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Welcome to the Empire Justice Center Training Center! 

Welcome to the Empire Justice Training Center where you will find Continuing Legal Education and other training courses as well as resource materials designed to support your work and professional development.  This page contains the most recent web courses, publications & periodicals, to view more please click on the links in the menu on the left.

Empire Justice is dedicated to providing legal services advocates and pro bono attorneys with high quality, hands-on, relevant and practical training to support their advocacy on behalf of people who are impoverished, disabled or disenfranchised. 

We strive to develop and deliver high quality training programs that respond to the highest priority needs in formats that advocates can take advantage of readily and economically. 

On our website, you will find notices regarding upcoming live training presentations and webcasts as well as links to training that is available for viewing thru the internet. 

Empire Justice is a certified provider of continuing legal education credits in New York State and many of our programs are eligible for credits.

To be alerted when new trainings are posted and/or scheduled, register with our website.




These webcourses are designed to meet CLE requirements.  For a full list of our CLE web courses click on the link in the left hand menu.

This training will provide case managers with basic information about Social Security's disability benefit program. Read More

Child Care and Child Support
This course covers the fundamentals of the child support requirements for applicants and recipients of child care assistance. Discussions include the active pursuit of child support; good cause exception and determinations; failure to cooperate by applicant or recipient; the child support order; treatment of child support as income; what happens if the non-custodial parent stops paying support; practical difficulties and legal issues that may be raised by petitioners and respondent. Read More




Empire Justice Center manuals, reports, and periodicals including the Legal Services Journal and the DAP News, are posted here.



Recent Reports

#AllTogetherNow: Improving Small Business Lending in the Rochester NY Community :
We are proud to announce the release of our latest data-rich report, “#AllTogetherNow: Improving Small Business Lending in the Rochester NY Community,” which looks at aggregate small business lending in 2015 and compares it to the distribution of occupied businesses for the city of Rochester, Monroe County and the rest of the Rochester metro area Read More

Pro Se Name & Gender Change Guide for Transgender Residents of Greater Monroe County, New York :
Empire Justice Center's pro se guide on name and gender marker changes on identity documents. A step by step guide for transgender residents of the Greater Monroe County Area in New York. Read More



Recent Manuals

The Affordable Care Act: Impact on New York State :
An overview of the Affordable Care Act's approach to reforming the health care system. Read More

Tool Kit for Community Health Centers- Helping Patients Access Medicaid :
This tool kit provides fact sheets and forms on ten different topics related to helping patients access Medicaid coverage or other help with paying for health care services. Read More


Recent Newsletters

Policy Matters October 2017 :
Empire Justice Center's latest edition of Policy Matters. Read More

Disability Law News - October 2017 Issue :
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. In this issue, we discuss the newly amended NYS Public Health Law Sections 17 & 18, and Mental Hygiene Law Section 33.16 that ensures free access to medical records for government benefits applications. Be sure to check out the newest regulations, administrative decisions and court decisions as well. Read More



The training calendar features training sponsored by Empire Justice Center and other legal services training providers as well as upcoming events that may be of interest.



NY's 2016 Human Rights Law Regulations Protecting Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming New Yorkers

On January 20, 2016, the NYS Division of Human Rights adopted final clarifying regulations that ban discrimination and harassment against transgender and gender non-conforming people statewide. The new regulations affirm that these communities are protected under the state’s Human Rights Law and that it is unlawful for public and private employers, housing providers, businesses, creditors, private educational institutions, and public accommodations to discriminate on the basis of gender identity, transgender status or gender dysphoria. New York’s approach for addressing statewide these protections is unique among the states.    

Milo Primeaux, Esq., LGBT Rights Project, Empire Justice Center
Noah Lewis, Esq., Transcend Legal

Download a PDF copy of the presentation here!
Download a PDF copy of the addtional handouts here!

2015's Statewide Housing Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

Signed in October 2015 and effective January 19, 2016, victims of domestic violence statewide will finally have access to a variety of critical housing discrimination and anti-eviction protections as part of both the Real Property Law and the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law.  This webinar will explain New York’s new law, as well as discuss its challenging intersection with local nuisance ordinances.  This program is appropriate for civil legal services attorneys handling housing cases, as well as domestic violence cases.     

Nadya E. Rosen, Esq., Deputy Director, Housing Unit, South Brooklyn Services
Margaret Perkins, Esq., Supervising Attorney, Legal Assistance of Western NY
Amy Schwartz, Esq., Empire Justice Center

Download a PDF copy of the presentation here!

Opening the Shelter Doors for LGBTQ Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Join Empire Justice for a previously recorded webinar (12/16/2015) to review a clarifying administrative directive issued on October 16 2015 by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for all of New York’s licensed and approved domestic violence residential and non-residential programs about legal and funding-related non-discrimination mandates.  As a result of this landscape-altering guidance, most domestic violence programs statewide will now be making their core services and other programming more welcoming and available to LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence and abuse.  This CLE is intended to assist civil legal services providers in understanding this directive and its intended impact on the LGBTQ survivors they serve.     

NOTE:  This program is not appropriate for domestic violence programs looking for specific information about their requirements under this directive. 

Amy Schwartz, Esq., Empire Justice Center

Download a PDF copy of the presentation here!
Download Additional Materials:  Administrative Directive

Understanding Recent Updates to Maintenance and Spousal Support Laws

In September 2015, new legal guidelines for temporary and post-divorce maintenance, as well as spousal support, were signed into law.  Many key provisions in the law will go into effect on January 23, 2016, so this webinar will educate participants in advance about the updates, as well as their impact on poor and limited income victims of intimate partner violence.

Kate Wurmfeld, Esq., Supervising Attorney for the Matrimonial and Family Law Unit, New York Legal Assistance Group
Laura A. Russell, Esq., Co-Citywide Supervising Attorney, Family/Domestic Violence Unit, The Legal Aid Society-NYC

Download a PDF copy of the presentation here!
Download Additional Materials:  7637,  7645