Alumni and Mentoring

Alumni Connections

Brooklyn Law School has a long tradition of minority alumni who were trailblazers.

Some of our noteworthy graduates are: Sumner Lark, Class of 1916, the first African-American Assistant District Attorney of New York City; Frieda B. Hennock '24, the first female Federal Communications Commissioner; Hon. Henry Bramwell '48, the first African-American judge appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; Percy E. Sutton '50, the first African-American Manhattan borough president and founder of the media giant Inner City Broadcasting Corporation; Herman Badillo '54, the first U.S. congressman of Puerto Rican origin; Dorothy Chin-Brandt '74, the first Asian-American woman judge in New York State; and Hon. David N. Dinkins '56, the first African-American Mayor of New York City.

Today, we are proud of the top positions that so many of our minority graduates hold.

  • Sterling Johnson, Jr. '66 is a Judge of the US District Court, Eastern District of New York.
  • Geraldo Rivera '69 is a veteran broadcast journalist.
  • Peter Tom '75 is a New York State Supreme Court Associate Justice, Appellate Division, 1st Department.
  • Astrid Garcia `80 is Vice President of Human Resources and Legal at Lee Enterprises Inc.
  • Rafael Pineiro '80 is First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Police Department, (Ret.)
  • Wanda K. Denson-Low '81 is Senior Vice President of The Boeing Company, (Ret.)
  • Kevin Nathaniel Fox '81 is a Magistrate Judge of the US District Court, Southern District of New York.
  • Claudine K. Brown '85 is Assistant Secretary for Education and Access at the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Carlos G. Ortiz '85 is Vice President and General Counsel of Goya Foods, Inc.
  • Naomi K. McLaurin '89 is Director of Diversity for the Philadelphia Bar Association.
  • Nelson Roman '89 is a Judge of the US District Court, Southern District of New York.
  • Irene Chang '91 is Sandy Recovery Interagency Coordination Advisor at FEMA.
  • Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. '92 is a Magistrate Judge of the US District Court, Eastern District of New York.
  • Meeka Jun Bondy '94 is Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs at HBO.
  • Narda Marisa Jones '94 is Legislative Counsel to US Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA).
  • Angel L. Ortiz `97 is Vice President of Labor Relations at NBC Sports.
  • Shawn A. Miles '98 is Senior Vice President Global Public Policy & Regulatory Strategy at MasterCard Worldwide.
  • Stanley Wilcox `98 is Director of Athletics at Florida State University
  • Nicole George-Middleton '01 is Senior Vice President of Membership for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
  • Frederick E. Curry, III '03 is a Partner at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP.
  • Shela Omell Shanks `04 is Director of Admissions of the Nebraska State Bar Commission of the Nebraska Supreme Court.
  • Nicole A. Wyskoarko '04 is Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at Island Def Jam Music Group.
  • Errol T. Louis '05 is a columnist at the New York Daily News and an anchor for Inside City Hall on NY1.
  • Sparkle Sooknanan '10 is a former Law Clerk to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Anne del Castillo '11 is General Counsel for the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.

Our mentoring program pairs students with graduates who are committed to furthering their professional development. Our large alumni body presents networking and career opportunities for our students that few law schools can match.

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