2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow, 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

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