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Journal of Poverty Law and Policy
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NYLAG Mobile Legal Help Center’s Challenges and Successes

By: 
Merritt C. Birnbaum
By: 
Randal S. Jeffrey

How can organizations provide free legal services to more low-income people in view of budgeting, staffing, and space concerns? The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) found an answer on wheels. Partnering with New York State courts and varied funders, NYLAG developed the Mobile Legal Help Center, a truck retrofitted as a fully functioning office. Delivering legal services on wheels is not without its challenges, but the mobile center raises awareness about available and free civil legal services and serves untapped clients.