Community Involvement

The 9/11 Project of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest ("NYLPI")

The 9/11 Project was established to provide representation to the families of 70 union member workers who died at the World Trade Center. Robert S. Schachter and Joseph Lipofsky headed a team of attorneys and paralegals from Zwerling Schachter that represented victims’ families throughout the process that culminated in hearings before the Victims Compensation Fund. Our team, working closely with the other NYLPI firms and Local 32BJ (SEIU), developed arguments and evidence that resulted in enhanced compensation awards for the families we represented. Zwerling Schachter's efforts were recognized by the American Lawyer.

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The Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice

Joseph Lipofsky, Esq. serves on the Board of The Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice (the “Center”) a national non-profit, public-interest law center, headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, and currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors. The Center is dedicated to providing legal support and advocacy for working people and their communities. The Center works for economic and social justice by binding corporations and government to their legal and moral responsibilities. The Center’s projects seek to raise the bar for corporate conduct and to ensure enforcement of federal, state and local laws governing corporate behavior. For more than 18 years, the Center has stood in the national forefront on behalf of displaced workers, low-income communities, and the working poor. The underlying principle that drives the Center’s work is the belief that economic rights and civil rights are inseparable. The Center has been consulted by governmental bodies seeking advice as they enact protections for workers and community members.

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A

Joseph Lipofsky, Esq. serves as a Board Member of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A ("Brooklyn A"). The purpose, since its founding in 1967, continues to be the provision of high-quality legal assistance to low-income individuals and community groups in North and East Brooklyn. Brooklyn A views legal assistance in terms of community development, education, and mobilization, as well as traditional representation. To that end, Brooklyn A partners with, and provides legal services to, effective local grassroots organizations that have a demonstrated commitment to our common goal of social and economic justice.

Nassau County Comptrollers' Roundtable

From 2006 through the end of 2009, Robert S. Schachter, Esq. sat at the Nassau County Comptroller's Roundtable (the "Roundtable").  The Roundtable met several times a year to discuss issues facing Nassau County, including business development, governmental services, development and other areas affecting one of the country's largest suburban counties.