Debevoise & Plimpton LLP today announced that partner Jyotin Hamid has been named Chair of the Urban Justice Center (“UJC”) Board of Directors. In this role, Mr. Hamid will lead the 23-member Board as they advise, guide and shepherd the Executive Director regarding the direction and operation of the UJC.
Through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing, the UJC has served New York City's most vulnerable residents for 30 years. UJC assists clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to helping individuals access housing and government assistance, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change. Composed of ten projects, UJC represents an extraordinary array of the most deprived and abused people in our society, including members of the working poor, and issues related to discrimination and oppression. Their work has resulted in thousands of victories on behalf of individual clients, as well as groundbreaking reforms that affect public policy nationwide.
Mr. Hamid, a partner in the firm’s New York office, is a seasoned litigator with extensive courtroom experience. He handles a diverse array of complex litigation matters, with particular focus on employment disputes. He has successfully handled numerous whistleblower, discrimination, contract, compensation, and corporate raiding litigations involving high-level executives in a broad range of industries. Mr. Hamid also serves as the current Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee. He is active in the pro bono legal services community, serving on the boards of UJC as well as the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A. Mr. Hamid received his J.D. in 1998 from Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Journal of International Law, and his B.A., summa cum laude, in 1995 from Tulane University.
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