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César Torres

Executive Director

César Torres has served as Executive Director of the Northwest Justice Project since the Fall of 2006. He earned his J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. from Yale University. He has dedicated his legal career to the cause of equal justice. During law school he clerked for the Legal Aid Society (civil) in New York and served in an externship at the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington D.C. Immediately after law school he became  a staff attorney at Hudson County Legal Services (1985-1989). Thereafter, he worked at Essex Newark Legal Services, Newark, NJ, where he took over as Managing Attorney for that program’s Housing & Income Maintenance Unit (1989 – 2006). He was named ENLS Deputy Director beginning in 1998, a position he held until his departure in 2006. Beginning in 2003 he litigated and supervised a Predatory Lending Practices Project.  Throughout his tenure at ENLS, he provided statewide training on federally subsidized housing programs. Mr. Torres’s advocacy efforts have focused on representation of low income residents of Essex County New Jersey combining litigation with community struggles to limit the loss of federally assisted and affordable private housing, Hope VI and Mark-to-Market housing programs, including significant state appellate advocacy experience.