Paula Z. Segal is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Equitable Neighborhoods practice.
Prior to joining the TakeRoot Justice team, Paula was the founding director of 596 Acres, Inc., NYC’s community land access advocacy organization, where she developed programs to make public land available for public use and to protect charity-owned properties from foreclosure and eviction.
She is an Ashoka Fellow recognized for building the field of community land access advocacy. Paula has practiced civil rights and freedom of information law at Rankin & Taylor, been a Fellow at the Fordham Urban Law Center and a Supervising Attorney in Fordham’s Community Economic Development Clinic, and was an attorney in the Staten Island Legal Services Disaster Recovery unit after Superstorm Sandy.
Before law school, she taught English to immigrants and refugees at the City University of New York. She graduated from City University of New York (CUNY) Law School and Brown University. Paula came to the United States of America as a refugee in 1985.