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New York Housing Law for the Low-Income Client 2016

Speaker(s): Jane Landry-Reyes, Kamilla Sjödin, Lucy Newman, Rachel Bash
Recorded on: Oct. 18, 2016
PLI Program #: 150439

Jane Landry-Reyes has been a public interest attorney representing indigent clients with housing issues, for approximately 23 years. Currently, she is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Elder Unit at Legal Services New York City - Brooklyn Legal Services (“LSNYC - BLS”) where she has practiced for the past 12 years.  Her work is primarily in eviction prevention and low income housing subsidy preservation.  She litigates in NYC Housing Court, State Supreme and occasionally in Federal Court as well as at administrative hearings to protect her low income clients’ benefits and entitlements.   She has also joined forces with the Workers’ Rights Unit at LSNYC-BLS to provide representation to building workers who have been improperly paid wages and who face eviction from employment related housing; many of these clients are senior citizens.  Ms. Landry-Reyes also partners with community organizations to provide group representation, training and advocacy to tenants’ groups seeking to improve conditions and access to justice in the courts.

Before joining Legal Services, Ms. Landry-Reyes worked for approximately eight years, as a Clinical Instructor/Senior Staff Attorney with the Elder law Legal Clinic at Brooklyn Law School that provided free legal services to senior citizens in a variety of civil legal matters.  She is a 1993 graduate of Brooklyn Law School and proud Edward V. Sparer Alum and co-founder of the student based Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (“BLSPI”).   Currently, Ms. Landry-Reyes is an adjunct clinical instructor co-teaching the “HELP” Clinic (Helping Elders Through Litigation and Policy).  She mentors and supervises 5 Brooklyn Law School students each semester who gain invaluable practical skills while also providing critically needed representation for indigent senior citizens.

Lucy Newman is a Staff Attorney in the Law Reform Unit of The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice.  Lucy represents public housing residents and Section 8 participants in administrative proceedings at NYCHA and City, State and federal court proceedings.  She also represents Legal Aid in meetings with city-wide public housing groups and works on affirmative law reform housing issues.  From 2005-2011 Lucy was a Staff Attorney in the Housing Law Unit of Legal Aid’s Bronx Neighborhood Office where she represented individual tenants in nonpayment and holdover proceedings in Bronx Housing Court.

Rachel Bash is a senior staff attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services in the LGBTQ/HIV Advocacy Project, where she provides legal representation for HIV positive and LGBTQ low-income residents of Brooklyn.  She is also responsible for staffing the weekly Public Assistance Clinic at BLS.   She came to BLS in January 2008 after serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Nancy Sivilli in Essex County Superior Court, Criminal Division, and worked as a staff attorney in BLS’s Low Income Tax Clinic until the beginning of 2012. She earned her B.A. from the University of Arizona in 2002, and graduated in 2006 from the University of Arizona College of Law.

Kamilla is the Director of Eviction Prevention Services at the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center where she supervises their landlord/tenant practice. Previously, she supervised the Housing Project at the New York Legal Assistance Group, which provides legal services to tenants throughout the five boroughs primarily through direct representation in Housing Court and before various agencies. Kamilla also worked for the New York City Council as the Counsel to the Committee on Housing and Buildings and the Subcommittee on Public Housing in which capacity she drafted housing related legislation and worked on citywide housing policies. She has experience providing direct services to clients living with HIV/AIDS and after graduating Rutgers School of Law—Newark completed a clerkship with the Hon. Edith K. Payne, J.A.D. in the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division.