Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, more commonly known as “Brooklyn A,” the long-term provider of free legal services to low-income residents and community organizations in the neighborhoods of North and East Brooklyn, is celebrating the new year with the arrival of an extraordinary group of nine VISTA volunteers and law graduate fellowship winners.
Their arrival comes at a critical moment in Brooklyn A’s life as it prepares to become independent from the city-wide Legal Services NYC program and lose about half of its existing staff in the process. Brooklyn A was formed in 1968 as part of the national War on Poverty, and has been part of the citywide federation since then.
The new staff, all but one of whom are lawyers, include:
* Attorney fellows: Romy Ganschow, Yale 2012, Arthur Limon fellow; Adam Meyers, Harvard Law 2013, Skadden Fellow; Lynn Horowitz, BU Law 2012; William Sheehan, Fordham Law 2012.
* AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers: Attorneys Tiffany Femiano (Touro Law 2011),Shoshannah Goodman (Brooklyn Law 2012), Janna Levin (Fordham Law 2012) and Ryan Ridings (CUNY Law 2011); and college grad Alyssa Isidoridy (University of Virginia 2012).
Brooklyn A currently has offices in Williamsburg and East New York, led respectively by Project Director and Chief Counsel Marty Needelman, and General Counsel Paul Acinapura. Jim Windels of the Davis Polk & Wardwell law firm is the program’s board chair.