Daphne Schlick
Director, Consumer Protection

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Daphne is the Director of the Consumer Protection Unit. In this role, she oversees UJA Federation’s Connect to Care (C2C) Program, the Foreclosure Prevention Project, The Office of Financial Empowerment’s Debt Collection Project, and the Access to Justice of the NY State Courts’ Volunteer Lawyer For a Day Project (VLFD) in Bronx, Queens, and Richmond counties. She was formerly the Associate Director of the Consumer Protection Project within NYLAG’s General Legal Services unit. She is also a vocal public advocate for consumer economic justice and legislative change, both through local NYC coalition groups and a variety of community workshop presentations. Prior to joining NYLAG, Daphne practiced family law at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation legal services, representing victims of domestic violence in their orders of protection, custody, and visitation proceedings, as well as advocating for victims’ consumer rights. She also previously interned at NYLAG’s Family Law Unit. Throughout her career, Daphne has worked for a variety of government and non-profit agencies including the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, the Legal Aid Society, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Chicago Public Arts Group.

Marissa Meredyth
Staff Attorney, Consumer Protection

Anna Park
Staff Attorney, Consumer Protection

Anna is a staff attorney with NYLAG’s Consumer Protection Unit. She advises and advocates on behalf of low income New Yorkers who face identity theft, debt collection scams, credit reporting errors, struggles due to consumer and student loan debts, and other financial crises. She also assists with the Consumer Credit Volunteer Lawyer for a Day (VLFD) programs in the Bronx and Queens, whose volunteers represent defendants in court in consumer credit cases. Before joining NYLAG, Anna was a Brooklyn Law School postgraduate fellow in the Matrimonial and Family Law Unit at NYLAG. Anna graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2013, where she was a Charles H. Revson Fellow, an Equal Justice America Fellow, and a Sparer Fellow. During law school, she interned at various organizations including the Brooklyn Family Defense Project, the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, and Brooklyn Law School’s Employment Law Clinic.

Anna Platt
Paralegal, Consumer Protection

Sarah Rosenthal
Senior Staff Attorney, Consumer Protection

Sarah is a senior staff attorney with NYLAG’s Consumer Protection Unit, where she participates in the Volunteer Law For A Day (VLFD) Program in the Bronx and Queens. Through VLFD, Sarah represents pro se consumer debtors who have been sued by debt collectors. Sarah also advises clients on an array of consumer-related legal challenges, including bankruptcy and repairing credit histories.  Prior to joining the Consumer Protection Project, Sarah volunteered with NYLAG’s Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program . Sarah graduated cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2013 and received her B.A. from Oberlin College.

Shanna Tallarico
Supervising Attorney, Consumer Protection

Shanna is a Supervising Attorney in NYLAG’s Consumer Protection Unit serving clients facing an array of consumer-related legal challenges. As an attorney for NYLAG’s Consumer Protection Unit, Shanna represents vulnerable New Yorkers by fighting fraud, predatory lending, and illegal debt collection practices. Shanna focuses her litigation work on cases related to auto-fraud, private student loans, and affirmative consumer claims. Prior to joining NYLAG, Shanna clerked for the Honorable Christine O.C. Miller at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. and worked as an immigration attorney in New York. Shanna is a graduate of Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, summa cum laude, and she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Kevin Thomas
Staff Attorney, Consumer Protection

Kevin Thomas is the Coordinating Attorney for NYLAG’s Bronx Volunteer Lawyer for A Day – Consumer Protection located in the Bronx County Civil Court. This project matches volunteer attorneys and law students trained in consumer law with unrepresented defendants sued in particular types of consumer law matters. The volunteer lawyers provide limited-scope representation for the day of the defendants’ court appearance. Kevin supervises all volunteers and runs the project out of our Bronx Civil Court Office. Kevin is also a project attorney for the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE) project. Through this program, Kevin provides legal support, advice, and referrals to OFE financial counselors and assists clients with complex consumer financial issues. He serves on the Board of Trustees to Merrick Academy- Queens Public Charter School.

Prior to joining NYLAG, Kevin worked for the Senior Executive Counsel for General Electric Energy Division in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He has also worked as a civilian for the New York City Police Department and the Office of New York City Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. Kevin is a graduate of Western Michigan Cooley Law School, and he received his undergraduate from St. John’s University. Kevin is admitted to the State of New York, the Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York.

Stephen Wegman
Paralegal, Consumer Protection