Testimonials – Nassau Suffolk Law Services


See what our community has to say about us.

Since 1966, Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc has worked extremely hard to make a positive difference in the lives of our clients. Feedback from clients truly means the world to us. We are proud of the feedback our team receives regarding the quality of their work and commitment to the clients.

Client of the Suffolk Civil Unit

Thank you so much for all of your help this past year. Honestly, we couldn't have done it without you. It meant the world to [client] and her son to be able to stay in their home. You made that possible and we will forever be grateful. You are a wonderful person.

Mr. S., Nassau County Senior

I have Nassau Suffolk Law Services to thank for helping me through this difficult time. Without this free legal service in my community, seniors and other Long Island residents in need would not be able to afford an attorney to help them with their legal problems.

Client of the Foreclosure Prevention Project – Suffolk

There are no words sufficient enough to convey the gratitude I have for you for your spending time at the foreclosure settlement conference with me and my sister today. I am beyond grateful to you. You are what all the professionals in the legal system need to aspire to be ...  Dedicated, sincere, and persistent on behalf of the people they represent. I pray that all of those you have represented in the past, and all who will have that privilege moving forward, will always tell you how much you have impacted their lives for the better.

Thank you for visiting our office and for being part of our Diversity and Inclusion event. Your passion and dedication is very admirable and inspiring.

Client of the Nassau VLP

I would like to convey my deepest thanks to you, Ms. Biller, and your fine organization for allowing Mr. A (pro bono attorney) to help me with my bankruptcy case…I just can’t seem to say enough good things about him. Ms. Rosemary, the secretary for the Volunteer Lawyers Project was very helpful and patient with me…Your organization is doing a great service for the Long Island community. As a disabled individual with lots of complex issues, I would not have been able to afford the quality of legal representation that was provided to me.

Linda S. , Grateful benefactor of the Senior Citizen Law Project

The Seniors Unit “illustrates the enormous good that can be done by a single professional determined to serve her clients, some of the most vulnerable members of the County…” “…to help your agency help other families who likewise might be in desperate circumstances and who need the legal advice and assistance of wonderful attorneys like Rose Caputo.

I have been remiss in sending my profound thanks for the wonderful training you gave us last Friday. You conveyed so much helpful information and helped us all to be better advocates for those we serve. All of our Core Workers able to attend expressed their gratitude – and felt it was a very good use of time. I have already this week used the knowledge I gained to help three different Participants! So, again, our thanks for a well-organized, comprehensive training session.

A grateful client of the Welfare Unit, Hempstead.

Thank you for representing me at my fair hearing with the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance…I appreciate your knowledge and dedication to my case.  I am very elated with the results of the fair hearing and know that without you I would not have had the chance to let my voice be heard. I hope that you and Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc continue to support people in and around the community. Your services were very much appreciated and will be forever remembered.

A client of the PLAN Project

Dear Cathy, you have made a major impact on this woman’s life.  She is holding her head up high.

Advocate for a Foreclosure Client

Dear Mrs. Snow, Few things in life are as stressful as when a family member experiences a health crisis.  This, coupled with the challenges of dealing with insurance companies, can make the situation even more traumatic.  The past several years have been very difficult for my family as we wrestled with my husband’s health and insurance issues.  Your assistance changed everything.  Your knowledge of the medical and legal issues and the clarity and willingness with which you communicated it comforted us as we navigated the system. Equally important, you brought a great deal of humanity to the process.  Your kindness and compassion meant just as much to us as the legal counsel you provided.

Foreclosure Unit Client

Thank you so much for all of your help this past year. Honestly, we couldn't have done it without you. It meant the world to [client] and her son to be able to stay in their home. You made that possible and we will forever be grateful. You are a wonderful person. 

A mother of a client represented by the Doug Ruff, Esq. in the Welfare Unit

Dear Ms. Collado, I just wanted to thank you for getting back to me so promptly. Thank you again all your efforts. People probably don't say that enough! Thank you so much for all your help. I really appreciated everything you did for me to help me keep my house. Thank you one more time.

Dear Mr. Ruff, I just want to say "thank you" for everything you did for my son. Without you, I was lost and could not have done any of this. You were a "godsend". You make everything so easy and understandable. Please have a very Happy Holiday. Thank you again!

A grateful client and donor served by our PLAN Cancer Project

Hi Ellen, We are all excited and I am so relieved that (my daughter, D.) will resume her program…We can't thank you enough for all you have done to enable D. to attend her daycare program.  From what I’ve heard, you have set a precedent in the Medicaid system. Heartfelt thanks. L & D.

A special thanks to Mrs. Pat Caruso, In a world often filled with ‘me, me, me,’ you were there with your unselfish heart… In a world that needs more humanitarians, you shine! I appreciate you. Thanks a bunch. Fondly, M.G.

Daughter of adult home resident

Maria, on behalf of the Low Income Forum Committee, thank you again for presenting at the Forum on Energy.  We always receive positive feedback overall from your presentations. The information on legal advocacy is an invaluable resource to the low-income population on Long Island and your time and efforts were well appreciated…Sincere thanks and appreciation.

I reached out to Law Services on numerous occasions.  Your attorney was quick to pick up the phone, never rushed me, listened to all my concerns, and immediately returned phone calls when I was upset and in a panic mode.  She never put me off, was very patient, and facilitated the recovery of the medication fee that was improperly charged to my mother. Your attorney helped me all the way…She explained the NYS adult home regulations in detail to me. Because of her, I was empowered with the knowledge so that I could keep management at the facility on their toes! Being a Senior Citizen myself, I appreciated all the help she offered, and she seemed happy to do it.

Ray DeLeo

In August, 2020, the Nassau County Legislature named Re-Entry Project staff attorney Ray DeLeo "Young Attorney of the Year" for his "exemplary service" to the community. The Legislature cited DeLeo's "leadership and dedication to enriching the lives of others" in giving the award.

Congratulations to Angela Lampe, Social Worker in our Disability/Health Unit. On Dec 2, 2019, World AIDS Day, the NuHealth HIV Program honored her work in recognition of her community involvement with the David Project. Ms. Lampe was presented the award by Dr. Janice Verley, Dir. NUMC HIV Program.

Nora Gonzalez

Congratulations to Nora Gonzalez, a paralegal in NSLS’ Public Benefits Unit, who was awarded the Unsung Hero recognition at Long Island Business News’ Leadership in Law Awards. She was joined by a table of NSLS colleagues who attended the gala on November 21, 2019, in support of this well-deserved recognition!

Susanna Laruccia

Susanna Laruccia, our attorney in the Veterans Rights Project, was honored at the Nassau County Bar Association’s Annual dinner on June 17, 2019 for her outstanding service to the community. Congratulations, Susanna!

On October 30, 2018, James Denson was awarded with the 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Champion Award, for his impact helping others in the Long Island community over his 27-year tenure at NSLS.

Carly Sommers

On October 25, 2018, Carly Sommers, NSLS’ Reentry Project Attorney was recognized by the New York County Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association and New York State Unified Court System’s Office for Justice Initiatives for the pro bono work she did in 2017 in the Brooklyn Housing Court and the Queens Consumer Debt Court.

Ellen Krakow

At the Suffolk County Bar Association’s May 7, 2018 Annual Meeting, Ellen Krakow, Suffolk Pro Bono Coordinator, was presented with an Award of Recognition in appreciation for her “exemplary service and commitment to the SCBA and dedication to the Suffolk Academy of Law’s Continuing Education Program.” The award was presented by Patricia Meisenheimer, President of the SCBA. Congratulations, Ellen!

Judy Hirshon

Congratulations Judy for being honored on April 24, 2018 with the Outstanding Women in Law Award presented by Hofstra Law School. "Through her extraordinary contributions to the legal community, exemplary leadership and strong commitment to ensuring the advancement of women, she has truly made a noteworthy and inspiring contribution to the legal community."

Ellen Krakow

Congratulations Ellen Krakow, Pro Bono Project Coordinator, on being awarded the Legal Advocate of the Year Award at the Long Island Women's Conference on April 1, 2017. The women selected have demonstrated "perseverance, leadership, initiative, and service to the Long Island and the community in which they reside."

Touro Law Center held its 21st Goods and Services Auction on March 11, 2015. As part of festivities, the law school also recognizes attorneys for their commitment and dedication to pro bono and public interest work through the Public Interest Attorney of the Year Program. Among the recipients, Maria Dosso, Law Services’ Director of Communications and Volunteer Services accepted the award from Dean of Touro Law Center Patricia Salkin.

Jeffrey Seigel

Our Executive Director was recognized by Hofstra Law School’s Public Justice Foundation as the 2016 PJF Outstanding Alumnus for his extraordinary commitment and dedication to public service.

Cathy Lucidi & Jeffrey Seigel

NSLS is honored by LIBN on November 17, 2016: “Recipients of the Leadership in Law Award demonstrate outstanding achievements, involvement in their profession, support of the community and mentoring.”

Cathy Lucidi

LIBN Leadership in Law Awards November 17, 2016., Cathy Lucidi, NSLS Paralegal: Unsung Hero Award.

Nassau Suffolk Law Services

On November 17, 2016, the Long Island Business News honored Nassau Law Services with the Non Profit of the Year award. Jeffrey Seigel accepts the award on behalf of the firm.

Victoria Osk

Victoria Osk, Managing Attorney at Nassau Suffolk Law Services, was the recipient of the Community Service Award presented by Thursdays Child. Vicky was honored at their Spring Champagne Gala held on June 14, 2012, at Flowerfields Celebration. Congratulations Vicky.

Sheila Johnson

Congratulations to Sheila Johnson, Law Services Director of Development and Government Affairs for receiving the prestigious Public Service Award from Touro’s Black Law Students Association. Sheila was also presented with a Proclamation from the Town of Brookhaven Advisory Council member, Valerie Cartwright, Esq.

Maria Dosso

The Suffolk County Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts held an awards ceremony for Women’s History Month. This very special event celebrates women who have made significant contributions to providing access to justice and pro bono services. Congratulations to our very own Maria Dosso, Director of Communications & Volunteer Services for this very special acknowledgment!

Protection and Advocacy Project

In April, 2011, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano presented a proclamation to our legal staff for their dedicated work in our Protection and Advocacy Projects which provide legal assistance to developmentally disabled individuals (PADD) as well as legal assistance in equal opportunity and discrimination cases to physically disabled individuals (PAIR). Pictured above Ellen Krakow, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Marcia Vogel and Lynn Iacona.

Larry Tuthill

Suffolk County Advisory Board on Child Protection and the Suffolk County Executive's Task Force to Prevent Family Violence honors, Larry Tuthill, as a champion for children and families living in Suffolk.

Beth Wickey

Beth Wickey, Director of Program and Contract Administration, was honored by Long Island Housing Services for her distinguished service on LIHS’s Board of Directors for twenty two years, working for fair housing and the elimination of unlawful housing discrimination, April 2010.

Meredith Nadler

Meredith Nadler was one of ten attorneys nationally honored with the NAACP’s Foot Soldiers in the Sand Award, July 2009.

Plan Project

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Greater New York City Affiliate honored the PLAN Project staff, Denise Snow and Kelly Murray, in recognition of the legal assistance that the Project provides to hundreds of individuals affected by cancer, May 2009.

Jeffrey Seigel

Picture of NSLS member winning award Jeffrey A. Seigel, Executive Director of Nassau Suffolk Law Services was honored with the Suffolk County Martin Luther King. Jr. Commission Award on January 17, 2009. He received the award on behalf of Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.

Denise Snow

Suffolk County Minority Health Summit honored Denise Snow for her “dedication, commitment and support of community based initiatives and minority health improvement projects in Suffolk,” October 2008.

Doug Ruff

Douglas Ruff was the recipient of the prestigious Denison Ray award presented by the New York State Bar Association for his extraordinary commitment as a public service attorney providing zealous and skilled representation to low income and disadvantaged clients. Law Services was also the recipient of a cash grant as a result of this award, 1995.

Nassau Suffolk Law Services

Tom Suozzi, then Nassau County Executive, presents Jeffrey Seigel with Congratulations Proclamation on opening new office space in Hempstead.

Jack Weinstein

Judge Jack Weinstein, NSLS founder, as the keynote speaker at NSLS 25th Anniversary at Nassau County Bar in 1991.