CLE | Assisting Tenants with Affirmative Actions: Order to Show Cause BOOT CAMP

WHEN: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10 via ZOOM | MCLE: 1.5 Skills | COST: FREE

Please note:

  • Registration for this CLE ends at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2021
  • The information you provide below should reflect the ATTENDEE NAME for the program (not those making the reservation).
  • The day before the CLE you will receive a unique ZOOM link, accessible only to you, please do not share with others.
  • All relevant materials – affirmation, evaluation, and handouts – will be emailed to you prior to the CLE.
  • This CLE is not subject to the Free 6.0 MCLE credits OCBA members in good standing annually receive to redeem for Audio CLE courses.

Are you a volunteer in the Landlord Tenant Court for a local Legal Aid Services Agency?? Find out what you need to know in THIS illuminating CLE webinar brought to you in by the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Legal Services of Central New York, and the Hiscock Legal Aid Society.

This BOOT CAMP includes an overview of current law, tenants rights, and affirmative action strategies, with a focus on the practical aspects of creating and filing Order to Show Cause motions on behalf of the tenants you represent.


Sam Young, Esq.  Director of Advocacy for Legal Services of Central New York in Syracuse. Mr. Young litigates in the areas of housing, public benefits, education law, and civil and constitutional rights. Previously, he was a partner in the law firm of Costello, Cooney & Fearon, a Senior Attorney at Hiscock Legal Aid Society, and an Assistant Public Defender in Dade County, Florida. He is a 1993 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and a 1990 graduate of Brandeis University. He is the recipient of the Seidenberg Award for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Susan Griffith, Esq.  Managing Attorney at the Legal Services of Central New York in Syracuse. She received her Juris Doctorate in 1983 from Southern Methodist University and is admitted to practice in New York. In recognition of her service to the local bar and its many and varied constituents, she has received the following accolades: Pro Bono Service Award (Onondaga County), and the Sister Mary Vera Award and is a member of the Onondaga County Bar Association.

Robert Rubinstein, Esq.  Lead Attorney, Civil Programs, Hiscock Legal Aid Society. Mr. Rubinstein began his practice at the Hiscock Legal Aid Society in its Foreclosure Prevention Program and moved to the General Civil Department in 2016. Previous to this work, he was a paralegal with Fisher and Shapiro, LLC and, from June 2004 to August 2005, was a U.S. Congressional intern. He received his law degree from Northumbria University and is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After being admitted to the Bar in England and Wale, Robert spent two years practicing in London and the Southeast Circuit of England, concentrating on general civil matters, including foreclosures and evictions.

Laura D. Rolnick, Esq. Director of the Eviction & Re-entry Programs, Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc. Ms. Rolnick earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s NY State School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She then graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where she was an active member of the Moot Court and President of the Trial Law Academy. Ms. Rolnick worked for Jackson Lewis’ Atlanta office, representing employers in labor law and employment litigation matters. She spent several years as a disability advocate with Attorney Michael P. Daly in Manlius, NY concentrating primarily on Workers Compensation and Social Security matters.

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