Leah Goodridge is the Supervising Attorney of the Housing Project at Mobilization for Justice (formerly known as MFY Legal Services). Leah represents tenants in New York City Housing Court, New York State Supreme Court, the Appellate Division of New York State, the New York State Court of Appeals and federal courts.
Leah’s work includes litigating a case to strengthen the rights of relative caregivers in public housing and authoring an amicus brief in Matter of Marine Holdings LLC v. New York City Commission on Human Rights to support disability laws for tenants—both cases were heard at the New York State Court of Appeals. In addition, Leah has engaged in legislative advocacy for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) seniors and represented over 60 NYCHA residents in group cases to repair mold, inoperative elevators and inadequate heating systems.
In 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Leah to serve on the New York City Rent Guidelines Board to advocate for rent stabilized tenants across the city. Leah’s scholarship on tenants’ rights has been published in the Duke Forum for Law and Social Change journal.
Prior to practicing housing law, Leah launched the Community Economic Development Project at Medgar Evers College (City University of New York) and started a mentoring initiative for young women in the Dominican Republic, where she lived for over a year. Her honors and accolades include the 2018 New York Nonprofit Media 40 under 40 Rising Star award, the 2015 Fulbright Specialist award and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Earl Warren Scholarship. She received her J.D. from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law and her B.A. from Vassar College. Leah is a native of Brownsville, Brooklyn.