IGNACIO JAUREGUILORDA 

Director

Ignacio Jaureguilorda is the director of Legal Hand. Before joining Legal Hand, he worked as a public interest attorney for 14 years, providing free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. Most recently, Ignacio served as director of legal services at the AIDS Center of Queens County, where he spearheaded the organization’s legal and public policy work and represented people with terminal and chronic illnesses. Previously, he served as an attorney with Housing Works, a non-profit organization that works on HIV/AIDS and homelessness issues, litigating cases involving income discrimination in real estate and discrimination against transgender individuals. Ignacio has represented clients in a wide range of matters, including landlord-tenant disputes, public benefits, discrimination, immigration, and family law. He is also the director of Poverty Justice Solutions at the Center for Court Innovation. 

GYULNARA BARNETT 

Program Associate

barnettg@legalhand.org

Gyulnara is a Program Associate for Legal Hand. Previously, Gyulnara has interned for the Legal Aid Society, and the “I Have a Dream” Foundation. She is a recent graduate of Reed College, where she studied political science.

JENNIE KIM 

Jamaica On-Site Attorney, Queens Legal Services

legalhandjamaica@gmail.com

Jennie G. Kim is a Queens Legal Services attorney working on Legal Hand Jamaica along with 15 or so community volunteers.  Jennie has practiced as a legal services and civil rights attorney for close to 10 years and in many areas of law such as civil rights, consumer, housing, government benefits, family law, foreclosure, immigration, etc.  In her career, Jennie has proudly served poor and under-served peoples.
 
Before joining Queens Legal Services, Jennie worked at NYLAG in the Storm Response Unit representing victims of Superstorm Sandy on foreclosure prevention, NYC and NYS disaster relief programs, consumer issues, and flood insurance claims.  She also worked for a civil rights firm representing clients in federal and state courts in cases concerning civil rights violations, such as police misconduct, first amendment violations, and racial, gender, and national origin discrimination in employment and public access contexts. She has handled cases in consumer law (bankruptcy and debtor defense), disability law, discrimination law, divorce proceedings, family law (custody, child neglect, child support, domestic violence, and guardianship), foreclosure, government benefits, healthcare benefits, and housing law. Jennie is a graduate of City University of NY Law School. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago. 

JOSE TORRES

Jamaica Volunteer Coordinator

legalhandjamaica@gmail.com

Jose W. Torres oversees Legal Hand Queens, a legal resource center providing walk-in services to residents seeking assistance with issues such as housing, benefits, immigration, employment, reentry, and family law. A lifelong non-profit professional, Jose has advocated on behalf of disenfranchised communities in various sectors, from over-seeing scatter-site housing programs to alternative educational opportunities. Jose is committed to addressing the structural inadequacies faced by the most vulnerable communities. He has a B.A in Anthropology and an M.A in the Study of the Americas from the City College of New York.

ERIKA MCSWAIN

Operations Manager, Brownsville Community Justice Center

TAYLOR GAMBLE

Brownsville On-Site Attorney, Legal Aid Society

Brownsville@legalhand.org

Taylor Gamble is a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society and is one of the on-site attorneys at Legal Hand Brownsville. She is a dedicated public interest lawyer and is committed to fighting for justice for low-income individuals and communities.  During law school Taylor interned with the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.  In her following legal career she focused primarily on family law, having served as a legal fellow at Sanctuary for Families, an attorney for the Administration for Children’s Services, and volunteer law clerk for a matrimonial judge.  When she is not at Legal Hand, Taylor represents the Legal Aid Society’s clients in contested divorce cases. Taylor is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and received her B.A. from Alma College.

LINDA HOLMES

Brownsville On-Site Attorney, Legal Aid Society

Brownsville@legalhand.org

Linda Holmes has been an attorney for over twenty years.  She graduated from New York University School of Law and then clerked for two years for federal Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV.  She then spent three years representing parents who were seeking to reunite with their children after drug treatment or incarceration.  Ms. Holmes spent the next ten years representing tenants in Housing Court including in the Housing Help Program, which centered on providing universal access to tenants in Brownsville and East Flatbush.  For the past five years, she has defended homeowners in foreclosure proceedings.  She is pleased to be back to work in Brownsville, helping the community by providing legal information and advice as part of an amazing group at Legal Hand.

CLINTON DYER

Brownsville Volunteer Coordinator

Brownsville@legalhand.org

Hannah Margolin

Crown Heights Volunteer Coordinator

margolinh@crownheights.org

Hannah Margolin is the Volunteer Coordinator at Legal Hand Crown Heights, where she previously spent a year as an Avodah Service Corps Member. Before coming to Legal Hand, Hannah worked at AS220, a free youth arts program in Providence, Rhode Island, and at the Lupus Research Alliance in Manhattan. Hannah  holds a B.A. in American Studies from Brown University.

SIRRAH HARRIS 

Crown Heights On-Site Attorney, NYLAG

info@legalhand.org

Sirrah Harris is a senior staff attorney for the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and is the on-site attorney at the Crown Heights Legal Hand office. Before joining the Legal Hand team,  Sirrah was a staff attorney in NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit, where she worked primarily with people effected by Superstorm Sandy on Consumer issues. Previously, Sirrah worked at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow and staff attorney in their Workers’ Rights Project working with low-income community members with employment, housing, and benefits issues. Sirrah received her J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law and her B.F.A. from New York University. 


Non-site specific inquiries about the Legal Hand program should be directed to: 

Gyulnara Barnett
Program Associate

barnettg@legalhand.org