Denise Acron is a Senior Staff Attorney at Manhattan Legal Services where she practices in the Government Benefits Unit. In this role, she represents low income clients and litigates federal, state, and city cases concerning government benefits. Manhattan Legal Services, which is part of Legal Services NYC, the largest civil legal services provider in the country, fights poverty and seeks racial, social, and economic justice for low-income New Yorkers. Raised in San Diego, California, Denise graduated from Columbia University with honors and Wake Forest University School of Law.
One of her passions is volunteerism focused on youth and education. Currently, she serves as a legal instructor for Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), where she developed a legal mentoring class for high-potential underserved high school students from throughout the city, focused on the basic principles of law using an experiential, hands-on approach. Denise has served as a mentor with Legal Outreach, an organization that assists youth from underserved communities, achieve academic excellence. She also organizes the annual Legal Outreach internship program at her office.