Sparer Fellowship

  • Barnard College, B.A. in Political Science, May 2011


    Setenay became involved in immigration law through the pro bono projects Immigration Court Observation Project (ICOP) and Immigrant Visa Assistance Project (IVAP) as a 1L and continued along the same path during her Sparer summer providing assistance and representation to detained immigrants in Virginia and Maryland through CAIR Coalition. She has been fortunate to have many academic and professional opportunities since then to explore different aspects of immigration law, focusing on impact litigation at New York Civil Liberties Union, on direct services for clients seeking asylum at Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and on adjudication of removal proceedings at Virginia and New York Immigration Courts. She is currently a co-chair of IVAP and interning at the Immigration Unit of Brooklyn Defender Services pursuing her primary interest, the intersection of criminal and immigration law.

  • Columbia University, 2007; BA in American Studies
    University College London, 2011; MA in Modern History, with distinction


    As an undergrad at Columbia, Leslie majored in American Studies and creative writing, and worked for a documentary filmmaker which sparked her interest in international law and human rights. She then earned a masters degree in modern history at University College London, where she focused on the colonial and post-colonial history of several former British colonies. As a BLS International Human Rights Fellow during summer 2012, Leslie was a legal intern with the UN in Beirut, Lebanon, in the Office of Staff Legal Assistance. During summer 2013, she was a Sparer Fellow and served as a judicial intern in the Appeals Chamber of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in The Hague. She interned during spring 2013 with UNHCR and during fall 2013 with Human Rights First in the Law & Security Program, which advocates for US national security policies consistent with the rule of law and human rights. Leslie is looking forward to her spring 2014 position as a legal intern in Judge Kelly’s chambers of the Court of International Trade. Leslie is an Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and her note, Out of Africa: Toward Regional Solutions to Internal Displacement, will be published in this month’s volume of the journal. Leslie also co-chairs the ILS International Human Rights Committee and is a student member of the UN Committee of the City Bar Association. Leslie is a 3L and is completing the International Law certificate.

  • Villanova University, B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, May 2009


    Prior to attending law school, Christina worked with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) as a community organizer in Philadelphia and Chester City, PA. There, Christina worked with local community members to identify neighborhood issues and organize actions on their behalf. At the height of a local campaign advocating for the creation of a state subsidized supermarket, it became clear that attending law school would help expand her toolbox for assisting low-income communities.  Upon attending BLS, Christina developed a wide array of public interest experience, starting with her 1L summer internship with Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A's (BKA) Group Representation Unit where Christina worked with tenant associations seeking building repairs from inattentive landlords.  The intermeddling of organizing and housing law led Christina to pursue other public interest initiatives to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the issues low-income people face.  In her second year, Christina participated in the Community Development Clinic (fall) and the Employment Law Clinic (spring) to understand the distinct skill sets required for transactional and adjudicative work.  She also took on pro bono cases through the Suspension Representation Project and the Fair Hearing Assistance Project.  In her second summer she returned to BKA to continue working with tenant associations and pursue her interests in landlord/tenant law.  Last semester, Christina worked at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to draft contracts for the construction of affordable housing.  This semester she will be working with the Safe Harbor Clinic and at Councilperson Carlos Menchaca's legislative office where she will be reviewing council bills to assess how they reflect the constituencies concerns and needs.

  • Northwestern University, B.S. Education and Social Policy, Concentration in Psychological Services and a specialization in Urban Childhood Development, 1998


    After studying educational policy and sociology at Northwestern University, Sarah DeVita spent a year with City Year as a literacy tutor in San Antonio.  Returning to New York, she spent the next few years as a paralegal specialist with the Legal Aid Society, working both in Federal and Family Court.  Taking a strong interest in the juvenile justice system, she went on to work as a court representative and education advocate for CASES, an alternative to incarceration program, and later as the Director of Community Based Services with Friends of Island Academy, a re-entry program for young adults returning home from Rikers Island.  While at Friends, she also ran a program for ex-offender young fathers, and helped to implement new curriculums for parenting classes, employment readiness workshops, as well as for a batterer’s intervention program.   In order to be able to continue to expand her ability to serve the disconnected youth of New York City, Sarah chose to return to school, and pursue her J.D. at Brooklyn Law School.  She has partnered with the Resilience Advocacy Project to bring a new pro-bono project to BLS that allows students to act as community advocates, assisting teens and young adults with issues such as applying for housing, securing child support, obtaining important identification documents, and securing cash assistance and food stamps.  Sarah is also a member of Outlaws, a BLSPI mentor, and a co-chair with the National Lawyers Guild.  She has interned with Federal Defenders EDNY, the Exoneration Initiative, Bronx Defenders, Georgia Capital Defenders, Legal Aid Society- Criminal Defense Practice, and is currently participating in Professor Bentele’s Capital Defense/Habeas Clinic.  She plans to work in indigent defense and criminal justice and sentencing reform.

  • University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A.in Community Studies, Immigration and Social Justice focus, June 2007


    Scott's interest in immigrants' rights and economic justice began with volunteering and internships in post-Katrina relief organizations, and continued to grow through several years of work with service sector unions in California, New York, and Puerto Rico. This experience, which exposed him to the passionate work of dedicated lawyers in the field, helped solidify his belief that the law can be a powerful tool for justice when wielded with both passion and humility. Scott spent his Sparer summer at the Center for Popular Democracy developing proposals to improve wage-and-hour statutes and enforcement in several states across the country, and has continued his work in other economic justice legislation, civil rights litigation, and immigrant representation.

  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies and Psychology, May 2009


    After attending the University of Notre Dame, Rebecca volunteered through AmeriCorps VISTA at CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, a non-profit organization that trained community volunteers to advocate for children in abuse and neglect proceedings. Rebecca spent her first summer during law school at The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice. She continued to work with youth and young adults involved with the court system at Youth Represent during a year-long clinic. Rebecca spent her second summer working on civil rights litigation at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. She is currently in the Capital Defender and Federal Habeas Clinic. Rebecca also works with two pro bono projects: the Brooklyn Detention Center Assistance Project and the Suspension Representation Project. She is also a member of Moot Court and the Brooklyn Law Review.

  • Bard College


    After graduating from Bard College in 2008, Jana served one year as an AmeriCorps in the Juvenile Justice Project at Advocates for Children of New York.  Following her AmeriCorps year, Jana moved to South Korea to teach English as a second language, and thereafter taught pre-kindergarten in Madison, WI.  At BLS, Jana has been honored as a BLSPI and Sparer Fellow.  As a BLSPI Fellow, Jana interned at the Prisoners' Rights Projects at the Legal Aid Society; as a Sparer Fellow, Jana interned at the New Orleans office of the Southern Poverty Law Center.  During her semesters at BLS, Jana participated in the Municipal Litigation Clinic at the New York City Law Department and externed at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.  This semester, Jana will intern with Judge Ronnie Abrams in S.D.N.Y.  Jana is Co-chair and founder of the Youth Court Pro Bono Project.  Jana is also Co-chair of BLSPI, where she has helped organize various public service and public interest events on campus.  Jana is an Executive Articles and Symposia Editor for the Brooklyn Journal of Law and Policy.  Following graduation, Jana will be joining Deloitte Tax LLP.

  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. in African American Studies, Psychology Concentration, June 2006


    Karume James entered Brooklyn Law School with a deep commitment to social justice. His passion for public service crystallized as an undergraduate student at UCLA, when he led a 300-person march on campus as part of a successful student campaign to reform the university’s admissions policies to increase campus diversity. After graduating from college, he immediately began his career as a social justice advocate, first working as a union organizer representing healthcare workers at UCLA, and later as a community organizer in South Central Los Angeles. As a community organizer, Karume directed a neighborhood transformation campaign with thousands of local residents. Additionally, Karume partnered with the Children’s Defense Fund to coordinate a ten-week summer reading enrichment program for over 70 low-income elementary and middle school students in his summer before law school, while continuing the neighborhood transformation campaign. At Brooklyn Law School, Karume has continued his commitment to the social justice mission that brought him to law school. He is currently the Vice President of Alumni Relations for the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Co-Chair of  Community Development for the Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (BLSPI) and a past BLSPI Fellow, and Co-Chair of the National Lawyers Guild. During his Sparer summer, Karume interned with the Legal Aid Society, Employment Law Unit working with low-income clients in employment discrimination, overtime violation, and unemployment insurance cases. He has also interned with the Hon. Sharon A.M. Aarons of the New York State Supreme Court, Bronx County and at Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing development non-profit organization. During his 2L summer, Karume interned at the Bronx Defenders in the Criminal Practice and discovered a new passion for holistic criminal defense. As an intern, he had the privilege to help win a disorderly conduct trial with his supervising attorney. During the trial, he delivered the opening statement and an oral motion to dismiss. After law school, Karume will build upon his commitment to public defense as a staff attorney with the Bronx Defenders in the Criminal Practice.

  • Before attending law school, Melissa Lee worked for Planned Parenthood for 7 years, first as a community organizer and later as the Manager of Advocacy Programs for Planned Parenthood NYC. In 2007, she founded the Young Professionals program for the New York Civil Liberties Union and went on to be elected as a member of the NYCLU Board. Additionally, she currently serves on the Sex and Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. As a law student, she has interned in The Office of the New York City Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio; in the Office of the New York Attorney General, Civil Rights Bureau; and has spent two semesters in The Bronx Defenders' Criminal Defense Practice. She is also an active member of the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society. Last year, her team won first place in the Florida State National Mock Trial Competition and she was awarded the Best Advocate prize. This year, she is a member of the MCHS Trial National Team and will be competing in the Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Competition in February. She plans to pursue Public Defense and Civil Rights work upon graduating from law school.

  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, B.A. in Political Science, 2009


    For his final summer in law school Gideon was awarded a fellowship supported by the Peggy Browning Fund, a nonprofit organization that encourages students to pursue careers in public interest labor law.  Gideon spent the summer focusing on workers’ rights and labor law at the Major League Baseball Players Association.  During law school Gideon also interned for U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak in the Eastern District of New York, and participated in the Employment Law Clinic.  Prior to law school, he worked for two years as a policy analyst and community liaison for a New York State Assembly Member.  Gideon's article, “Allergic to Equality: The Legislative Path to Safer Restaurants,” will be published by the Appalachian Journal of Law in the Spring.  He is a member of Brooklyn Law School’s Journal of Law and Policy and the Moot Court Honor Society.

  • Boston University


    Melissa is a 3L interested in family law, particularly issues of domestic violence and custody.  She is currently interning at Juvenile Rights Practice at Legal Aid and will be clerking for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court next year.  Last summer and fall, she interned at New York Legal Assistance Group, appearing in court under a student practice order in order of protection and custody cases.  Before New York Legal Assistance Group, she was a judicial intern for Judge Levy in the Eastern District of New York and a legal intern at Advocates for Children working with students in foster care.  She spent her first summer at Pine Tree Legal Assistance Group, Maine's only civil legal services provider, helping low-income victims of domestic violence get civil orders of protection and filing Title IX based complaints with the Office of Civil Rights on behalf of teenage victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment in school.  Before law school, Melissa was a Teach for America corps member in Brooklyn, teaching for four years at P.S. 243 in Crown Heights and Excellence Boys Charter School in Bedford Stuyvesant.    Melissa has a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and a M.S. in Teaching from Pace University.

  • Originally from South Carolina, a state that proudly waves the Confederate flag over its capital building, Victoria was exposed early to the judicial system's disparate treatment of different races. Being from a mixed-race family, Victoria's passion to advocate against a racially and economically biased criminal justice system grew at an early age. In high school, Victoria collected books for prisoners, and, in college, she interned with criminal defense attorneys. Since starting law school, Victoria has been an active participant in the ACLU and the Criminal Law Society. Last summer, she was a law clerk with Gideon's Promise, a non-profit organization that trains young public defenders in Southern districts. She will return to Gideon's Promise this summer to continue fighting the system-wide corruption and to provide some relief to the over-burdened public defenders. Finally, Victoria is currently participating in the Federal Habeas and Capital Defender Clinic, where she hopes to gain valuable federal experience and to assist in the fight against the death penalty.

  • Fordham University


    Callagee O’Brien has always been passionate about working with children, but it was not until she worked at Student Sponsor Partners, a nonprofit that provides at-risk students with mentors and scholarships to high school, that she considered making a career out of working with or on behalf of children. In the summer of 2012 she worked in Anchorage, Alaska at the Attorney General’s Office (Alaska Department of Law) in the Child Protection Division, followed by a Fall internship at the Children’s Law Center in Brooklyn. For her Sparer summer, Callagee interned at the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice in both child abuse/neglect and juvenile delinquency. Callagee plans to pursue a career directly advocating for children and eventually moving into policy work.

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. in English and B.A. in Religious Studies, May 2008


    After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, Erin joined Teach For America, teaching 8th grade special education students in Newark, NJ, and later served as a Program Coordinator for TFA New Jersey.   At BLS, Erin has engaged in a variety of activities, often focusing on children's rights and education issues.  She spent her Sparer summer working at Advocates for Children of New York, advocating for the educational rights of children with special needs, and she spent her second summer at Kirkland & Ellis, where she was selected to work on the Access to Justice project in Brooklyn Family Court.  She participated in the Children's Law Center clinic, interned with Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon in E.D.N.Y., and was a teaching assistant for the LLM legal writing program.  As Co-Chair and Chair of the Board of Directors for BLSPI, Erin has helped organize various public service events around campus and has enjoyed collaborating with her Sparer friends throughout her time at BLS.  After graduation, Erin will clerk for Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman in S.D.N.Y. and then will return to the litigation practice at Kirkland & Ellis.

  • Pitzer College, B.A. in Linguistics with a Minor in Spanish, May 2005


    Lisa started her career at the Little Tokyo Service Center, CDC, where she was a case manager for older and disabled adults in the Greater Los Angeles area. She learned the value of community development and social services, while working with low-income seniors who were also public housing tenants. She continued her work with older and disabled adults at the Medicare Rights Center in Manhattan, providing client service and professional training about Medicare. She was trained about how health insurance was structured generally, and became interested in healthcare. Lisa entered law school to find a career that would equip her with skills needed to help improve urban neighborhoods, so that it is livable for everyone. She has concentrated her law school experience on elements needed for a good quality of living, including housing, public benefits, and healthcare. Lisa spent her Sparer summer working at Public Counsel in their Community Development Project, where she helped not-for-profits in Los Angeles with corporate governance issues, as well as doing research for affordable housing policies in the City of Los Angeles. This past fall, Lisa was part of the Elder Rights Clinic, representing older adults facing evictions and cuts from public benefits at the South Brooklyn Legal Services. Lisa is currently enrolled in the Community Development Clinic, and soon will soon help existing and upcoming not-for-profits in Brooklyn.

  • American University, B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies, August 2009


    Ava is deeply committed to public defense. Prior to law school, she advocated for criminal justice policy reform at the Justice Policy Institute, provided re-entry support to men incarcerated in the D.C. jail, and founded Justice Not Jails on her college campus. As a policy analyst and case researcher at Families Against Mandatory Minimums for three years, she worked with prisoners and families to abolish harsh sentencing laws, including the federal crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity. At Brooklyn Law School, Ava has interned with New Orleans Public Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services and Federal Defenders in the Eastern District of New York. She helped write a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of a man on death row with the Capital Defender and Federal Habeas Clinic. This semester, she will work in The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Division. After graduation, Ava hopes to work as a public defender in state court.

  • SUNY at Binghamton


    Taier Perlman came to law school with a solidified commitment to public interest work gained through five years of diverse work experiences.  She worked as a disability advocate for Social Security Disability benefit claimants; was a client advocate specialist at a non-profit grant foundation; assisted two small business owners through a landlord-tenant dispute; interned at a New York City Councilmember’s office; and volunteered at the 18th International HIV/AIDS Conference, and two NGO’s in Kisumu, Kenya. Taier spent her 1L summer with the New York State Attorney General’s Tobacco Compliance Bureau where she helped in an arbitration hearing with Big Tobacco companies in a dispute over the Master Settlement Agreement.   She spent her 2L summer with the Alaska Department of Law assisting attorneys in the Human Services, Torts and State & Labor Affairs sections with a variety of legal issues, such as due process rights in the administrative law context, and the application of CERCLA liability provisions in preparation for a multi-party mediation regarding the clean-up of a toxic site in rural Alaska. During law school, Taier enjoyed a judicial externship with the State Supreme Court which exposed her to the diverse docket of claims brought against the City of New York and its many agencies.  In Brooklyn Law School’s Mediation Clinic Taier was able to mediate disputes between pro se litigants in the Kings County Civil Court House which has spawned her appreciation for the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  She is currently Co-President of the ADR Society and a member of its Competition Team.  Taier is also presently participating in the Advanced Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic offering pro bono legal counseling to a variety of start-up businesses including many with inspiring public service missions.

  • Columbia University, B.A. in Urban Studies, May 2008


    Dacia's commitment to advocating for and protecting juveniles' rights to safety, education and defense grew out of the 10 years she spent teaching, mentoring and learning from students in under-resourced schools in Providence, RI and NYC. While at Columbia University, Dacia spent academic years and summers teaching students in Columbia's Talent Search and Upward Bound programs; taught weekly decision-making workshops in NYC high schools; and researched and wrote a senior thesis on the relationship between small schools co-housed in a large school building in the South Bronx. From 2008-2010, Dacia served as New York City Program Manager for Peer Health Exchange, Inc., working with public high school administrators to provide a comprehensive health curriculum to students in 32 high schools across Manhattan and the Bronx. Before arriving at BLS as an entering-Sparer in 2011, Dacia returned to her home in Providence, Rhode Island as an Americorps VISTA at Providence Summerbridge - the same organization she worked at when she began her work with youth as a middle school math teacher during high school. Dacia currently volunteers with formerly incarcerated youth through a weekly program run by the Children's Aid Society and serves as a suspension advocate for students through the Suspension Representation Project at BLS.

  • Cornell University, M.I.L.R. in Collective Representation and Dispute Resolution, May 2011; B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations, May 2006


    Kris Reichardt is interested in labor and employment law, the expansion of workers’ rights and conflict resolution. After graduating from Cornell University, Kris received a commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. Driven by an inner passion for public service, Kris spent four years in the Persian Gulf and Iraqi coastal waters assigned to various patrol craft – coordinating with Iraqi military forces, conducting maritime security, and fostering community relationships. He has interned for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Labor-Management Center at Dowling College, and with several labor mediators and arbitrators. In 2011, while studying towards a Masters in Labor Relations, Kris was a graduate teaching and research assistant for the Department of Labor Law, History, and Collective Bargaining at the NYS School of Industrial and Labor Relations. His research focused on 20th Century public-sector working class history, NYS fiscal and education policy, and various conflict resolution systems. Since starting law school, Kris has volunteered for the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO), devoted to assisting pro se litigants who are being sued by creditors or who have other consumer debt issues. Kris has interned with a major public sector teachers' union and private law firms advocating workers' rights and employment law. He has recently interned with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 29 in Brooklyn.

  • Portland State University, B.A. in Arts and Letters, Women’s Studies Concentration, May 2006


    After becoming a single-mother, Claire volunteered at the Parenting Place, establishing and facilitating a single-mothers' group, which provided support and respite care for mothers in a state of crisis or transition.  Seeing the mothers' dire need for legal advocacy is what brought Claire to law school.  At BLS, Claire has volunteered through the Court Room Advocates Project (CAP) and Mentoring Youth Through Legal Education (MYLE), as well as serving as a co-chair for the Fair Hearings Representation and Assistance Project (FHRAP), the Legal Association for Women (LAW), and most currently, the Parents' Association.  While serving as the co-chair for FHRAP, Claire aided in the establishment of an exciting BLS clinic run in partnership with the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), titled Economic Justice: NYLAG Public Benefits.  She's also a member of the Journal of International Law, as well as an avid traveller: She spent the summer of '13 studying in Bologna, Italy and the fall of '13 studying at the University of Essex, England.  Claire spent her Sparer summer working at NYLAG, in the Domestic Violence Clinic, but she found her true passion while interning as a BLSPI fellow at the Brooklyn Family Defense Practice, defending low-income parents against charges of neglect or abuse brought by the Administration for Children's Services.  Claire will continue working to serve low-income parents this spring at the National Advocates for Pregnant Women.

  • St. Johns’ University, B.A in Government and Politics, Minor in Philosophy of Law, Minor in Women & Gender Studies, May 2010; Queens’ College, M.A in Urban Affairs, May 2011.


    Born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens, New York, Nutan understood the importance of being a voice for others and was determined to give back to her underserved community. As a community organizer during her undergraduate career, she helped develop and promote the needs of her community through SEVA, a South Asian grassroots community organization. Pursuant to obtaining her Masters’ in Urban Affairs at Queens’ College, Nutan attended SUNY Buffalo Law for her first year of law school, where she was a member of the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal and winner of the 2012 New York Redistricting Project sponsored by Fordham University. Prior to transferring to Brooklyn Law, Nutan spent her summer as a Legal Outreach Summer Law Coordinator where she taught her favorite subject, Criminal Law, to rising inner-city high school students at St. Johns’ School of Law. Currently at Brooklyn Law, Nutan serves as the Co-President for the South Asian Law Students Association. Nutan has participated in the Uncontested Divorce Pro-Bono Project for Indigent Clients through the Volunteer Lawyers Project at the Brooklyn Bar Association. While continuing to pursue her passion for being a representative for those who need it most, Nutan worked at The Exoneration Initiative through the BLS/ EXI Wrongful Convictions Clinic. Nutan spent her Sparer summer at the Federal Defenders of New York for the Eastern District. Currently, she is a Teachers’ Assistant for Prof. Gerald Shargel’s Evidence class. She is extremely grateful for her Sparer Fellowship and intends to use this opportunity to fulfill her ultimate goal of providing representation to others through criminal defense work.

  • New York University School of Social Work, M.S.W., May 2006
    New York University School of Social Work, B.S. in Social Work, May 2005


    Peter is  interested in elder law and disability rights, particularly mental capacity issues, aging in place, and housing and consumer protections.  Before law school he was a community social worker with senior citizens.  All clients were low income/low asset, and most had no family to help them out physically or financially.  The mission of the agency he worked for was to help people age 60 and over remain independent in the community.  The work involved a lot of different housing,  home care, medical care, and public benefits issues.  On the side Peter was also a personal care aide for several years, to a man who had dementia.  Before that he completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees at NYU’s School of Social Work.  Once upon a time he was a waiter (and also the Easter bunny at a local mall—worst job ever!). Peter spent his 1L Summer at the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program (a project now hosted by NYLAG; EFLRP is especially known for Medicaid and Medicaid long term care advocacy); his 2L spring at New York City Civil Court, Consumer Law Clinic at BLS; his 2L Spring at Office of the Inspector General for the NYS Unified Court System (investigates complaints against court-appointed guardians); his 2L Summer at the AARP Foundation Litigation, Housing, Low Income Benefits, and Consumer Law Teams; his 3L Fall at Mental Hygiene Legal Service, 1st Department, Guardianship Team and is currently part of the Elder Rights Clinic.

  • Tomoeh attended Stanford and worked previously as a reporter for The Washington Post. She has worked in law school at Legal Aid Society (Prisoner's Rights Project), Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Urban Justice Center (Mental Health Project), New York Legal Assistance Group (LegalHealth Unit)

  • University of Central Florida, B.A. Political Science: International Relations, December 2010


    Inspired by her experiences as a first-generation immigrant, Johana developed a passion for defending the rights of vulnerable populations as an advocate and activist during her undergraduate studies. While at the University of Central Florida, she joined the Orlando chapter of the Youth and Young Adult Network of the National Farm Worker Ministry. During her time with the organization, she helped organize many different campaigns, which addressed issues that affect farm workers, such as poverty wages, modern day slavery and women’s issues. As part of her work with that organization, she became involved in an immigration campaign that brought together ACLU attorneys and community organizers. It was then that she observed how much more could be accomplished when community based organizations and attorneys work together. Spurred by that realization, she decided to apply to law school. Johana is interested in immigration and refugee law.

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