On December 5, Sarah Ludwig ’92 was awarded the Felix Fishman Award by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest in recognition of her career of community activism. Ludwig is the founder and executive director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP), a resource and advocacy group dedicated to the promotion of community economic justice and the elimination of discriminatory economic practices, and a founding member of New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, a NEDAP-coordinated coalition of civic organizations and neighborhood-based financial institutions that engages in policy reform advocacy for community asset-building throughout New York State. In addition to her community work, Ludwig is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, from which she received an M.U.P. degree in conjunction with her J.D. from the Law School.
"Sarah richly deserves this award," said Vicki Been, the director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy and the Elihu Root Professor of Law. "Under her leadership, NEDAP exposed the problem of predatory lending long before others recognized the problem, and has consistently been at the cutting edge of efforts to stop predatory practices and repair the neighborhoods devastated by predatory lending, and more broadly, by the foreclosure crisis."