MFY attorney Chantal Hernandez won an important victory for homeowners in foreclosure with a decision by the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department that holds that a bank’s failure to follow federal government regulations constitutes a failure to negotiate in good faith. The court also agreed that tolling of interest on the mortgage while the bank [...]
In August 2014, MFY and Legal Services-NYC submitted an amicus brief to the New York Court of Appeals in the case of Santiago-Monteverde v. Pereira, arguing that a rent-stabilized lease should be exempt from a debtor’s bankruptcy estate as a “local public assistance benefit.” The New York Court of Appeals agreed today, helping to end [...]
A Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ruled that the NYC Department of Education’s (DOE) denial of re-employment to a paraprofessional with a past drunk driving conviction despite a record of rehabilitation and successful employment was arbitrary and capricious and ordered the DOE to expedite the employment application. Read the NY Law Journal’s coverage here.
MFY Supervising Attorneys Michael Grinthal and Barbara Graves-Poller spoke out on the difficulties clients face in state courts when interpreters are not available in an October 28, 2014 article in the New York Law Journal.
MFY Legal Services is ending 2014 having increased staff by 22%, representing the largest growth in a decade. Over the past year, MFY expanded services to clients in the areas of government benefits, housing, consumer rights, employment, family issues, and launched new medical-legal partnerships with Bellevue and Kings County Hospitals to provide legal assistance to children in the child and adolescent psychiatry units and their families in the areas of government benefits and education assistance.
MFY’s staff, which now numbers 72, earns among the highest salaries in the legal services community in New York City and enjoys a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
MFY is particularly attractive to young lawyers who benefit from a stimulating and collaborative work environment where they are trained by highly-experienced supervising attorneys, and where their work and enthusiasm are valued and rewarded. For example, attorneys who began their careers at MFY in 2008 have seen a 43% increase in salary by 2014 – starting at $53,600 and now earning $76,719, for an average increase of 7% each year.
Our mission is to ensure that no New Yorker is denied equal access to justice, We advise and represent those who can’t afford an attorney on issues such as housing, benefits, employment, consumer, civil rights, and family issues. We serve many underserved groups: people with mental illness, immigrant workers, and SRO residents. Our impact litigation and law reform advocacy have helped hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.