The Metropolitan Black Bar Association (“MBBA”) and Mobilization for Justice (“MFJ”) are partnering to provide free legal advice and representation for low-income New York City taxi drivers facing civil penalties against their licenses that threaten their livelihood.
Call to Action: MBBA Members (attorneys, paralegals and law students) are needed to participate in the new partnership with MFJ that will train MBBA Members on how to conduct interviews, review and explain summonses, advocate for settlement offers, and provide legal advice and representation for these low-income drivers that are facing exorbitant civil penalties. The taxi drivers receive summonses to appear at the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) which is the City's administrative tribunal. MFJ and MBBA are providing a free training session specifically for MBBA volunteers. Each volunteer who attends the training session is expected to commit to take on a pro bono matter, individually or as part of a team of two or more individuals.
Clinic Participation: Due to COVID-19, the in-person clinics at OATH have been suspended. All hearings at OATH are being conducted by telephone.
Training Session: The OATH Clinic Training Session will take place on Monday, December 21, 2020 from 9:00 am until 12:00pm via Zoom.
CLE Credits: 1.5 hours of CLE Credit will be provided to each individual who attends a training session.
Additional information about this pro bono opportunity will be provided to each MBBA Member that registers for the training session.
For more information about this pro bono opportunity, please contact Nicole Lester Arrindell, MBBA Board Member and Co-Chair of the Community Outreach & Pro Bono Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Montel Cherry, Supervising Attorney, MFJ at email@example.com.