Steve Fischbach works at Rhode Island Legal Services as a Supervising Attorney in the program’s Housing Law Center and Foreclosure Prevention Project. His legal experience spans a variety of racial justice issues, including environmental justice, community reinvestment and disinvestment, urban school reform, siting of low income housing and facilities for the homeless and preservation of public and subsidized housing units. His foreclosure related work includes drafting legislation preventing eviction of tenants and former homeowners who reside in foreclosed properties without just cause; and spearheading a study of all foreclosure related evictions filed in Rhode Island courts in 2008. Steve is also known for his environmental justice work which included litigation and development of policies related to the siting of schools relative to environmental hazards such as toxic waste sites; transactional work related to the establishment of a new environmental justice organization and grant writing to support community education and capacity building projects on environmental justice issues. Targeting the civil legal aid community in New Orleans, Steve helped create remote pro bono legal assistance projects to increase that community’s capacity to assist victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Steve has developed and led trainings on environmental justice, healthy housing, community lawyering and racial justice advocacy for legal services attorneys and is a frequent speaker at national conferences sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association and the National Housing Law Project. Further information about Steve’s environmental justice work can be found at http://www.equity.lsnc.net/2009/02/securing-environmental-justice-through-community-lawyering/
Steve is a graduate of Brandeis University and Boston University School of Law.