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Social Security Disability 2018: From Administrative Proceedings to Federal Practice

Author(s): Anne K. Callagy, Montel Cherry
Practice Area: Litigation, Pro Bono
Published: Mar 2018
PLI Item #: 221909
CHB Spine #: 110

Anne Callagy has been at The Legal Aid Society since 1993. From 1993 – 2007, she was a staff attorney in the neighborhood offices in Staten Island, Brooklyn and the Bronx in the areas of housing and public benefits.  Since 2007, she has been the Supervising Attorney for the government benefits unit in The Legal Aid Society's Bronx Neighborhood Office. She is currently the Director of the Benefits Practice at Legal Aid. Ms. Callagy trains and supervises legal services and pro bono attorneys in government benefits practice, including Social Security disability benefits hearings and appeals. Ms. Callagy taught as an adjunct professor in the Urban Law Clinic at New York Law School during 2006-2007.  She graduated from Boston College and the New York University School of Law. 

Montel A. Cherry is the Supervising Attorney of the Government Benefits Project and Workplace Justice Project at Mobilization for Justice, Inc. GBP assists individuals with legal problems relating to Public Assistance, SNAP/Food Stamps, Medicaid/Medicare, and Disability Benefits. This assistance includes representing clients in state and federal courts, at administrative hearings, as well as advocating for clients at the applicable government agency. GBP also serves immigrants in various aspects of obtaining appropriate status including obtaining green cards, adjusting status, and obtaining citizenship. GBP conducts monthly on-site clinics with various community-based organizations. WJP assists low-wage and immigrant workers. WJP provides advice, counsel, and representation to workers who face unsafe or unhealthy working conditions, including workers’ compensation claims, medical leave, and disability accommodations. WJP also helps individuals re-enter the workforce by representing them in hearings to obtain licenses to work. GBP and WJP schedule “know your rights” trainings for the community at large.  

Prior to coming to Mobilization for Justice, Inc., Ms. Cherry was a Disability Law Specialist at Manhattan Legal Services, where she represented adults and children with physical and mental impairments in appealing their denial of disability benefits.  Initially she was hired at the former Harlem Legal Services, as a staff attorney for the government benefits unit specializing in both public assistance and disability law.  She also worked as a decisions editor at the New York Law Journal. Ms. Cherry received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law and a B.A. in Sociology and African Studies from SUNY Stony Brook.