Sparer Fellowship

  • Barnard College; English

    Prior to law school, Torie spent four years as a paralegal with Friedman & Wittenstein, P.C., a small complex commercial litigation firm. However, it was her involvement in the Prison Law Project, a joint project of the National Lawyers Guild and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which sparked her interest in attending law school. Each week she read letters from prisoners who felt that their civil rights had been violated and she would send them information about how to file a claim against their prisons. She hopes to pursue work in civil rights, economic justice, and poverty law during her Sparer summer.

  • Houghton College; Sociology and Political Science

    Shannon Daugherty's work as a domestic violence advocate at the Erie County Family Justice Center and an intern at the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo were integral in her decision to pursue a career in public interest law. Encountering determined, courageous, and often neglected clients inspired her to pursue a legal degree so that she could effectively advocate on their behalf. Shannon's respect for the attorneys she has worked with in the public sector confirmed her desire to also dedicate her career to the service of under-represented populations. She is thrilled to be a Sparer Fellow because it will enable her to interact with and be challenged by like-minded students, professors, and professionals.

  • Master’s Degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Social and Economic Development

    Before starting law school, Zamira worked at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Her areas of expertise included migration, social protection, women’s rights and aid effectiveness. Prior to that (2010) she served as a Regional Programs Manager for Easter Europe and Central Asia with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). She has been awarded the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (2007) and an International Fellowship (2005) from the American Association of Unviersity Women. She has also contributed to several key publications for the CIS region. In her native Tajikistan Zamira worked as information specialist for the National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan (NABWT) in 2004 where she assessed and tracked effective micro-lending practices, and acted as liason to all stakeholders involved both governmental and non-governmental. Zamira is interested in labor and employment law, as well as prosecution of white collar crimes.

  • University of Central Florida; Political Science with concentrations in Latin American Studies and African American Studies 
    The New School for Social Research; Master's Degree in Politics

    While at The New School, Eingold became interested in studying the complexities surrounding those who immigrate to New York City. His thesis was an ethnography he wrote while working alongside a group of undocumented immigrants in the kitchen of a popular restaurant. Their stories, struggles, and fears prompted him to study law so that he could ultimately utilize the law to help immigrants like those he met. Eingold is interested in the fields of immigration and racial justice, civil rights, and civil liberties. This summer Eric will be working an an Ella Baker Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights with the Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services.

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009; B.A. in Political Science and History, Certificate in European History

    Ashleigh Goit is dedicated to a career litigating in the public sector to extend the opportunities and resources that are often denied to marginalized populations. Ashleigh’s volunteer experiences prior to law school, teaching in Peru and advocating on behalf of children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), have demonstrated to her that many obstacles faced by vulnerable populations are systematic in nature and thus call for widespread structural reforms. Recognizing that a career as a public interest lawyer will empower her to help deconstruct these institutionalized obstacles, Ashleigh pursued a legal education. Since starting at BLS, Ashleigh has furthered her commitment to the public sector by participating in pro bono projects, including Courtroom Advocates Project and the Unemployment Action Center. She looks forward to providing direct client services and engaging in community advocacy this summer.

  • New York University, 2009; B.A. in Comparative Literature

    Jared Goldman is interested in directly providing and facilitating access to legal services for under-served populations. After graduating from NYU, he worked as a case worker for Pathways to Housing, an agency which pioneered the “housing first” approach to mental health treatment. Recognizing that housing is both a human right and an effective intervention tool, his work for the agency involved guiding clients through the complex web of government and non-profit resources. Access to these sorely needed services empowered and stabilized clients. He also worked with the New York State Office of Mental Health to develop eligibility criteria for intensive outpatient treatment. Jared believes that lawyers have an important role to play in improving communities on the micro and macro level.

  • The New York University Stern School of Business; B.S. in Finance and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship.

    After graduation, Alexander founded and launched The Human Color, a social venture that addresses racial inequality through art and creative expression. He also worked as a volunteer and research fellow with ERASE Racism, a civil rights organization based in Long Island. During his time with ERASE Racism, he researched various issues affecting people of color ranging from home foreclosures to the education achievement gap. At law school, Hu hopes to study and understand what he considers the “American Dream Pipeline" laws and policies on immigration, employment, and housing, and their impact on racial minorities. Hu hopes to gain tools and experience as a lawyer to apply to his pursuits in social entrepreneurship.

  • Boston College

    Molly's interest in international human rights stems from her undergraduate work with youth development in Africa and immigrant education in the United States. After graduating college, she joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Catholic Charities Atlanta as a refugee resettlement case manager for Asian, African, and the Middle Eastern refugees. She helped her clients obtain social services, employment, education, and government benefits. Molly also volunteered with El Refugio, an immigrant advocacy group in Georgia that works to improve community education about immigration issues and support immigrants who are in deportation proceedings. Before coming to law school, she spent the summer in rural Mexico at a cooperative farming project, where she learned about problems facing rural Mexican communities with large migrating populations. Molly is pursuing a career in refugee/immigration law to work toward a world where basic rights are protected, discrimination is eradicated, and the dignity of the person is respected.

  • Bowdoin College, 2005; B.A. English and Philosophy, Minor
    University of Virginia, 2008; M.A. English Literature

    Jonathan Pérez’s professional goals have focused on working with social justice groups, to bridge ideas, empower communities, and enact practical policy goals. As a former community organizer in Crown Heights for New York Council Woman Letitia James, he reached out to underserved communities in Brooklyn, and experienced the need for community outreach. After receiving a M.A. in English literature and Latino Studies, he presented papers on immigration reform and cultural studies at a number of conferences. Following his academic trajectory, he pursued a Ph.D., in American Studies at the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and The Modern Experience at Rutgers. He was also an adjunct professor in Multicultural Studies at Hunter College in New York. Jon started as a policy intern for the Director of Public Policy and Economic Development for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in New York. He then moved to DC, where he worked as a legislative intern, for Congressman Raúl Grijalva, handling a number of congressional issues. His most memorable experience was obtaining a sufficient number of Congressional signatures to challenge an Arizona immigration bill, which required police response to those who only appeared to be illegal, as unconstitutional, in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, on behalf of the ACLU, NAACP, and MALDEF. In his first semester at Brooklyn Law, Jon was a law intern at the Brennan Center for Justice and Democracy working on election reform. This summer, he will be working as a law clerk at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) in Washington, DC.

  • Boston University; Double major in English and International Relations with a minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Lauren has interned with many Boston area non-profits, learning about community development, economic justice, and urban planning. After serving as a fellow with LIFT Boston and receiving hands-on experience with advocacy, public benefits and housing, Lauren realized that a legal education would help her connect policy and theory with direct action and aid. She saw the Sparer Fellowship as a natural extension of these interests and aspirations. Lauren hopes to meet like-minded students and alumni in her fellowship and explore urban policy through the lens of social and economic justice. 

  • Emory University; Linguistics and Spanish Literature

    Massiel Ramos, originally from the Dominican Republic, has lived in New York for over 15 years. Her interest in public service came from observing disparities among different communities in the same area in which she lived in Lower Manhattan. Throughout high school and college she became involved in promoting higher education in underserved communities. She hopes to continue this focus after graduating from BLS. 

  • Northwestern University, 2010; BA in History and Religious Studies

    Elana's passion for public service developed in college while interning and volunteering at various non-profits and government agencies ranging in issues from children impacted by parental cancer to disabled migrant workers in China. Prior to coming to law school, Elana worked as a paralegal at the New York Legal Assistance Group in the Immigrant Protection Unit by providing direct legal services for immigrants who primarily faced gender based violence. There she realized that legal representation and legislation can alter the lives of the marginalized members of society more rapidly and more fundamentally than any other social service. Elana looks forward to spending this summer representing detained unaccompanied minors at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project in Harlingen, Texas.

  • Harvard College, 2008; Sociology

    Amanda Shapiro graduated from Harvard College in 2008 with a degree in sociology, where she focused on issues of economic justice and women’s rights. There, Amanda observed the intersections of class and gender, and grew to appreciate the difficulties women endure even in the halls of privilege. Upon graduation, she joined Teach for America, and taught for four years at a public school in the South Bronx. In 2010, she expanded her education interests on an international level when she joined the non-profit, Haitian Support, in a service project to build a school in rural Haiti. Her experience working with a high-needs population and a predominantly female workforce led her back to women’s rights advocacy. As an advocate, Amanda hopes to work in preventing sexual assault, closing the gender pay gap, strengthening maternity leave, and protecting a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices.

  • Boston University; B.A. in Political Science

    Clarissa is dedicated to improving people’s lives through public service. As an attorney, she hopes to make government work better for the people it serves by increasing access to its programs and services. Clarissa spent the first four years of her career working in the New York State Governor’s Office on a variety of high-profile policy initiatives in the areas of education, economic development, and infrastructure. Most recently, she worked in development for the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law, a think-tank that promotes the incorporation of sound economic analysis into governmental decisionmaking. At Brooklyn Law School, Clarissa is an advocate with the Unemployment Action Center, where she represents unemployment insurance claimants at administrative hearings. She also serves as the Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest Mentorship Committee 1L Delegate. She is a native of Niskayuna, NY and has lived in Brooklyn since 2010.  Clarissa is thrilled to be a part of the Brooklyn Law public interest community and looks forward to developing her advocacy skills so she can fight for a better future for all New Yorkers. 

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