Public Interest Law Center

Staff Biographies

Lisa Hoyes 99, Assistant Dean for Public Service
BA SUNY Purchase
JD NYU School of Law

Lisa Hoyes joined the Law School from the Federal Defenders of New York, where she served as an Assistant Federal Defender from 2009 to 2015. At Federal Defenders, Lisa handled a wide variety of cases, including terrorism, narcotics, weapons, immigration, and securities fraud. As the Federal Defender liaison to two innovative court diversion programs, one for young offenders and one for defendants struggling with substance abuse, Lisa worked alongside the judges of the Eastern District of New York to implement and expand the programs.

Prior to joining the Federal Defenders, Lisa spent nearly a decade at the Bronx Defenders, advocating for thousands of indigent clients. She took a leave of absence from the Bronx Defenders in 2004 to serve as an NYU Law Fellow at the Equal Justice Initiative, working with Professor of Clinical Law Bryan Stevenson to represent death row inmates and other offenders facing life sentences under three-strikes laws. Lisa later returned to the Bronx Defenders as a Supervising Attorney and a member of the Advanced Felony Trial Unit.

After graduating from NYU Law, Lisa won a Soros Justice Postgraduate Fellowship to undertake a project she designed to provide civil legal services to juveniles involved in delinquency proceedings and the criminal justice system. For two years, she provided immigration, housing, family law, and benefits representation to young people under the auspices of Legal Aid’s Juvenile Rights Division and The Door’s Legal Services Center.

While at the Law School, Lisa was a Sinsheimer Scholar, an active member of BALSA, an associate editor of NYU Law Review, and a participant in the Juvenile Rights clinic. Lisa received a BA in Language and Culture and Political Science from SUNY Purchase.

Miriam Eckenfels-Garcia LLM ’13, Interim Associate Director
BA, MA University of Basel, School of Law
LLM NYU School of Law

Miriam is an international lawyer and an attorney admitted in New York State.  Prior to joining PILC, Miriam was a legal counsel to the Palau National Congress, the legislature of the Republic of Palau from 2013-2015. In this capacity, she drafted bills for new and amended civil and criminal legislation and advised the members of Congress on human rights issues and Palau’s obligations under international law.  Miriam obtained her LLM in International Legal Studies from NYU School of Law with a focus on transitional justice and international human rights.  During the LLM she worked as a remote consultant to the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin and as an advocacy intern for Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict in New York.  From 2010-2012, Miriam worked as the executive assistant to the Chairman of the OECD Working Group on Bribery and as an academic assistant at the University of Basel.  Miriam also pursues a PhD project that analyzes the possibility of including corporate actors in transitional justice mechanisms.

David Glasgow LLM ’14, Associate Director
BA University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts
LLB University of Melbourne Law School
LLM NYU School of Law

David Glasgow coordinates outreach and student guidance regarding the 50-hour pro bono requirement for admission to the New York State Bar; administers the International Finance and Development Fellowship and International Court of Justice Clerkship; and counsels public-interest oriented JD and LLM students. David is an Australian-qualified lawyer and an attorney admitted in New York State. Prior to joining PILC, he obtained an LLM from NYU School of Law with a focus on civil rights and nondiscrimination issues, which included an internship at Immigration Equality through the LGBT Rights Clinic. He was awarded the David H. Moses Memorial Prize upon graduating first in the LLM program. David previously practiced employment, labor relations and discrimination law in Australia and clerked for a Justice of the Federal Court of Australia. While practicing law, he maintained a substantial pro bono caseload, particularly through the Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic. He also served as President and in other management positions for the nonprofit organization Lawyers for Animals.

Sarah Hudson-Plush, Associate Director
BA University of Michigan
JD Cardozo School of Law

Sarah Hudson-Plush joined PILC, where she specializes in non-profit domestic organizations and post-graduate fellowships, as a part-time counselor in February 2012. After law school, Sarah was a Skadden Fellow at the Center for Family Representation, where she completed a project focused on the educational rights of indigent parents, including teen parents, involved in all stages of the child protective system. After completing her fellowship, Sarah remained at CFR, where she represented parents in neglect and abuse proceedings in Manhattan Family Court. Immediately prior to joining PILC, Sarah worked for a short time as a staff attorney at Advocates for Children of New York, where she represented families in special education matters and supported impact litigation work. Between college and law school, Sarah was a public school teacher, first as a Teach for America corps member in Newark, NJ, and then at a charter school in Hoboken, NJ.

Miriam F. Ingber, Associate Director (On Leave, Fall 2015)
AB Summa Cum Laude, Dartmouth College
JD Yale Law School

Before joining the Public Interest Law Center in 2015, Miriam Ingber taught on the NYU Law Lawyering faculty. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at Children's Rights, a non-profit organization based in New York City. At Children's Rights, she worked on class action civil rights litigation aimed at improving child welfare systems nationwide, including federal litigation in Oklahoma and Rhode Island, and monitoring efforts in Mississippi. From 2006 to 2010, she worked in private practice on a wide range of issues, including white collar defense, internal investigations and general commercial litigation. While in private practice, she had an active pro bono practice that included advocacy for victims of domestic violence.

From 2004 to 2005 she clerked for the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella. Miriam graduated from Yale Law School in 2004. While at Yale, she was an editor for the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of Health Policy Law & Ethics, as well as a Coker Fellow. She received her AB summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2001.

Emily Kernan, Associate Director
AB Summa Cum Laude, Duke University
JD Harvard Law School

Emily Kernan joined the Public Interest Law Center in August 2015 from Advocates for Children of New York (AFC). As a staff attorney at AFC, Emily worked to improve educational outcomes for children involved in the child welfare system through individual representation and capacity-building efforts with foster care agencies. During this time, she also served as a part-time Public Interest Career Advisor at Columbia Law School’s Social Justice Initiatives, where she counseled law students and graduates about fellowships and public interest opportunities in child advocacy and other fields.

Before joining AFC in 2012, Emily worked at Lawyers For Children as Director of the Mental Health Advocacy Project, a project she started with a Skadden Fellowship in 2007. She represented children in foster care with mental health issues in New York City Family Court proceedings. She also engaged in policy work to tackle systemic problems, such as the over-prescription of psychotropic medications to children in care.  

Emily received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she actively participated in the Child Advocacy Program and served as Co-President of the student group Child and Youth Advocates. Her clinical work involved court reform efforts to expedite permanency for children in foster care in Washington State and education advocacy on behalf of children exposed to family violence in Boston. Emily spent her summers at the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, California and at The Door’s Legal Services Center in New York City.  Emily received an A.B. in Psychology from Duke University in 2003.  

Linda Wayner, Executive Director, Latino Institute for Human Rights
BA, MA Baylor University
JD University of Michigan Law School

Linda Wayner is the executive director for the Latino Institute for Human Rights. Before joining NYU, Linda was general counsel for Mayor Bloomberg’s Office for International Affairs in New York City where she was responsible for all legal affairs involving New York City’s role as host to the United Nations Headquarters and 192 foreign government offices. Prior to joining the Office of the Mayor, Linda was an attorney at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, where she focused on international arbitration, and the representation of foreign companies in domestic securities cases and investigations. She served as counsel to the organized Latino, African-American, Native American, and Asian-American students at the University of Michigan Law School during the Grutter v. Bollinger affirmative action lawsuit before the Supreme Court. Linda has also volunteered as pro bono counsel on behalf of political asylum applicants from Cameroon, Colombia, Liberia, Tibet, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 2001 and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in International Politics from Baylor University.

Gail Zweig, Associate Director
BA Magna Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania 
JD NYU School of Law

Gail Zweig joined the Public Interest Law Center in September 2015 after having served in various capacities in the public and private sectors, and taught at several law schools, including on the NYU Law Lawyering faculty.  Before joining PILC, Gail was Counsel to a small litigation boutique, concentrating her practice on representing a wide variety of clients in federal and state courts, and before regulatory bodies, mediators and arbitrators. Previously, Gail spent approximately six years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of New Jersey in both the Criminal and Appeals Divisions.

Prior to being a federal prosecutor, Gail was Litigation Counsel and Special Advisor to the General Counsel of the New York City Council, and Counsel to its State and Federal Legislation Committee.  She worked on various litigation matters concerning separation-of-powers issues under the New York City Charter, the City’s constitution.  Gail also collaborated with legislators, mayoral agencies, and members of the public on developing a broad array of legislation.

After graduating from NYU Law, Gail served as an associate at two large law firms and was the first law clerk to the Honorable Sterling Johnson Jr. in the Eastern District of New York.  Gail is a cum laude graduate of NYU Law, and was a member of the Order of the Coif and an articles editor and a symposium editor of the Annual Survey of American Law.  She received her BA in history with honors and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gabrielle Royal, Programs Manager
BA Texas A&M University
MA NYU Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (Expected December 2015)

Before joining the Public Interest Law Center as abPrograms Manager, Gabrielle Royal previously worked at NYU DC as a Program Coordinator creating and supporting co-curricular events, diversity initiatives, Alumni Mentorship programming, and networking opportunities for their student population. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is completing her MA degree at NYU's Graduate School of Arts & Science (GSAS). Her research is focused on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. She has years of experience as a student affairs professional and is passionate about diversity education. She was recently named as one of 100 Black LGBT Emerging Leaders to Watch by the National Black Justice Coalition. She has presented her academic research at Princeton University, University of North Carolina, CUNY, and the University of Montpellier in France. She is excited about continuing her service at  NYU as an administrator and joining the PILC team!

Lisa A. Borge, Programs Manager
BA Emerson College
JD Golden Gate University School of Law

Lisa Borge joined the Public Interest Law Center as its department administrator in August 2015. Before that, she served by Federal Criminal Justice Act appointment on various complex and death penalty cases in the Eastern, Southern, and Northern Districts of New York, and at the New York State Capital Defender Office providing litigation, administrative, and appellate support to attorneys in federal practice and state capital practice. She works closely with the assistant dean for public service administering the events and programs for PILC as well as coordinating the Summer Funding Program.