In 2004, ten civil legal services providers in New York City came together to create Leap. The purpose of Leap is to enhance the breadth and depth of services provided to indigent, near indigent, and working poor clients throughout New York City.

Leap’s membership includes established community-based legal services providers and city-wide public interest advocacy groups that receive funding from a variety of public and private sources. Together the 18 groups employ over 400 lawyers, advocates, organizers and other staff members who provide critical assistance benefiting nearly 120,000 low-income individuals every year through innovative legal services delivery models. By working together and coordinating their efforts, members strive to ensure increased access to justice for the neediest New Yorkers.