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Community & Economic Development Team

CBJC Expands Community & Economic Development Efforts

by CBJC Staff December 12, 2016

The City Bar Justice Center is ramping up its community and economic development efforts in 2017.  Thanks to a new two-year Bank Settlement grant from the New York State Interest on Lawyer Account Fund (IOLA), CBJC has expanded its Foreclosure Project and Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) this Winter to include new staff attorneys, Wendy Dolce and Faith Alexander.

Wendy Dolce, a Cornell Law School graduate, returns to the Foreclosure Project after several years working in the Sudan and Haiti on international human rights and conflict resolution projects.  Faith Alexander is a Harvard Law School graduate and most recently, Counsel and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the New Covenant Network.

Under this grant, NELP, Foreclosure, and the Consumer Bankruptcy Project (CBP) will work together as the Community and Economic Development Initiative to implement new ways to revitalize and stabilize the NYC communities that are home to CBJC’s low-income clients. These efforts include financial counseling for homeowners, tenants, debtors and micro-entrepreneurs and collaboration between Foreclosure and CBP for homeowners filing for bankruptcy.

Check the Justice Center News blog for updates on the Community and Economic Development Initiative’s work and educational Know Your Rights materials pertaining to homeownership, microenterprise, and consumer debt.

Community & Economic Development Team
Front row from left to right: Wendy Dolce, Foreclosure Project Staff Attorney; Brianna Noonan, Foreclosure Project Coordinator; Maria Andia Fernanda, NELP Coordinator. Back row: Ramona Morel, CBP Project Director; Ben Mattison, CBP Coordinator; Faith Alexander, NELP Staff Attorney; Akira Arroyo, NELP Director; Alice Morey, City Bar Justice Center Managing Attorney. Not pictured: Scott Kohanowski, Foreclosure Project Director, and Tom Tillona, Foreclosure Staff Attorney.


About IOLA

The IOLA Fund’s mission is to support qualified non-profit organizations throughout New York State that will most efficiently and effectively provide stable, economical and high quality civil legal representation to eligible clients, and will improve the administration of justice. The Fund generates revenues through interest earned on New York lawyers’ IOLA trust accounts. The Fund was established by the Legislature in 1983 and is administered by a fifteen member Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor. Learn more about IOLA on https://www.iola.org/.

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