Photo of Keith Hoffman

Keith Hoffmann

  • Hosted by New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
  • Sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school Fordham University School of Law
  • Issue area Medical-Legal Partnership, Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2014
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Keith expanded medical-legal partnerships at Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers in the Bronx and Manhattan. He represented veterans in a broad variety of areas, including eviction defense, ADA, employment, discharge upgrade, and VA benefits cases. He also built coalitions to advocate for legislative change and investigate cases for impact litigation.

Fellowship Highlights

Through his Equal Justice Works Fellowship Keith was able to open new legal clinics serving hundreds of veterans in New York’s VA medical centers. For example, Keith successfully represented a veteran facing mental health challenges in an appeal for a discharge upgrade before the Army Discharge Review Board; reached a favorable settlement on behalf of a Vietnam Veteran tenant and his co-tenants with a large New York developer for a reasonable accommodation of a handicapped-accessible ramp valued at more than $250,000; defended veterans facing eviction in New York’s landlord-tenant courts; and through appeals on behalf of his clients obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in wrongfully-denied VA benefits. He also founded and edited the New York City Veteran’s Legal Guide, a comprehensive resource for veterans facing legal challenges, and established the Legal Stand Down know-your-rights series that provided trainings for nearly one thousand veterans and VA hospital staff on various legal issues. Finally, Keith engaged in legislative advocacy at both the state and federal levels and collaborated with Latham & Watkins’ pro bono attorneys on various matters involving veteran clients.

Next Steps

After his Fellowship, Keith became a Staff Attorney, and then the Coordinating Attorney, for LegalHealth’s Veterans Initiative. As Coordinating Attorney he oversaw the further expansion of VA medical-legal partnership clinics in the Bronx, Manhattan, and on Long Island. Keith and the LegalHealth Veterans’ Initiative team of five attorneys, including 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow Samantha Kubek, opened the nation’s first women veterans’ legal clinic, along with legal clinics for elderly veterans and post-9/11 veterans.

After leaving LegalHealth Keith moved to his home state of Rhode Island, where he became the Civil Rights Advocate in the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General. As the Civil Rights Advocate Keith oversees the civil and community rights work of the Attorney General’s Civil Division, including housing, consumer finance, education, and election-related matters. As a member of the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Team, he also prosecutes hate crimes and reviews police misconduct cases.

Meet Other Fellows Like Keith

View All

Sara Huffman

Host: Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors (MLPS)

Sponsor: Latham & Watkins LLP, PG&E Corporation

Johnathan Silva

Host: Lone Star Legal Aid

Sponsor: Texas Access to Justice Foundation

Erin Sutton

Host: LAF

Sponsor: Discover Financial Services, Mayer Brown LLP

Devin Bissman

Host: Swords to Plowshares

Sponsor: Bill Brockett Public Interest Fellowship