How do I search the Online Resource Center?
You can find the summary of any case posted to the Online Resource Center by searching with relevant words, such as "lump sum". Using words like "food stamps" will give you too broad a response. In the Fair Hearing Bank, the search will bring up summaries of all relevant decisions. After reviewing the summaries, you can click the title for any summary and obtain a copy of the fair hearing decision.
In the Benefits Database, some documents are not available online. When you click on the name of a document that is not available, an email address will pop up so that you can request the document. Once a request is made we will post the document to the web. We can also fax/email the document directly to you.
We hope you find the online resources useful. Please contact us if you encounter any glitches or have suggestions for improvement.
How do I submit fair hearings and other materials to Online Resources?
Fair Hearings Database: If you've won a case that might be helpful to others or lost a case with a decision that will be instructive to others you can upload the relevant document or send your decision to the Empire Justice Center, 119 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210, Attn: Susan C. Antos, and submit a completed submission with your decision to make our work easier, and provide us with any relevant information not obvious from the text of the decision. You do not need to remove client identifying information, unless you would otherwise like to do so. We wilI post an electronically redacted copy which we receive from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. If you remove client information, you must leave the fair hearing number. Leave your client's initials if possible to make it easier to index these decisions. Original or very clean copies are appreciated because they scan the clearest. If you remove client identifying information, please use white out because it makes it easier to scan.
Benefits Law Database: Briefs, motions, stipulations, consent decrees and decisions can be posted to the Benefits Law Database in a variety of ways:
Online - submit a summary of your case online and upload the any scanned documents
Online and Snail Mail - Submit a summary of your case on line and mail a copy of your documents to:
Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Attn: Susan Antos
Document Only - you've got a great case, but don't have the time to summarize... just mail or email the document and GULP will summarize it for you.