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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Staff and volunteers from Legal Hand Jamaica assist low-income community members. // Photo courtesy of Legal Hand

Legal Hand Empowers Low-Income Queens — And Wants Help

Amid an immigration crackdown, affordable housing crisis and a pervasive homelessness problem, one Jamaica organization is reaching out to low-income residents and putting power and knowledge into their hands. Legal Hand Jamaica, a collaboration between the Center for Court Innovation and Queens Legal Services, provides legal guidance and referrals for local low-income residents who face an array of issues.

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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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Paul E. Kerson is a partner in the Queens County law firm of Leavitt & Kerson and a past President of the Queens County Bar Association // Credit: Paul E. Kerson

Kerson, the Queens Bar Scribe, Reflects on a Life of Law

When Paul Kerson graduated from college in 1972, he faced a choice. The former college newspaper editor could pursue journalism at a time when dozens of papers were closing shop or he could study law and establish himself in Queens, his home borough. The Queens County Bar Association enabled him to do both.

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