Professor Ann Goldweber (left), director of clinical legal education at St. John's School of Law and director of the Consumer Justice for the Elderly: Litigation Clinic. Professor Gina M. Calabrese (right) is associate director at the clinic. // Photo courtesy of SJU School of Law

SJU Consumer Clinic Aids Queens’ Aging Population

As the Queens’ population ages, more and more senior citizens are targeted by schemes designed to separate them from their money, assets and homes. For more than 20 years, the St. John’s University School of Law has tackled the persistent fraud affecting low-income seniors through the Consumer Justice for the Elderly: Litigation Clinic, and  in-house, one-semester civil litigation and advocacy clinic directed by Prof. Ann L. Goldweber.

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QVLP staff attorneys Kristen Dubowski and Justin Auslaender consult with homeowners facing foreclosure every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Photo Courtesy of QVLP

QVLP Gives Hope To Low-Income Defendants

For 27 years, low-income Queens residents saddled with mysterious debt, pressured by abusive landlords or forced to navigate a confusing civil court system have had one reliable resource to which they could turn: the Queens Volunteer Lawyers’ Project.

The nonprofit QVLP was officially founded in 1991 in connection the Queens County Bar Association and continues to provide free legal services to low-income Queens residents who face serious civil legal issues like evictions foreclosure, divorce, consumer debt and bankruptcy.

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