Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the Stein Scholars Program in Public Interest Law & Ethics. Seventeen 1Ls have joined the program as members of the Class of 2022 (Day Division) and Class of 2023 (Evening Division), and bring with them a wide variety of experiences and passions for many different social justice issues. We are so excited to have them join us!
Maham Abidi is from Karachi and New York and attended college at the University of Michigan where she developed a keen interest in public interest law and social reform. She has worked as a research assistant, a middle school mentor, a receptionist at a tax firm and in retail. As a law student and Stein scholar, Maham hopes to further explore how the issues surrounding immigration and incarceration are being shaped by the American legal system and vice versa.
Sarah Brathwaite graduated from Williams College in 2016, where she studied Psychology, Public Health and Africana Studies. Prior to law school, Sarah did Teach for America (TFA) and taught first grade for three years in Rhode Island. While teaching, she also facilitated adult professional development around cultural competency as the chair Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness for her school and TFA. As a Stein Scholar, Sarah is eager to explore the intersection of education and law, and work towards her goal of educational equity for all children.
Diana Cabrera was born in Mexico and raised in Queens, NY. After attending college at the University of Pennsylvania, Diana worked as a paralegal for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Her experience in the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit and Conviction Integrity Unit reaffirmed her passion for criminal justice reform and ending mass incarceration. Diana is eager to learn the law at Fordham and use her degree to advocate for queer, low-income, Black and brown communities.
Most recently having served as Deputy Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), an immigrant worker center in Jackson Heights, Anthony Damelio has sought justice for different communities through direct services and public policy advocacy for the last decade. He holds a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and, before returning to NYC, served as a pastor at a progressive Presbyterian congregation in Atlanta, GA. Anthony graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish from Fordham College at Rose Hill. He’s very excited to develop legal tools to advocate for the rights of low-wage workers and build a more expansive labor movement.
Georgia Decker became interested in workers’ rights and education, a passion she intends to pursue at Fordham Law, through her time at the Laundry Workers Center (LWC), a non-profit organization in New York City. After working as a labor organizer at LWC, Georgia lived in a rural town in Malaysia on a Fulbright Grant in 2016, where she taught English to secondary school students. Upon returning to the states, she continued to work in education at the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement. She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a degree in Critical Social Studies and Sociology in 2015, with a concentration in class and privilege.
Emily Dolgin recently graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in American Studies. Throughout her undergraduate experience, she served as a Policy and Advocacy Intern at the Joyful Heart Foundation, where she helped with their ongoing initiative to end the national rape kit backlog. Along with her time at Joyful Heart, Emily spent her summers interning with the Biden Foundation’s Ending Violence Against Women pillar in Washington, D.C. and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Though Emily’s passion for justice is rooted in the anti-violence field, she is excited to join her peers in the Stein Scholars program and explore her other interests, which include criminal justice reform, civil rights, and educational equity.
Eamon Gallagher graduated from American University in 2016, where he studied political science and international relations. After graduating, Eamon worked as the Director of Albany Operations for New York State Senator Daniel Squadron. This position allowed Eamon to get a first-hand look at the legislative process in New York State and advocate for the constituents in the district he was raised. Since leaving the Senator’s office, Eamon has taught middle school English and has volunteered his time to advocate for the expansion of accessibility for those with disabilities. He looks forward to building on his experience to better serve his community.
Jocelyn Lee has spent the last three years advocating for and improving New York City’s green spaces, first as an AmeriCorps member and later as a project manager at the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. She graduated from Cornell University, where she focused her research and studies on environmental policy, natural resource governance, and environmental justice. She is excited to join the Fordham Law community and honored to be a Stein Scholar.
Nicholas Loh comes to Fordham Law from an economic justice organization, New Economy Project, where he staffed a free legal hotline and conducted know your rights trainings. He graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in East Asian Studies and a concentration in Peace and Conflict. He’s excited to learn how legal advocacy can support communities and address systemic discrimination.
Amanda Maisel graduated from Bowdoin College in 2015. While there, she volunteered in the Maine State Prison with the Portland Branch of the NAACP and developed an enduring interest in prison abolition. After graduation, she moved to San Francisco, where she worked at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and for the former president of the National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter, learning more about strategies to curb mass incarceration and police violence against communities of color. For the past two years, Amanda has worked at the Center for Family Representation, learning more about the interplay between the criminal justice and child protective systems and their effects on families of color. She hopes to continue her work with those adversely impacted by these systems while at Fordham.
Eliora Mintz graduated from Brandeis University where she double majored in History and Latin American and Latino Studies. While in college she worked for two years as a research assistant at the Justice Brandeis Law Project, an organization that investigates wrongful convictions. After graduation Eliora taught English in Medellín, Colombia, and worked as an assistant investigator at the Brooklyn Defender Services. As a Stein Scholar she is looking forward to advocating for those most impacted by the criminal justice system.
Prior to joining the Stein Scholars community, Sarah Moya worked in Brooklyn Criminal Court for the pre-trial Supervised Release Program through the Center for Court Innovation. She had previously spent a year teaching English in Quito, Ecuador through Harvard’s WorldTeach Program, volunteering part-time at Asylum Access, where she worked with refugees from Venezuela and Colombia. Sarah graduated from Villanova University with a bachelors degree in Communication, specializing in Performance Studies and Rhetoric, and minoring in Spanish and Theatre. Sarah is eager to explore the intersection between the criminal justice and immigration systems, and to work to empower those silenced by these systems.
Winn Periyasamy earned her B.A. in political science from Barnard and Master’s in Public Health from Columbia. She has worked primarily in health advocacy, including as a policy analyst with FPWA advocating for New York City and State funding and legislation around health outreach, immigrant rights, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Medicare for All, and more. She is currently a fellow and board member with Physicians for a National Health Program – NY Metro Chapter. She looks forward to using her time at Fordham and with Stein to launch a career in public interest law and policy, particularly in immigration and health.
Malcolm Sanborn-Hum spent the last four years working on issues related to housing insecurity, financial independence and social welfare administration at the NYC Department of Social Services. Prior to that, he was a legislative and communications aide to a NYC Council Member. Malcolm is interested in housing and tenants’ rights, criminal defense, and entitlement access law. He looks forward to collaborating with and learning from his fellow Stein Scholars.
Brian Sarfo graduated from Columbia University in 2017, where he majored in Urban Studies. Before law school, Brian completed a teaching residency at North Shore Country Day School through the University of Pennsylvania’s Independent School Teaching Residency. For his thesis, Brian explored how reflective practice strategies cultivated civic responsibility and critical thinking for his students. Brian is committed to learning more about the intersectionality of law and education and hopes to use his law degree to combat the inequities that persist in education.
Isabel Zeitz-Moskin has spent her career working in non-profits and politics. Following a stint in Ohio on a presidential campaign in 2016, she worked as a National Organizer for the National Action Network. Under the mentorship of Rev. Al Sharpton she worked on a variety of civil rights initiatives, including leading a coalition in New York State to restore the right to vote to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. She hopes to continue to pursue criminal justice reform and advocacy throughout her time as a Stein Scholar.
Susu Zhao recently graduated from Georgetown University, where she developed a passion for working with immigrant survivors of sexual violence. From working with the Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project to forging connections with first-generation, low-income student organizations, Susu has become dedicated to giving back to her communities. Susu hopes to continue organizing and building bridges, and she looks forward to meeting others and learning from their perspectives and insights.