Improving Access to Civil Justice: A Conversation with Jordan Dressler

Jordan Dressler, the director of the recently created New York City Office of Civil Justice, discusses Mayor Bill
de Blasio’s ambitious five-year plan to provide free or low-cost legal assistance to every low-income New Yorker
facing eviction, deportation, or other potentially life-altering civil proceedings. The interview focuses in detail
on the benefits this guarantee is expected to have on tenants confronting landlords in Housing Court (the latter
almost always represented by lawyers). Hosting this episode of New Thinking are
Ignacio Jaureguilorda, director of
Justice Solutions
, our program that seeks to close
the justice gap in Housing Court, and Robert V. Wolf, the Center for Court Innovation’s director of communications.