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New York Housing Law for the Low-Income Client 2018

Speaker(s): Kat Meyers, Leah Goodridge, Lucy Newman, Nakeeb Siddique
Recorded on: Sep. 27, 2018
PLI Program #: 222012

Kat Meyers is a staff attorney in the Civil Practice Law Reform Unit in which she focuses on housing policy and law. 

Prior to her current position, she was a staff attorney in the Tenant Rights Coalition in the Bronx Neighborhood Office in which she represented tenant associations in affirmative litigation.  Throughout her career, she has focused on housing and government benefits issues with respect to housing subsidies. While a member of the Housing Unit, she represented hundreds of tenants in housing court, and in Article 78 proceedings with regard to terminations or denials from Section 8 voucher programs.

As a member of the “FHEPS Team” at The Legal Aid Society, Kat has advised service providers across the city on the rent subsidy program, advocated with City and State entities, and assisted in class action litigation to address inequities in the subsidy guidelines.

Kat received her B.A. in Contemporary Race Relations and Human Rights from New York University and her J.D. from City University of New York School of Law.

Nakeeb Siddique is the Director of Housing for The Legal Aid Society’s Brooklyn Neighborhood Office.  He primarily defends tenants in eviction proceedings in Brooklyn, where he also grew-up.  Nakeeb started with The Legal Aid Society as a Staff Attorney in 2011 and became a Supervising Attorney in 2016.  He was previously a litigation associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, LLP and was a law clerk from 2006 to 2008 to the Honorable Deborah A. Batts, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York.  Nakeeb graduated from Swarthmore College in 2001, and from Fordham University School of Law in 2006.    

Leah Goodridge is the Supervising Attorney of the Housing Project at Mobilization for Justice (formerly known as MFY Legal Services).  Leah represents tenants in New York City Housing Court, New York State Supreme Court, the Appellate Division of New York State, the New York State Court of Appeals and federal courts. 

Leah’s work includes litigating a case to strengthen the rights of relative caregivers in public housing and authoring an amicus brief in Matter of Marine Holdings LLC v. New York City Commission on Human Rights to support disability laws for tenants—both cases were heard at the New York State Court of Appeals.  In addition, Leah has engaged in legislative advocacy for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) seniors and represented over 60 NYCHA residents in group cases to repair mold, inoperative elevators and inadequate heating systems. 

In 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Leah to serve on the New York City Rent Guidelines Board to advocate for rent stabilized tenants across the city.  Leah’s scholarship on tenants’ rights has been published in the Duke Forum for Law and Social Change journal.

Prior to practicing housing law, Leah launched the Community Economic Development Project at Medgar Evers College (City University of New York) and started a mentoring initiative for young women in the Dominican Republic, where she lived for over a year.  Her honors and accolades include the 2018 New York Nonprofit Media 40 under 40 Rising Star award, the 2015 Fulbright Specialist award and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Earl Warren Scholarship.  She received her J.D. from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law and her B.A. from Vassar College.  Leah is a native of Brownsville, Brooklyn.

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.