Rosevelie Márquez Morales is the East Coast Diversity Director at Sidley Austin LLP. She was formerly a partner and litigator at Harris Beach PLLC. Ms. Márquez Morales serves as General Counsel to the Hispanic National Bar Association, Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, Chair of DRI’s Diversity Committee and Chair of ASPIRA of New York, a youth development organization. Ms. Márquez Morales is Past President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Women’s Foundation and Long Island American Heart Association. Ms. Márquez Morales is a frequent presenter and author on leadership and diversity in the legal profession and has received numerous recognitions for her work in these areas. She is a graduate of Fordham School of Law and Barnard College of Columbia University. She is the proud mother of Savannah Rose and Delilah Sage.
Colleen Kelly Faherty
Vice President, Law School Division
Colleen Kelly Faherty is an Assistant Attorney General in the litigation bureau for the State of New York Office of the Attorney General. Prior to joining the AG’s Office, Colleen was a criminal defense attorney at the boutique defense firm, Fischetti & Malgieri LLP, handling white collar cases in the federal and state courts. She also served as law clerk to the Hon. Frederic Block, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. In 2012, Colleen was offered through the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program an internship placement with the Hon. Jack B. Weinstain, in the Eastern District of New York. She has remained actively involved with the JMBJIP and subsequently the SCSJIP, to support both organizations’ goals of promoting diversity in the legal profession. Colleen received a dual bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in the Program of Liberal Studies and Fine Arts, and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was Student Bar Association President and an executive member of the Dispute Resolution Society.
Celina Cabán Gandhi
Founder & Vice President, High School Division
Celina Cabán Gandhi is the Founder and High School Division Vice President of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program, formerly known as the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor High School Judicial Internship Program prior to merging with the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program in 2015. Ms. Cabán Gandhi is currently a staff attorney with Manhattan Legal Services. She was formerly an agency attorney with the Trial Division of the New York City Police Department, clerked with Honorable Denny Chin in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and clerked with Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division in Ocean County, New Jersey. In 2008, Ms. Cabán Gandhi graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University majoring in Economic History and minoring in Latin American Studies. In 2014, she graduated from CUNY School of Law, where she participated in Moot Court and served as Special Events Editor for the Law Review. Ms. Cabán Gandhi was a 2012 Puerto Rican Bar Association Student Scholar, as well as a 2013 Ms. JD Fellow. She is also the recipient of the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s 2014 Flor de Maga Award.
Deputy Vice President, Law School Division
Jennifer Reinbold is a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney at Kids in Need of Defense. Previously, she was an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow, and then an Office of Refugee Resettlement Fellow, at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington (D.C.). Jennifer is a 2014 graduate of Vermont Law School and a 2009 graduate of Indiana University.
Deputy Vice President, High School Division
Yasmin Dwedar, a Muslim-American Attorney of Egyptian and Filipino descent, currently serves as Senior Supervising Attorney of the Driver Protection Unit at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (“TLC”). Prior to TLC, Ms. Dwedar clerked for the Honorable Analisa Torres in New York State Supreme Court and the United Stated District Court for the Southern District of New York and served as the first Muslim Assistant District Attorney appointed to serve Kings county under District Attorney Ken Thompson. Ms. Dwedar serves on the Boards of the New York State Bar Association and New York Women’s Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Committees, the Muslim Bar Association of New York, and the Network of Bar Leaders. She also founded and served as President of the Arab American Bar Association. Ms. Dwedar was recognized for her work in Crain’s New York Business Top 100 Women Lawyers in New York City for 2018. Her personal story of being barred from participating in student government as a Muslim-American high school student inspired her legal career and was featured in Moustafa Bayoumi’s classic book, “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem: Being Young and Arab in America.”
Rena Malik is currently a Court Attorney for the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court in the Second Department. She previously served as the Law Clerk to the Honorable James E. d’Auguste, Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, New York County, and as an Assistant Law Clerk to the Honorable Larry D. Martin, Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County. Before working in the court system, Rena was a Litigation Associate at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, practicing in employment law, professional liability, and insurance coverage defense. She also served as an Associate Law Clerk to the Honorable Roger J. Miner in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2010, Rena graduated cum laude from New York Law School, where she served as a Notes & Comments Editor on the New York Law School Law Review. Before law school, Rena received her MA in International Relations from the University of Westminster (London, U.K.) and her BA from Binghamton University. She is an active member in the South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY), and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), for which she serves as the Judiciary Committee’s Secretary.
Debra Lesser is the Executive Director of the Justice Resource Center, overseeing 28 different law-related programs for the school-age population. Ms. Lesser created the first Law and Justice Institute in the 1980’s which has been replicated nationally and internationally. She serves as an ex-officio member of the NYCLA’s Justice Center and NYCLA’s law-related education committee. Ms. Lesser received the NYSBA’s law-related education award in 1991.
Pamela K. Chen
Pamela K. Chen is a federal district judge in the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn. She was nominated to the federal bench in January 2013 by President Barack Obama, and sworn in on March 19, 2013. Before joining the bench, Judge Chen was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, except for a brief period in 2008, when she served as a Deputy Commissioner in the New York State Division of Human Rights. During her tenure in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Chen investigated and prosecuted cases involving terrorism, gang violence, drug trafficking, hate crimes, official misconduct, and human trafficking. Between 1991 and 1998, Judge Chen was a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Judge Chen began her legal career at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Rahul Agarwal is an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he prosecutes federal criminal matters. He previously worked in private practice, as a litigation associate, at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP and at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Rahul also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Esther Salas, U.S. District Judge (then Magistrate Judge) for the District of New Jersey, and the Honorable Jose L. Linares, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey. He received his B.A. in Business Economics and International Relations from Brown University and his Juris Doctorate from Columbia University. Rahul also previously served as the President of the South Asian Bar Association of New York, and he previously served as the Vice-President of Community Outreach for the South Asian Bar Association of North America.
Ethan P. Fallon
Ethan P. Fallon is an Associate at Kellogg, Hubber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC. He previously served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York and for the Honorable Denny Chin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to pursuing a legal career, Mr. Fallon was an English and history teacher in East Palo Alto, California, serving as a Teach For America corps member. Mr. Fallon received a J.D. from UCLA School of Law and a B.A. in philosophy from Penn State.
Russell M. Franklin
Russell M. Franklin is Of Counsel at Paul Hastings LLP. Russell has extensive experience representing clients on significant and diverse corporate matters. By way of example, he has advised various private equity entities in connection with the sale and/or purchase of portfolio companies of various sizes and in various industries. He has advised clients on the formation of strategic and longstanding joint ventures. With cybersecurity concerns at the forefront of many professionals’ minds, he also has advised various companies in the financial services space with respect to negotiating third-party vendor contracts when protecting sensitive information from security breaches is of utmost importance. Russell received his B.A, with distinction, from Cornell University with a double major in Economics and Government. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.
Dennis Hopkins is a partner in Perkins Coie’s Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation practices. He focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent, copyright and trade secret litigation. Dennis has significant experience in all phases of IP litigation, including mediations, trials and appeals. In addition, his practice includes counseling clients on issues relating to litigation strategies and intellectual property management. He is also experienced in all aspects of brand and domain name protection. His IP experience also includes drafting and negotiating agreements and licenses, preparing written opinions of counsel, and providing general IP counseling to clients, including counseling on patent, copyright, trade secret, brand management and other trademark matters.
Linda S. Lin
Linda S. Lin is the founder of the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program, which merged with the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program in 2015. Linda is currently Vice President & Assistant General Counsel Senior Counsel at QBE North America. Linda supports QBE’s specialty business lines including management and professional liability, aviation, inland marine, accident and health, trade credit and surety, and healthcare. Prior to joining QBE, Linda served as Senior Complex Claims Director at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) and Senior Counsel at Liberty International Underwriters (LIU). Linda previously worked in private practice at the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. She also served as law clerk to the Hon. Dora L. Irizarry, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Linda received her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Law with honors from Binghamton University and her Juris Doctorate cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.
Karen Greve Milton
Karen Greve Milton is the Circuit Executive. The Circuit Executive is appointed by the Second Circuit Judicial Council and exercises such powers as delegated by the Chief Judge and the Circuit Judicial Council. The Circuit Executive also acts as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Court of Appeals with oversight responsibility for administrative programs of the Court, including Space and Facilities, Civic Education and CJA Case-Building. The Circuit Executive’s Circuit-wide responsibilities include arranging and attending meetings; planning and coordinating annual Circuit-wide conferences for judges, court executives, attorneys and other invited guests; conducting studies relating to the administration of the federal courts within the Circuit, preparing appropriate recommendations and reports to the Chief Judge, the Circuit Judicial Council and the Judicial Conference of the United States, collecting statistical data; acting as Circuit liaison to the Merit Selection Committees for Bankruptcy Judges and Federal Public Defenders and administering any non-judicial functions of the Court and Circuit Judicial Council as directed by those entities.