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Fighting for Racial Equity

New York is one of the most diverse cities in the country. We demand equal justice for all New Yorkers—regardless of who they are or where they come from.

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Every day, in courthouses and communities across the city, we advocate for the rights of all New Yorkers. Learn more about the services we provide.

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Making a Difference

Projects, Units & Initiatives

Our specialized teams have experience working on nearly every area of law that impacts New Yorkers. Explore the ways we fight on behalf of clients and communities.

Our Work with Partners

Challenging Landlord Discrimination

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP co-counseled a class action lawsuit filed in January 2018 challenging a Brooklyn landlord’s alleged discrimination of Latino tenants and fraudulent deregulation of rent stabilized apartments at two buildings in Sunset Park. Cahill’s outstanding work led to a settlement in July 2018 which forced the landlord to re-regulate over 60 apartments in two buildings, obtain a new management company and refrain from engaging in a wide range of discriminatory behavior.

Altagracia Tejada Class Action Plaintiff

By the Numbers

Our work touches the lives of the most disenfranchised groups in New York City, and pushes our society closer to racial equity through individual and systemic anti-racism representation and advocacy.

90%

In 2017, approximately 47,000 people cycled through Rikers Island before ever being convicted of a crime. Over 90% were people of color.

92%

Of clients served by the Criminal Defense Practice identify as non-white.

11%

White offenders counted for 76 of the 682 MTA fare evasion arrests citywide – only 11% – between March 1 and June 30 of this year.

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