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Kyla Moore

2016, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Kyla Moore

Kyla Moore

Name of Host Organization: Start Small Think Big
City, State: Bronx, New York
Issue area: Community/Economic Development
Sponsors: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

The Project

Create a self-sustaining mobile Legal Pit Stop program ensuring low- to moderate-income minority/women-owned New York City businesses access to transactional legal services from within their own communities.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Overall, more than 45 percent of New Yorkers live at or near poverty. Starting a business is a key way for individuals to achieve financial stability, particularly in inner-city communities where small businesses make up 99 percent of all establishments and 80 percent of jobs. Unfortunately, lack of access to affordable and high-quality legal assistance is one of the most significant challenges faced by low-income entrepreneurs.
The Right Person For This Project

Kyla is the right person for the project because:
• She facilitated meetings and spearheaded initiatives, connecting community representatives to ensure sustainable partnerships as CORO Fellow in Public Affairs
• During law school she represented low-income entrepreneurs and community businesses as a student attorney in the Community Economic Development Clinic