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Electronic Evidence in the New York State Courts: Representing the Legal Services Client 2016

Speaker(s): Alexis C. Lorenzo, Erica Olsen, Ian Harris, Terry Lawson
Recorded on: Aug. 8, 2016
PLI Program #: 149499

Alexis Lorenzo is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Foreclosure Prevention Unit at Legal Services NYC-Bronx.  Ms. Lorenzo is a 2002 graduate of Howard Law School where she was an editor of The Howard Law Journal and a Dean’s Fellow.  Following graduation Ms. Lorenzo served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable James T. Giles, United States District Court Judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

Thereafter, Ms. Lorenzo joined the law firm of Simpson Thacher and Bartlett in 2004 as an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department.  For five years Ms. Lorenzo worked for Simpson Thacher representing clients in areas such as antitrust litigation, securities and mergers litigation, and insurance coverage disputes. 

In October 2010, Ms. Lorenzo joined Legal Services NYC-Bronx, the largest foreclosure prevention provider in the borough of the Bronx.  In her practice, Ms. Lorenzo represents individual homeowners in predatory lending actions against mortgage brokerage companies and lenders and defends distressed borrowers against banks and mortgage servicing companies seeking to foreclose on their homes.

Ms. Lorenzo regularly conducts community outreach throughout the Borough of the Bronx in cooperation with New York City Elected Officials and has testified on behalf of Legal Services NYC in hearings before the New York City Council on the subject of the continued foreclosure crisis in the State of New York.

Erica Olsen is a Deputy Director of the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Since joining NNEDV in 2007, Erica has advocated on behalf of survivors of intimate partner violence by educating and advocating victim service providers, policy makers, and technology companies on issues of technology abuse, privacy, and victim safety. She has provided more than 185 trainings to over 10,000 technologists, attorneys, law enforcement, victim advocates, and other practitioners in the United States and internationally.

Through the Safety Net Project, Erica works with private industry, state, and federal agencies and international groups to improve safety and privacy for victims in this digital age. She has contributed to Congressional testimony, administrative regulatory comments, and participates on committees that address privacy, technology, and safety. She regularly provides consultation and feedback to leading technology companies on the potential impact of technology design, reporting procedures, and user interface on survivors of abuse. She also provides technical assistance on technology safety to professionals working with survivors.

Erica’s prior work at the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence included writing curriculum and training statewide on a project focusing on the intersection of domestic violence and disabilities. Erica has a Masters in Social Work from SUNY Albany and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Center for Women in Civil Society.

Ian Harris is the Technology Safety Legal Manager at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Mr. Harris has over 10 years of direct litigation experience on behalf of survivors of intimate partner abuse in family, matrimonial, and immigration law matters. Prior to joining NNEDV, Ian served as the Director of the Family Law/Domestic Violence Unit at Staten Island Legal Services (SILS) in New York City and as a staff attorney with the New York Legal Assistance Group’s (NYLAG) Matrimonial & Family Law Unit and at Day One, a NYC-based organization that focuses on young survivors of intimate partner abuse. Ian teaches extensively on the intersection of technology and domestic violence, including on judicial ethics and technological evidence. He is an Adjunct Professor at American University Washington College of Law, a faculty member for the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, an advisory Committee Member for the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, and a consultant for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He received his JD from the American University Washington College of Law and an MA from the American University School of International Service.

Terry Lawson is the Director of Bronx Legal Services's (BLS) Family and Immigration Unit. Terry has been representing survivors of intimate partner violence in a wide range of family, matrimonial, and immigration law matters for the past twelve years. She is the co-founder of the Bronx Immigration Partnership and co-runs the Bronx Domestic Violence Roundtable. She is an active member of the NYS Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court, the ICE Out of Courts Coalition, and the Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence. Prior to joining BLS, Terry was a litigation associate with Sidley Austin LLP, where she represented Her Justice clients through its pro bono and externship programs. Terry has a bachelor’s degree from Yale, a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard, and a Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown.