About

Who We Are

Who We Are

For more than 50 years, Legal Services of Central New York has fought to help people overcome obstacles, achieve goals, and pursue justice.  Our team of 45 attorneys offers expertise in confronting community-wide problems and representing individuals.  In 2017 we helped more than 15,000 people in 5,600 cases.

We serve a 13-county region of Central New York (Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Otsego, and Oswego), fighting for justice and opportunity for all.

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Our Mission

We help people and communities in Central New York change law, policy, and systems to promote equity and create pathways out of poverty.

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Our Vision

Justice, equality, and opportunity for all people throughout the 13-county region we serve.

Our History

1966

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Serving the greater Syracuse-area, Onondaga Neighborhood Legal Services is formed, with a primary focus on providing free legal services to people and families with low-income.

1982

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Onondaga Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. changes its name to Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. to reflect its expanded service area which now includes Oswego, Cayuga, Cortland, and Jefferson counties, in addition to Onondaga county.

2004

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Legal Services of Central New York, the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, and Legal Aid for Broome and Chenango Counties reorganize the 3 organizations into 2 separate 501(c)(3) organizations—Legal Services of Central New York and the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York.  As a result, LSCNY now has the ability to represent non-citizens, file class actions and amicus briefs, and pursue other legal strategies to best benefit its clients.

2004

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Legal Services of Central New York and Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York partner to form the Central New York Legal Helpline which allows people with low-income anywhere in the 13-county to call a toll-free number for free legal advice and counsel, further increasing accessibility of legal services.

2015

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Legal Services of Central New York, the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, and the Volunteer Lawyer Project of Onondaga County move into the George H. Lowe Center for Justice at 221 South Warren Street in Syracuse, bringing multiple providers of free legal services for individuals with low-income under one roof.

2016

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Legal Services of Central New York celebrates 50 years of service.

2018

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Four leading providers of free legal services are located at 221 South Warren Street in Syracuse when Hiscock Legal Aid Society relocates part of their office into the George H. Lowe Center for Justice.  

2018

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Legal Services of Central New York refines its mission to highlight its unique role as a leader in confronting community-wide problems such as hostile treatment of juveniles in jails, unlivable home conditions, and barriers to language access.  LSCNY also unveils the new tag line: Defending Dignity, Strengthening Communities, Securing Justice.

2018

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July 1, 2018 Legal Services of Central New York launches a new online intake form to better serve our clients