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Panel: The Role of Law and Legal Work in the New York City Housing Movement

Thursday, May 21, 7-9pm

Through an evening of discussion, join us to explore the possibilities and limitations of law, litigation, and policy change in effecting true housing justice in NYC. Our panel will discuss the role that attorneys can and should play in the movement, and whether housing justice is possible in a city where housing is a human right but property rights are king. Discussion will also imagine how tenant protections could be strengthened through the right to counsel and other means.

Panelists include: Afua Atta-Mensah, director of litigation at the Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center; Paris Baldacci, professor and director of the Housing Rights Clinic at Cardozo Law School; and Pavita Krishnaswamy, deputy director of litigation at South Brooklyn Legal Services.  This panel is moderated by Jean Stevens, staff attorney at CAMBA Legal Services in Brooklyn.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to discuss the ideas presented and share feedback and questions in a moderated discussion session.


  1. Kasa P. Thompson

    I am interested. I have attended meetings with the Crown Heights Tenant Union. MTOPP, Flatbush Tenant Coaltion, and others . The Blog Q at Pasrkside scares me .Will hopefully see you tommow. Please contactb me at 929-210-9045 and 347-941-8526.

  2. jen hoyer

    We would love to see you tomorrow — hope you can make it!
    — Jen, for Interference Archive