Unemployment Action Center (UAC)2014-2015 Board Members
Brian Pugh '15, Director
Jim Burbage '15, Treasurer
Stephanie Ray '15, Advisor
Location: Room LL-101, PIRC Student Group Office (Lower Level)
Fax Number: 212.636.7189
Working with UAC provides “students with the opportunity to have an impact on a government bureaucracy. You are not just a voice—you are actually getting people benefits” said Omri Flicker, ’07 a UAC board member and volunteer.
The UAC is the largest organization of its type in the country, and the only organization in New York devoted solely to providing legal assistance to people seeking to secure unemployment insurance benefits. In order to prepare advocates to represent claimants in this specialized area, the UAC has developed a comprehensive training program and training manuals which guide new advocates through the intake, interview, and representation process.
Claimants have been awarded benefits in approximately 60% of the cases in which they were represented by a UAC advocate. This is a truly remarkable statistic given the estimated city-wide average success rate of less than 30% for unrepresented claimants.
These figures demonstrate that legal assistance provided by the UAC makes a tremendous difference in the outcome of unemployment proceedings. With the assistance of the UAC, claimants are able to successfully navigate a complex bureaucratic system, and obtain crucial financial support.
The UAC has received numerous honors for its service to the New York community, including the New York State Bar Association President's Pro Bono Law Student Service Award, the New York University President's Service Award for Volunteerism and Community Service and special recognition by the New York University School of Law Public Interest Law Foundation. The UAC's efforts have been featured in The New York Times, The New York Law Journal and New York Newsday.
For more details visit the group's bulletin board located to the left of the PIRC office.