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Dennis D. Parker Executive Director

Dennis D. Parker is the executive director of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (“NCLEJ”). Dennis joined NCLEJ in January 2019. Prior to joining NCLEJ, Dennis served as the director of the Racial Justice Program of…

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Saima Akhtar Senior Attorney

Saima Akhtar joined NCLEJ in 2020 as a senior attorney with a focus on SNAP and Public Benefits, following 12 years at the Empire Justice Center.  Saima has litigated matters related to accessing entitlement benefits and procedural due…

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Greg Bass Senior Attorney

Greg is a senior attorney focused on disability rights. Prior to joining NCLEJ, Greg served as Litigation Director at Greater Hartford Legal Aid for more than 16 years. He litigated, with help from NCLEJ staff, Raymond v. Rowland,…

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Jordan Berger Skadden Fellow

Jordan joined NCLEJ as a Skadden Fellow in October 2020. She participated in the NYS Office of Attorney General Social Justice Externship where she worked in the Civil Rights Bureau and the Regulatory Policy Clinic. During her law…

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Katie Deabler Staff Attorney

Katie joined NCLEJ as a Post-Graduate Fellow in September 2015. While in law school, Katie’s work and studies focused primarily on women’s rights, including participating in the inaugural class of NYU’s Reproductive Justice Clinic. She is a graduate…

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Peter Kendall Systems Administrator

Peter joined NCLEJ in 1996. Pete has a BA from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and has studied technology independently ever since.

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Edward P. Krugman Volunteer Senior Attorney

Ed Krugman joined the organization as a volunteer senior attorney in January 2017. Ed retired as a Partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. Ed has successfully litigated in state and federal courts throughout the country, at trial…

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Leah Lotto Senior Attorney

Leah joined NCLEJ in August 2014 as the second Paul M. Dodyk Fellow for Economic Justice. She has represented low-wage workers and community-based organizations through litigation and policy advocacy. Cases have included stopping wage theft, advocating for fair…

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Anjana Malhotra

Anjana Malhotra Senior Attorney

Anjana Malhotra joins NCLEJ as a senior staff attorney, following over 15 years of experience in civil rights litigation and movement lawyering, and as a law professor. Prior to joining NCLEJ, Anji served as an Assistant Attorney General…

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Ranit Patel

Ranit joins NCLEJ as a staff attorney having previously served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by the Venture Justice Fund, with The Bronx Defenders, where she represented clients facing unaffordable and predatory fines, fees, and mandatory surcharges. Ranit helped spearhead the Driven by Justice campaign to end…

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Amy Treesa Paul

Amy Paul Director of Communications

Amy Paul joined NCLEJ in 2021. Amy brings over 20 years of experience in strategic storytelling, grassroots fundraising, and program development. Amy is dedicated to narrative shifts that invite new audiences and action on issues ranging from immigrant justice to workers’ rights. She…

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Michelle Peeples Administrative Coordinator

Michelle started at NCLEJ in 2001. Previously, Michelle worked at the Bronx Defenders as an Arraignment Clerk in the Bronx Criminal Court. She attended Hunter College, majoring in Liberal Arts.

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Emerie Snyder Director of Finance and Administration

Emerie joined NCLEJ in 2013. She has served as administrator, office manager, and bookkeeper at a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations, including Context America, Pomegranate Arts, EMpower: The Emerging Markets Foundation, and 37 Arts. She received a…

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Karina Tefft Staff Attorney

Karina joined NCLEJ as a Columbia Law School Public Interest Fellow in 2019. Karina is a graduate of the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, where she served as Co-Director of the National Lawyer’s Guild’s…

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Tamara Vasan

Tamara Vasan Director of Philanthropy

Tamara Vasan comes to NCLEJ as Director of Philanthropy with nearly 20 years of fundraising experience, primarily in New York City. Tamara has led fundraising initiatives to resource a wide range of anti-poverty, anti-oppression, and systems change work….

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Claudia Wilner Director of Litigation and Advocacy

Claudia provides leadership on NCLEJ’s work combating unlawful civil and criminal justice debt collection practices, in addition to providing overall legal and advocacy strategy. Claudia launched New Economy Project’s groundbreaking law project, which worked with thousands of low-income…

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