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Empire Justice Center Welcomes Five New Advocates

For Immediate Release

May 8, 2014

Contact: Anne Erickson,  (518) 462-6831

New staff members strengthen Empire Justice’s capacity in four areas of law 

Empire Justice Center, a statewide leader working to achieve social and economic justice in New York State, is pleased to welcome five new advocates to its staff.

  • Amy Lowenstein joins us as a staff attorney working on health policy and training for advocates on health law issues.  Amy was most recently at Disability Rights New York, where she focused on all phases of litigation and monitoring of settlements including an American with Disabilities Act case challenging the segregation of people with psychiatric disabilities in nursing homes.  She received her JD from Columbia Law School and will be based in our Albany office.
  • Reena Arora is a new staff attorney in our White Plains office focusing on workers’ rights and the creation of a Wage Justice project in Westchester County, with a focus on combatting wage theft for low wage immigrant workers.  Reena has worked as an advocate for immigrant communities internationally and domestically since receiving her JD from New York University School of Law, including a position as Public Interest Fellow at Outten & Golden LLP, a New York City plaintiff-side employment law firm.  As part of her time there, she started and managed a legal clinic for the community group New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) in Queens, NY to assist day laborers and domestic workers in recuperating stolen wages.
  • Daniel Brennan is a staff attorney working in the Foreclosure Prevention Unit in our Rochester office.  A native of Rochester, Daniel came to Empire Justice from the Legal Aid Society of Rochester.  A graduate of SUNY Buffalo Law School, Daniel also volunteers his time as a moot court and mock trial judge for local collegiate and law school competitions.
  • Nicole Harris has also joined the Foreclosure Prevention Unit in our Rochester office.  Prior to coming to Empire Justice, Nicole volunteered at the Volunteer Legal Services Project.  A graduate of SUNY Buffalo Law School, she currently serves as the Secretary for the Rochester Black Bar Association.
  • Jackeline Saavedra has recently joined our Long Island office in the Immigration Unit.  A graduate of Touro Law School, Jackie has a strong commitment to immigrants and low income Long Islanders in need of legal assistance.  She was a legal fellow at SEPA Mujer, a non-profit organization providing legal advocacy to members of the Latina community who are victims of domestic violence and other gender-based crimes.

“We are so excited to have these talented advocates join Empire Justice Center’s team.  They will bring new energy and perspective to our advocacy efforts in the areas of workers’ rights, immigration, health law and policy, and foreclosure prevention,” said Anne Erickson, President & CEO of Empire Justice Center.

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Empire Justice Center is a statewide, multi-issue, multi-strategy, public interest law firm focused on improving the “systems” within which poor and low income families live.  Empire Justice protects and strengthens the legal rights of people in New York State who are poor, disabled or disenfranchised through: systems change advocacy, training and support to other advocates and organizations, and high quality direct civil legal representation. Empire Justice has four offices in Albany, Rochester, White Plains and on Long Island.