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Susan C. Antos




            Susan has been a Staff Attorney in the Albany Office of the Empire Justice Center since 1989.  She provides advice, co-counseling and legal support and back-up on welfare issues, including day care and child support enforcement issues and the IV-D system, for 33 Legal Services Programs serving nearly 50 counties, as well as scores of community groups.  She chairs the upstate legal services welfare task force, conducts training on a wide variety of welfare issues, and serves as coordinator of the Legal Services Advisory Committees to the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.


            She is admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Courts, Northern and Western Districts of New York, and the United States Court Of Appeals, Second Circuit and has litigated many cases involving the constitutional rights of low income families, particularly Doe v. Wing, which found the residency requirements for welfare benefits to be unconstitutional, Broniszewski v. Perales and Schwartz v. Dolan, which held that welfare recipients receiving support collection services have the right to adequate notice regarding the support collected on their behalf and a right to review the manner in which it is distributed.  She has also litigated cases that have successfully upheld the employment rights of welfare recipients who have participated in workfare programs.


            Ms. Antos developed and currently oversees the fair hearing bank, an on-line library of welfare fair hearings that are available free of charge at the web site of the Empire Justice Center, www.empirejustice.org.


            She has served the New York State Child Care Coordinating Council as Board Member and Vice-President for over 10 years, and chaired the New York State Bar Association, Social Services Committee, 1996-2000.       


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