Q&A: McGregor Smyth

By Jeff Storey |

McGregor Smyth, 41, is the executive director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), part of what he calls a "community lawyering" movement that "augments the necessary work of traditional legal services by combining individual representation and impact litigation with policy advocacy and community organizing. "

Alan Rothstein

Q&A: Alan Rothstein

By Jeff Storey |

As counsel of the New York City Bar Association, Alan Rothstein has advised the organization's leaders and scores of committees since 1985, guiding the preparation of reports, amicus briefs and letters to government officials on a wide range of public policy and legal reform issues. Due to retire next month, he looks back at the highlights of his career.

Barbara Finkelstein

Q&A: Barbara Finkelstein

By Rebecca Baker |

For the past 20 years, Barbara Finkelstein has been the face of civil legal services for low-income residents in the northern suburbs of New York City. She is the CEO of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, and has helped grow the agency from a single office with 20 employees in 1995 to a chain of eight offices with 120 employees and hundreds of part-time, pro bono attorneys.

Jeffrey Friedlander

Q&A: Jeffrey Friedlander

By Jeff Storey |

As a student, Jeffrey Friedlander said he was only "vaguely aware" of the New York City Law Department. But one of his professors at NYU Law School recruited him, and he ended up spending his entire professional career there—a 44 year run that will end in a few months, he announced Wednesday.

Judge Pipia

Q&A: Robert Pipia

By Andrew Keshner |

For Robert Pipia, a Nassau County District Court judge in his first months on the bench, any difficulties adjusting to his judicial duties come in a wider context. Pipia has a genetic disorder that has rendered him wheelchair bound and limits the use of his hands. But that has never stopped him.