supervised by attorneys.

Clinic students assist in legal matters currently relevant to our working-class community, such as DACA (Dreamers), asylum-seekers, attain benefits for adults with disabilities. They also advise new media start-ups, preserve affordable housing, assist community groups and small businesses, and help individuals in economic distress.

Externships
Earn clinic credit by performing substantial work at a law office, governmental agency, not-for-profit, off-location, and attending a companion seminar on location. Students are supervised in their fieldwork by a mentor attorney at the host office and are guided in optimizing that experience’s educational value by seminars on location.

Volunteer for a Clinic
To register for the Civil Rights Clinic or any other clinic, you must be enrolled in the Paralegal Program. To enroll, click here.

Civil Rights Clinic

Introduction  
The Civil Rights Clinic provides students with the opportunity to work on a wide range of civil rights and social justice matters through direct client representation, court advocacy, and the development of advocacy campaigns. Students participating in the Civil Rights Clinic will develop foundational skills necessary to be strategic and creative social justice advocates.

Through the Clinic, students join a community of advocates working to promote and protect civil rights and challenging economic, social, health, political inequality, poverty, and racial injustice issues.

Course Description
The Civil Rights Clinic provides students with the opportunity to develop the foundational skills needed to be a civil rights advocate through direct involvement in investigations, litigation, appellate advocacy, and public advocacy campaigns. They are working under the direct supervision of Professor Brian Figeroux, who will introduce students to civil rights advocacy in a variety of contexts and forums. Students will be working on behalf of indigent, institutional, or pro bono clients on a range of civil rights matters, including employment discrimination, educational equity, voting rights, and criminal justice reform. Specifically, students participating in the Clinic may have the opportunity to:

•Work with clients and communities to challenge discrimination;
•Develop interpersonal skills through client interviewing and counseling as well as through co-counseling and partnering with leading civil rights organizations;
•Gain experience in litigation planning, including fact investigation and development of case theory;
•Develop oral advocacy skills;
•Hone research and written advocacy skills through drafting briefs and litigation-related documents; and
•Negotiate settlements.

Application Procedure
Students interested in taking the Clinic should submit the standard application, resume, and transcript online. There will be an interview which will be scheduled by the program. If you have questions about the Clinic, please contact Professor Brian Figeroux via email.

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