We defend. We empower. We collaborate.We promote justice for all. Serving our Central New York community since 1949.
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society promotes the fundamental right of every person to equal justice under the law by providing high quality legal assistance to individuals and families in need in Onondaga County and the surrounding region.
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society strives to ensure that no one in our community is denied justice because of a lack of means.
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Our Client's Experience
Legal Aid helped me decide to file an order of protection, a critical first step in regaining my life and stability. Still, I was terrified that this order might make him even more explosive. It was a dangerous situation not knowing what would trigger him and still having to deal with him every day to exchange our son for court-ordered parenting time. There were several volatile occasions when I needed to call on my lawyer to clarify how to maintain my safety while upholding court orders. I don’t know what I would have done without Legal Aid helping me navigate life and safety with these complexities.
My lawyer helped me with every aspect of the citizenship process, filling out and filing the application and helping me prepare for the interview and the United States Civics Exam. Having her help was very comforting.
Thanks to HLA’s advocacy I finally became a United States Citizen and eventually got my passport.
Coming to the office, I felt relaxed. The receptionist was so pleasant and so respectful. I’ve never, ever called and felt like I was bothering anyone. That’s so important when you’re going through what I was going through. Hiscock Legal Aid Society was the safe place I needed.
I can understand why people would be worried to talk to Hiscock Legal Aid Society. I was nervous, too. What I can say is this: I feel like the people at Legal Aid were the only ones who treated me like a human being. They treated me so well. Without them, I’m not sure I would have had the strength to continue.
News Learn about the latest from HLA.
Gregory W. Dewan, Esq. to become next Executive Director of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society.
Syracuse, NY, November 3, 2021 – The Board of Directors of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society (HLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gregory W. Dewan, Esq. as the next Executive Director of the organization. Mr. Dewan succeeds current Executive Director Linda Gehron, Esq. who will retire at the beginning of 2022 following forty […]
HLA receives funding from New York Bar Foundation
The New York Bar Foundation recently presented the Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society(HLA) with a grant of $9,159 . The grant will be used to support Diversity Fellowships to support COVID-19 related case increases. “This New York Bar Foundation funding gives HLA an opportunity to hire paid interns to assist with pandemic related increases in legal needs,” said Linda Gehron, Executive Director. “Promoting justice for all requires many groups […]
“It’s estimated that $10 is returned to the New York State Treasury for every dollar invested in civil legal services.”
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