Welcome to the Online Resource Center. To enter a database, click on the buttons to the left. Once you are in the database you will be able to search; submit summaries, hearings, pleadings, and decisions; view links to the 10 most recent submissions; and link to an index of submissions for each database.
In General: The is no charge for using the Online Resource Center, but you must register before you can use it. If you are already registered, once you log in, you can click on the "My Account" button and request access to additional data bases. (Users with wnylc email addresses have already been added to the benefits data base).
If you have not already registered, please click the "Register" button to the left to proceed. Everyone who registers will be given access to the administrative hearings area. The administrators of the other areas will review all applications for access and will respond as quickly as possible.
Fair Hearing Bank: This resource, which will remain open to all users, contains over 2,500 decisions in the administrative hearing bank. New decisions are added on a regular basis.
Benefits Database: Here you will find unreported decisions, helpful briefs and other litigation related documents on line. The cases in this database include public assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, child care, foster care, and related issues. Access is restricted to legal services attorneys and others representing poor and low income individuals and families.
New for housing advocates! "CATRAP": The "Computer Assisted Tenant Representation Advocacy Program" offers attorneys preparing defenses in eviction proceedings not only a comprehensive selection of available defenses (with explanations for each) but also direct links to relevant cases, caveats on using the defense, and other practice tips. CATRAP even gives you generic text to incorporate directly into your Answer and supplies quotes from caselaw or statutory authority suitable to use in your supporting affidavit or Memorandum of Law.
Domestic Violence Case Law Update: Here you will find comprehensive summaries of selected domestic violence-related state court decisions in New York, as well as some federal decisions. Access is restricted to New York State-based civil legal services attorneys.
DAP Numbers: Here you will find comprehensive summaries of federal court decisions related to Social Secruity Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) issues. You will also find decisions by SSA's Appeals Council or Administrative Law Judges, as well as sample letters and memorandum by advocates. Additionally, other documents or materials related to Social Security disability claims referred to in the Disability Law News or the DAP listserv are also included. The summaries of these decisions are searchable by key words. New matierals are added on a regular basis.
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