Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hofstra Law School will launch legal incubator to serve Long Island community

Hofstra has joined the growing list of law schools that have or will shortly launch a legal incubator project (here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here)  In this case, Hofstra is joining hands with the New York Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services to place its recent grads in the local community where they will provide legal help to low income clients.  From the school's website:

Hofstra Law to Launch Postgraduate Incubator to Serve Long Island Community

The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University will officially launch its postgraduate fellowship program, the Hofstra Law Access to Justice Incubator, on February 4, 2014, at the Hofstra University Club. With the creation of the Incubator, the Long Island-based law school will break new ground by putting recent law graduates to work in the surrounding community, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable experience as new lawyers while also providing much-needed legal services for indigent individuals in Nassau County.

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The Incubator is a nonprofit entity 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 civil legal services for low- and moderate-income individuals, and to promote a culture of service in the legal profession. The Incubator will work in consultation with the local bench and bar to identify critical areas of need for civil legal services in Nassau County.

Recent Hofstra Law graduates will be hired to work for the Incubator for one-year fellowships. According to Dean Eric Lane, "our hope is that the Incubator will be a bridge from the classroom to full-time legal practice, offering Hofstra Law graduates a growth opportunity to prepare for practice while serving the public interest."

Fellows will be closely supervised while they are trained to provide the full spectrum of representation for clients and will hone the skills of reflective practice under the guidance of executive director/managing attorney Lisa M. Petrocelli, Esq. '94. Before joining the Incubator, Petrocelli served as a principal law clerk in the Nassau County Supreme Court for nine years, and previously handled guardianship matters, real estate transactions and trusts and estates as a private practitioner.

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