VLP Press Release: New Board Member Appointments

The VLP is delighted to announce the appointment of two new members to our Board of Directors. Joining the VLP’s Board are Brian Fryd, a Principal at Cornerstone Research and Jennifer Tan, MBA, MPH.

“We are excited to welcome Brian and Jennifer to the VLP’s Board of Directors. Their unique personal experience, perspective, and honed expertise combined with such a deep understanding, shared commitment, and passion for justice will serve the VLP well and help in the advancement of the organization’s mission,” said Stephen Z. Williamson, Secretary and Board Resource and Governance Committee Co-Chair, VLP Board of Directors.

Please see the official press release here.

Principal, Cornerstone Research

VLP Press Release: New Board Member Appointments

The VLP is delighted to announce the appointment of two new members to our Board of Directors. Joining the VLP’s Board are Lisa J. Braun, Managing Director, PwC and Thanya Polonio-Jones, Vice President, Compliance, Goldman Sachs. Please see the official press release here.

Lisa J. Braun
Lisa J. Braun
Managing Director
Thanya Polonio-Jones
Thanya Polonio-Jones
Vice President, Compliance
Goldman Sachs

VLP Newsletter | September 2020

The VLP’s September 2020 Newsletter is here! Catch up on our programming, partnerships and new COVID-19 response initiatives; read personal testimonials from our impactful summer interns and committed NGF Senior LEAP coordinator; view the VLP 30th Anniversary Virtual Event series upcoming and past opportunities to stay connected; get inspired by local, creative fundraising efforts; and join the VLP Emergency Response Campaign today! https://conta.cc/3jPXsmj

Joint Public Hearing: The Unified Court System and COVID-19, VLP Testimony

On Friday, August 21, 2020 The New York State Senate Committees on the Judiciary, Codes, and Housing, Construction, and Community Development held a joint public virtual hearing to examine the re-opening and operation of New York’s courts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sidney Cherubin, VLP Director of Legal Services, testified on behalf of unrepresented consumer debt litigants, calling on the courts to commit to (1) improve messaging and communications to litigants and legal advocates, (2) develop policies, procedures, and access to technology for unrepresented litigants and (3) ensure access to justice remains a priority. Sidney’s testimony can be viewed here. For a complete list of witnesses, submitted testimonies, and a recording of the hearing, please visit The New York State Senate website.

Press Release: VLP Launches New Probate Initiative

BREAKING NEWS:  In response to the coronavirus pandemic and the unfortunate rise in COVID-19 related estate cases, the VLP announces the launch of the VLP Probate Initiative in partnership with the Brooklyn Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section and Surrogate’s Court Committee.

This new initiative offers pro bono services in probate matters to qualifying New York City residents facing the untimely death of a family member as a result of COVID-19. Volunteer legal services will be provided to families with estates of $50,000 or less, including completion of applications for voluntary letters of administration and SCPA 1310 affidavits regarding certain debts without administration. 


Press Release: VLP and Akin Gump Launch COVID-19 Frontline Workers Initiative

BREAKING NEWS: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), in partnership with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (Akin Gump), has launched the VLP COVID-19 Frontline Workers Initiative. The timely initiative focuses on recognizing the sacrifice and dedication of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East members by offering the free preparation of life planning documents – wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney, parental designation forms, and other life planning documents.


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What this means is that his company is a corporation. And if you move in to your client’s home, the bank will not loan you the money to pay the rent or mortgage without first verifying that the company exists. However, if you can prove to the bank that the company exists and that your client is the president and the person who is responsible for running the business, the bank will often put you in control of the company for the low low price of $5,000. Now the bank knows that the company is legitimate and you can use the bank account to pay the rent or mortgage on the home that you just occupied. You now have a company and a home in your client’s name, and can even go to court and find proof that the restraining order was unfair and that your client has been unfairly restrained. If you have a good team, you can be a “legitimate landlord” and allow your clients to live in their homes while your legal team digs up evidence to prove your client’s innocence.