CUNY Counsel Elected
Legal Aid Society Chair
P. Schaffer, the University's General Counsel and Vice
Chancellor for Legal Affairs, was elected Chairman of the
125-year-old Legal Aid Society of New York in January. He
will serve a two-year term in the voluntary position.
Schafferwho arrived at CUNY in June 2000 after serving
as a litigator for New York City's Corporation Counsel and
an as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District
of New Yorkwill be leading the nation's oldest and largest
legal services organization.
The Society is also the largest legal employer in the metropolitan
area, with a $125 million annual budget and 900 attorneys
on staff who typically deal with 300,000 cases a year. Its
clients include homeless families, welfare recipients, foster
children, the elderly poor, and Rikers Island inmates and