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. 

Hannah Margolin

Manager, Legal Hand Crown Heights

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.

Elizabeth morris 

On-Site Attorney, NYLAG, Legal Hand Crown Heights

info@legalhand.org

Elizabeth is the onsite attorney at the Legal Hand office in Crown Heights where she provides legal resources, information, and referrals to unrepresented community members. Previously, Elizabeth was a senior staff attorney in the Tenants' Rights Unit at NYLAG  where she  represented low-income tenants in Manhattan. Before that, Elizabeth worked in the Storm Response Unit at NYLAG representing homeowners impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Elizabeth received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Yvette Rouget

Manager, Legal Hand Brownsville

Brownsville@legalhand.org

Yvette is a longtime resident of Brownsville, Brooklyn.  Her work in Brownsville began with her work as a Birth/Postpartum/Abortion Doula. She realized there were a large number of young women who had no prior history of health care and the infant mortality rate in Brownsville was higher than that of a Third World country. Yvette then went on to pursue the Dr. Carl Henry Nacht Health Fellowship, which continued her desire to make the streets of Brownsville safer, so that her neighbors could become more active in their daily lives as well as to reduce the flow of traffic through Brownsville which added to the problems like asthma, allergies, and other health problems. After completing her mission to redesign the streets of Brownsville through the Nacht Fellowship, Yvette was offered employment as a Community Planning Partner, then as a Resource Specialist(Eviction Prevention) then as a Resource Specialist (5K Jobs Campaign) at Community Solutions.  It was during that time that Yvette realized that there was a need for residents to become more engaged with their community and that it could be linked to Community Solutions and its vison for Brownsville. She then created the first Brownsville Partnership Volunteer Corp.  Yvette graduated from the NY Cares Volunteer Impact Program with a certificate in Volunteer recruitment, management, retention and reward. The vision for the Volunteer Corp. was to actively engage and impact the life of her community, which is plagued by high unemloyment, health problems, crime, high infrant mortality, lack  of services, including recreation and academic support, by activating the naturall talents of her neighbors, through volunteerism. After her time at the Brownsville Partnership ended, Yvette went on to work as the Community Engagement Coordinator at Jobs Plus, Grant Associates in Brownsville Brooklyn, where she recruited over two thousand neighbors for jobs placement, training and education. This is the experience that laid the platform for her to now fill the postion of Lead Volunteer Coordinator at Legal Hand.

TAYLOR GAMBLE

On-Site Attorney, Legal Aid Society, Legal Hand Brownsville

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.

Tiffany Butters

Manager, Legal Hand Jamaica

legalhandjamaica@gmail.com

Tiffany Butters is the Volunteer Coordinator for Legal Hand Jamaica. She is alumni of Pace University School of Law. During law school, she interned for Manhattan Legal Services, Human Resources Administration, and White Plains Family Court. Prior to attending to law school, she worked at Single Stop USA for four years, where she gained a passion for impacting change. 

JENNIE KIM 

On-Site Attorney, Queens Legal Services, Legal Hand Jamaica

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. 

James Coger

Manager, Legal Hand Highbridge

cjames@legalhand.org 

Erica Maldonado

Manager, Legal Hand Tremont

maldonadoe@legalhand.org 

Erica Maldonado became involved with Legal Hand as a volunteer at Legal Hand Jamaica in 2016. She officially joined Legal Hand in 2018 as Volunteer Coordinator for Legal Hand Tremont. Erica has a degree in Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean Area studies from SUNY Binghamton University. Prior to joining Legal Hand, she worked for the ASPCA, and for the Center for Family Representation, a nonprofit legal services organization dedicated to keeping families together and keeping children out of the foster care system in Jamaica, Queens. Erica was born and raised in Queens, NY and volunteers for the New York City Medical Reserve Corps.

Robert Hammond 

On-Site Attorney, Bronx Legal Services, Legal Hand Tremont and Legal Hand Highbridge

GYULNARA BARNETT 

Program Associate

barnettg@legalhand.org


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Non-site specific inquiries about the Legal Hand program should be directed to: 
Gyulnara Barnett
Program Associate, barnettg@legalhand.org