Dora Galacatos Advocates for Professional Legal Services for New Yorkers Facing Debt Collection

Dora Galacatos (’97), Executive Director of The Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham University School of Law, wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times in response to a Times article asking “Do Debtors Really Need a Lawyer When Sued?” Jan. 26). Dora responded, “Yes, they do! Hundreds of thousands of overwhelmingly Black and brown low-income people face debt collection in New York State. . . . Why should they have to settle for nonprofessional counsel in legal proceedings that can determine if they have food on the table and a roof over their heads for themselves and their families? . . . New York State should expand civil legal services in this grossly underfunded area, particularly at this critical time.” (Jan. 28).