Access Justice Brooklyn partners with AXA XL on Annual Global Day of Giving

We partnered with volunteers at AXA XL in celebration of their Annual Global Day of Giving. The AXA XL Global Day of Giving allows AXA XL staff the opportunity to donate their time and skills to organizations in the communities they work and live in.

On June 24, 2022, Access Justice Brooklyn hosted an in-person clinic for eight AXA XL volunteers who generously donated their time in support of our Advanced Life Planning services. Volunteers assisted our clients in need of help preparing healthcare proxies and power of attorney documents.

Thank you to Steve Agosta, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, U.S. Reinsurance, H. Matthew Crusey, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Reinsurance and Global Corporate, Johana Guerrero, Underwriter, Subcontractor Default Insurance, Matthew Murabito, General Counsel, Investments, and Lian Phua, Head of Americas, Political Risk, Credit and Bond, for their participation last week.

A special thank you to event organizer Dana Rosenbaum, Senior Legal Counsel, Investments and Pro Bono Committee Chair.

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.

New Name, New Brand, Renewed Mission

We are excited to announce we’ve changed our name and look to better reflect our mission and vision for the future. The Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project is now Access Justice Brooklyn!

Founded in 1990 to help close the gap in legal resources and representation in the borough, the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project has always been — and always will be — a pioneer of contemporary pro bono models and a progressive force in the community. Our small staff and dedicated volunteers have been helping neighbors for more than 32 years, and the impact of our work can be seen in the legal results achieved.

Still, systemic barriers to the legal process remain, leaving neighbors with low incomes — especially in marginalized communities — to face legal challenges alone. This, in part, is why the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project is now Access Justice Brooklyn. We believe that broad, sustainable systems change will require a holistic approach, and our new brand is a more accurate reflection of where we’re heading as an organization and a force for change.

Click here to learn more about our rebrand!

Click here to read our official press release.

We’re Hiring!

Access Justice Brooklyn has an exciting opportunity for an attorney to serve as a staff attorney for its consumer law practice.

The staff attorney will oversee all aspects of our Volunteer Lawyer for the Day Consumer Debt Program (VLFD) program in Kings County Civil Court, and will work with our director of legal services and staff to strengthen our consumer debt practice, including Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act practice, and The Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO), which delivers critical advice and representation to hundreds of litigants a year.

The staff attorney will have the unique opportunity to shape Access Justice Brooklyn’s work and leadership in an evolving practice area as the economic crisis continues, requiring innovative and coordinated responses. Click here to view the job posting!

2022 Volunteer Recognition Event

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (ET) | Virtual Event via Zoom

Honoring all our 2021 volunteers and the following with special awards:

Christopher Slattery
Young Professional Award Recipient
Julianne Mulhall
Chief Compliance Officer
Edgewood Management LLC

Liz Padilla Excellence in
Public Service Award Recipient
Peter De Vries
Attorney
Law Office of Peter De Vries PLLC

Pro Bono Leadership
Award Recipient
Carolyn D. Rosenthal
Director, Pro Bono
Goodwin Procter LLP

Pro Bono Leadership
Award Recipient
Rena A. Kramer
Attorney
Goodwin Procter LLP


Program and Award Presentation

Welcoming Remarks – Heidi Lee Henderson, Access Justice Brooklyn President and CEO

Presentation of the Christopher Slattery Young Professional Award to Julianne Mulhall – James Slattery, Access Justice Brooklyn Emeritus Board Member

Presentation of the Liz Padilla Excellence in Public Service Award to Peter De Vries – Kathy and David Padilla

Presentation of the Pro Bono Leadership Award to Carolyn D. Rosenthal and Rena A. Kramer – Anne O’Grady, Access Justice Brooklyn Pro Bono Director

Closing Remarks – Sidney Cherubin, Access Justice Brooklyn Director of Legal Services


Thank you to all 2021 Access Justice Brooklyn Volunteers for your generosity of time, compassion, and commitment to our mission.

Sarah Abel
Alexander Appugliese
Michael Arsiotis
Marc Avila
Aissatou Bah-Diarra
Jordan Baker
Sophia Barclay
Rajesh Barua
Margie Bechara
Robert Christopher Beckford
Shani Bell
Lesley Benjamin
Douglas Berman
Rachel Blumenfeld
Shoshana Brenenson
Jean-Phillipe Bruno
Valerie Budzik
Ivanka Canzius
Kelly Carr
Liesel Carvajal
Kathryn Caudill
Peter Cedeno
Tiffanni Chelpaty
Bayti Chen
Isa Clarke
Catherine Cognetti
Charles Coleman
Lauren Connell
Melnia Cordis
Dale David
Tina Davis
Natasha Demosthene
Nicole Doppelt
Cyrus Dugger
Leah Edwards
Mary Jo Eyster

Dionne Fabiatos
Gina Faldetta
Aviva Farkas
Rachelle Fernandes
Faye Finisterre
Fern Finkel
Lana Fitzsimons
Arvind Galabya
Annie Garvin
Daniel Gershburg
Sara Ginsberg
Jessica Gonzalez
Shayshana Gourdine
Alexander Gutierrez
Donneshia Hall
Peter Hanschke
Elizabeth Harris
Melanie Headley
Steven Henderson
Wendy Hernandez
Caitlin Hickey
Yvette Hinds-Wills
Alexandra Hyken
Cassandra Hyppolite
Sanaa Jain
Simone Kaliko
Adam Kalish
Rachel Kaylie
Janet Keller
Emma Kelly
Renee Kendall
Christine Kirkland
Kristi Kirksey
Kimberly Kramer
Rena A. Kramer
Richard Kubiak
Stacey Kushlefsky

Thomas Kwon
Tanya Lambert
Alexander Landivar
Christine Laurent
Joan Lenihan
Roger Levy
Matthew Lewis
Noah Lingwall
Kathleen Linnane
Michelle Lubetzki
James Maleady
Mehvish Maqbool
Natisha Matthews
Margaret Mayora
Andrew McDonough
Valerie McLaughlin
Kailee McMahon
Brennan Meier
Gregory Messer
Jolevette Mitchell
Eva Monteiro
Julianne Mulhall
Jessica Mullen
Robert Nadel
Enealia Nau
Alice Nicholson
Daniel Nussbaum
Yolanda Obonna
Kelsey O’Donnell
James O’Gara
Malvina Palloj
Brynn Peltz
Charles Pérez
Ari Peterson
Michelle Rae Pinzon
Melinda Yvette Pollard
David J. Posner

Irwin Reiter
Dana Rosenbaum
Carolyn D. Rosenthal
Lorraine Sabalja
Ilana Saltz
Eric Saparli
Katherine Schroeder
Rachel Schwartz
Ilana Schwitzer
John Scillieri
Benedict See
Tatyana Segal
Marc A. Silverman
Martin Simiyu
James P. Slattery
Seth D. Slotkin
Deborah Stern
Brittania Stewart
Zvi Storch
George Swoyer
Ximeng (Sammie) Tang
Libby Tatum
Uzoma Ubanii
Jeanne Marie Vahdat
Nicole Vescova
Maria Vizdoaga
Peter De Vries
Xiumei Wang
Bruce Weiner
Joshua Wexler
Earl Wilson
Andrew Windsor
Andrew Wong
Janice Zelmati
Jesus Zeno
Chris E. Zhao
Kim Zinke


If you are interested in volunteering with us or learning more about our programs, click here.

Press Release: New Board Member Appointment

Access Justice Brooklyn announces the appointment of one new member to its Board of Directors following election at the organization’s meeting held on March 9, 2022. Joining the Board of Directors is Samuel O. Maduegbuna, Founding Partner at Maduegbuna Cooper LLP. Upon his election, Mr. Maduegbuna shared the following:

“I am incredibly excited to join in the most important and sorely needed work the VLP Board is doing – providing access to justice to underserved citizens of Brooklyn and the greater New York City. I look forward to contributing in the VLP’s mission, particularly as it assists and aids the ever-growing recent immigrant members of this most important city in the world.”

Please see the official press release here.