Angela Ni

  • Hosted by Urban Justice Center
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school The University of Michigan Law School
  • Issue area Community Economic Development/Microfinance and Related Transactional Legal Projects
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Angela provides transactional legal assistance, outreach, and training to low-income immigrant street entrepreneurs in New York City.

There are more than 20,000 street vendors in New York City. While navigating the complex legal landscape of vending in New York City, these street entrepreneurs also face a myriad of transactional legal issues that are essential to their growth. Their low-income and immigrant background often limits their access to quality transactional legal assistance to address these hurdles to growth.

Fellowship Highlights

In the first year, Angela has:

  • Represented 57 street entrepreneurs in their transactional legal matters, ranging from state and federal tax issues to compliance.
  • Gave 36 financial literacy individual consultations and group workshops on concepts concerning credit, taxes, and risk management.
  • Counseled a newly formed women street vendors cooperative in matters related to compliance with various street fair rules and city provisions.
  • Conducted direct outreach to street entrepreneurs all over New York City.
  • Testified at a New York City Council Committee hearing in opposition of proposed street vending prohibitions on behalf of street vendors working in a predominately Chinese neighborhood.

What’s Next

In the next year, Angela plans to:

  • Continue providing direct representation to street entrepreneurs in need of transactional legal assistance.
  • Research, draft, and translate a basic guide for street entrepreneurs on relevant considerations for business expansion.
  • Create a referral pipeline between this project and other service providers such as microloan organizations and neighborhood small business development centers located in the five boroughs.
  • Continue building relationships with partner organizations that seeks to advance the agenda of small businesses in New York.

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