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Staff Highlights & Client Stories

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Staff Highlights

Press Release: Empire Justice Senior Attorney to Co-Chair State Bar Association Collaboration

Empire Justice Center is proud to announce that Amy Schwartz-Wallace, the Senior Attorney leading our Domestic Violence Program, has been tapped to co-chair a new initiative announced last Thursday by the incoming President of the New York State Bar Association, Claire Gutekunst, and Women's Bar Association of the State of New York President, Jacqueline Flug. Hon. Judy Harris Kluger, Executive Director of Sanctuary for Families in New York City, will co-chair the initiative. Read More

Press Release: Empire Justice Center Applauds Positive Department of Justice Determination in Service Dog Complaint for Rochester Area Child

Empire Justice Center is pleased to announce that earlier today the Department of Justice published a Letter of Findings stating that the Gates-Chili Central School District violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in refusing to provide our eight year old client, Devyn Pereira, with reasonable accommodations that would allow her to act as the handler for her service dog, Hannah. Read More

Department of Justice scolds Gates Chili in service dog dispute (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)

In a case that could have implications for service dogs in public schools nationwide, the Department of Justice on Tuesday found a local school district in violation of federal law for refusing to allow an 8-year-old girl to bring her service dog to school on her own. Read More

Local Heroes: DREAM Activist Jackeline Saavedra (Long Island Wins)

In spite of the obstacles, Jackeline forged ahead. She says that she wanted to become an attorney since coming to the U.S. because “I saw the injustices my family and other immigrants suffered and I wanted to be a lawyer to challenge them.” Read More

Woman to watch: Berta Rivera (Democrat & Chronicle)

Berta Rivera’s journey to becoming a success began when she was in the Major Achiever’s Program at Benjamin Franklin High School. Read More

Contractor to pay $65G in back wages for post-Sandy work (Newsday)

Contractor to pay $65G in back wages for post-Sandy work Read More

A.G. Schneiderman Announces General Contractor Will Pay $65,000 to Workers for Post-Sandy Reconstruction of Retail Stores (Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman)

A.G. Schneiderman Announces General Contractor Will Pay $65,000 To Workers For Post-sandy Reconstruction Of Retail Stores Read More

Cohn fellow has keen interest in worker rights (login required) (The Daily Record)

Reyna Ramolete Hayashi’s interest in law and improving conditions for low-income workers can be traced to the struggles of her grandparents and mother, who toiled in low-paying jobs when they first came to the U.S. Her grandparents emigrated from the Philippines to Hawaii, where they began working as a cook and waitress. They were later joined ... Read More

Rochester Consumer Attorney Ruhi Maker Contributes to Federal Commission’s “Financial Crisis Inquiry Report”

Empire Justice Center is pleased to publicly congratulate Ruhi Maker, Senior Attorney in our Rochester office for her contributions to the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States’ final report. Read More

Katie Courtney Selected by NY Daily Record as 2010 Up & Coming Attorney

Empire Justice Center's Katie Courtney selected as 2010 Up and Coming attorney by The Daily Record. Read More

EPA Recognizes the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning for Outstanding Community Leadership (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning has been selected as a winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Justice Achievement Award for its leadership in community-based efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning in the city of Rochester, New York. Read More

Empire Justice Center Attorney Named to Federal Reserve’s Consumer Advisory Council

The Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors appointed Empire Justice Center’s Senior Consumer Law Attorney Kirsten Keefe to its Consumer Advisory Council on January 7. Read More


Client Stories

Trapped in a Foreign Country :
When Noelle, a native of France moved to the United States with her husband, a United States citizen in 1992, she could not have imagined what life had in store for her in her new country. Read More

Mother Keeps Home after Bank Sells Mortgage to Another Bank :
It’s something that happens literally every day, but that simple sale of the mortgage started Shannon down a path that, at times, was equally frustrating and scary. Read More