Five federal judicial nominees appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 23. Of the five nominees, two were Brooklyn Law School graduates: Nelson S. Román ’89, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and Professor Claire R. Kelly ‘93, who was nominated by the President to the Court of International Trade. “We are extraordinarily proud of the accomplishments of these two distinguished graduates. They embody the best of Brooklyn Law School,” said Dean Nick Allard. “When they are confirmed, as we expect, they will join the long line of BLS graduates who have served and are serving the nation on the bench,” he added. Other nominees included Analisa Torres for the Southern District of New York; Raymond Moore for the District of Colorado; and Derrick Watson for the District of Hawaii.
Over the course of his distinguished career, Judge Román has presided over approximately 400 trials. Currently a judge on the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, a position he has held since 2009, Judge Román began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County. He then became a law clerk in New York City Civil Court, until 1998, when he was appointed Judge of the Housing Part in New York City Civil Court. In 2001, he became a New York City Civil Court Judge in Bronx County, and in 2003 he joined the New York State Supreme Court, Bronx County Civil Term. He served in that capacity until 2009 when he was appointed to the Appellate Division.
Judge Román is a former president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and he has remained active in his community and with Brooklyn Law School. He recently served on a panel held at the Law School entitled, “How to Become a Judge,” sponsored by the Dominican Bar Association. He has also been honored by the Latino Law Students Association.
Professor Kelly, a member of the faculty since 1997, primarily focuses her scholarship on international business law and teaches courses in international trade law, international business law, and administrative law. Professor Kelly is a member of the American Law Institute, and has served on several bar committees. She serves on the board of directors of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association (CITBA), and chairs CITBA’s Subcommittee on Trade Adjustment Assistance, in addition to co-authoring its Primer on Litigating Trade Adjustment Assistance Cases.
Before joining the faculty, she was in private practice in the Customs Practice Group at Coudert Brothers, where she advised companies on governmental compliance and litigated a broad variety of international trade matters. Professor Kelly received her J.D. magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 1993 and her B.A. cum laude in 1987 from Barnard College.
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