Please join us for the NLG-NYC Chapter’s annual fundraiser Spring Fling 2017!
Come celebrate the Chapter’s 80th year and salute the extraordinary work of this year’s honorees with ample food, music and camaraderie.
Justice Lucy Billings received her B.A. magna cum laude from Smith College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1970 and received her J.D. with honors from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1973. Justice Billings was a staff attorney at Vermont Legal Aid, a Senior Attorney at Utah Legal Services, Director of Legal Support for Legal Services for New York City, Staff Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union Children’s Rights Project, and Director of Litigation for Bronx Legal Services. She handled class actions and other complex civil rights litigation to establish and enforce rights for minority, disabled, and low-income persons in housing, environmental justice, including prevention of lead poisoning, public health, child welfare, education, and employment.
Justice Billings was elected to the Civil Court in 1997, appointed a Supreme Court Justice by designation in 2004, and elected to the Supreme Court in 2009. As a Civil Court Judge, she also served in the Criminal Court. She has presided over complex, high profile class actions and proceedings, including election proceedings. Those actions involved, for example, State agencies’ procedures for collecting debts, Mayor Giuliani’s attempts to prohibit street artists from selling their work, a teacher’s repeated sexual abuse of children at their public school, corruption and unsanitary conditions in the public markets, and major construction site disasters. Her published decisions have reformed the standards and procedures for employed public assistance recipients, for issuing business licenses, and for granting and revoking parole; in 2008, recognized same sex marriages; and found new avenues of recovery for injured construction workers, pothole victims, and families of infants who die at birth due to medical malpractice. Justice Billings is an avid skier and tennis player.
During two years when he lived in Costa Rica, he worked with an indigenous rights organization to establish the right of Costa Rican Indians to choose traditional forms of self-government.
For more than ten years, Levine has been Special Counsel to LatinoJustice PRLDEF, for which he has successfully fought efforts of local communities to keep day laborers from gathering in public places. He also worked with local activists on the Lower East Side to keep the Giuliani administration from selling a building housing CHARAS, a flourishing community arts center.