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Attorney of the Morning (Eviction Defense)

Attorney of the Morning:
Eviction Defense at Buffalo City Court

The Volunteer Lawyers Project defends low-income clients in Landlord/Tenant proceedings through our Attorney of the Morning Program (AOM). This highly successful program, replicated across the country, helps vulnerable families in our community avoid homelessness.

If you are facing an eviction in the City of Buffalo, please show up at Court (Part 17 Buffalo City Court – 50 Delaware Ave.) on your scheduled date, sign in with the clerk and you will be asked if you would like to speak to a Volunteer Attorney.


VLP participates in Attorney of the Morning on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.

If you have a scheduled court date for a Buffalo City eviction on a Tuesday or Thursday, please contact Neighborhood Legal Services  at (716) 847-0650.

Please note the AOM Program through VLP only assists tenants in eviction proceedings on the day of court.
Commitment to cases is for that morning only.

We have coordinators on-site to do client intake/screenings and to assist you. VLP paralegals or interns conduct client intake for income eligibility and clients consult with a VLP attorney who will assist them in negotiating a settlement with their landlord or in arguing their case in front of the judge.

AOM is also a valuable experience for our volunteer attorneys, providing them the opportunity to complete client intake, negotiate with opposing counsel, and argue before the court.

If you are an attorney interested in volunteering for AOM, please contact Chris Szczygiel at cszczygiel@ecbavlp.com or 847-0662 ext. 344.

Other Resources

The website below was developed, with the help of VLP, to provide know your rights information to tenants facing eviction in New York State.


New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program

NYS ERAP Flyer – Spanish
NYS ERAP Flyer – Arabic
NYS ERAP Flyer – Burmese
NYS ERAP Flyer – Somali
NYS ERAP Flyer – Swahili
NYS ERAP Flyer – Nepali
NYS ERAP Flyer – Karen

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