Firm Secures Significant Victory for Pro Bono Client in Landmark Class Action Settlement

March 14, 2022

On Wednesday, March 9, the Firm secured a significant victory for our pro bono client, IntegrateNYC Inc. and a class of Black and Latinx New York City high school students, when the Patterson Belknap team, along with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), reached a final settlement agreement with the New York City Department of Education and The Public Schools Athletic League. The settlement will end policies that systemically denied Black and Latinx students access to the same athletic opportunities as students of other races and ethnicities. Previously, 17,000 New York City Black and Latinx public high school students had no sports teams at their public high schools. The settlement agreement will permit schools located near one another to play under one sports program, creating Shared Access Programs. This will provide access to far more sports for students from predominantly Black and Latinx schools.

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