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Nicholas Toman

2010, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Nicholas Toman

Nicholas Toman

Name of Host Organization: Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee
City, State: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Issue area: Housing - Affordable Housing/Microfinance, Community/Economic Development,Consumer Rights

The Project

I am working in Milwaukee's Metcalfe Park neighborhood to mitigate the harm from foreclosures on the community. Metcalfe Park is one of the poorest areas of Milwaukee and also one of the areas most impacted by foreclosures. When we began the project, I anticipated litigating foreclosure defenses, but it has become clear that most Metcalfe homeowners have already lost their houses. Now, the goal is to mitigate the harm from abandoned homes while defending the few homeowners left in the neighborhood.

Biography

Hometown:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Law school:

Making the connection:

Social justice has always been at the top of my list of goals before law school, during law school and after law school. I feel more connected to my work when there is a clear social good coming from what I do.

Surviving law school:

I worked at and volunteered for public interest law firms all through law school.

Favorite website(s):

andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com -- an interesting and non ideological view on politics and current events.



nytimes.com -- news