About Us

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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

Bruce J. Gitlin, founder and executive director of the New York Center for Law and Justice
Bruce J. Gitlin, founder and executive director of the New York Center for Law and Justice, is an attorney admitted to practice law in New York State. Mr. Gitlin was admitted to the New York State bar in 1981 after graduating from Fordham Law School (1980) and Cornell University (1977). He was an associate in a personal injury practice, later an associate in the litigation department of Rosenman & Colin and, in August, 1986, following Rosenman & Colin, he established, and continues to maintain, a private practice, specializing in the field of personal injury.

Mr. Gitlin has served on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Additionally, Mr. Gitlin has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Center for Law and the Deaf, a not-for-profit organization committed to assisting the deaf and hard of hearing with legal issues.

Mr. Gitlin has been serving the deaf and hard of hearing community since 1981 and studies sign language to assist in representing this unique community. Mr. Gitlin is a past member of 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.

Mr. Gitlin currently serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. Mr. Gitlin is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun and past member of the Board of Directors of the Abraham Fund. He is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Disability Rights Bar Association.

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.

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.