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  • Admitted to practice:

     

                New York - 1972

                Oklahoma - 1969

     

    Courts Admitted:

     

                United States Supreme Court

                Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

                United States District Court Eastern District of N.Y.

                United States District Court Southern District of N.Y.

                United States District Court Northern District of N.Y.

                All State Courts

     

    Memberships:

     

                New York State Bar Association

                State of Oklahoma  Bar Association

                Association of Small Claims Arbitrators

                New York State Trial Lawyers Association

                Pro Bono Panel - Eastern District of N.Y.

     

    Former Lecturer

     

                Lecturer - Real Property

                Hostos Community College, Bronx, New York

     

    Fellow

     

                Reginald Heber Smith Fellow - 1970 - 1972

     

    Boards

     

                Child Welfare Organizing Project  - 2001 - 2006

     

    An organization of New York City parents and professionals dedicated to public

    child welfare reform through parent-mentoring programs and increased

    meaningful parental participation in service and policy planning.    

     

                Lawyers for Justice

     

    Organization that seeks to redress inequities within the Family Court and foster care systems.

     

    Partial List of Published Cases in which Declarant was Lead Counsel

               

     

                Francis v. City of New York, 2004 WL 1941265 (SDNY 2004); Francis ex rel. Francis v. City of New York, 197 Fed. Appx. 26 (2nd Cir. 2006) affirming in part, Vacating in Part, remanding 2004 WL 1941265 (1983 wrongful removal of children)

     

                Finch v. New York State Office of Children and Family Services, 499 F.Supp. 2d 521 (S.D.N.Y. 2007)

     

                Brown v. Blumenfeld, 45 A.D.2d 836, 845 N.Y.S.2d 746 (2 Dept. 2007) leave to appeal denied Brown v. Blumenfeld, 9 N.Y.3d 1026, 852 N.Y.S. 2d 10, 881 N.E. 2d. 1196 (2008) (C.P.L. 440 litigation to overturn wrongful conviction.  Co-counsel with Cravath Swaine & Moore, LLP.

     

                Johnson v. City of New York,  2003 WL 1826122 (S.D.N.Y., 2003) (1983 wrongful removal of children)

     

                In the Matter of F/B Children, et al. v. Dept. of Social Services, 161 A.D.2d 459, 556 N.Y.S.2d 32 (1st Dept., 1990)

     

                In re Karla V.,  278 A.D.2d 159, 717 N.Y.S.2d 598 (1st Dept., 2000)

                            (over turned finding of neglect)

     

                Finch v.  Schechter, Supreme Court, New York County Index No. 125906/2002.  Declarant on behalf of his client challenged in an Article 78 proceeding the Family Court’s policy of not holding a visitation hearing until after the natural parent’s termination of parental rights.  Grandparents having to wait months to be heard on applications for meaningful visitation while their grandchildren are languishing in foster care.  

                           

                Hayes v. Oklahoma City, 487 P.2d 974 (Ct. Crim.Appls., 1971)  The highest court of the State of Oklahoma declared the Oklahoma City loitering statute unconstitutional.               

                           

                Snead v. Department of Social Services of City of New York, 355 F.Supp. 764 (SDNY, Mar 12, 1973) (No. 72 CIV 4536), vacated by 416 U.S. 977, 94 S.Ct. 2376, 40 L.Ed.2d 755 (1974) on remand decision adhered 389 F. Supp 935 (S.D.N.Y., 1974) remanded 421 U.S. 982, 95 S.Ct. 1985, 44 L.Ed.2d 474 (1975) adhered on remand 409 F.Supp 994 (SDNY, 1975) vacated by 425 U.S. 457, 96 S.Ct. 1630, 48 L.Ed.2d 88 (1976) rehearing denied 426 U.S. 942, 96 S.Ct. 2664, 49 Ed.2d 395 (1976).  (Three-judge panel found the due process procedures under Section 72 of the Social Services Law unconstitutional.)

     

                Duckett v. Silberman, 468 F.2d 1020 (2nd Cir. (N.Y.), Jan 06, 1978) (NO. 31, 77-7164) (housing discrimination)

     

                Patterson v. State, 54 A.D.2d 147, 388 N.Y.S. 2d 420 (N.Y.A.D.4 Dept., Nov. 04, 1976) (wrongful termination of police officer)

     

                Hoffman v. DiFalco, 424 F.Supp. 902 (S.D.N.Y., Dec. 29, 1976) (NO. 76 CIV 3102)

     

                Morris v. City of New York Parking Violations Bureau, 527 F.Supp. 724 (S.D.N.Y., Nov. 18, 1981) (Nov 18, 1981) (NO 80 CIV. 0012 (PNL))

                            (Due process violation)

     

                Gangemi v. Sclafani, 506 F.2d 570 (2nd Circ. (N.Y.), Oct. 29, 1974) (NO. 384, 74-2204)

     

                Morris v. Stuyvesant Ins. Co., 449 F.Supp. 14 (S.D.N.Y., Mar 27, 1978) (NO. 77 CIV. 4724 (CHT))

     

     

                Wade v. New York Tel. Co., 59 A.D.2d 1003, 399 N.Y.S.2d 906 (N.Y.A.D. 3 Dept., Nov. 23, 1977)

     

                Wade v. New York Telephone Co., 500 F.Supp. 1170, 25 Fair Empl Prac Cas. (BNA) 1298, 24 Empl Prac. Dec. P 31,257 (S.D.N.Y., Sept 18, 1980)(NO. 78-CIV-721(RLC)

     

                Huntley v. Community School Bd. of Brooklyn, New York School Dist No. 14, 543 F.2d 979, 27 Fair Empl Prac. Cas. (BNA) 398, 27 Empl Prac. Dec. P 32,315 (2nd Cir (N.Y.), May 12, 1976) (NO. 53, 75-7190) (discriminatory termination of school principal)

     

                Diamond v. Bache & Co., Inc., 64 A.D.2d 749, 406 N.Y.S.2d 921 (N.Y.A.D. 3 Dept., July 13, 1978)

     

                Glen Cove Public Schools v. New York State Human Rights Appeal Bd., 58 A.D.2d 591, 395 N.Y.S.2d 493 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept., June 13, 1977)

     

                Smith v. City of New York, 118 Misc. 2d 227, 459 N.Y.S.2d 1007 (N.Y.Sup., Mar 07, 1983) (No. 22018/82)

     

                Black v. U.S., 534 F.2d 524, 37 A.F.T.R. 2d 76-1312, 76-1 USTC P 9383 (2ND Cir. (N.Y.), Apr. 23 1976) (No. 668, 75-6006)

     

                Black v. U.S., 388 F. Supp. 805, 35 A.F.T.R. 2d 75-1084, 75-1 USTC P 9339 (E.D.N.Y., Feb. 07, 1975) (No. 74 C 1007); 534 F. 2d 524, 37 A.F.T.R. 2d 76-1312, 76-1 USTC P 9383, C.A.2 (N.Y.) 1976

               

                J.F.K. Project Area Committee v. HUD, U.S. District Ct., Western District of Oklahoma (housing discrimination; settled before opinion)

     

                Crumpler v. U.S.A., 495 F.Supp. 266, (S.D.N.Y. 1980)

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