Access Justice Brooklyn co-sponsors CUNY Citizenship Now! Citizenship Subway Series

On Saturday, May 20, 2023, Access Justice Brooklyn co-sponsored the CUNY Citizenship Now! Citizenship Subway Series hosted by our partners, CUNY Citizenship Now!, Dominicanos USA and Univision Nueva York at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice. We are thrilled to report 450 people registered for the event surpassing the collective goal to assist 250 green card holders with their applications for US citizenship and fee waivers for qualifying low-income applicants.

We are so grateful to all the volunteers who participated, including our pro bono partnering law firm Fried Frank.

For more information about pro bono partnership opportunities with Access Justice Brooklyn, please contact Anne O’Grady, Pro Bono Director.

For a list of our current Pro Bono Partners, click here.

Press Release: Access Justice Brooklyn Announces the Election of New Young Professionals Board Leadership and Appointment of New Member


Wednesday, May 3, 2023


Brooklyn, New York –– Access Justice Brooklyn announces a change in leadership of the organization’s Young Professionals Board (YPB), with the elections of Michelle D. Tuma, Associate at Winston & Strawn LLP and Lisa V. Zivkovic, Ph.D, Associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP as co-chairs and Anita Rojas Carroll, Associate at Rower LLC as vice chair following the YPB meeting held on February 22, 2023 along with the appointment of one new member, Keren Goldshlager, at the organization’s Board meeting held on April 18, 2023.

Upon election, Michelle and Lisa shared, “We are both thrilled to be stepping into the role of co-chairs of the Young Professionals Board at Access Justice Brooklyn. As members of the YPB for a few years now and both litigators with active pro bono practices, we are particularly excited to expand the membership to include young professionals across a variety of industries. We believe that recruiting from a diverse pool will further the mission of the YPB and Access Justice Brooklyn and are eager to assist with the expansion of new volunteer opportunities. We expect this to be a year of growth and cannot wait to get started.”

Additionally, Anita shared the following, “I am honored and excited to serve as vice chair of the Young Professionals Board. Access Justice Brooklyn’s mission is very close to my heart; I am a fourth generation Brooklynite and started my career in nonprofit legal services in Brooklyn. Throughout my transition into private practice, my ties to the public interest community have remained front and center. I am fortunate to have been able to collaborate with Access Justice Brooklyn’s family law team to provide pro bono services through my firm, and look forward to what this year has in store for the organization.”

Joining Access Justice Brooklyn’s YPB is Keren Goldshlager, Strategic Response at Meta. Upon appointment, Karen said the following:

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Young Professionals Board of Access Justice Brooklyn, and excited to help advance its mission to support our neighbors and ensure a more equitable Brooklyn.”

Access Justice Brooklyn’s YPB was established to support the organization’s Board of Directors and its goal of making the legal system more accessible and equitable for low-income Brooklyn residents. The YPB unites rising talent professionals across the legal and non-legal sectors who are motivated to utilize their time, experience, and diverse skill sets in service of Access Justice Brooklyn’s mission. The YPB serves as an advisor to and agent of the full Board, driving an array of activities including community outreach and program expansion, event planning and fundraising, and providing strategic guidance to the organization. 

Keren joins a 6-member Young Professionals Board including: Michelle D. Tuma, Winston & Strawn LLP, co-chair; Lisa V. Zivkovic, Ph.D, Morrison & Foerster LLP, co-chair; Anita Rojas Carroll, Rower LLC, vice chair; Ryan Buffkin, SiriusPoint, secretary; Jacob Godshall, GIC; and Wendy Li, BSE Global.

About Access Justice Brooklyn:

Access Justice Brooklyn partners with compassionate pro bono attorneys to provide high-quality, civil legal services that help ensure equal access to the legal system. The organization’s approach prioritizes the most basic, essential elements and experiences of human life, including housing, family stability, and subsistence income. Its proven pro bono model—recruit, train, supervise, and support—also provides flexibility to address new legal issues as they emerge. Everyone, whether an attorney or not, has a role to play in expanding access to justice. Visit or email to volunteer, donate, or find other ways to get involved.

Press Contact:
Melissa Starr | Senior Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives | 718-473-9209 |


Access Justice Brooklyn partners with Goodwin and Bloomberg for Financial Institution Pro Bono Day

We are excited to once again have partnered with volunteers at Goodwin Procter LLP and Bloomberg LP for Financial Institution Pro Bono Day (FIPBD). FIPBD is an annual event that serves to spotlight the severe gap in legal services for underserved individuals and promote in-house pro bono engagement and collaboration with law firms and legal services organizations.

On April 27, 2023, Access Justice Brooklyn hosted a virtual Pro Se Uncontested Divorce clinic for ten Goodwin and Bloomberg volunteers who generously donated their time in support of our Family Stabilization services. Under the mentorship of staff, volunteers assisted five of our clients in need of help preparing and filing for an uncontested divorce from their spouse.

The Goodwin Pro Bono Team had this to share, “It was a pleasure working with Access Justice Brooklyn on a Pro Se Divorce Clinic in connection with Financial Institution Pro Bono Day. They provided a clear, structured, and thorough training prior to the client meetings, which allowed our attorneys to feel confident, well-supported, and prepared, even if they did not have prior experience or expertise with this area of law. The clinic could not have been as successful as it was without the outstanding guidance and mentorship provided by Access Justice Brooklyn.”

A special thank you to event organizers Carolyn D. Rosenthal, Director of Pro Bono, Rena Kramer, Attorney, and Kesley Lee, Pro Bono Specialist at Goodwin Procter LLP; as well as Kim Rutan, Global Head of Legal & Compliance Pro Bono, at Bloomberg LP.

For more information about pro bono partnership opportunities with Access Justice Brooklyn, please contact Anne O’Grady, Pro Bono Director.

For a list of our current Pro Bono Partners, click here.