Randal is NYLAG’s General Counsel. He provides legal support to the President, senior management team, and program directors on contract, personnel, real estate, and compliance issues. Randal is responsible for professional responsibility and legal ethics matters, and advises on corporate governance and compliance policies. He also oversees legal matters involving NYLAG as a party.
Randal served as Director of the General Legal Services Unit from 2003 until 2016, when that Unit was divided into three new Units: the Consumer Law Unit; the Public Benefits Unit; and the Tenants Rights’ Unit. During his tenure, the Unit grew to a staff of 80 attorneys, paralegals, and financial counselors. Randal continues to maintain managerial responsibility over NYLAG’s Mobile Legal Help Center, Financial Counseling Division, Justice at Work Project, Total Life Choices, and Legal Hand work.
Randal first joined NYLAG in 1998 as a staff attorney in the Special Litigation Unit, where he was counsel on several major class action cases concerning public assistance, food stamps, and Medicaid. Randal has taught Lawyering and Writing at Cardozo Law School and has published several articles on poverty law issues. He served on the Board of Project FAIR, a collaborative, New York City-based project working towards greater economic justice for low-income and homeless New Yorkers. Prior to coming to NYLAG, Randal was a pro se law clerk with the Second Circuit’s Staff Attorney’s Office and a Georgetown Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.