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HUD No. 02-111
(202) 708-0685

For Release
October 11, 2002

Top Lawyers named for Agency's New York and Chicago Field Offices

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced the appointment of three senior management positions within the Office of General Counsel at HUD.

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) plays a vital role in helping the Department accomplish its mission of assuring decent and affordable housing, enabling all Americans to achieve homeownership, providing resources for communities to build strong neighborhoods, preventing homelessness, and enforcing fair housing laws. OGC attorneys provide legal opinions, advice and services with respect to all departmental programs and activities. A Regional Counsel serves as the chief legal officer for the region and is the senior legal advisor to the Regional Director and other agency staff.

The new appointees are:

  • Henry Czauski as Regional Counsel for the New York/New Jersey Region
  • Courtney Minor as Regional Counsel for the Midwest Region
  • Paula Lincoln as Assistant General Counsel for Ethics Law Division

Henry Czauski, the new Regional Counsel for HUD's New York/New Jersey Region, located in New York City, has been with the agency's Office of General Counsel since 1979. For the past four years he has served as Senior Attorney, overseeing OGC's five Enforcement Center satellite legal offices in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Fort Worth and Los Angeles. Czauski previously served as Chief Counsel for the New Jersey State Office; Chief Counsel for the Washington, DC, Field Office; Senior Attorney in the headquarters office of Assisted Housing and Community Development; and, Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Finance and Administrative Law. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Czauski holds a B.A. degree from Seton Hall University and a J.D. degree from Widener University School of Law.

Courtney Minor has been appointed the new Regional Counsel for the Midwest Region, located in Chicago. He is no stranger to housing issues, having served as Deputy General Counsel for the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) where he supervised a staff of 45 on matters of litigation, real estate development, employment, ethics, procurement and administrative law. Minor was previously a senior attorney on the staff of the CHA General Counsel, working on the purchase, sale and leasing of real estate, as well as CHA litigation. Before the CHA, he worked with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Resolution Trust Corporation negotiating multi-million dollar commercial loan restructurings, workouts and settlements. He also worked in private practice on real estate transactions and low-income housing. Minor is admitted to practice in Illinois. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds a J.D. and M.B.B from UCLA.

Paula Lincoln has been appointed Assistant General Counsel for the Ethics Law Division in the Office of Human Resources Law at HUD headquarters in Washington, DC. She's been with HUD for a year, originally hired as Deputy General Counsel for Ethics Law, but worked for 17 years prior as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor. She advised the Labor Department on numerous matters related to ethics, Freedom of Information Act matters, civil rights and federal employees' compensation. Lincoln is a graduate of American University and Howard University School of Law.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet.



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