Local Legal Resources

Center for Dispute Settlement (CDS)

16 East Main St.
Rochester, NY 14614
Website: Center for Dispute Settlement

Area of Service:

Alternative dispute resolution processes to resolve conflicts without litigation; training.


JPC – Judicial Process Commission

1921 Norton St.
Rochester, NY 14609
Email: sporter@rocjpc.org
Website: Judicial Process Commission

Area of Service:

Collaborates with Legal Assistance Western NY (below)

Help with rap sheets, identification documents, housing, employment, and other legal advice

Case management.


The Legal Aid Society of Rochester

One West Main St.
Suite. 800
Rochester, NY 14614
website: Legal Aid Society of Rochester

Areas of Service:

Representation: family, domestic violence, housing, immigration, youth advocacy and education, law guardianships.


Legal Assistance of Western NY (LAWNY)

One West Main St.
Rochester, NY 14614
Contact: Lou Prieto
Phone: (585) 325-2520
Fax: (585) 325-2559
Email: mclac@wnylc.com

Website: Legal Assistance of Western NY

Cassandra Kelly, Esq., Lead Counsel

Areas of Service:

The Legal Assistance of Western NY Re-Entry Project assists persons reentering society and with criminal records, especially related to employment discrimination and assistance with employment clearances through the Department of Health and other government agencies. Provides assistance for admission to public or subsidized housing and multiple other services.

Focus on “Collateral Sanctions” or “Collateral Consequences of Criminal Sanctions”. Often involves applying for Certificates of Relief from Disability, and/or applying to correct and or to seal criminal records.


U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services

Federal Building
100 State St.
Rochester, NY 14614
website: U.S. Probation – Monroe County Courts

Areas of Service:

Pretrial, pre-sentence, and probation. Part of U.S. District Court with dedicated staff. Goal – ensure community protection.  Helps Court make informed, objective decisions; provides community-based correctional services.

Reentry Services in Rochester and Buffalo

website:U.S. Courts – Reentry Services

Areas of Service:

Assess and identify barriers and needs of high risk offenders recently released from the Federal Bureau of Prisons custody into our communities. The Reentry Court participants will be linked with services specific to their needs including; treatment, employment, life skills training, and education programs in order to reduce the likelihood of recidivism and promote successful reintegration into the community.


Volunteer Legal Services Project

One West Main St.
Rochester, NY 14614

Shiela Gaddes, Director


website: Volunteer Legal Services

Areas of Service:

Coordinates volunteer private lawyers serving low-income Monroe County residents; deals with a wide range of issues.