Current Wasserstein Fellows

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Below is the complete list of our 2013-2014 Wasserstein Fellows, as well as the dates they will be on campus.


Fall Term

Nisha Agarwal '06, October 30-31: Deputy Director for Immigrant and Civil Rights, Center for Popular Democracy, New York, NY 

Kevin Diaz, October 16-17: Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Portland, OR

Jon Greenbaum, November 13-14: Chief Counsel & Senior Deputy Director, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington D.C.

Eve Hill, October 2-3: Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington D.C.

Ingrid Johnson, October 3-4: Director, City of Newark Office of Reentry, Newark, New Jersey 

Marc Lindemann '01, September 24-25: Principal Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Riverhead, NY

Nancy Marks, November 6-7: Senior Attorney, National Resources Defense Council, Inc., New York, NY

John Nethercut '82, September 16-17: Executive Director, Public Justice Center, Baltimore, MD

Andrew Painter, October 8-10: Senior Protection Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Seann Riley, September 25-26: Deputy Director, The Bronx Defenders, The Bronx, NY

Carolyn Silver, October 17-18: Director of Legal Advocacy and Organizing, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, New York, NY

Param-Preet Singh, October 9-10: Senior Counsel, Human Rights Watch-International Justice Program, New York, NY

Jason Szanyi '08, October 17-18: Staff Attorney, Center for Children's Law and Policy, Washington D.C.

Spring Term

Eugene Benson, March 4-5: Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC), Boston, MA 

Karen Goldstein, March 6-7: Vice President and General Counsel, Vera Institute of Justice, New York, NY

Jessica Gonzalez, January 28-29: Vice President, Policy and Legal Affairs, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Los Angeles, CA

Sabrina Mahtani, March 12-13: Co-founder and Executive Director, AdvocAid, Sierra Leone 

Nora Preciado, February 11-12: Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles, CA


Nisha Agarwal '06: Deputy Director for Immigrant and Civil Rights, Center for Popular Democracy, New York, NY
Nisha Agarwal is the Deputy Director of the Center for Popular Democracy, a high-impact national organization that partners with the country's leading community organizing groups to build power and and advance a pro-immigrant, pro-worker, racial justice agenda at the state and local level. Nisha has helped to grow CPD from a founding staff of three to a current staff of 20 and a budget of over $2 million, with active projects in 28 states. Prior to joining CPD, Nisha was the Director of the Health Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), where she was a Skadden Fellow and led innovative campaigns to promote language rights, end segregation in hospitals, and address the closure of hospitals and health centers in low-income communities of color. Nisha has served on the boards of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Gotham Health Center, the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, and the South Asian Bar Association of New York. She is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School.

Eugene Benson: Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC), Boston, MA 
Gene Benson is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC), a small non-profit dedicated to preservation of wetlands, open space, and biological diversity through education and advocacy. Before moving to MACC, Gene was Legal Counsel and Director of the Environmental Justice Legal Services Program at Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) in Roxbury, MA, where he represented residents and coalitions in low income communities and communities of color throughout Massachusetts fighting to protect and improve the natural and built environments and public health in their neighborhoods. Gene’s earlier positions include: Associate General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel at Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Deputy General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare and Executive Director of Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services. Gene founded and was first Chief Attorney of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau office in Frederick, Maryland, that provided legal services in three rural counties. He started his legal career as staff attorney with the Prince George’s County Senior Citizens Law Project in Maryland. Gene is Adjunct Clinical Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, and is Adjunct Faculty at the Boston University Metropolitan College Graduate Program in City Planning and Urban Affairs. He was also the Givelber Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Public Interest Law at Northeastern University, where he taught a course in Environmental Justice Law.  He has written and presented on many topics, including environmental justice, transit equity, water pollution control, and regulation of fracking fluids. He was President of the Board of Trustees of The Food Project, President of the Board of Directors of the Mystic River Watershed Association, and Co-chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Boston Bar Association. Gene received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.Gene received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Kevin Diaz: Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Portland, OR
Kevin Díaz is the Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.  He joined the staff in 2010.  The ACLU of Oregon is a non-partisan organization that seeks to protect and promote civil liberties and civil rights guaranteed by the United States and Oregon constitutions.  The organization is widely known for its work protecting freedom of expression, religious liberty, LGBT rights, and reproductive freedom.  In addition to its traditional work, the ACLU of Oregon’s current strategic goals focus on the rights of immigrants, reform of the criminal justice system, and issues related to technology and privacy. In his role as Legal Director, Mr. Díaz supervises and directs all litigation on behalf of the affiliate.  He works with cooperating attorneys and staff throughout the country using an integrated advocacy model to advance the organization’s goals. Prior to joining the ACLU of Oregon, Mr. Díaz spent the first eight years of his career working with migrant and seasonal farm workers in Northwest Oregon and Central and Southwest Washington.  During that time he represented agricultural workers in minimum wage, housing, and contract disputes.  In addition, he vindicated the rights of victims of notario fraud and Latino youth who had been unlawfully disciplined at school.  He then spent the next six years working primarily with immigrant women survivors of domestic violence in contested custody cases.Throughout his career Mr. Díaz has been involved in a variety of professional and civic activities.  He is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Washington Leadership Institute, served as President of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, and since 2008 has served on the governor appointed Oregon Law Enforcement Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee. Mr. Díaz is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and spent both law school summers working on the Olympic Peninsula on behalf of secondary forestry workers and tree planters; one of which as a Goldmark Equal Justice Intern.  He graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.

Karen Goldstein: Vice President and General Counsel, Vera Institute of Justice, New York, NY
Karen Goldstein is General Counsel and Vice President of Vera. Between May and August of 2013 she also served as Vera’s Interim Director.  Karen joined Vera in 2000, and together with the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Program Officer and Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of the Institute.  In addition to supervising Vera's legal department, she manages Vera's demonstration projects and guides them through the spin-off process that makes them independent organizations. She also manages Vera’s fiscal sponsorship program, and participates in the criminal justice reform projects that are implemented by Vera’s New Orleans office. Prior to joining Vera, Karen served as General Counsel for the New York City Department of Homeless Services and as General Counsel to Miracle Makers, Inc., a community-based nonprofit corporation in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She has also assisted the Hon. Kathryn McDonald in the administration of the Family Courts; served as Deputy General Counsel to the New York City Human Resources Administration; worked as a trial attorney for the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division; and served as a senior supervising attorney for the Society's Criminal Appeals Bureau. Karen is the coauthor of The Vera Institute of Justice Spin-off Tool Kit and is a member of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee's Government Relations Committee. She has a JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Jessica Gonzalez: Vice President, Policy and Legal Affairs, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Los Angeles, CA
Jessica J. Gonzalez is National Hispanic Media Coalition’s (NHMC) Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs. NHMC is a media advocacy and civil rights organization created to advance Latino employment and programming equity in the media industry and to scrutinize and opine on the impact of media and telecommunications policies on Latinos and other people of color. Jessica leads NHMC's legal and policy advocacy and has developed and oversees it's legal internship program.  Jessica has testified before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and in Congress, and has been interviewed on television and radio. Additionally, she played an instrumental role in drafting the historic Memorandum of Understanding between Comcast Corporation and leading national Latino leadership organizations. Before joining NHMC, Jessica was a staff attorney and clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Public Representation (IPR). At IPR Jessica represented consumer, civil rights and public interest organizations before the FCC, the NTIA and in the Courts of Appeal. In law school, Jessica clerked at the Media Access Project in Washington, DC, and prior to law school she was a public high school teacher in Los Angeles, California. Jessica earned a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Georgetown Law, a JD from Southwestern Law School, where she worked on the Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas and the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law, and a BA in Communication Studies and Spanish from Loyola Marymount University. She is licensed to practice law in California and the District of Columbia. Jessica serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda. She also sits on the FCC's Diversity and Open Internet advisory committees.

Jon Greenbaum: Chief Counsel & Senior Deputy Director, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington D.C.
Jon Greenbaum is the chief counsel and senior deputy director for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under Law where he is responsible for managing the Committee's efforts to seek racial justice.  Greenbaum oversees the Committee's Legal Projects: Community Development; Educational Opportunities; Employment Discrimination; Fair Housing & Fair Lending; Voting Rights; and Legal Mobilization.  From December 2003 to January 2010, Greenbaum served as the director of the Committee's Voting Rights Project, where he led its program to achieve equality and protect advances in voting rights for racial and ethnic minorities and other traditionally disfranchised groups.  Greenbaum has successfully litigated numerous cases in the federal courts.  Notable cases in which he has played a major role include Shelby County v. Holder (defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act), the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, Inc., et al v. Maryland Higher Education Commission et al (desegregation challenge to Maryland's higher education system); Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (challenge to Arizona's documentation of citizenship requirement for voter registration applicants); and League of Women Voters v. Brunner (constitutional challenge to Ohio's administration of elections).  In addition, he has testified before Congress, state legislatures and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  He is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining the Lawyers' Committee in 2003, he served as senior trial attorney in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1997-2003.  From 1993-1996, he was a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Dewey Ballantine LLP. Greenbaum received his law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993 and his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989.

Eve Hill: Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington D.C.
Eve Hill is a nationally known expert on disability rights law.  Ms. Hill is Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she is responsible for oversight of the Division’s disability rights enforcement.  Ms. Hill was previously Of Counsel with the law firm of Brown Goldstein & Levy, where she participated in the firm’s disability rights practice.  Prior to joining Brown Goldstein & Levy, Ms. Hill was Senior Vice President of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University (in the Washington, DC office), where she was responsible for the Institute’s disability civil rights work. Previously, Ms. Hill was the founding Director of the Washington DC Office of Disability Rights, a Cabinet-level DC government agency dedicated to improving access for people with disabilities to government programs.  Prior to joining the District, Ms. Hill was Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles.  She was also a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School.  Ms. Hill is the co-author of a treatise and a casebook on “Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy”.  

Ingrid Johnson: Director of Reentry Initiatives, City of Newark, Office of Reentry, Newark, NJ
As Director of Reentry Initiatives, Ingrid Johnson oversees Mayor Cory A. Booker’s nationally recognized, award‐winning prisoner reentry initiatives and is charged with developing policy-driven programs to improve outcomes in employment attachment and recidivism among formerly incarcerated and at-risk individuals. The programs have served nearly 2000 individuals through individualized case management and a "rapid-attachment-to-work" model. This outcomes-driven approach, combined with the success in employment rates and decreases in recidivism rates of the participants, have earned Newark’s reentry programs national recognition. The results have included the placement of more than 1200 participants in unsubsidized jobs and a double-digit reduction in recidivism among participants.  Prior to joining Newark’s Office of Reentry, she was Supervising Attorney with Legal Services of New Jersey where she managed two statewide programs, the Workers’ Legal Rights and Prisoner Reentry projects, focused on matters related to employment law, farm worker rights, wage theft, discrimination and other matters affecting vulnerable workers including immigrants, refugees, trafficking victims and formerly incarcerated individuals. In that capacity, she supervised more than a dozen attorneys and five paralegals working on more than 600 active cases. Before joining Legal Services of New Jersey, she was in private practice with Podvey Meanor, PC, where she litigated cases involving claims of race and gender discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act violations and wrongful termination. She was also a Senior Associate with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and she clerked for Justice Gary Stein of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Ms. Johnson’s current office was recognized as a "Bright Idea" by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government/Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation in 2012. This award recognized exemplary models of government innovation. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Rutgers Law School.

Marc Lindemann '01: Principal Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Riverhead, NY
Marc Lindemann is a Principal Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, New York, where he has worked for the past six years.  As part of the Office’s Economic Crime Bureau, he has served as the lead prosecutor in multiple felony trials and investigations including a 2010 fraud investigation that resulted in 16 indictments, and a 2011 fraud case resulting in 47 indictments.  Mr. Lindemann’s current cases involve investment scams, identity theft, Ponzi schemes, forgeries, “paper terrorism,” embezzlement, and mortgage fraud. Mr. Lindemann clerked for the Hon. Barrington D. Parker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and worked as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 2003.  He served in the U.S. Army for four years, leading a platoon during a 2005-2006 deployment to Iraq.  He has left active duty, and has since served in the New York Army National Guard as a major. Mr. Lindemann holds a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  While at Harvard, he served as an undergraduate teaching fellow, earning the Harvard University Distinction in Teaching Award for two years in a row.  After graduation, he served as a Samuel J. Heyman Fellow. He has also authored several articles for publication, covering topics such as civilian contractors under military law and the 2006 Lebanon War. He has also appeared as a guest speaker at Yale University, Harvard Law School, and Wofford College.

Sabrina Mahtani: Co-founder and Executive Director, AdvocAid, Sierra Leone
Sabrina Mahtani is a British-Zambian lawyer who has worked on human rights projects in Sierra Leone since 2005. As the Co-founder and Executive Director of AdvocAid, she works to support access to justice and strengthen rights for women in the criminal justice system in Sierra Leone. Founded in 2006, AdvocAid seeks justice, education and reintegration for female detainees and their children while empowering them as active citizens through the provision of legal aid, education, welfare and post-prison support. It also focuses on longer-term change through capacity building and advocacy projects. AdvocAid has provided legal assistance to over 800 women including the release of 4 women who were on death row. They were nominated for an Innovating Justice Award for their legal education TV series, Police Case. In 2008, Ms. Mahtani was named the winner of the Trainee Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award at the Law Society Junior Lawyers Awards. In 2011, she was selected by One World Action for their list of 100 Women: The Powerful (Unseen) Women Who Change the World. Prior to her work at AdvocAid, she served as a trainee solicitor with Fischer Meredith Solicitors in London, where she specialized in police and prison law while also researching child survival laws in Sierra Leone and criminal justice systems for International Bridges to Justice. Ms. Mahtani has also worked with the Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Programme, the Special Court for Sierra Leone as a member of the Kallon Defence Team, and the Lawyers Centre for Legal Assistance in Sierra Leone. She held legal internships in Zambia and Tanzania before beginning her advocacy work in Sierra Leone. Ms. Mahtani attended University College, London, where she received her Law and History degree with upper-second class honors. She received her L.L.M. from the New York University School of Law and recently participated in the Human Rights Advocates Program at Columbia University. She is a regular contributor to New Internationalist and has authored several research and advocacy reports and journal articles.

Nancy Marks '83: Senior Attorney, National Resources Defense Council, Inc., New York, NY
Nancy S. Marks is a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., a public-interest environmental advocacy organization, in its New York City office. Working as a member of NRDC’s litigation team, she specializes in citizen enforcement litigation under federal environmental statutes. Ms. Marks has brought dozens of cases against major industrial polluters throughout the country, as well as against federal and state agencies that violate environmental laws. She is also co-director of NRDC’s environmental law clinic with the New York University School of Law. Before coming to NRDC in 1986, Ms. Marks spent two years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. Prior to that, she was a legal fellow in NRDC's San Francisco office. Ms. Marks earned her J.D. in 1983 from Harvard Law School. Ms. Marks also holds an M.S. in geology from Stanford University (1979), where she specialized in marine geology, and a B.A. in geology from Williams College (1976). She is admitted to state and federal bars in New York and Massachusetts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and the First, Second, Third, Sixth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits.

John Nethercut '82: Executive Director, Public Justice Center, Baltimore, MD
John Nethercut joined the PJC as the Executive Director in 2002. In addition to program direction, fund raising, public relations, and administrative duties, Mr. Nethercut’s substantive contribution to PJC’s work is in the Tenant Advocacy Project and in directing its legislative advocacy.  Notable achievements included founding the Rental Housing Coalition in 2004 and the Tenants in Foreclosure Initiative in 2008. Mr. Nethercut serves on Maryland’s Access to Justice Commission and the board of the Francis D. Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellowship. He was a member of the commission that formed Baltimore City’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.  Mr. Nethercut is a 2005 graduate of the Leadership, Baltimore City's regional leadership training program, and a 2008 Weinberg Fellow, an executive director training institute. He received an award from the Weinberg Fellowship in 2010 for outstanding leadership in nonprofit management. Prior to joining the PJC, Mr. Nethercut served for 14 years as Deputy Chief of the Consumer Protection Division, Office of Attorney General of Maryland, where he led complex litigation involving consumer fraud, appeals, legislation, and media and community relations.  Government service was preceded by 7 years in legal aid organizations in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and upstate New York, where he represented farm workers, employees, tenants and tenant unions, and community organizations.  The root cause of this life time in social justice advocacy began in 1975 in Los Angeles, where Mr. Nethercut was a boycott organizer for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. Mr. Nethercut was raised in northern Michigan, and then received a B.A. in 1978 in Anthropology/Sociology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. His anthropology field study was with a Zapotecan village in Oaxaca, Mexico. Mr. Nethercut graduated from Harvard Law School in 1982.

Andrew Painter: Senior Protection Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Andrew Painter is the Senior Protection Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Ethiopia. With over 400,000 refugees in the country, primarily from Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan and South Sudan, Ethiopia is the second-largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. As Senior Protection Officer, Andrew provides legal and policy support to UNHCR field operations in the country and technical advice and guidance to the Government of Ethiopia.  Andrew joined UNHCR in 1997, first serving as a Legal Counselor and then Senior Legal Counselor at the UNHCR regional office in Washington, DC, addressing refugee protection issues in the United States and the Caribbean.  He then worked at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, as Senior Refugee Status Determination Officer (Exclusion) at the Division of International Protections, and then as Senior Policy Officer with the Africa Bureau.   Prior to joining UNHCR, Andrew worked for the litigation department of the Boston firm Hill & Barlow.  Andrew received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1995, where he was a Fellow with the Center for International Studies, and a Masters degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1996, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law.  He received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College.

Nora Preciado: Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles, CA
Nora Preciado is a litigator at the National Immigration Law Center. Her docket currently includes cases challenging anti-immigrant state laws enacted by various states across the U.S. as well as the Arizona governor’s decision to deny driver’s licenses to immigrant youth granted deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Ms. Preciado has also litigated cases related to large-scale immigration raids, day laborers’ free-speech rights, and access-to-counsel issues. She has deep expertise in the intersection of employment and immigration law as well as detention issues. Before joining NILC, Ms. Preciado was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Orange County office of the ACLU of Southern California, where she litigated cases dealing with immigrants' rights issues and conducted extensive community outreach and education. She then joined the ACLU/SC's Los Angeles office, where she focused on immigration detention litigation and advocacy regarding conditions of detention. Ms. Preciado is currently a Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellowship for a New California fellow. She was an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School from 2009 to 2012 and has been selected as a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School for 2013-14. Ms. Preciado holds a juris doctor degree from UC Berkeley Law.

Seann Riley: Deputy Director, The Bronx Defenders, The Bronx, NY
Seann Patrick Riley is the Deputy Director of The Bronx Defenders, a public defender office nationally recognized for pioneering holistic representation.  He joined The Bronx Defenders in 2004 as a staff attorney, and represented clients in misdemeanor and felony matters.  In 2006, he became the Team Leader for the Training Team, responsible for training and supervising new attorneys in their first year of practice.  Seann trained and supervised the first Inter-disciplinary Training Team at The Bronx Defenders, and created the first interdisciplinary training for new lawyers.  Seann graduated from Tulane Law School in 2002, where he was the recipient of Tulane University’s Outstanding Leadership and Service Award for two consecutive years.   While at Tulane Law School, Seann created a Street Law Program, bringing law students into inner-city public schools to teach students their constitutional rights.  Following law school, Seann was an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he represented clients in D.C. Superior Court, as well as supervised third year law students in the Criminal Justice Clinic.  In 2005, he received an LLM in Trial Advocacy from The Georgetown Law Center.  Seann is a faculty member with The Southern Public Defender Training Center and has been an adjunct professor at both Fordham and Seton Hall Law Schools.  Since 2005, He has been on the Advisory Board for Bronx Community Solutions, a Center for Court Innovation program in New York City.  Each year Seann assists with the selection of JK Watson Fellows, a program assisting inner city college students attending NYC colleges with their professional ambitions.  Seann received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1995 and earned his Masters in Social Work from The University of Michigan in 1999.

Carolyn Silver: Director of Legal Advocacy and Organizing, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, New York, NY
Carolyn Silver is the Director of Legal Advocacy & Organizing at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a Settlement House that provides an extensive array of human services that work to significantly improve the lives of 20,000 people in need each year, ages 3 to 103, on the East Side of Manhattan.   As Director of Legal Advocacy & Organizing, Carolyn coordinates the legal services and community education provided by her nine person staff.  Since joining Lenox Hill Neighborhood House as the Director of Legal Advocacy & Organizing in 2005, Carolyn has expanded the breadth and depth of the legal services provided by her department, which now provides holistic civil legal services to more than 2,000 low-income individuals and families each year in areas such as housing, access to health care, government benefits, employment law, and advance directives.  After graduating from law school, Carolyn clerked for the Honorable Andre' M. Davis in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.  She then received a fellowship to expand the housing advocacy project at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, where she represented people living with HIV/AIDS.  Prior to joining Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Carolyn was an associate at Steel Bellman Ritz & Clark P.C., (now Ritz, Clark & Ben Asher) a small civil rights law firm in New York City where she represented employees in employment discrimination matters.  Carolyn graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1995 and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1998 where she was a member of the Order of the Coif, Senior Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and recipient of the Henry Meachem Public Service Award.  She was recently awarded the Felix A. Fishman Award by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest for outstanding advocacy on behalf of underserved New Yorkers.

Param-Preet Singh: Senior Counsel, Human Rights Watch-International Justice Program, New York, NY
Param-Preet Singh is senior counsel in Human Rights Watch’s International Justice Program. She conducts research and engages in advocacy with policy makers and the media aimed at strengthening the ability and willingness of post-conflict governments to prosecute suspected perpetrators of serious international crimes in proceedings that are independent, impartial, and fair. She has conducted on-the-ground fact-finding missions and authored reports on justice issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Côte d’Ivoire, as well as on legal and policy issues concerning the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Singh served as a legal officer in the Department of Justice of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) where she helped develop criminal law policies in a number of areas, including extradition and the transfer of sentenced persons. Prior to her work with UNMIK, Ms. Singh was a lawyer with the Federal Department of Justice in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta and McGill Law School.

Jason Szanyi '08: Staff Attorney, Center for Children's Law and Policy, Washington D.C.
Jason Szanyi is a staff attorney at the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP), where he works with juvenile justice systems across the country to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, increase alternatives to incarceration, and improve conditions of confinement in juvenile facilities. Jason regularly travels throughout the country to provide on-site long-term technical assistance to jurisdictions implementing systems change in addition to engaging in research, writing, and legislative and administrative advocacy. His recent work includes partnering with Connecticut officials on strategies to address the school-to-prison pipeline, which has helped lead to an 80% reduction in arrests of students in Hartford’s public schools. Jason joined CCLP in 2009 upon receiving a Skadden Fellowship, which funds two years of legal advocacy to improve the lives of the poor and those deprived of their civil and human rights. As a Skadden Fellow, he worked at CCLP and at the District of Columbia Public Defender Service’s Juvenile Services Program, representing detained and incarcerated youth in a variety of legal proceedings and engaging in policy advocacy for children in the juvenile justice system. Prior to joining CCLP, Jason attended Harvard Law School, where he worked with the Government of India’s National Commission on the Protection of Child Rights on reforms to its juvenile justice system as part of the law school’s Child Advocacy Program. Jason has lectured on youth and the juvenile justice system at several schools, including Georgetown University, American University’s Washington College of Law, the George Washington University Law School, and Harvard Law School. He has also served on the Skadden Fellowship Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Jason holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Northwestern University and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

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