Valerie J. Bogart
Director, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources

Valerie, Director of the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program (EFLRP), also directed the program at Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. from 2002 through its move to NYLAG in April 2013. EFLRP is a comprehensive legal services program that advocates for access to long-term care and other health care services for seniors and people with disabilities through a combination of direct representation, policy advocacy, professional legal education, and online resources through the website NYHealthAccess.org. Earlier, Valerie was a litigator and trainer on Medicaid long term care  for  the Legal Aid Society Brooklyn Office for the Aging and Legal Services for the Elderly in Manhattan (part of Legal Services-NYC) and was a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow at the Legal Aid Society in Minneapolis. She lectures and writes extensively for bar and social services organizations,  has taught adjunct courses at CUNY and Fordham law schools, and has received numerous awards, including the Lawyers who Lead by Example Award from the New York Law Journal (2012), the Felix A. Fishman Award for Extraordinary Advocacy from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (2011), the President’s Award from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (2010) and the Access to Justice Award of Project FAIR (2010). She is Co-Chair of the Medicaid Committee of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section, and served on the Board of Neighbors Together in Brooklyn. She received her law degree from the New York University School of Law.

Michael Connors
Staff Attorney, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program

Michael Connors is a Staff Attorney in the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program at the New York Legal Assistance Group. He represents low income New Yorkers in accessing and maintaining Medicare, Medicaid, and long term care services. Michael originally joined NYLAG in 2015 during his final semester of law school as a Pro Bono Scholar with the Tenants’ Rights Unit. The Pro Bono Scholar Program allowed him to devote his final semester of law school to eviction prevention for low income New Yorkers throughout New York City. Upon graduation from law school, Michael returned to NYLAG and the Tenants’ Rights Unit on a two-year Poverty Justice Solutions Fellowship before ultimately joining the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program in 2017. Michael is a graduate of CUNY School of Law and Boston College.

Sharline Dominguez
Paralegal, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program

Kelly Ann Murray
Senior Staff Attorney, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources

Kelly is a Senior Attorney in the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program. Before coming to NYLAG in January 2015, Kelly worked as a Community Health Advocate and Health Access Specialist at the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island and as a Staff Attorney at Nassau-Suffolk Law Services, where she represented clients affected by a cancer diagnosis. Prior to and while attending law school, Kelly worked in health care as a patient advocate in hospitals, educating and advocating for the patients’ rights. She is a graduate of Hofstra University School of Law where she earned a J.D. with an Honors Citation in Health Law. She also has a M.A. in Health Administration and a B.A. from Hofstra University.

Peter Travitsky
Senior Staff Attorney, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources

Peter joined NYLAG as a Staff Attorney in the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program in 2014 as a Borchard Fellow in Law & Aging. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2014, where he was an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellow. Prior to law school, he was a social worker with United Neighbors, a community-based non-profit organization providing case management services to frail, homebound seniors living on the East Side of Manhattan. While at NYLAG, he authored a Report – a National Survey on QMB Identification Practices on expanding access to the Medicare Savings Program, published by Justice in Aging. He presented this report at the annual ABA Conference on Law and Aging. Peter earned both a bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Social Work at New York University.

Rebecca A. Wallach
Supervising Attorney, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources

Rebecca represents low-income New Yorkers in accessing and maintaining Medicare, Medicaid, and long term care services. In 2012, she was awarded a two-year Skadden Fellowship, which supported her advocacy on behalf of “dual eligibles” — those who receive both Medicare and Medicaid. The fellowship was hosted at Selfhelp Community Services and NYLAG. Following her Skadden Fellowship, she was a law clerk for Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom in the Eastern District of New York. She returned to NYLAG in 2017 to continue her advocacy for dual eligibles and other vulnerable Medicaid recipients. Rebecca is a graduate of CUNY School of Law and Wellesley College.

Carol Walsh
Senior Paralegal, Evelyn Frank Legal Resources