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New York Housing Law for the Low-Income Client 2019

Speaker(s): Justin La Mort, Kat Meyers, Lucy Newman, Nakeeb Siddique
Recorded on: Sep. 19, 2019
PLI Program #: 251974

Justin La Mort is a Supervising Attorney at Mobilization for Justice. Before joining MFJ, Justin was a Supervising Attorney at CAMBA Legal Services where he represented hundreds of tenants in Brooklyn. He is on the Steering Committee of the Brooklyn Tenants’ Lawyers Network, former Chair of the Housing Court Committee at the New York City Bar Association, and manages Brooklyn Law School’s housing clinic as an adjunct professor. His legal writings have been published in the Missouri Law Review, NYU Review of Law & Social Change, Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, Journal of Regulatory Compliance, Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law, and the online Harvard Law & Policy Review.

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.    

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.