eric kushman (mst, jd), staff attorney
Eric received his J.D. from CUNY School of Law where he was an active member of the Criminal Defense Clinic, Law Review and Moot Court. He was a founding member of the CUNY chapter of the Suspension Representation Project, fighting against suspensions as a tool to punish children who would be better served by remaining in school. While in law school he interned at Advocates For Children, the Juvenile Rights Practice of The Legal Aid Society, and Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. He was the recipient of the Charles H. Revson Public Interest Fellowship, the Kyle D. Jewell Memorial Fellowship for work with at-risk children, the Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship, and the CUNY LaunchPad for Justice Fellowship.
Before joining LCYC Eric worked for the Family Defense Practice of The Bronx Defenders. He represented parents accused of abuse or neglect of their children and counseled them through the complex child welfare system. He is experienced in abuse and neglect trials, termination of parental rights trials, emergency removal hearings, negotiations and lengthy motion practice.
Prior to The Bronx Defenders Eric was a Client Advocate and then Directing Attorney of Start Small Think Big, a nonprofit located in the South Bronx. He helped people in the Bronx fight against unfair tactics of consumer debt collectors. He also assisted low-income individuals with starting their small businesses.
Before law school Eric was a Special Education Middle School teacher and math curriculum designer in the Bronx for five years. Eric received his Masters of Sciences for Teachers (MST) from Pace University and his undergraduate Business Degree at William & Mary.