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Senior Staff Attorney
Empire Justice Center
p: (518) 462-6831 f: (518) 935-2852
Saima Akhtar is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Public Benefits Unit in the Albany office of Empire Justice Center. She works on issues that include cash public assistance, emergency assistance, subsidized child care and supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits (food stamps).
Saima represents low income clients both in court and in administrative proceedings. She provides leagl representation to her clients by handling their individual cases and through class action litigation, challenging laws or administrative policies and practices that harm low income people. Saima has served as counsel to the class in a number of cases in New York's State and Federal Courts including Richard C. v. Proud and Williams v. Carrion. She has also provided continuing legal education trainings on emergency assistance, cash public assisstance and basic lawyering skills for new attorneys.