Eleanor LaRussa joined Empire Justice Center’s Rochester office in November 2022 as a Paralegal with the Disability Advocacy Program (DAP). She provides support to DAP unit’s attorneys and senior paralegals who advocate for individuals on SSI appeals before Administrative Law Judges and the Appeals Council. Ms. LaRussa is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies with a minor in African American studies. She has a rich advocacy background serving her communities, from work at the Senator’s Office in New York City, to teaching positions in the Rochester City School District. Eleanor is a student of life, a dancer at heart, and can be found in the kitchen baking vegan pastries in her free time.