PR 2018 No. 16

ROBERT L. SCHONFELD, ESQ. APPOINTED CHAIR OF NASSAU COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION'S CIVIL RIGHTS COMMITTEE

GARDEN CITY, NY; July 10, 2018 —Robert L. Schonfeld, counsel to the firm, was recently appointed by the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA) to serve as Chair of its Civil Rights Committee for a one year term. Mr. Schonfeld previously served as Vice Chair of the Committee.

The NCBA's Civil Rights Committee explores a variety of issues, including discrimination, freedom of speech and religion, and the rights of students, employees and prisoners.

Robert L. Schonfeld focuses his practice in anti-discrimination litigation in the State and Federal Courts to enforce the right of persons with disabilities to live and access services in the community. Mr. Schonfeld secured a landmark decision from the New York State Court of Appeals in the case of Jennings v. New York State Office of Mental Health, which restricted the ability of localities to object to the establishment of group homes under the New York State Selection Law (Mental Hygiene Law Section 41.43), as well as a landmark Federal Fair Housing Act decision in the United States District Court in Oxford House v. Suffolk County, which allowed housing for people recovering from alcoholism and substance abuse to remain in Suffolk County residential neighborhoods. He has successfully litigated over 100 cases under the site selection law and Federal anti-discrimination statutes. Prior to private practice, Mr. Schonfeld served as an Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York where he represented OMH, OMRDD and other state agencies in litigation involving the development and operation of OMH and OMRDD licensed facilities. Mr. Schonfeld received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.

Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP, with offices on Long Island and Manhattan, provides a wide range of legal services to businesses, corporations and individuals worldwide.

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