Appointment of New Civil Practice Managers Announced

Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief, and Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice, are announcing the recent appointment of the newest members of the Civil Practice Senior Management Team. They are Aurore DeCarlo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Brooklyn Office for the Aging; Sateesh Nori, Attorney-in-Charge of the Queens Neighborhood Office; Rebecca Antar Novick, Supervising Attorney of the Health Law Unit; and Jean Marie Miranda, Coordinator of the Access to Benefits (A2B) Helpline Project.

Aurore DeCarlo

Prior to coming to The Legal Aid Society, beginning in 2007, Aurore served as the Director of Legal Services at Housing Conservation Coordinators. In that capacity, she supervised staff attorneys, intake coordinators, tenant organizers, community organizers, as well as support and administrative staff and volunteer staff in a civil legal services practice that serves thousands of clients in the Chelsea, Clinton, and Upper West Side neighborhoods of Manhattan. As the Director of Legal Services, Aurore led the implementation and expansion of a community economic development project, an immigration clinic, and public benefits, consumer debt, and trusts and estates practices. Aurore has more than ten years of litigation experience in a wide array of forums, including Housing Court, Civil Court, Family Court, Supreme Court, Appellate courts, administrative hearings, and federal court. She also has extensive experience in litigating on behalf of individuals as well as groups of clients, through every stage of litigation. Prior to her position as Director, Aurore was a Staff Attorney with Housing Conservation Coordinators. Aurore is a graduate of New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, Columbia University School of Law, and Haverford College.

Sateesh Nori

Sateesh served as the Director of Housing Litigation at Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services from 2010 until 2013. Previously, he was a Staff Attorney in The Legal Aid Society’s Housing Development Unit in the Harlem Community Law Office, and started his career in 2001 as a housing staff attorney in Legal Aid’s Brooklyn Neighborhood Office. Sateesh is a highly regarded expert on housing and community development. Throughout his career and continuing to the present, he has represented low-income tenants and tenants’ associations, led trainings for members of the community and members of the bar, and run a mock-trial and mentorship program for youth in Brooklyn and East Harlem. He has written on the fundamentals of housing practice, Section 8, group representation, negotiating in Housing Court, and getting repairs done in residential apartments. He is the current Chair of the New York City Bar’s Housing Court Committee and a board member of Housing Court Answers. He also teaches at Cardozo School of Law. Sateesh is a graduate of New York University School of Law and the Johns Hopkins University.

Rebecca Antar Novick

Beginning in 2008, Rebecca was a Staff Attorney in the Health Law Unit, when she join the Society as a Skadden Fellow. Rebecca has been a leader in advocating on behalf of individuals with complex health conditions who have been mandated to enroll in Medicaid managed care. She serves as the Chair of the Medicaid Matters New York Medicaid Managed Care Workgroup and is a member of the Medicaid Matters New York Steering Committee. Rebecca sits on the New York City Regional Advisory Committee of the New York Health Benefit Exchange, and is actively involved in consumer advocacy efforts regarding significant changes to the Medicaid program as a result of State's Medicaid Redesign efforts and federal health care reform. Rebecca worked as a legislative assistant and health policy analyst in Washington DC for five years before law school. She was a Senior Legislative Assistant for then Congressman Rahm Emanuel, working on health care, education, and other social issues. Rebecca also worked as a Legislative Analyst at Jennings Policy Strategies, a health policy consulting and communications firm, and as a Research Associate at The Advisory Board Company. Rebecca is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Harvard University.

Jean Marie Miranda

Prior to her appointment, Jean Marie was a Paralegal Casehandler in the Employment Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society where she represented hundreds of low-income workers in unemployment insurance hearings. In addition, she has been a leader in the creation and implementation of various intake methods, including the Access to Benefits and Superstorm Sandy Disaster Helpline. Jean Marie currently supervises the Access to Benefits Project, a one-stop resource and helpline for New Yorkers in need of legal assistance to obtain employment law, health law or government benefits assistance. Jean Marie began her legal services career in 2003 when she joined the Philadelphia Legal Assistance program as a family law paralegal working with survivors of domestic violence. She later transferred to the Pennsylvania Farm workers Project and worked on employment law and issues surrounding low-income immigrant workers, including organizing a volunteer income tax assistance clinic. Immediately following college, Jean Marie worked as a Social Worker with the Department of Human Services in Philadelphia, investigating reports of child abuse and neglect. Jean Marie is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.