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LSC Pro Bono Innovation Fund: Meeting Challenges Through Creative Pro Bono Partnerships

Speaker(s): Adam Heintz, Maggie Niebler-Brown, Peter Hoffman, Tallulah Knopp
Recorded on: Dec. 17, 2019
PLI Program #: 290374

Adam Heintz is Legal Services NYC's Director of Pro Bono. Adam creates and manages pro bono projects that focus on the essential civil legal needs of low income New Yorkers, including housing, immigration, education, consumer, and benefits. He works with nearly 100 large law firms and corporations to serve thousands of low income clients each year. Adam is also a founding member of the Public Interest Pro Bono Association (PIPBA), and he speaks frequently at national conferences about pro bono.

Prior to joining LSNYC, Adam spent six years as a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster, LLP, where he maintained an active pro bono docket. He clerked for the Hon. Cheryl L. Pollak, in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. He has served on the Pro Bono Advisory Council for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Adam is also a founding member of the Brooklyn Family Defense Project’s Associate Advisory Board. Previously, Mr. Heintz was employed as the HIV-Related Violence Program Coordinator at the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. Mr. Heintz received his B.A. from Oberlin College, and J.D. from NYU Law School.

Peter Hoffman is the Managing Attorney for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Neighborhood Vacancy Initiative (NVI). Peter created NVI in April of 2018 to provide free legal assistance to nonprofit neighborhood and community organizations to help prevent vacancy and propel the grassroots rehabilitation of abandoned properties. Peter previously worked in Kansas City on similar efforts with Legal Aid of Western Missouri starting in 2010. In 2015, Peter helped create that organization’s “Adopt-a-Neighborhood Project”, serving as Project Director until relocating to his hometown of St. Louis in 2018.

Peter received his JD/MPA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with an emphasis in Urban, Land Use, and Environmental Law. Peter’s articles, “Bringing Self-Empowered Revitalization to Distressed Neighborhoods” published in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, and “Legal Services and Pro Bono Lawyers Help Neighborhoods Tackle Vacancy” published in the St. Louis Bar Journal, both spotlight the role pro bono lawyers can play in community revitalization.

Tallulah is a Staff Attorney at the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), where she practices in the areas of consumer and employment law. Tallulah represents consumers in defending debt collection cases and represents workers in bringing affirmative cases for unpaid wages. In addition, she mentors volunteers and new attorneys who provide pro bono representation to VLP clients in consumer and employment cases. During law school, Tallulah worked for the plaintiff-side employment form, Fair Work, P.C. Tallulah attended Northeastern University School of Law and always knew that she would go into public interest work. Prior to law school, Tallulah worked in the restaurant industry and was a worker-member of the Restaurant Opportunity Center (ROC), a group that advocates for restaurant workers through organizing and policy work. Tallulah was raised in Cambridge, MA where she still lives today with her husband and daughter.