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Judge examines legal services for poor
Albany, N.Y. (AP) - New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman is holding a series of public hearings around the state to examine shortcomings in legal services for low-income New Yorkers.
The first session is scheduled Tuesday in Albany, with state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli set to testify. He'll be followed by regional representatives of businesses, the judiciary, and veterans' organizations, as well as clients of legal aid groups.
Lippman plans to report to the Legislature about funding available for legal help on civil matters including housing, public benefits and domestic abuse to health care and education access.
The hearing begins at 10 a.m. at the Court of Appeals.