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 ten 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.
Andy is the Senior Legal Director of the Chosen Family Law Center and the Associate Attorney at Diana Adams Law & Mediation. Their primary areas of focus in service, education, and advocacy are restorative and transformative justice, queer and transgender family creation and support, and communication skills for the revolution. Andy works with LGBTQI Family Professionals of New York, the Family Law Institute of the National LGBT Bar Association, and the Family and Matrimonial Committee of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, and is trained in mediation, collaborative practice, transformative justice processes, and Newburgh Model Restorative Justice. Andy lives in a trans intentional community with their chosen family, an indeterminate number of dogs, and approximately 20,000 bees.
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.
Milad is a housing attorney and tenant advocate at CAMBA Legal Services. He joined the NLG as a law student at Pace and has been a member of the NLG-NYC EC for about a year. He is the most recent recipient of Pace’s Sobie Pasternack Award in Civil Rights and the Vanessa H. Merton Public Service Award. Milad has a history of organizing work in anti-imperialist and poverty movements, and has been involved in various grassroots movements since he was a student at Kenyon College. He is also a faith-based organizer for Muslims for Progressive Values.
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.
Ethan is a third-year student at CUNY School of Law, where he has been a part of the Workers’ Rights Clinic and the Economic Justice Project. At CUNY he has also been involved with the school’s NLG Chapter, the Housing Rights Project, Labor Coalition, and the Jewish Law Students Association. Prior to law school he worked as a reporter, fact-checker, and radio producer.
Elena (Ms./Dr.; she/hers) is an attorney and professor. She is a founding partner of Cohen Green PLLC (“Femme Law”), a small firm serving the needs of the New York City queer and activist communities. She teaches law classes to undergraduate students, currently within the City University of New York system, and will be joining the faculty of Kline School of Law in 2022. She has litigated many high-profile cases, and is currently counsel for Sow et al v. City of New York et al, which challenges police practices related to the policing of Summer 2020 protests for Black lives. She was lead counsel of Edrei et al v. City of New York et al, a suit challenging the New York Police Department’s use of Long Range Acoustic Devices, which resulted in substantial policy reform. She is the past president of the National Lawyers Guild, and was president of the NLG-NYC for two terms. She is also a former co-chair of the NLG- NYC Mass Defense Committee, and a founding member of the NLG-NYC George Floyd/BLM Affirmative Litigation Taskforce.
King co-hosts the WBAI morning program Good Morning Nueva York. He is a lawyer, filmmaker and journalist. King is active in the chapter’s Mass Defense Committee, and for a number of years was the Director of Mass Defense in the NLG’s National Office, where he was visible for his pro-active workstyle joining NLG Legal Observers on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri following the killing of Michael Brown, in North Dakota during the Standing Rock protests and in Charlotte for the Unite the Right counter protests. King framed a “rapid- response” model for the national NLG Mass Defense Committee, for instances where social justice mobilizations occur in localities where there is no formal NLG chapter, or where there are at-large members with no formal mass defense committee. King earlier worked as National Coordinator for the ACLU’s Campaign to End Racial Profiling, and as a Program Analyst for Healing Justice Work at the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia. King is a graduate of Rutgers Law School, founder of the Human Rights-Racial Justice Center and has directed justice campaigns for many national organizations. King is a musician, and tries his hand at "sit down" comedy.
Stephen is a second-year law student at Pace Law School, with an interest in criminal defense and civil rights law. Stephen has been a member of the NLG-NYC since August 2020, the NLG-NYC EC since January 2021, and currently serves on the executive board of NLG-Pace. During his 1L summer he interned for a judge in the New York Supreme Court 10th Judicial District, and recently concluded a 2L fall internship with the New York County Defender Services. He has also served as a legal observer coordinator for demonstrations in Westchester. Additionally, Stephen was active in the creation of the NLG Hudson Valley satellite chapter.
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 and served as a court attorney-referee to Surrogate Judge Margarita Lopez-Torres. 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.
Sarah graduated from Columbia Law School in 2004. She was “of counsel” to the Law Office of Elizabeth Fink from her admission to the NYS bar in 2005 to 2013. From 2004- 2010, she was a member of the Executive Committee of the New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Ms. Kunstler is a member of the Southern District of New York and Second Circuit CJA panels. In addition to her legal work, Ms. Kunstler is a documentary filmmaker. Her films focus on exposing injustices in the criminal legal system. In 2021, Sarah was convenor of the chapter's Committee to Commemorate the Attica Prison Rebellion, which organized a national commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Attica, including programming and video oral histories (www.atticaisallofus.org ). She and her sister Emily created the "Speaking Freely" NLG Video history for the national NLG ( https://www.nlg.org/about/speaking-freely/ ).
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.
Daniel is a retired Criminal Defense/Civil Rights Attorney. In 1967 he began practicing law and since 1968 has been a member of the NYC-NLG Chapter. From 1974-2001, he was an attorney member of the Attica Brothers legal team who sued Gov. Rockefeller and other state officials for the barbaric consequences of the 1971 Attica Massacre. Danny is a past president of the Chapter.
Rosa is a legal worker and organizer. She came to the NLG-NYC after coordinating jail support for the George Floyd/BLM uprising, and had previously organized other large jail, bail, and court support efforts. She is the administrative assistant for the NYC-NLG Floyd/BLM Civil Litigation Taskforce, working to coordinate attorneys as they advocate for those who experienced police misconduct and brutality during the uprising. This work includes mentorship of attorneys new to 1983 civil litigation who are systemically excluded from this practice. Rosa is an abolitionist, regularly organizing with people inside for jail moratoriums, decarceration, and decriminalization, and serves on the steering committee for DSA's National Abolition Working Group.
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!
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.
Robert is public-interest Attorney, currently working for the city's watchdog agency overseeing the Department of Education for matters of fraud, corruption, misconduct, and other wrongdoing. Robert received his law degree from New York Law School in 2019, after completing a 2-year honor's program. While in law school, Robert became increasingly interested in working for the government after two internships, one with New York City's Department of Investigation, and another with the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, focusing on tenant protection cases, particularly for low-income and subsidized housing communities in New York City. Robert grew up in Queens, and spent a significant portion of his life in Staten Island, before moving across the river to New Jersey. As a first-generation immigrant whose parents immigrated from the former Soviet Union, Robert grew up in a household where Russian was the primary language, and English was only learned while attending public school. Prior to law school, Robert spent parts of six years working as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service in various national monuments, parks and other historical sites throughout New York City. Robert grew to appreciate the natural and historical significance of preservation, even in the hustle-and-bustle of New York City. Robert is devoted to continuing teaching and learning about the environment, history, and culture that helped shape him.
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.
Katherine is a second-year law student at Columbia Law School. She is passionate about supporting frontline communities at the nexus between climate change, human rights, and social justice. She earned her B.A. in English and global environments and sustainability from the University of Virginia. Before law school, Katherine worked as a community organizer in her Central Appalachian hometown fighting the expansion of fracked gas infrastructure, and in that role helped shape a community-led watchdog program using geospatial analysis to track and report environmental harms. During her undergraduate career, she studied the direct impacts of climate change on coastal communities and neighborhood-level strategies for resilience. Katherine spent her 1L summer as a legal intern for Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, advocating for government accountability with a focus on environmental justice. At Columbia Law School, Katherine is a Public Interest/Public Service Fellow, a member of the Community Advocacy Lab Clinic and a staff member of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Katherine also competed with the Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Team and continues in the program as a coach.