Legal Support Unit- Who We Are

 

Legal Support Unit- Who We Are 

 
Cathy Bowman - SBLS Comprehensive Rights Unit Director
M. Audrey Carr - Director of Immigrant Services
Jacob Inwald - Director of Foreclosure Prevention Litigation
Edward Josephson - Director of Litigation
William Kransdorf - NYC Bankruptcy Assistance Project Director
Dorothy Lamourt - Senior Legal Services Assistant
Robert A. Marin - Production Assistant
Anthony Navarrete - Training Program Associate
Amy Taylor - Language Access Project Coordinator
Tanya Wong - Director of Government Benefits and Training


Cathy Bowman

Cathy Bowman has been the director of the South Brooklyn Legal Services (SBLS) Comprehensive Rights Unit since September, 2003 and coordinates HIV advocacy on a citywide basis. She joined the Comprehensive Rights Unit as a staff attorney in 1997 and was the unit’s Deputy Director from 1998-2002.  Ms. Bowman was based at Legal Services NYC as the HIV Legal Advocacy Coordinator in 2003.  Ms. Bowman began advocating for people with HIV as a case manager in Brooklyn in 1989 and received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1994. Prior to coming to SBLS, she was a staff attorney at the HIV Law Project from 1994-96.  Ms. Bowman is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s AIDS Committee and a former member of the Social Welfare Law Committee.

M. Audrey Carr

 
M. Audrey Carr, the Director of Immigrant Services at Legal Services, NYC, has practiced immigration law for more than ten years. Trained in International Business management, with degrees from Earlham College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MBA), Ms. Carr went to work for the United Nations Development Fund for Women in New York and Harare, Zimbabwe.  She subsequently earned a law degree at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and practiced law in Minneapolis, in both in a non-profit and a private law firm setting.  Her private practice centered on asylum, deportation, consular processing, Federal Court litigation and family-based immigration, including work with battered immigrant women.  Ms. Carr is a member of the New York State Bar, the Westchester Bar Association, and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  She speaks French fluently and is extensively involved in advocacy on immigration law and policy.   

 
Jacob Inwald

 
Jay Inwald joined the Legal Support Unit at Legal Services NYC as Director of Foreclosure Prevention Litigation in April of 2009, after nearly 25 years of practice as a commercial litigator at several law firms in New York City (most recently Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP).  He is a litigator with a broad range of substantive experience representing clientele in diverse industries, and has litigated disputes in federal and state courts, as well as before administrative bodies and arbitral tribunals.  His practice before joining the LSU covered such diverse subjects as commercial and contract, business torts, securities and commodities fraud, shareholder derivative actions, corporate governance and dissolution, RICO, entertainment, advertising, communications and media, employment and executive compensation, restrictive covenants, non-competition agreements, trade secret, trademark, copyright, patent and unfair competition, antitrust and dealer termination.  Since 1993, Jay has served as pro bono arbitrator in the Civil Court of the State of New York, Small Claims Division.  After graduating from George Washington University Law School in 1984, where he was Notes Editor of the Law Review, Jay served as a law clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, California before returning to his native New York to begin practicing law.  Jay graduated summa cum laude, with High Honors in History, from Brandeis University in 1981.

 
Edward Josephson


Edward Josephson is the Director of Litigation at South Brooklyn Legal Services and Director of Housing Litigation (two days a week) at the Legal Support Unit.  He was previously a staff attorney and then director of the SBLS Housing Law Unit from 1996–2003.  Ed has represented hundreds of tenants in Housing Court and has played a central role in developing the strategies used by scores of legal services attorneys in their housing practice.  Ed has helped to initiate or co-counsel affirmative litigation in numerous areas, including housing, consumer, employment and language access.  He has taught a generation of lawyers in New York City --through example, co-counseling and great supervision-- that they can both manage a high volume of individual cases and also bring complex impact litigation that helps thousands of clients.  He is a graduate of NYU Law School.

 
William Kransdorf

 
William (Bill) Kransdorf has been practicing poverty and bankruptcy law since 1992. He completed his BA at the University of Chicago in 1989 and earned his JD from Harvard Law School in 1992.  Upon graduation, Bill went to work as a legal services attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area at the former Mission Community Legal Defense, the former Legal Aid Society of Alameda County and finally, Legal Aid of Marin, where he rose to become that agency’s Director of Legal Services.  He also worked in private practice for three years as a bankruptcy attorney.  Bill came to New York in late 2005 to head up Legal Services NYC’s new Bankruptcy Assistance Project, of which he is the coordinator.

 
Dorothy Lamourt

 
Dorothy Lamourt has been LS-NYC’s receptionist since 2000, and is the first person you’ll see when you arrive at our Central office.  Prior to joining the Central office, Dorothy worked for two years at Brooklyn Legal Services Corp. A in our Williamsburg office as a VISTA Volunteer in the welfare unit.


Robert Marin

 
Robert A. Marin is the Production Assistant who handles day to day operation of conference room set-up, training materials set-up, mailing, copying, and more.  He graduated from Monroe College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.

 
Anthony Navarrete

 
Anthony Navarrete is the Training Program Associate in the Legal Support Unit at LSNYC.  He is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University with a bachelors degree in Philosophy and Political Science.  After participating in the Americorps program City Year, his interest in teaching led him to accept an Associate Teacher position at the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School in Cambridge, MA.  His experiences as a teacher made him aware of the importance of free legal assistance.  Anthony helps to organize and facilitate our Continuing Legal Education program.

 
Amy Taylor

 
Amy Taylor is the Language Access Project Coordinator at Legal Services NYC, where she runs a cutting edge project that seeks to increase access to services and justice for low-income limited English proficient (LEP) New Yorkers through litigation and policy advocacy.  The Language Access Project seeks to both improve the accessibility of Legal Services NYC’s own services and to challenge discriminatory practices that prevent LEP clients from obtaining the government benefits and services to which they are entitled.  Before working at Legal Services NYC, Amy was the Director of Policy at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and prior to that was the Language Access and Public Benefits Coordinator at the New York Immigration Coalition where she was a lead advocate for passage of New York City’s Equal Access to Human Services Act, one of the first local laws to mandate language access services.  Amy received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law.  Amy sits on the board of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families.

 
Tanya Wong

 
Tanya E.M. Wong, Esq., is the Director of Government Benefits and Training at the Legal Support Unit at Legal Services, NYC.  Building on her background in human rights advocacy, Tanya began practicing in this area as a Staff Attorney at Harlem Legal Services, Inc. immediately upon graduation from Northeastern University School of Law in 1996, in the advent of welfare reform, as New York City began implementation of the new immigration and work rules. Ms. Wong participates in many welfare trainings for Legal Services and various community-based organizations throughout New York City.  She served on the Advisory Board of the Empowerment Project at Urban Justice Center from 1997-2003 and recently joined the Board of Directors of Project FAIR.

 


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