Gina M. Calabrese
J.D., Fordham University.
Professor Gina Calabrese joined the St. John's faculty in 2001. After graduation from law school, Professor Calabrese was an associate with the Los Angeles law firm of Adams, Duque & Hazeltine, where, in addition to representing the firm’s corporate clients, she represented children in a number of pro bono matters. She later headed the Litigation Department of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, a California consumer advocacy group. During her five years at the Foundation (1994-1999), she won significant courtroom, regulatory, and legislative victories for consumers in the area of fair insurance rates and practices. She previously taught in Hofstra Law School’s Housing Rights Clinic and in Brooklyn Law School’s Elder Law Clinic.
Professor Calabrese is widely recognized for her professional and scholarly achievements. Her co-authored article "Teaching Professionalism in Context: Insights from Students, Clients, Adversaries, and Judges," was published in the South Carolina Law Review. She has been active in efforts to protect consumers entangled in debt litigation, which has increased substantially in New York City and throughout the country. She was a leader in advocating for the passage of New York’s Exempt Income Protection Act, which protects Social Security and other judgment-exempt funds from garnishment. Her article about the Act was orgininally published in the Empire Justice Center’s electronic Legal Services Journal. Professor Calabrese is also a frequent speaker on consumer debt and clinical education issues and has testified at local, state, and federal hearings on debt collection matter.