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Paul, Weiss and NYLAG Provide Legal Assistance in Crown Heights

Paul, Weiss collaborated with the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) on its Mobile Legal Help Center initiative in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The initiative promotes access to and trust in the justice system by bringing lawyers to local communities to provide pro bono legal assistance.

From left to right, top row: Makesi Buddy, Kennady Wade, Emily Donohoe, Vida Robinson, Zoe Nwabunka, Jamal B. Bailey, Dov Gopin; From left to right, bottom row: Julia Heasley, Sam Baham, Pradine Saint-Fort, Allegra Kaufman

Following a training session by NYLAG on the purpose and function of the legal help van, a group of Paul, Weiss first-year associates and members of the firm’s pro bono team joined NYLAG staff in conducting intake interviews regarding the attendees’ housing issues.

“It was particularly fulfilling to appear in-person and help the people of Crown Heights because the area is traditionally underserved,” said corporate associate Jamal Bailey. “Housing conditions and landlord-tenant issues are sensitive because they are frequently coupled with significant life situations—for example, the passing of a partner, a predatory loan, or the denial of government assistance. It felt good to invest in our community.”

The Paul, Weiss team included corporate associates Jamal Bailey, Dov Gopin, Allegra Kaufman and Zoe Nwabunka; restructuring associates Sam Baham, Julia Heasley and Vida Robinson; executive compensation associate Makesi Buddy; and pro bono team members Emily Donohoe and Pradine Saint-Fort.

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