April Newbauer and Shilpy Goswami Are Honored by NY County Lawyers' Association for Public Service

April Newbauer, the Attorney-in-Charge of the Queens Neighborhood Office of the Civil Practice, and Shilpy Goswami, a staff attorney in the Bronx Criminal Office of the Criminal Practice, will be honored on Thursday, September 24, by the New York County Lawyers' Association during a public service awards reception at 6 p.m. at the Home of Law, 14 Vesey Street in lower Manhattan.

April is a city-wide leader in addressing the sub-prime loan, foreclosure and consumer crisis. She identified these issues when they first arose in Queens and supported staff in engineering creative legal theories to address them on behalf of the renters affected as well as the owners city-wide. This year, April began the first homeowners’ assistance pilot screening project in the state, a joint Legal Aid and pro bono partnership to assist homeowners in the foreclosure crisis. Part of the original Access to Justice team of the New York State court system, April has helped establish numerous other legal assistance projects, including the Foreclosure Pilot Conference Project. In addition, late last year, April was instrumental in the effort to get the Exempt Income Protection Bill passed. The law relieves low income New Yorkers of the unfair burden of having exempt income restrained and effectively adopts a floor of $2,500 below which an account getting direct deposit Social Security or other government benefits cannot be restrained. This law protects senior citizens, disabled individuals and veterans from unlawful practices by debt collectors.

Shilpy will be honored with a Criminal Justice public service fellowship for her essay on "Should there be a moratorium on violation pleas in arraignments." Shilpy has shared her winning essay which can be read here.

Download the essay (PDF)