The A4J Leader 

          Vol. 1  No. 1   September 1, 2011


         (c) Advocates for Justice

                 Public Interest Law Firm


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Chris Owens,
Executive Director

I am proud to update you on the work of Advocates for Justice!


As we look back on earthquakes and hurricanes, strikes and layoffs, and other challenges, we are also looking ahead to some important days.  Labor Day arrives with workers' rights under attack like never before.  The 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks will be hard for all of us, as we remember so many who perished needlessly and the national trauma following that horrible day.   


Immediately thereafter, primary and special elections take place in New York State and other areas (September 13), and we hope everyone comes out to vote. 


In case you hadn't heard, we are now located at 225 Broadway, Suite 1902, near the corner of Barclay Street in lower Manhattan.  Feel free to drop by.


Thank you for taking a moment to read our newsletter.  I hope you find it informative and helpful.    

In This Issue... Save Nov 4th, Meet Nicholas Gaus ...
Press Conference this Friday, September 2nd regarding 9/11 Zadroga Victims Compensation and the Chinese-American Community
Advocates for Justice in Court for public education cases
You can help Advocates for Justice
Advocates Help 9/11 Victims

Meetings provide needed outreach regarding the potential benefits of the Zadroga Act.   Press Conference scheduled for September 2nd. 

In addition to the work done by other organizations and by the Special Master appointed to administer the Zadroga Act, Advocates for Justice has already held three community meetings regarding the Zadroga Act and its implementation -- in Battery Park City, in Chinatown and in Brooklyn. 


A partial victory was secured when Special Master Sheila Birnbaum agreed to expand the proposed boundaries of the geographic cachement area pertaining to the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund to include more of lower Manhattan, including Chinatown.   


In the wake of this development, the Lin Sing Association and Advocates for Justice are holding a joint press conference on Friday, September 2, 2:00 pm, at the LIn Sing Association, 49 Mott Street regarding outreach within the Chinese-American community for Zadroga claims and the need for Chinese translators to ensure that the work is done correctly.

Advocates for Justice In Court
 Education Issues Front And Center  

Parents fighting charter school co-locations in two Brooklyn schools will be heard in court on Thursday, September 15th.  IS 303K and MS 002K are having charter schools co-located within their buildings.  Appeals to the NY State Education Commissioner were unsuccessful.  Legal cases have now commenced before Judge Paul Feinman, 60 Centre Street, 2nd Floor.   


In addition, a parent lawsuit against the NYC Department of Education regarding $1 rent for co-located charter schools will be heard.   


For details, read the blog @ .  




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Arthur Z. Schwartz, Esq.
Board President



A Message from   

Arthur Schwartz 




Advocates for Justice has had an exciting first year of work thus far.  There is so much to do and we all have to do much with very little.


I hope you will join me at our First Fall Awards Reception on Friday, November 4th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.  The event will take place at the UFT Building, 52 Broadway, on the 2nd Floor.


On September 15th, we will announce our honorees -- men and women with the courage to stand up and be counted on issues of concern.  I know you will be excited by our choices.


If you are interested in being listed as a supporter on our invitation, please send an email right away to with the word "Supporter" in the subject line.


Thank you for your interest and your support!  I look forward to seeing you on November 4th, if not before.  




Would you like to help Advocates for Justice?


Advocates for Justice is looking for Project Attorneys to work pro bono on cases and we are looking for Project Associate, Development Associate and Community Associate interns to work on other projects as well.   


If you are interested or you know someone who may be, check out our website and send an email with the subject line "VOLUNTEER" to 


September is "National Preparedness Month"

Turn awareness into action ...  



Advocates for Justice

225 Broadway, Suite 1902

New York, NY  10007


212-285-1400 x 2 

The Class of 2011




Below is a list of the Advocates for Justice summer interns for 2011, our Project Associates.  They have done great work and their time with us was greatly appreciated. 


During this, our inaugural summer, Advocates for Justice took on numerous challenges -- everything from education and wage & hour cases to moving offices mid-program.  These Project Associates, some law school students and several undergraduates,  showed that they can think as well as act in the best interest of clients at all times. 


Ms. Rebecca Bub    

Bucknell University, PA    


Ms. Gillian Eigo  

Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences, NJ


Ms. Caroline Figgie  Davidson College, NC 


Ms. Allison Giroux  Quinnipiac University School of Law, CT 


Mr. Andrew Goodman Cornell University, NY 


Ms. Elsa Ho   

State University of New York - New Paltz 


Ms. Katherine Jurado

Quinnipiac University School of Law, CT


Ms. Lindsay Michael

Villanova University, PA 


Ms. Elisa Muyl    

McGill University, Montreal, Canada 


Ms. Nicki Neidich    

St. John's University School of Law, NY 


Mr. Alex Newman   

Cornell University, NY  


Ms. Rebecca Schwartz

Wesleyan University, CT


Ms. Jordan Speranza  Rutgers School of Law, NJ 


Ms. Doris Wong   

University of Texas School of Law - Austin


Ms. Leslie Ye  

Dartmouth College, NH  




Nicholas Gaus is now working with Advocates for Justice.


A graduate of Hofstra University School of Law and St. Francis College, Mr. Gaus has interned with the Kings County District Attorney's Office and the NYPD.  He has also worked with several community organizations and helped to create a not-for-profit organization.


Mr. Gaus will be admitted to the New York State Bar this fall.





November 4


6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


UFT Building, 52 Broadway, NY, NY


Advocates for Justice 1st Annual  

Fall Awards Reception


Honorees to be announced on September 15th!