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Doug Seidman

Doug Seidman served as a Staff Attorney, Supervising Attorney, and Attorney-in-Charge of The Chelsea Neighborhood Office and Acting-Attorney-in-Charge of the Harlem Neighborhood Office of the Civil Division of The Legal Aid Society from September 1975 through  December 2017. He worked for over four decades assisting and representing poor people (mostly women and their minor children) with their civil litigation in four New York boroughs (all except Queens) mainly in Housing Court and in advocacy for public assistance, Medicaid and Food Stamps (SNAP). He was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School from 1998 - 2013. He co-taught a clinical course in Housing Rights to give law students practical experience with real clients and real court cases in Housing Court and with New York City Housing Authority administrative termination hearings. Doug is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Italian, has a rudimentary knowledge of Arabic, Portuguese and French. Doug and his wife enjoy foreign travel and they have visited 102 countries to date. His other hobbies include doing family tree research and reading. Regarding his knowledge of Morocco, when he was 12, in 1964, his family spent two months visiting and, as an adult with his wife and children, visited in July 1999. As a HAF Board member, he has made two trips to HAF Board meetings in October 2018 and October 2019. Other Board service:  Member of the Board of Directors of his Housing Cooperative for more than 20 years and Member of the Board of Directors of his synagogue, The Shul of New York, for over 14 years. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University; a Juris Doctor from Antioch School of Law; and Master of Arts in Anthropology from The New School for Social Research.