Professors Gina Calabrese and Ann Goldweber Honored for their roles as founders of Queens CLARO

On June 10, 2019, Professors Ann Goldweber and Gina Calabrese were  honored for their role as founders of Queens CLARO (The Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office).


Queens CLARO provides pro bono legal services to low-income residents representing themselves in consumer debt lawsuits. The program was started eleven years ago Professors Calabrese and Goldweber, along with the Honorable Bernice Siegal (former Chief Administrative Judge, Queen’s Civil Court), The Honorable April Newbauer (former Attorney-in-Charge, Queens Legal Aid Society, Civil) and Mark Weliky (Director, Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project).


Since that time, Queens CLARO has provided services to 10,400 people. St. John’s law students have played a prominent role in assisting volunteer lawyers since the inception of the program. St. John’s alumnus Christopher Newton ’13 was also honored for his role as student coordinator.  The award was presented by the Honorable Edwina Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, Office for Justice Initiatives, at the Feerick Center for Social Justice, Fordham Law School.

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