NEW YORK, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), a not-for-profit law office founded in 1990 to provide free civil legal services to low income New Yorkers, announced today that Rita McLennon will join its staff on October 1, 2007 as Director of Development.
McLennon comes to NYLAG from the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, a national law and policy organization committed to ending poverty in the United States. As Executive Director for more than fourteen years, McLennon built the Shriver Center into a strong national communication, research, and advocacy resource for the poverty law community, public policy leaders, and other advocates for low-income people.
NYLAG, a city-wide legal agency, assisted more than 17,000 individuals in 2006 with a wide range of legal matters including immigration, health issues, matrimonial and family law, domestic violence, public assistance, disability benefits, Holocaust survivors' benefits, elder services, and worker's rights. Abby Milstein, Esq., Chair of the NYLAG Board of Trustees, said, "Ms. McLennon's experience in advocating for legal services for low-income individuals, as well as her successful tenure with the Shriver Center, will be terrific assets for NYLAG. I am thrilled to have her on board and look forward to building on NYLAG's success to ensure a strong future for the organization."
Previously McLennon served on the Shriver Center board of directors from 1982 to 1993. She also served as director of development and training at the National Center for Youth Law and development director at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Alliance for Justice, the National Equal Justice Library, Management Information Exchange, Strategic Learning Initiates, and the Chicago Video Project.
Source: New York Legal Assistance Group