Daphne Schlick
Director, Consumer Protection

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Daphne is the Director of the Consumer Protection Unit. In this role, she oversees UJA Federation’s Connect to Care (C2C) Program, the Foreclosure Prevention Project, The Office of Financial Empowerment’s Debt Collection Project, and the Access to Justice of the NY State Courts’ Volunteer Lawyer For a Day Project (VLFD) in Bronx, Queens, and Richmond counties. She was formerly the Associate Director of the Consumer Protection Project within NYLAG’s General Legal Services unit. She is also a vocal public advocate for consumer economic justice and legislative change, both through local NYC coalition groups and a variety of community workshop presentations. Prior to joining NYLAG, Daphne practiced family law at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation legal services, representing victims of domestic violence in their orders of protection, custody, and visitation proceedings, as well as advocating for victims’ consumer rights. She also previously interned at NYLAG’s Family Law Unit. Throughout her career, Daphne has worked for a variety of government and non-profit agencies including the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, the Legal Aid Society, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Chicago Public Arts Group.

Timothy Brennan
Staff Attorney, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Consumer Protection

Rose Marie Cantanno
Supervising Attorney, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Consumer Protection

Rose Marie assists clients in all aspects of foreclosure and the loss mitigation process, including representation at court-mandated Settlement Conferences and negotiation of loan modifications. Before working at NYLAG, she was a partner for twelve years in the real estate law firm of Liotta & Cantanno, LLP which specialized in representing buyers, sellers and lenders in residential real estate transactions. The firm also represented clients seeking loan modifications and short sales. Rose Marie received her BA in Classical Studies from Hunter College and her JD from Brooklyn Law School.

Jenni Cook
Coordinating Attorney, Consumer Protection

Jenni is the Coordinating Attorney for NYLAG’s Queens Volunteer Lawyer for the Day (VLFD) Project located in the Queens County Civil Court.  Within this project, volunteer lawyers and law students provide limited scope representation to unrepresented consumer debtors.  For the past four years Jenni has been working as a Volunteer Attorney for CLARO at the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project.  At CLARO, she advises pro se litigants on a range of consumer debt issues, including preparation for court cases, handling debt settlement companies, debt collection harassment, scams, credit scores and bankruptcy.  Prior to working on consumer debt issues, Jenni was a Staff Attorney at Nassau/Suffolk Law Services where she worked on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities, primarily on health care and special education issues.  Jenni received her J.D. from City University of New York School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida.

London Cruz
Paralegal, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Consumer Protection

Noelle Eberts
Staff Attorney, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Consumer Protection

Noelle is a Staff Attorney in the Foreclosure Prevention Project. Noelle assists clients with all aspects of foreclosure and loss mitigation, including litigation, representation at court-ordered settlement conferences, and negotiation of loan modifications. She also assists homeowners with pro se legal representation. Noelle first began her NYLAG career as an intern in the Matrimonial & Family Law Unit representing domestic violence victims. Before joining NYLAG, she was a real estate litigation associate at a mid-size law firm on Long Island. Noelle received her BA in Metropolitan Studies from New York University and her JD from Brooklyn Law School.

Marina Gonik
Staff Attorney, Consumer Protection

Julie Howe
Staff Attorney, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Consumer Protection

Julie is a staff attorney in the Foreclosure Prevention Project at NYLAG. She assists clients with all aspects of loss mitigation, including litigation, representation at court-ordered settlement conferences, and negotiation of loan modifications. Julie also assists homeowners with pro se representation at the Nassau Foreclosure Clinic. Prior to joining NYLAG, Julie served as a pro-bono Assistant District Attorney at the Brooklyn D.A.’s Office. Julie has interned at numerous government and non-profit organizations, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Richmond County D.A.’s Office, The Door’s Legal Services Center, and Lawyers for Children. Julie received her B.A. cum laude from Wellesley College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Anna Park
Staff Attorney, Consumer Protection

Anna is a staff attorney with NYLAG’s Consumer Protection Unit. She advises and advocates on behalf of low income New Yorkers who face identity theft, debt collection scams, credit reporting errors, struggles due to consumer and student loan debts, and other financial crises. She also assists with the Consumer Credit Volunteer Lawyer for a Day (VLFD) programs in the Bronx and Queens, whose volunteers represent defendants in court in consumer credit cases. Before joining NYLAG, Anna was a Brooklyn Law School postgraduate fellow in the Matrimonial and Family Law Unit at NYLAG. Anna graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2013, where she was a Charles H. Revson Fellow, an Equal Justice America Fellow, and a Sparer Fellow. During law school, she interned at various organizations including the Brooklyn Family Defense Project, the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, and Brooklyn Law School’s Employment Law Clinic.

Anna Platt
Paralegal, Consumer Protection

Gita Rayavarapu
Staff Attorney, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Consumer Protection

Sarah Rosenthal
Staff Attorney, Consumer Protection

Sarah is a staff attorney with NYLAG’s Consumer Protection Unit, where she participates in the Volunteer Law For A Day (VLFD) Program in the Bronx and Queens. Through VLFD, Sarah represents pro se consumer debtors who have been sued by debt collectors. Sarah also advises clients on an array of consumer-related legal challenges, including bankruptcy and repairing credit histories.  Prior to joining the Consumer Protection Project, Sarah volunteered with NYLAG’s Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program . Sarah graduated cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2013 and received her B.A. from Oberlin College.

Jessica Scholes
Staff Attorney, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Consumer Protection

Jessica is a Staff Attorney in the Foreclosure Prevention Project at NYLAG. She assists clients with all aspects of foreclosure and the loss mitigation process, including litigation, representation at court-ordered settlement conferences, and negotiation of loan modifications. Jessica also assists homeowners with pro se representation at the Bronx Foreclosure Clinic. Prior to joining NYLAG, Jessica completed a year-long fellowship with the Open Society Justice Initiative, where she focused on international human rights law and national security issues. During law school, Jessica worked at Disability Rights Advocates, the New York Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, and NYU School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic. Before law school, Jessica worked at CSIS, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank and HREA, a non-profit human rights education organization. Jessica received her B.A. magna cum laude and M.A. from Yale University and her J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law.

Shanna Tallarico
Supervising Attorney, Consumer Protection

Shanna is a Supervising Attorney with the Consumer Protection Unit serving clients facing an array of consumer-related legal challenges.  Shanna primarily works for UJA’s Connect to Care (C2C) program assisting individuals who have been negatively impacted by the recession navigate issues such as foreclosure prevention, unemployment insurance, and bankruptcy.  Shanna is also a project attorney for the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) project.  Through this program, Shanna provides legal support, advice, and referrals to OFE financial counselors and assists clients with complex consumer financial issues with a particular focus on student debt.  Prior to joining NYLAG, Shanna clerked for the Honorable Christine O.C. Miller at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.  She has also worked at a small immigration practice in New York and spent several months in Argentina doing public interest work.  Shanna is a graduate of Pace University School of Law, summa cum laude, and she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Kevin Thomas
Staff Attorney, Consumer Protection

Kevin Thomas is the Coordinating Attorney for NYLAG’s Bronx Volunteer Lawyer for A Day – Consumer Protection located in the Bronx County Civil Court. This project matches volunteer attorneys and law students trained in consumer law with unrepresented defendants sued in particular types of consumer law matters. The volunteer lawyers provide limited-scope representation for the day of the defendants’ court appearance. Kevin supervises all volunteers and runs the project out of our Bronx Civil Court Office. Kevin is also a project attorney for the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) project. Through this program, Kevin provides legal support, advice, and referrals to OFE financial counselors and assists clients with complex consumer financial issues. He serves on the Board of Trustees to Merrick Academy- Queens Public Charter School.
Prior to joining NYLAG, Kevin worked for the Senior Executive Counsel for General Electric Energy Division in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He has also worked as a civilian for the New York City Police Department and the Office of New York City Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. Kevin is a graduate of Western Michigan Cooley Law School, and he received his undergraduate from St. John’s University. Kevin is admitted to the State of New York, the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York.

Tina Varghese
Staff Attorney, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Consumer Protection