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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 Housing Justice Unit in which she focuses on representing tenants in housing court. 

Prior to her current position, she was a staff attorney in the Law Reform Unit, working on housing law and policy.  Kat was also an attorney with the Tenant Rights Coalition 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.

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 participated in class action litigation to address inequities in the subsidy guidelines.

Kat received her B.A. from the Gallatin School at 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 (IG: leahfrombklyn) is a litigator and educator with over a decade of experience in community empowerment, housing rights and racial justice.  Currently Leah serves as the Managing Attorney for Housing Policy at Mobilization for Justice.  There, she leads housing policy efforts and a team of attorneys which provide legal representation to tenants in court proceedings.  Leah has a wide range of housing litigation experience, several published decisions and has argued before the New York State Court of Appeals.  

In 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Leah to serve as the tenant representative on the New York City Rent Guidelines Board.  Working alongside coalitions, tenant organizers and elected officials, Leah works to achieve affordable rent for tenants across the city. 

Leah began her career as a journalist at the National Urban League, covering civil rights violations. After law school, Leah launched the Community Economic Development Project at Medgar Evers College (City University of New York) to teach executive leadership to emerging nonprofit entrepreneurs in communities of color.  She is a frequent guest speaker on housing justice at universities including the University of Malta, McGill University Faculty of Law and Duke University.  Her honors and accolades include the 2019 New York County Lawyers Association Public Service Award, 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. with a specialization in Critical Race Theory from the 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.