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Dennis D. Parker Executive Director

Dennis D. Parker serves as the director of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (“NCLEJ”), joining it in January 2019 in its fight on behalf of low income and economically disadvantaged people. Prior to joining NCLEJ,…

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Saima Akhtar Senior Attorney

Saima Akhtar comes to NCLEJ 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 process extensively…

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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 is a graduate of NYU School of Law, where she was a Root Tilden Kern Scholar. At NYU, Jordan served as the Senior Online Editor of the…

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Katie Deabler Staff Attorney

Katie joined NCLEJ as a Post-Graduate Fellow in September 2015. She is a graduate of NYU School of Law, where she was an Executive Editor of the NYU Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the College of…

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Peter Kendall Systems Administrator

Peter joined NCLEJ in 1996. He 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

NCLEJ Board member Ed Krugman joined the organization as a volunteer Senior Attorney in January 2017. Ed recently retired as a Partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. Ed has successfully litigated in state and federal courts throughout…

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Leah Lotto Senior Attorney

Leah began her work at NCLEJ in August 2014 as the second Paul M. Dodyk Fellow for Economic Justice. She has represented low-wage workers and community-based organizations who are fighting, through litigation and policy advocacy, to stop wage…

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Anjana Malhotra

Anjana Malhotra Senior Attorney

Anjana Malhotra joins the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (“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…

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Jarron McAllister Penn Law Fellow

Jarron joined NCLEJ as a Penn Law Fellow in October 2020. He is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an Articles Editor for the Journal of Constitutional Law. Jarron was the Managing…

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Amy Treesa Paul

Amy Paul Director of Communications

Amy Paul comes to NCLEJ as the Director of Communications with 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…

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Michelle Peeples Administrative Coordinator

Michelle started at NCLEJ in 2001. Previously, she 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 serves as NCLEJ’s Director of Finance and Administration, and originally joined NCLEJ in 2013 as Financial & Administrative Manager. She has served as administrator, office manager, and bookkeeper at a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations, including…

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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 (pronouns she/her) 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…

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Claudia Wilner Director of Litigation and Advocacy

Claudia leads NCLEJ’s work combating unlawful civil and criminal justice debt collection practices. Prior to joining NCLEJ, she launched New Economy Project’s groundbreaking law project, which worked with thousands of low-income New Yorkers and community groups to fight…

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