Mission Statement

Mission Statement


The New York Center for Law and Justice seeks to improve the lives of indigent, deaf and hard of hearing New Yorkers by representing individual deaf and hard of hearing clients in a range of civil matters, pursuing policy and practice changes within New York City institutions and raising awareness around deaf and hard of hearing causes and issues.

The Center is the only legal services organization in the world, according to the World Federation of the Deaf, with a full-time staff dedicated to representing deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The Center firmly believes in a three-prong approach to advocating for deaf and hard of hearing individuals’ rights — individually, institutionally and societally.

The New York Center For Law and Justice ultimately hopes to foster a culture shift within New York City in how individuals, institutions, organizations and the public understand and communicate with deaf and hard of hearing New Yorkers.

Lastly, the Center is inspired by both American and Jewish values that call upon us to advance justice.

The New York Center For Law and Justice seeks to improve the lives of indigent, deaf and hard of hearing New Yorkers by representing individual deaf and hard of hearing clients in a range of civil matters, pursuing policy and practice changes within New York City institutions and raising awareness around deaf and hard of hearing causes and issues.

The Center is the only legal services organization in the world, according to the World Federation of the Deaf, with a full-time staff dedicated to representing deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The Center firmly believes in a three-prong approach to advocating for deaf and hard of hearing individuals’ rights — individually, institutionally and societally.

The New York Center For Law and Justice ultimately hopes to foster a culture shift within New York City in how individuals, institutions, organizations and the public understand and communicate with deaf and hard of hearing New Yorkers.

Lastly, the Center is inspired by both American and Jewish values that call upon us to advance justice.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement


The New York Center for Law and Justice seeks to improve the lives of indigent, deaf and hard of hearing New Yorkers by representing individual deaf and hard of hearing clients in a range of civil matters, pursuing policy and practice changes within New York City institutions and raising awareness around deaf and hard of hearing causes and issues.

The Center is the only legal services organization in the world, according to the World Federation of the Deaf, with a full-time staff dedicated to representing deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The Center firmly believes in a three-prong approach to advocating for deaf and hard of hearing individuals’ rights — individually, institutionally and societally.

The New York Center For Law and Justice ultimately hopes to foster a culture shift within New York City in how individuals, institutions, organizations and the public understand and communicate with deaf and hard of hearing New Yorkers.

Lastly, the Center is inspired by both American and Jewish values that call upon us to advance justice.

The New York Center For Law and Justice seeks to improve the lives of indigent, deaf and hard of hearing New Yorkers by representing individual deaf and hard of hearing clients in a range of civil matters, pursuing policy and practice changes within New York City institutions and raising awareness around deaf and hard of hearing causes and issues.

The Center is the only legal services organization in the world, according to the World Federation of the Deaf, with a full-time staff dedicated to representing deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The Center firmly believes in a three-prong approach to advocating for deaf and hard of hearing individuals’ rights — individually, institutionally and societally.

The New York Center For Law and Justice ultimately hopes to foster a culture shift within New York City in how individuals, institutions, organizations and the public understand and communicate with deaf and hard of hearing New Yorkers.

Lastly, the Center is inspired by both American and Jewish values that call upon us to advance justice.

Our Team

Our Partners

Over the years, our pro bono partners have volunteered more than 2,000 hours of service, thus increasing our capacity to deliver access to justice.

Bruce J. Gitlin, founder and executive director of the New York Center for Law and Justice
Bruce J. Gitlin is the founder and executive director of the New York Center for Law and Justice. He has been practicing law for nearly 40 years. Bruce attended the Industrial & Labor Relations School at Cornell University and Fordham University School of Law where he served on the Fordham Urban Law Journal. He was an associate in a personal injury practice, later an associate in the litigation department of Rosenman & Colin and following Rosenman & Colin, he established, a private practice which has become the firm of Gitlin, Horn & Van de Kieft, specializing in the fields of personal injury, criminal defense and commercial litigation. Bruce has served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and remains a member.

Bruce has been serving the deaf and hard of hearing communities for nearly 40 years. In August, 2004, Bruce co-founded the New York Center for Law and Justice, along with Liz Gitlin, to provide a one-stop center for individuals who are deaf and require both legal and social services. The practice has expanded to include work in the areas of housing, consumer debt, asylum, benefits, and family law, among additional needed services.

In January 2018, Bruce served as part of a trial team in Federal Court that secured a verdict for a worker who had a hearing disability. The verdict was in excess of 1.3 million dollars, which included punitive damages based upon discrimination in the workplace. The case was brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act and local human rights laws.

In October 2019, Bruce was awarded the John R. Dunne Champion of Justice Award at the annual event held for Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York as a result of his work in behalf of assisting with the re-entry of a deaf prisoner who had been imprisoned, including in solitary confinement, for decades.

Bruce was featured on the front-page of the New York Law Journal, along with Liz Gitlin, for their work in co-founding the law center. Bruce is a past member of the Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he has lectured on issues involving the rights of the deaf. He is a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association.

Bruce's dedication to fighting for individuals who seek justice finds its source in the work of Martin Gitlin — Bruce's father — who championed the rights of individuals through his private law practice that was established seventy years ago.

Access to Justice Award

Access to Justice Award Timeline

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Dedication

The Law Center has been established in honor of Raymond Kurshan, and Gloria and Martin Gitlin, who believed deeply in the importance of access to justice. May their memories be for a blessing.

Dedication

The Law Center has been established in honor of Raymond Kurshan, and Gloria and Martin Gitlin, who believed deeply in the importance of access to justice. May their memories be for a blessing.