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 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.

VICE PRESIDENTS

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."
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."

TREASURER

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.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Following her law degree earned in Tehran in 2012, Rojia came to the U.S. to take an LL.M. in U.S. legal studies at UCONN Law. While in Connecticut, she interned with the state Attorney General and with the Secretary of State. Rojia’s graduate thesis took concepts from Persian philosophy and wove them into support for prison reform and prevention of recidivism through reintegration of offenders back into civil society. This understanding made her keen to volunteer with the Guild’s spin-off, Parole Preparation Project. Rojia has a personal understanding of the effect of U.S. sanctions on other nations, especially her motherland Iran. Skype enables her to maintain a close relationship with her mother, with whom she reunited after six years, in Greece in the summer of 2018. Rojia went to JFK to offer support in 2017 when Trump blocked visitors from predominantly Muslim nations. She was part of the nearly-successful effort to elect Tiffany Cabán as Queens DA, employing shoe leather and going door-to-door to canvass. Her past work with the Brooklyn DA’s office familiarized her with behind-the-scenes of criminal prosecution. Now Rojia is transitioning to be a people’s lawyer!
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.
Alex 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.
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.
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.
Matthew is currently a law instructor at CUNY School of Law where he teaches Lawyering Seminar I and II, Core Doctrine and provides academic support for Criminal Law. Matt has also supported recent CUNY graduates as a mentor in CUNY’s bar exam mentor program since 2013. Prior to joining CUNY Law, Matt was an attorney with the Three-Quarter House Project at Mobilization for Justice where he represented low-income New Yorkers who live in unregulated sober homes known as “three-quarter houses.” Matt worked with lawyers, organizers and directly-impacted people to build power and promote social change. His practice included direct legal services, affirmative litigation and legislative reform for housing justice and to further grassroots movements led by people with histories of substance use, incarceration, and homelessness. Before entering into practice, Matt worked in the areas of prisoner reentry, employment discrimination, racial profiling, immigration, and housing justice. Matt earned his B.A. at the University of Vermont where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Kappa Delta in sociology. He earned his J.D. at CUNY School of Law where he was a Haywood Burns Graduate Fellow in Civil and Human Rights.
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 as the president of Kenyon Students for Justice in Palestine and the Middle East Students Association. In 2017, he began his legal studies at Pace University School of Law. Currently, he is a student attorney at the Immigration Justice Clinic, a Pro Bono Scholar, and the president of both the Muslim Law Students Association and the International Law Society. Over the course of his 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 unions and worker centers to push an anti-wage theft bill through the county board. He is the most recent recipient of Pace’s Sobie Pasternack Award in Civil Rights and one of Pace’s National Lawyers Guild student representatives.
Alex is a third year student at Brooklyn Law School. He has dedicated his time in law school to public interest work, spending his summers doing federal public defense and representing homeless clients in NYC. During his second year, he participated in a Housing Rights clinic and the LGBT Advocacy Clinic. He is very involved with his campus chapter of NLG, which does Legal Observing, participates in the Parole Prep Project, regularly engages in on campus advocacy, and partners with NYC organizations on citywide actions. This year, he and two other Brooklyn Law School students attended the NLG Convention in North Carolina, and he looks forward to taking the lessons he took from that conference into his work with the Executive Committee
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.
Dan is the senior software developer for the New York Hotel Trades Council, the union that represents about 40,000 hotel workers. He builds custom software solutions that aid the union in its mission to win and maintain strong protections and benefits for members. Dan is an attorney admitted in NY/NJ, and has been an NLG Legal Observer since 2011, as well as a member of the Mass Defense Committee. He is a volunteer street medic with NYC Action Medical, and an art activist with the People’s Puppets of Occupy Wall Street. Dan has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Drexel University and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Dan is interested in helping the Chapter evaluate and implement technology to better serve its mission.
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.

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