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Welfare recipients can now get free legal advice outside their welfare hearings every weekday. Only 4 percent of the more than 150,000 recipients statewide who request fair hearings each year have any legal representation. So a group of attorneys and advocates came together last September and formed Project FAIR (Fair hearing Assistance, Information and Referrals), offering legal help two days a week. Now, Project FAIR sets up its tables at 14 Boerum Place in downtown Brooklyn—where all fair hearings in the city take place—every weekday from 10 am to 1 pm. Volunteer lawyers and paralegals from Legal Aid, Legal Services, the New York Legal Assistance Group and the Urban Justice Center staff the tables. [11/14/02]

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