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Helaine Barnett

NYS Permanent Commission on Access to Justice
New York, NY
Helaine M. Barnett has devoted her entire professional career to the provision of legal aid to the poor and in the pursuit of equal access to justice. She worked at The Legal Aid Society in New York for 37 years, the last ten as attorney-in-charge of its Civil Division. She then served six years as the President of the Legal Services Corporation in Washington, D.C. Upon returning to New York, she was appointed Chair of the Chief Judge’s Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services, which became the New York State Permanent Commission on Access to Justice. She was also appointed an adjunct professor of law at NYU School of Law, teaching a seminar on Access to the Civil Justice System and was the Founder of Legal Hand neighborhood storefront centers.