What’s New With Graduates, Faculty, and Students of the Stein Scholars Program?


As usual, graduates, faculty and students of the Stein Scholars Program have been very busy this spring.  Here is a chance to find out what some of them have been up to lately.

Inessa Abayev ’13 is an assistant deputy public defender at the Office of the Public Defender.

Jessie Boas ‘19 is quoted extensively in a Fordham Law news story about the spring break trip to Dilley, Texas, to help woman and children being held in the detention center.

Yoonmee Cho ’13 is now a housing attorney at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.

Erin Cloud ’11 spoke on a workshop called Strategies for Prison Abolition at an April 14–15 Students for Prison Education and Reform conference titled “Toward Abolition: Dismantling the Carceral State.”

Susan Cordaro ‘04
recently became the ‎pro bono manager at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Steven Epstein ‘98, a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and co-head of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions group, is a Partnership for New York City David Rockefeller Fellow.

Dora Galacatos ‘96, executive director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice, was featured in Pro Bono Net for her work advancing access to justice.

Mary Gibbons ’15 recently moved back to New York City from New Hampshire and began work at the Brooklyn Defenders as part of their family defense practice.

Rita M. Glavin ’96, a partner in the litigation group and co-head of the government enforcement and internal investigations practice at Seward & Kissel LLP, secured an acquittal on May 8 of her client Stephen DiCarmine, former Dewey & LeBoeuf executive director.

Ben Goldstein ’10 is now working as in-house counsel at a tech startup called Kensho.

Elysa Gordon ’97, senior advisor for organizational impact and public policy, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, was honored at the Fordham Law Connecticut Chapter Reception on May 24, 2017, with the Robert J. Callahan Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award.

Jennifer Gordon, Stein Center co-director, participated in Convening on The Future of Temporary Migrant Worker Programs at Cornell Law School on April 21 2017; received the Fordham University Outstanding Externally Funded Research Award in April 2017; had her article “Regulating the Human Supply Chain” published; and another article, “Immigration and the Commerce Clause,” accepted for publication.

Rachel Graves ’13 designed a May 24 webinar, Media Trainings for Lawyers, to help public interest attorneys in Michigan learn to craft media messages.

Bruce Green, Stein Center director, accepted an invitation to write occasional short “perspectives” pieces on ethics for Bloomberg News; spoke on programs for legal ethics professors in Israel, for criminal practitioners in Jackson Hole, and for capital defenders in Philadelphia (in collaboration with Eric Montroy ‘03); and completed his first year (of three) as chair of the New York City Bar’s Committee on Professional Ethics, which has as its members Alex DeLisi ‘14 and Michael Levario ’16.

Daniel Gross ‘07, founding executive director of Brandworkers, supported more than a dozen Tom Cat bakery workers, who were told to produce valid working papers or be fired, during the Day Without Bread on April 21.

Bobby Grossman ’04 and his firm, Edelstein & Grossman, won one of the first vacaturs of conviction by the Bronx District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit for their client Steven Odiase. Read more.

Dante Pearson, son of Cynthia Isales ’05 and student speaker at the Wharton MBA graduation, promoted the values of the Stein Scholars Program during his speech.

Lorena Jiron ’17 was featured in a May 12 New York Law Journal story about her determination to overcome challenges and practice law “in the service of others” and she valued the opportunity to visit Cuba during spring break and be part of a small team led by Fordham Law Professor Catherine Powell.

Josh Kingsley ’15 is a legislative attorney for New York City Council.

Josh Liebman ’17 was one of the co-authors of an op-ed regarding a New York state tax law that allows the Department of Taxation and Finance to suspend the driver’s license of anyone who owes $10,000 or more in state taxes.

Karen Loewy ‘00, senior attorney with Lambda Legal, will be a featured speaker at the 2017 Lavender Law Conference in San Francisco.

Christina Okereke ’08 has a new position at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

Rachel Pauley ‘99, director of government programs at Columbia Law School, spoke at the April 2017 NALP Education Conference in San Francisco.

Victoria Reing ’12 is the director of policy and deputy counsel at the Office of the Bronx Borough President.

Wanda Sanchez-Day ’03 is the national legal director and managing attorney for UNITED SIKHS.

Maria Scheuring-Elbert ’98 was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Month by the Suffolk County Bar’s Pro Bono Project for her work representing several of the project’s divorce clients.

Felice Segura ‘08 is now the legal services coordinator with the Office of Labor Policy and Standards, which is housed in New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs.

Kate Skeele ’08 has a new position at Sills Cummis & Gross.

Marie Vaz ’11 joined the Bronx Legal Services as a staff attorney in the Public Benefits and LGBTQ Advocacy units.


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