Rebekah Diller joins Cardozo from the Brennan Center at New York University, where she was Deputy Director of the Justice Program and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law. At the Brennan Center, Diller spearheaded research, advocacy and litigation to expand access to justice for low-income families. Her work included a successful campaign in Congress to remove a restriction on federally funded legal services attorneys, co-authoring several groundbreaking reports on court fees and debtor's prison, and litigation against unconstitutional conditions on federal grant programs. Previously, she was as an attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union, Housing Works and Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens.
A magna cum laude graduate of NYU Law School where she was also an Arthur Garfield Hays fellow, Diller brings a wealth of experience waging campaigns to improve the justice system. She has testified before committees in both houses of Congress and her work has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek and many other outlets.
The Guardianship Clinic represents clients in all aspects of adult guardianship proceedings and advocates for more accessibility and accountability within the guardianship system. Students represent family members seeking to become guardians as well as persons under guardianship. They also develop standards to monitor court-appointed guardians and conduct public education to help families navigate their court-imposed reporting and other requirements.
Students who work in the clinic also assist clients with related legal needs, such as eviction defense, medical and other public benefits, and estate planning. After completion of the clinic, students are certified as eligible to apply for court appointments as guardians and court evaluators.