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Saima Akhtar

Saima Akhtar

Empire Justice Center
Senior Staff Attorney
Albany, NY, USA


Saima Akhtar is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Public Benefits Unit in the Albany office of Empire Justice Center.  She works on issues that include Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (food stamps), cash public assistance, emergency assistance, and subsidized childcare.  Saima represents low income clients both in court and in administrative proceedings, and has served as counsel to the class in a number of class action cases in New York’s State and Federal Courts including Brooks v. Roberts, Richard C. v. Proud, and Karamalla v. Divine.  She has also provided continuing legal education sessions for the New York State Bar Association, The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Practicing Law Institute, and the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association on topics such as SNAP basics, emergency assistance benefits in New York, and basic lawyering skills for new attorneys.  Saima currently serves on the board of directors for New York’s Early Care and Learning Council, where she is the Treasurer and Chair of the finance committee. She is a graduate of Albany Law School of Union University and holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy from the University at Albany. She is a recipient of Albany Law School’s Edward M. Cameron Memorial Prize for her contributions to the area of public interest law and was a 2006 Fellow of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society at the University at Albany.

Saima Akhtar is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps Basics (May 2018) - Representing the Pro Bono Client: New York Public Assistance and Food Stamp Advocacy 2018, Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility Including Immigrant Eligibility - Representing the Pro Bono Client: New York Public Assistance and Food Stamp Advocacy 2018, Wednesday, July 11, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility Including Immigrant Eligibility - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility Including Immigrant Eligibility, Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility Including Immigrant Eligibility - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility Including Immigrant Eligibility, Wednesday, July 11, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility Including Immigrant Eligibility - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility Including Immigrant Eligibility, Wednesday, July 11, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Representing the Pro Bono Client: New York Public Assistance and Food Stamp Advocacy 2018, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, New York, NY
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