We are pleased to invite you to our third year of the Thought Leaders Speaker Series. Each winter month we will feature a special speaker on topics impacting affordable housing followed by a Q&A moderated by a member of NYHC’s Rising Leaders Network. This year, we want to focus on the intersectionality of important social issues and housing. We hope you can join us for each of these facilitated discussions in January, February and March!

General Counsel at the Community Service Society of New York (CSS)

Judy Whiting is General Counsel at the Community Service Society of New York (CSS), performing a full range of legal services for this 175-year-old nonprofit organization. She also directs the work of CSS’s Legal Department, helping to develop litigation, advocacy and legislative approaches to ending discrimination against people with criminal conviction histories, with particular emphasis on employment and housing. In addition, she supervises the Legal Department’s Next Door Project, whose staff and specially-trained older adult volunteers help hundreds of New Yorkers each year to obtain, understand and fix mistakes in their official criminal conviction histories. The Project was recently honored with the NYS Bar Association’s Denison Ray Award. Judy represents clients in employment, licensing, criminal records-correction and housing matters. She and staff of the Legal Department convene the New York Reentry Roundtable, a regular meeting of individuals with conviction histories, their friends, family and allies. She also co-directs the Coalition of Reentry Advocates, a statewide organization that works to change laws and policies preventing individuals with criminal conviction histories from full participation in society at large.

Judy is a graduate of Barnard College and Cornell Law School, where she received the first Freeman Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Award, and recently received its Exemplary Public Service Award. She is past Chair and current member of the New York City Bar Association’s Corrections and Community Reentry Committee and was appointed to serve on its Mass Incarceration Task Force and House of Delegates to the New York State Bar Association, and in 2008 received the Association’s Legal Services Award. Judy is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, serving on its Task Force on Incarceration Release Programs and Planning, and the New York chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association.

February 26th, 6:00-8:00PM
Location: LMHQ, 150 Broadway, 20th Floor
Refreshments will be served.

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