Class of 2018
'18 was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in Ames, Iowa. He graduated magna cum laude
from Brown University in 2012 with concentrations in Education and American Studies, and received the Yat K. Tow prize for his work in the Providence community. During college, Bobby coordinated the Olneyville ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program, where he instructed ESOL classes and supervised volunteer teachers. He also worked on several organizing projects with Hope United, a student group that has grown into the Providence Student Union, a citywide education advocacy organization working to amplify the voices of Providence public school students. After college, Bobby provided research support to the Vera Institute of Justice's 2013 report Coming of Age With Stop and Frisk
, which examined young people's responses to excessive police contact.
He then worked as a legal assistant and paralegal at the ACLU Racial Justice Project, where he supported class-action lawsuits and federal administrative complaints challenging racial discrimination nationwide, focusing on racial profiling, fair housing, lending discrimination and the school-to-prison pipeline. Bobby has also worked as a paralegal at Make the Road New York, where he has helped build immigrant worker power by supporting wage and hour litigation, legislation, and administrative advocacy to promote workplace justice. At NYU, Bobby has participated in the Suspension Representation Project, providing free representation to students facing superintendent's suspension hearings, and is currently participating in the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic. He spent his 1L Summer at the Federal Defenders of New York for the Southern District of New York and will spend his 2L summer at the Center for Appellate Litigation.
'18 is originally from Portland, Oregon. She graduated cum laude
from American University in 2015, where she studied Strategic Communication and Criminology. While at American, Nora worked with BleakHouse Publishing, a criminal justice press featuring creative writing from incarcerated individuals. Before attending law school, Nora was an investigative intern at the DC Public Defender’s Service, where she was exposed to the toll the justice system has on disadvantaged communities. Following this experience, Nora’s senior capstone focused on racial tension on campus and the resulting social segregation by students. The project culminated in a comprehensive report and suggestions that were pitched to university administrators, which were adopted by the diversity and inclusion office the following year. During her 1L year, Nora has been a part of Suspension Representation Project, served as a youth mentor for the Urban Assembly League, and is on the Young Professionals board at the Ms. Foundation. She spent her 1L summer interning at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in North Carolina.
Class of 2019
'19 is originally from Washington, D.C. She recently served as a Paralegal with the ACLU's Racial Justice Program, where she worked on cases pertaining to housing and lending discrimination, affirmative action, and the school-to-prison pipeline. As a college student, Astrid double majored in International Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies, with a focus on addressing women's rights issues by utilizing the universal human rights framework. She spent the Fall semester of her junior year in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she studied the international human rights system and interned for a local non-profit that provides free legal services to survivors of gender-based violence. A first-generation Salvadoran-American, Astrid has worked with Latino communities in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and New York City as a middle school and ESL tutor, community health educator, and reproductive rights and immigration reform advocate. Prior to joining the Racial Justice Program, Astrid served as the Legal Administrative Assistant for the ACLU’s Human Rights Program and interned for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and MADRE. Astrid was a Questbridge Scholar at Emory University and graduated with Honors in the Spring of 2013.
'19 grew up in Perris, California. He graduated from Columbia University in 2014, majoring in Ethnic Studies with a focus on Latinx Studies and minoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. At Columbia University he was an executive board member in Proud Colors, building a community and presence for queer and transgender people of color on campus, and was the first Gender and Sexuality Chair at the Chicanx Caucus. During his last year at Columbia, Gerardo was the Organizing Intern at the LGBTQ Justice Project at Make the Road New York in Jackson Heights, Queens where he worked with the immigrant LGBTQ community to rally against police violence and profiling and the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses. He also surveyed the neighborhood on gender identity and gender expression workplace discrimination for Make the Road’s 2013 report Discrimination at the Workplace, From Application to Termination
. Before law school, Gerardo was a paralegal at the Center for Appellate Litigation, advocating for incarcerated people’s needs in New York State prisons and Rikers Island and assisting clients with parole hearings by drafting letters of support.
Class of 2020
'20 grew up in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. She comes to NYU from civil rights law firm Relman, Dane & Colfax, where she worked as a paralegal on fair lending and fair housing impact litigation. While at the firm, Maria founded the Youth Engagement Initiative, partnering with local government to offer mentorship and job shadowing opportunities to high school students interested in social justice. In 2015, Maria graduated summa cum laude from Harvard with a concentration in History and Literature. At Harvard, Maria advocated for immigrants’ and undocumented students’ rights as co-director of the student activist group and resource center Act on a Dream. Maria later chaired the Harvard Institute of Politics’ first-ever Immigration Policy Group, which authored a white paper analyzing Harvard College’s lack of support for undocumented students, and advocated for change to improve equal access to educational opportunities. She also worked at Greater Boston Legal Services’ Immigration Clinic, translating and assisting with the processing of asylum claims. Maria wrote her senior thesis on Dominican poet Salomé Ureña, and the relationship between gender and narratives of nation-building. Her work received the David Rockefeller Center Thesis Prize and John Northland Hutchins Thesis Prize in Latino Studies.
Daniela Ugaz ‘20 was born in Austin, Texas and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. From 2014 to 2016 she worked as a paralegal with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, serving unaccompanied immigrant children detained in Tucson, Arizona. Together with her husband, she has co-translated four non-fiction books from Spanish to English. In diverse ways, these books examine the effects of US international policy on Mexico and Central America, as well as the migration push factors of those regions. As a Fulbright Fellow in 2013, Daniela researched the overlap between US immigration and child welfare systems, traveling to several Mexican states to interview parents whose deportation had triggered a child custody case against them. As an undergraduate student, she spent three years volunteering with a newspaper co-operative that worked to provide a channel of communication as well as a supplementary income for the homeless community in Madison, Wisconsin. Daniela received her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin, in Madison and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, in Tucson.
Class of 2017
Class of 2016
Frances Dávila - Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow, Civil Action Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Alicia Nieves (bio) - Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellow, JustFix.nyc
Class of 2015
Cristopher Santos (bio) - Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor
Luis Angel Reyes Zavalza
Class of 2014
Amy Pont (bio) - Staff Attorney, Immigration Law Unit, The Legal Aid Society
Class of 2013
Lisandra Fernández-Silber - Law Clerk to Chief Judge Denise Page Hood, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Kevin Terry (bio) - Staff Attorney for the Legal Impact Network, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Jordan Wells (bio) - Staff Attorney, New York Civil Liberties Union
Class of 2012
Maria Romani (bio) - Staff Attorney, Immigration Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services
Class of 2011
Alba Lucero Villa
Class of 2010
Maribel Hernández Rivera (bio) - Executive Director of Legal Initiatives, New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
Andrea Nieves (bio) - Advocacy Specialist, Brooklyn Defender Services
Class of 2009
Tom Fritzsche (bio) - Clinical Teaching Fellow, Immigration Justice Clinic, Cardozo School of Law