Public Interest Law Center

Root-Tilden-Kern Alumni

The first class of Root-Tilden Scholars graduated from NYU School of Law in 1954. The members of that class and subsequent classes have shown a diversity of professional interests and have become leaders in public service. A large percentage of our alumni have served in government at some point in their careers, including appointed and elected office. Some serve as federal and state court judges. Many graduates have worked with legal services, nonprofit advocacy organizations, public defenders, prosecutors’ offices, and foundations. In addition, some are employed in law school teaching or administration, or serve as partners in public interest law firms. Each year a substantial number of graduating scholars serve as clerks to federal and state judges.

Some of our notable alumni are listed below:

Jonathan S. Abady ‘90
Founding Partner, Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP

Betty Baez-Melo ‘11
Project Director, Advocates for Children Early Childhood Education Project

The Honorable Thomas Buergenthal ‘60
In Memoriam

Derwyn Bunton ‘98
Running for Criminal Court Judge

Shannon Cumberbatch ‘12

Managing Director of People, Equity & Institutional Transformation at The Bronx Defenders; Founder & Facilitator at Uproot.ed; Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School

Amanda David ‘08

Assistant Professor of Law at the CUNY School of Law

Diana DeGette ‘82
US Representative for Colorado's 1st Congressional District

Julia Einbond ‘08

Executive Director of Covenant House New Jersey

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal ‘05
Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Lurie Daniel Favors

Executive Director at the Center for Law and Social Justice, Medgar Evers College; Host, the Lurie Daniel Favors Show on SiriusXM’s Urban View; Commissioner, NYC Racial Justice Commission

Elana Fogel ‘13

Director, Criminal Defense Clinic & Clinical Professor at Duke Law

Karen Freedman, ‘80

Executive Director, Lawyers for Children

Margaret Fung, ‘78

Executive Director, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Tiffany McKinney Gardner

Co-Founder and Executive Director at One World Exchange

Tsedeye Gebreselassie ‘07
Director of Work Quality, National Employment Law Project 

Matthew Ginsburg ‘05
Associate General Counsel, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

Anurag Gupta ‘11
Founder and CEO, BE MORE America

Keith Harper ‘94
Ambassador, UN Human Rights Council (Ret.); Partner, Jenner and Block

Mary Haviland ‘94
Executive Director, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

Charlotte Hitchcock ‘91
General Counsel and Chief of Staff, Newark Public Schools

Sharon Hom ‘80
Executive Director, Human Rights in China

Miranda Johnson ‘06

Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Education Law & Policy Institute, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Annie Lai ‘06
Co-Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Clinical Professor of Law/Co-Director, Immigrant Rights Clinic, UC Irvine Law

Dorchen A. Leidholdt ‘88
Director, Center for Battered Women's Legal Services/Sanctuary for Families

Tana Lin ‘91

Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

Sonia Lin ‘08
Senior Fellow at Consumer Protection Bureau

Oscar Londono ‘17
Co-Executive Director at WeCount!

Nancy Lublin ‘01
Founder and CEO, Crisis Text Line; Founder, Dress for Success

Nancy Mahon ‘89
Chief Sustainability Officer at Estee Lauder

Max Markham ‘21

Vice President, Policy & Community Engagement, Center for Policing Equity

Julie Mao ‘11
Co-Founder and Deputy Director of Just Futures Law

Terry A. Maroney ‘98
Robert S. and Theresa L. Reder Chair in Law and Professor of Medicine, Health and Society, Vanderbilt Law School

Katherine Menendez ‘97

U.S. District Judge, District of Minnesota

Evan Milligan ‘16

Exective Director at Alabama Forward; Advisor, Fund for New Leadership

Markita Morris-Louis ‘03

Chief Executive Officer, Compass Working Capital

Nina Morrison ‘98

Judge, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York

Zama Neff, ‘98

Child Rights Division Director, Human Rights Watch

Connie Rice ‘84

Civil Rights Activist, Co-Founder of Advancement Project

Dennis Riordan ‘74
Partner, Riordan & Horgan

Jenny Rivera ‘85
Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals, State of New York

Lourdes Rosado ‘95
President and General Counsel at LatinoJustice

Rachel Rosenbloom ‘02
Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Northeastern University School of Law

Janet Sabel ‘84
Director of the Access to Justice Initiative, Center on Civil Justice

Johnathan Smith ‘07
Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice

Ría Tabacco Mar ‘08
Senior Staff Attorney, Director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project

LaShanda Taylor Adams ‘99

Legal Director, Children’s Law Center and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Law, David Clarke School of Law

Jessica Yager ‘03

Project Director, Red Hook Community Justice, Center for Justice Innovation

Jenny R. Yang ‘96
Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council for Racial Justice & Equity