The Chelsea Neighborhood Office of the Civil Division of The Legal Aid Society from September 1975 through December 2017. During that period he served as the Acting Attorney-in-Charge of the Harlem Neighborhood Office. He worked for over four decades assisting and representing poor people (mostly women and their minor children) with their civil litigation in four New York boroughs (all except Queens), mainly in Housing Court and in advocacy for public assistance, Medicaid, and Food Stamps (SNAP). He was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School from1998 - 2013. He co-taught a clinical course in Housing Rights to give law students practical experience with real clients and real court cases in Housing Court and with New York City Housing Authority administrative termination hearings.
Doug is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Italian, and has a rudimentary knowledge of Arabic, Portuguese and French. Doug and his wife enjoy foreign travel, and they have visited 101 countries to date. His other hobbies include doing family tree research, reading, and studying foreign languages. Regarding his knowledge of Morocco, when he was 12, in 1964, his family spent two months visiting, and as an adult with his wife and children, they visited in July 1999.
As a HAF Board member, he has made two trips to Morocco for HAF Board meetings in October 2018 and October 2019. Other Board service: Member of the Board of Directors of his Co-op for more than 20 years. Member of the Board of Directors of his synagogue The Shul of New York for over 14 years. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Juris Doctor, from Antioch School of Law, and a Master of Arts in Anthropology, from The New School for Social Research.