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Carolyn E. Coffey

Carolyn E. Coffey

MFY Legal Services, Inc.
Supervising Attorney
New York, NY, USA


Carolyn E. Coffey is a Supervising Attorney at MFY Legal Services, Inc., which provides free legal assistance to New York City residents in the areas of housing, foreclosure, public benefits, civil and disability rights, employment, consumer and family law, prioritizing services to vulnerable and under-served populations, while simultaneously working to end the root causes of inequities through law reform, impact litigation, and policy advocacy.  Ms. Coffey supervises MFY’s Consumer Rights Project, which provides advice, counsel, and representation to low-income New Yorkers on a range of consumer problems and represents consumers in state court lawsuits and appeals and in federal court proceedings in affirmative cases, including class actions.  She also supervises MFY’s Low-Income Bankruptcy Project, which provides full representation in Chapters 7 and 13 bankruptcy filings to New Yorkers seeking a fresh start who cannot afford an attorney, and prepares petitions for pro se debtors with the help of pro bono attorneys.  She also engages in legislative advocacy, successfully helping to enact pro-consumer laws in New York City and New York State, drafts amicus curiae briefs, has co-authored reports concerning the debt collection industry, and conducts trainings on consumer law.  Ms. Coffey is active in the CLARO (Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office) program in the courts, regularly serving as a consumer law expert, and serves on the Civil Court Committee of the New York City Bar Association.  Ms. Coffey is also an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School, where she teaches a consumer clinic seminar
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