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It is with great delight that we announce the appointment of J. McGregor Smyth as the new Executive Director of NYLPI. McGregor joins NYLPI from The Bronx Defenders, where he was the Managing Attorney of the Civil Action Practice and Director of Reentry Net.

Please see the full press release.

Our Program Areas

The Pro Bono Clearinghouse
NYLPI matches community organizations and non-profits with pro bono attorneys from law firms and corporate legal departments across New York City. More information and how to apply
Disability Rights
NYLPI advocates for people with disabilities to promote and defend their right to participate fully in all aspects of mainstream American society. More
Health Justice
NYLPI works to ensure access to quality health care for people in medically underserved neighborhoods as well as those who face barriers due to limited English proficiency, or racial and ethnic discrimination. More
Environmental Justice
NYLPI provides community organizing and legal assistance for low-income neighborhoods and communities of color that bear an unfair burden of environmental threats. More

School renovations are critical for promoting healthy school environments. But a major construction project can create its own health risks. NYLPI’s Safe School Renovation manual is a “know your rights” guide that can help parents protect children’s health during school construction. Click here to download a copy of the manual.

New York City parents and advocacy groups have campaigned since 2009 to rid their schools of PCB contaminated caulking materials and PCB contaminated lighting fixtures that are actively leaking PCBs into classrooms. Read more about our PCB campaign.

Remembering Michael Rothenberg

In 2012 we lost one of the nation's leading public interest law figures and our executive director, Michael Rothenberg. Over the course of 11 years, Michael used his impressive talents to vastly expand NYLPI's capacity and effectiveness.

Read more about Michael’s life and work.


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Restoring Civil

Working to ensure that our courts protect and preserve equal justice, fairness, and opportunity.