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Kevin Perry

  • Hosted by Volunteers of Legal Services, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school Albany Law School
  • Issue area Community Economic Development/Microfinance and Related Transactional Legal Projects, Racial Justice
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Through the Northeast Brooklyn Legal Project (NBLP), Kevin (he/him/his) will provide transactional legal services and resources to underserved small business owners, which will stimulate small business enterprises in low-income communities.

The poverty-related challenges with the small business enterprise are not only systemic but have also left communities within Northeast Brooklyn (specifically Brownsville, East New York, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Myrtle, and Bedford-Stuyvesant—zip codes in Brooklyn with the highest poverty rates) economically stagnant. Within these zip codes, there are about 500,000 residents affected by the neighborhood’s poverty with less than 50 registered MWBE certified businesses. Thus, not only would this project provide needed business resources, but Kevin also serves to stimulate the growth of the communities’ economy.

Kevin grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, which motivates him to develop small business enterprise in economically stagnant communities in Northeast Brooklyn.

Fellowship Plans

Kevin will execute outreach by connecting with clients and community partners through virtual workshops as well as legal counsel and education. He will facilitate small business ownership training and establish a network of minority small business owners. To further meet the project’s goals, Kevin will also conduct a legal needs assessment within each of its target areas to determine community needs.

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Making Our Communities More Equitable

2021 Greenberg Traurig Equal Justice Works Law Fellows to Tackle Racial, Economic, and Social Justice Issues

Growing up in Northeast Brooklyn, all I could do is watch countless small businesses close, move, or fail to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Now as an attorney I have the tools necessary to make a valuable change to my community always needed.

Kevin Perry /
2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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