PRESIDENT

PRESIDENT

Andy is an Associate Attorney with Diana Adams Law & Mediation, and is a passionate advocate for queer and nontraditional families and for trans and gendernonconforming 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.

VICE PRESIDENTS

Alek Felstiner 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."
Pooja Patel is a Staff Attorney at CAMBA Legal Services in Brooklyn, where she practices consumer and housing law. Outside of her job, she engages in anti-gentrification work with Equality4Flatbush. She is a graduate of Rutgers Law School in Newark and Marlboro College in Vermont. During law school, she was Chair of the Rutgers-Newark National Lawyers Guild chapter and completed clinic and internship work in the areas of housing, civil rights, and criminal defense. She first encountered the Guild in 2011 during Occupy Wall Street.

TREASURER

Alex Franco is an immigration and human rights attorney in private practice. She previously worked for Zavala Law Group, an immigration firm in midtown Manhattan. Alex served as a legal observer in the Bay Area and NY for over 10 years. She currently works with ICEFREENYC, a coalition in New York City fighting against ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and police violence against immigrants and communities of color. She was also part of the coordinating committee for Caravan43NYC, which brought parents and relatives of the disappeared 43 students from Ayotzinapa to New York as part of a human rights campaign. Currently, she serves as the Vice Chair for the Mexico Committee, a subsection of the Human Rights Committee of the American Bar Association. She was a Legal Fellow at UnLocal, Inc., where she provided legal services to alien mothers with children, particularly in the Garifuna community in the Bronx. Alex previously worked with Legal Services NYC-Bronx in the Family and Immigration Unit where she worked on humanitarian-based immigration. She is a graduate of CUNY School of Law, where she engaged in a fact-finding mission in Haiti on sexual exchange and co-authored a report on the findings. She received a B.A. in psychology with an emphasis in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to attending law school, Alex was a community organizer in the immigrants’ rights, drug policy reform, and sex workers’ rights movements in the Bay Area of California.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Tamara Bedic 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 seven years during which time she's legally observed for many different protest and causes but, most consistently at animal rights actions. She has successfully represented animal rescue groups in court, pro bono. Tamara is a donor and member of numerous animal rights groups, as well as a dog and cat rescuer.
Robert Boyle is a solo practitioner specializing in criminal appeals and post-conviction litigation. He has developed an expertise in government misconduct and prisoners' rights litigation.
Elena L. Cohen is an attorney, doctoral candidate, and activist. She received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and is currently a PhD student in the Political Science department at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and an adjunct assistant professor teaching Civil Rights and Gender and the Law classes in the City University of New York system. Ms. Cohen served as the President of the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild for two terms, and is the President Elect of the National Lawyers Guild. She is a member of the NLG's Queer Caucus, Animal Rights Activism Committee, International Committee, and Mass Defense Committee. Her legal practice includes criminal defense and civil rights litigation.
Aaron Frishberg 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.
Elba Galvan has worked as a New York attorney for over twenty years. 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 LatinoJustice PRLDEF) and managed a solo practice. She also served as a Law Clerk to SDNY Judge Analisa Torres and Judge Laura Johnson. She is active in the immigrants’ rights community and is one of the executive producers of a narrative feature film that advocates for immigration reform entitled “Dreamer.” As a result of her work as co-chair of the New York Women’s Bar Association legislation committee, the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York issued a position statement supporting the New York State Dream Act, a bill that would aid undocumented students attend college. Prior to the Senate's proposed legislation on comprehensive immigration reform, she authored a letter on behalf of the Puerto Rican Bar Association to federal legislators requesting the restoration of judicial review in deportation cases (NLG, among others, joined the letter). She is the recipient of the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s 2011 Excellence in Advocacy Women’s Award.
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.
Ann Schneider has had a 30-year career in advocacy for working-class clients and people of color. She is a writer, domestic relations attorney, radical feminist, and supporter of farms, coops, and tenants. She is known for making tailored suits of fine natural fibers.
Franklin Siegel is a former NYC Chapter president, and am currently a member of the NYC Mass Defense Committee. Franklin works at CUNY School of Law where he is a Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Evening Program. Following a decade in private practice, Franklin 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. His CCR cases include being co-lead counsel in the stolen assets case against Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, lead counsel representing journalists challenging military restrictions on news gathering during the 1991 Gulf War, and was on the CCR teams representing members of Congress in War Powers lawsuits when the first President Bush and President Clinton sought to use military force without Congressional authorization. He has also represented the Presidential Commission on Good Government of the Republic of the Philippines, the Vietnam Mission to the United Nations and many social justice nonprofits. Franklin is one of the five class counsel in Handschu v. Special Services Division.

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