Andy is an Associate Attorney with Diana Adams Law & Mediation, and is a passionate advocate for queer and nontraditional families and for trans and gender-nonconforming youth. Andy is an activist and educator around gender, sexuality, positive consent practices, and sexual communication, and speaks at various organizations and events on the East Coast about those topics, including the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, Open Love NY, and Columbia University. At New York Law School on a Trustee Scholarship, Andy affiliated with the Justice Action Center, concentrating in Social Justice and Family Law, and chaired the NLG Student Chapter, the Stonewall Law Students Association, and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Andy's Justice Action Center capstone project, "Radicalizing Consent: Towards Implementing an Affirmative Consent Model in New York's Rape Law," received the Center's "Outstanding Work on a Capstone" award and was later published on the Yes Means Yes blog. Andy is a trained mediator through the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, and a trained collaborative attorney through the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, as well as a member of the NYC Bar Association and the LGBT Bar Association, a Legal Observer with the National Lawyers Guild, and is admitted to the First Department of the New York Bar.
Alek is an attorney at Levy Ratner, PC, a worker-side labor and employment firm. He represents unions and their membership in arbitrations, at the National Labor Relations Board, and in court. Alek also represents individuals and groups of employees fighting to protect their right to minimum wage, overtime, and a workplace free from discrimination and retaliation. Prior to joining Levy Ratner, Alek clerked for the Honorable Barbara Jacobs Rothstein in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and served as an Honors Attorney at the United States Department of Labor in Washington D.C, where he represented the Solicitor of Labor in cases ranging from employee benefits to mine safety."
Andrew is a staff attorney at the Drivers Resource Center of the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade, where he represents taxi drivers in administrative hearings and assists drivers with civil and criminal legal issues. Andrew is a recent graduate of the City University of New York School of Law, where he joined the NLG as a member of the CUNY chapter and through it became a Legal Observer. He has been an active legal observer since the first anniversary of Occupy Wall Street in 2012, and has organized capacity building and training projects within the program. He worked with the chapter's Mass Defense Committee to oppose the creation of the NYPD's anti-protest Strategic Response Group in 2015. Prior to law school, he was a foreclosure prevention counselor in the Hudson Valley and helped found Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, a grassroots, multi-issue community organization based in Poughkeepsie.
Tamara received her Master's degree from New York University and her JD from the University of Virginia. A lifelong learner, she is returning now for a PhD. Tamara has been a member of the NLG-NYC Chapter for eight years. She is Chair of the NYC Animal Rights committee and a member of the Guild's Executive Committee. As a long-time Legal Observer, Tamara has watched many different protests and causes but, most consistently at animal rights actions. Tamara has successfully represented animal rescue groups, pro bono. She is a donor and member of numerous animal rights groups, as well as a dog and cat rescuer. As an employment attorney, Tamara champions women in the workplace under Title VII, the FMLA and the ADEA. Her special focus is sexual harassment and retaliation claims. She is currently with Pedowitz, Meister, LLP."
Miles is a private practice attorney focusing on protester defense and First Amendment issues. He has been a member of the National Lawyers Guild since his first year of law school at CUNY Law. He was also currently a member of the NYC-NLG Executive Committee.
Elena is an attorney and a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Elena served as the President of the NLG-NYC Chapter for two years, and is the current President of national NLG. Elena has been co-chair of NLG-NYC’s Mass Defense Committee. She is a partner at Cohen Green PLLC, a small firm focusing on civil rights and serving the needs of the LGBTQ community and sex workers. She is also an adjunct professor of gender and the law and civil rights at in the CUNY system.
Stephen is a first-year law student at Pace Law School, with an interest in human rights and labor law. He has been a member of the NLG-NYC since August 2020. Stephen has coordinated legal observers for small demonstrations in Westchester County. Stephen is also a policy organizer for the Democracy Policy Network, focusing on labor power and union empowerment.
Aaron has been a member of the National Lawyers Guild since college, over forty years ago, and helped revive the dormant national committee which is now known as the Disability Justice Committee. Aaron also sits on the steering committee of the national Military Law Task Force. He has lived and practiced in New York City all of his professional life, and has strong friendships with members of National Conference of Black Lawyers, including its first National Director, who had him do legal research for his law firm beginning when he was in the City College Urban Legal Studies program, better known to many NLG members as "Haywood's program."
Elba has worked as a New York attorney for over two decades. Early in her career, Elba worked as a litigator and appellate attorney in two private firms. Subsequently, she served as special counsel to the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (currently LatinoJusticePRLDEF) and managed a solo practice. She also served as a Law Clerk to SDNY Judge Analisa Torres and Judge Laura Johnson. Elba is a past president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and recipient of the PRBA’s 2011 Excellence in Advocacy Women’s Award. She is also a past deputy regional president of the Hispanic National Bar Association. A two-term past president of the NLG-NYC, she currently serves on the executive committee. Elba received her B.A. from Cornell University and J.D. from Howard University School of Law.
Valeria is an environmental and civil rights attorney integrating restorative justice into the practice of law. As a multi-lingual contract attorney, Valeria co-founded United Contract Attorneys drawing from her prior work as a global justice organizer, and as a workers’ rights attorney at NGOs such as South Jersey Legal Services. She currently practices cooperative, environmental and civil rights law at her office in Kingston, New York. Her more notable cases include representing the Ramapough Nation, Occupy New Paltz and advancing pagan rights in the Matter of Maetreum of Cybele, Magna Mater, Inc. v. McCoy et al. At Vermont Law School, she was an Albert Schweitzer Fellow related to her summer internship with Alburnus Maior's efforts to stop a gold mine in Rosia Monta, Romania. Her 3L summer policy work on farmers' rights at Gene Campaign in India as a Fellow for the Center for World Indigenous Studies resulted in a publication in the Fourth World Journal. She also initiated a legal text drive to several developing country law school libraries worldwide as Co-Chair of the International Law Society.
Anna is a staff attorney at Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, where she focuses on asylum and removal defense. Previously, she worked at the Institute for Women in Migration in Mexico City, clerked for Judge Jenny Rivera of the New York Court of Appeals, and was a human rights fellow at Dejusticia in Bogota, Colombia. Anna graduated from Harvard Law School, where she served as co-president of HLS Lambda, an LGBTQ organization. In addition to being involved in NLG during law school, Anna was on the NLG-NYC Executive Committee from 2017-2018.
Joel is the co-chair of the NLG Environmental Justice Committee (local and national), executive director of the New York Environmental Law & Justice Project and the Environmental Initiative for Haiti. Co-counsel in Benzman v. Whitman and EPA, in which the judge held Whitman’s statement that the air was safe in lower Manhattan after 9/11 to be egregious. Joel represents tenants, community gardens, public parks, indigenous people, workers’ groups on EJ issues from lower Manhattan to the Gulf Coast to Haiti.
Danny Meyers joined NLGNYC in 1968. He has actively served on the EC for many years. He is a former Chapter President. 1974-2000, he served as co-counsel in the Attica Brothers' federal class action damages suit. He practiced for forty-eight years, in the areas of criminal defense, civil and human rights law. Although Danny is retired, he has never ceased to Build the Guild.
Milad graduated with honors from Kenyon College in 2016 with a B.A. in International Studies. In college, he served on the steering committees of Kenyon Students for Justice in Palestine and the Middle East Students Association. In 2017, Milad began his legal studies at Pace University School of Law, where he is a Pro Bono Scholar, president of the Muslim Law Students Association, and the most recent recipient of Pace’s Sobie Pasternack Award in Civil Rights. Over the course of his brief legal career, he has worked as an intern at the Urban Justice Center, advocating for the rights of NYC street vendors, and as a student attorney at Pace’s Neighborhood Justice Clinic, where he represented laborers at unemployment insurance hearings and fought alongside worker centers to push anti-wage theft legislation through the county board. Milad recently passed the NY bar exam and looks forward to practicing law as a poverty and public interest attorney alongside many other NLG members.
Collin is an immigration attorney and member of the Mass Defense Committee, as well as the International Committee. Collin joined the NLG as a law student at Harvard, and eventually became co-chair of his student chapter. Collin has a background in organizing in the anti-war and immigrant rights movements, and has been involved in the Palestinian liberation struggle since he was an undergraduate at the University of Texas. Collin has previously worked with attorneys in the Chicago, LA, and Boston chapters of the NLG and is excited to continue building the guild here in New York City!
Micah is a paralegal at Cohen&Green and frequently works on various civil rights cases with Guild attorneys in NYC. They have no interest in going to law school, but plenty of interest in justice.
Marc is a public defender in the Bronx. He earned his J.D. from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, with a concentration in Social Justice, Equality & Civil Rights. While at CUNY Law, he interned with organizations that served vulnerable populations, including those with criminal records, the LGBTQQ community, homeless and displaced youth, and undocumented immigrants. Marc is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the Hispanic National Bar Association. He has spoken on panels about careers in nonprofits, and navigating the character and fitness process during bar admission.
Ann has practiced law for 25 years on behalf of union members, specializing in divorce, housing and consumer law. She is a writer and activist who's been involved in feminist, labor, anti-nuclear, death penalty, and anti-imperialist causes over the years. She was the chapter's unpaid coordinator during our financial crisis of the mid-90's.
Franklin worked in the NLG National Office Collective, held leadership roles in several national NLG projects including the Puerto Rico Legal Project and was on the board of the NLG’s Grand Jury Project. He was the N.O. staff member who coordinated the filing of the national NLG’s lawsuit against the FBI, in which the Guild was represented by Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman. was a past president of the Chapter, and is currently a member of the NYC Mass Defense Committee. Franklin’s relatively recent chapter work includes securing the meeting and dormitory facilities when the Chapter hosted the 2016 NLG Convention; organizing a full day CLE in January 2017 on the coming Trump era which was co-sponsored with CUNY Law and the Society of American Law Teachers; and co-organized the June 2017 CLE “Defending Protesters in Criminal Court” with Sarah Kunstler and Susan Howard. He serves on the board of The NLG-NYC Chapter Foundation. On the EC he seeks to promote collaboration between the Foundation and Chapter leadership to build the long-term capacity of the Chapter. Franklin works at CUNY School of Law where he teaches and is director of the Evening Program. (With a Legal Aid Support Staff shop steward, he arranged for SEIU-1199’s Education Fund to provide substantial tuition support for LAS support staff to attend CUNY Law’s evening program.) He spent a decade in private practice, was a Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, was CCR’s Treasurer at a time of fiscal stress and served on its board for 18 years. He is one of the five class counsel in Handschu v. Special Services Division, coming into the case when he was a law student at Marty Stolar’s law collective.
Martin has been a lawyer since 1968 He was a member of the original New York Law Commune, a partner of Stolar, Alterman & Gulielmetti and, since 1987, has been in individual private practice. Starting in 1970, he has represented thousands of arrested demonstrators as part of the Mass Defense Committee including Black Panthers, civil rights activists, anti-war activists, welfare mothers, Young Lords, Vieques activists, RNC, OWS, Black Lives Matter and environmental activists, and just about everyone who comes within the scope of the NYC Chapter’s Mass Defense Committee. Other notable cases include The Camden 28, The Attica rebellion, assorted Grand Jury resisters, post-9/11 detainees, the 34th Street Subway bomb plot, and Handschu v. SSD, the now almost 50 year-old action regulating the activities of the NYPD’s investigations of political and religious activity. Marty has been part of the NLG since he began practicing law and has been President of the NYC Chapter for five terms. Marty is the current President of the NLG-NYC Chapter Foundation.
Zack is a recent law graduate representing low-income tenants at CAMBA Legal Services on Staten Island. Zack is also a Legal Observer, LO Trainer, a member of the NLG-NYC Mass Defense Committee, a member of the NLG Disability Justice Committee, and a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association. Zack joined NLG-NYC three years ago and helped to reboot the Columbia Law School NLG Chapter during his first year of law school. Zack can be reached by email at zack.struver at gmail.com if you would like to ask him questions.