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1. US Supreme Court Upholds Disparate Impact Standard under the Fair Housing Act

(Web Page; Wed Jul 01 09:33:00 CDT 2015)

One of the more notable, though less noted decisions coming out of the U.S. Supreme Court in the past week was its ruling on June 25, 2015, to uphold the long-standing tenet that the Fair Housing Act prohibits policies that have a disc...

Description: This decision is a tremendous victory not only for communities in Dallas, but for all of us. Equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination benefits everyone.

2. Working for Workers: Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellow takes on wage theft, bolsters workers' rights

(Web Page; Fri Mar 25 15:02:00 CDT 2016)

Empire Justice Center is excited to welcome the 2015-17 Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellow Elizabeth Koo to the Workers’ Rights Project. Elizabeth, a community organizer-turned-community lawyer, credits the unjustifiable experi...

Description: In addition to representing low-income individuals in wage theft and discrimination cases and providing know-your-rights workshops and community legal education trainings throughout the Rochester community, Koo will be advocating on a statewide level. Namely, she will be building coalition strength around the Securing Wages Earned Against Theft (SWEAT) bill, which will provide essential tools to victims of wage theft and help workers collect on court-awarded judgments for stolen wages.

3. The need for more sunlight on the mortgage lending marketplace

(Web Page; Mon Aug 27 08:40:00 CDT 2012)

Why do borrowers and communities of color get FHA and other government-backed mortgage loans disproportionately more often than white borrowers and communities? This is the question I’ve been hearing and grappling with since the ...

Description: Researcher, Barb vanKerkhove talks about why she thinks it’s important to understand bank’s mortgage lending and how it’s impacting communities.

4. LGBT Rights in Education: Recent Victories, But Our Fight Continues

(Web Page; Thu May 22 08:25:00 CDT 2014)

This is a dynamic time in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) civil rights movement. Our LGBT communities continue to gain important victories in the fight for marriage equality, but there are still many inequalities that mar...

Description: This is a dynamic time in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) civil rights movement. Our LGBT communities continue to gain important victories in the fight for marriage equality, but there are still many inequalities that marriage simply cannot solve.

5. Bringing Together Language Access Advocates on Long Island

(Web Page; Thu Nov 07 11:29:00 CST 2013)

For many years, I have worked as a legal advocate and social worker with immigrant communities on Long Island. During this time, I have witnessed the many difficulties which my clients have experienced in negotiating the system, obtaini...

Description: On Friday, November 15th at Touro Law Center in Central Islip, LILAC will hold its second annual conference, “Navigating a Roadmap for Language Access: Celebrating Our Successes, Addressing Our Challenges.”

6. Directing Cornell’s Legal Aid Clinic: A Fulfilling and Worthwhile Experience!

(Web Page; Wed Dec 11 13:29:00 CST 2013)

This fall, I’ve had the opportunity to serve as a visiting clinical professor at Cornell Law School, where I am directing the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic. I am still working at Empire Justice approximately one day a week, and I will ...

Description: Jonathan Feldman's experiences at Cornell Law School.

7. TANF at 20: A Look Back at the Impact on Immigrants

(Web Page; Fri Sep 30 12:17:00 CDT 2016)

Since 1973, some incarnation of Empire Justice Center has been fighting for low income and disenfranchised New Yorkers' rights. We've seen many changes and weathered many storms, including the so-called "welfare reform" of 1996. The ad...

Description: At the time PRWORA passed, I was an attorney working with the Greater Upstate Law Project (GULP), predecessor of Empire Justice Center, focusing primarily on housing issues. PRWORA changed all that. I turned back to an earlier area of my practice, public benefits law, but this time with a focus on how PRWORA impacted immigrants in particular.