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Ann Dibble and Keiko Cervantes-Ospina will discuss why they decided to leave stable law jobs to create a new nonprofit organization, Community Legal Advocates of New York, that is dedicated to closing the social justice gap by advancing the legal rights of low and moderate income clients.
Ann Dibble is a Founder and the Executive Director of Community Legal Advocates. She has more than 20 years of legal experience. Before founding CLA, she worked at the New York Legal Assistance Group. At NYLAG, she founded the Storm Response Unit in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, was the Director of the Tenants’ Rights Unit, which assists New Yorkers at risk of eviction, and was a Supervising Attorney in NYLAG’s medical-legal partnership. She has represented thousands of clients on immigration, public benefits, Medicaid and Medicare, advance planning and elder law issues. Before joining NYLAG, Ann was in private practice in New York and Silicon Valley. Ann graduated from the UCLA School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania.
Keiko Cervantes-Ospina is a Founder and the Attorney-in-Charge of Community Legal Advocates. She has more than 9 years of experience fighting for the rights of low and moderate income New Yorkers on Long Island and in New York City. Before founding CLA, Keiko was a Supervising Attorney at the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she practiced in such areas as immigration, foreclosure defense, disaster relief, public benefits, advance planning, landlord-tenant, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security benefits. Before joining NYLAG, Keiko practiced foreclosure litigation defense at Nassau/Suffolk Law Services. Keiko is a graduate of Pace University School of Law, where she earned a J.D. with a Certificate of Environmental Law and an LL.M. in Real Estate and Land Use Law. She is also a graduate of Stony Brook University.
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