Staff and volunteers from Legal Hand Jamaica assist low-income community members. // Photo courtesy of Legal Hand

Legal Hand Empowers Low-Income Queens — And Wants Help

Amid an immigration crackdown, affordable housing crisis and a pervasive homelessness problem, one Jamaica organization is reaching out to low-income residents and putting power and knowledge into their hands. Legal Hand Jamaica, a collaboration between the Center for Court Innovation and Queens Legal Services, provides legal guidance and referrals for local low-income residents who face an array of issues.

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Paul E. Kerson is a partner in the Queens County law firm of Leavitt & Kerson and a past President of the Queens County Bar Association // Credit: Paul E. Kerson

Kerson, the Queens Bar Scribe, Reflects on a Life of Law

When Paul Kerson graduated from college in 1972, he faced a choice. The former college newspaper editor could pursue journalism at a time when dozens of papers were closing shop or he could study law and establish himself in Queens, his home borough. The Queens County Bar Association enabled him to do both.

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