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Social Security Disability 2013: From Administrative Proceedings to Federal Practice


Speaker(s): Anne K. Callagy, J. Lorch Brooks, Kyla L. Ratliff, Marie I. Mombrun, Marie Richardson, Yafit Cohn
Recorded on: Mar. 19, 2013
PLI Program #: 42864

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. 


J. Lorch Brooks (Lori) is a senior attorney at The Legal Aid Society. She has worked in the Harlem Community Law Office for over 30 years, with a concentration in housing issues and government benefits. She has supervised hundreds of pro bono attorneys and law students handling Social Security hearings. Lori is a graduate of New England School of Law.


Kyla L. Ratliff is a Senior Staff Attorney at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley.  Prior to joining LSHV in December 2013, she worked at The Legal Aid Society in the areas of housing and public benefits.  While at The Legal Aid Society, she assisted in affirmative litigation including Jiggetts v. Dowling (adequacy of shelter allowances for families in NYC), Doe v. Doar (SSI budgeting for families receiving public assistance) and Lovely H. v. Eggleston (right to reasonable accommodations for disabled public assistance recipients).  Ms. Ratliff graduated from the City University of New York School of Law.


Marie Mombrun is a staff attorney in the Disability Advocacy Program of The Legal Aid Society.  Since 2002, Marie has represented disabled claimants in administrative proceedings and affirmative litigation.  She engages in community outreach and education to individuals, local community-based organizations, education and disability advocates and pro bono lawyers.  In 2012, Marie’s practice expanded to include advocacy for disabled children in administrative hearings and proceedings at the New York City Department of Education. She counsel clients on Education Law and represents parents of disabled children at special education committee meetings, resolution conferences and hearings. Prior to joining the Disability Advocacy Program, Marie represented tenants in various stages of housing litigation in New York City.  Marie is a graduate of Rutgers University Newark School of Law and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University.


Marie Richardson is a Supervisor at The Legal Aid Society in New York City. She is currently working at the Civil Practice's Bronx office. She has worked in various capacities throughout her twenty year career with The Legal Aid Society, including handling social security appeals. She previously served as the Managing Attorney for The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice as well as the Director of Training for the Civil Practice.  Marie is a graduate of New York Law School.


Yafit Cohn is a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York. Over the past eight years, she has represented corporate clients in a variety of litigation matters, as well as government investigations. Since 2010, Yafit has handled three Social Security cases for the Legal Aid Society on a pro bono basis. Yafit is a graduate of Columbia Law School.