The Carbonell Fellowship in Law and Policy was created in 2003 through the generosity of Vincent Carbonell '00. The Carbonell Fellowship program honors Vincent's father, Ricardo Carbonell, a long-time trade-union activist, and local and national leader of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, UFCW, AFL-CIO.
The Carbonell Fellowships reward outstanding students for their commitment to social justice and give them an opportunity to contribute to their field of interest. Carbonell Fellows play a central role in managing and shaping the Center, help manage the Center’s relationship with alumni and other leaders in social justice law, organize events, and work closely with the Center’s faculty and staff, including Director Richard Marsico.
Carbonell Fellows receive a stipend to support their fellowships in addition to an hourly rate of pay.
Current Carbonell Fellows, 2012-2013
Joshua Freeman graduated from the State University of New York: University at Albany, where he majored in Accounting and minored in Business Administration and Political Science. While attending college, Joshua was a Resident and Senior Resident Assistant. In addition, he served on his college's Judicial Board. Joshua is interested in environmental, criminal, and civil rights law. After his first year at New York Law School, Joshua interned with the Nassau County District Attorney's Office in the Economic Crimes Bureau. Joshua is the Vice President of the New York Law School chapter of the Unemployment Action Center and the Member at Large on the Unemployment Action Center Regional Board.
Jaclyn Wood graduated from Quinnipiac University, where she majored in Legal Studies and minored in Psychology. While attending college, Jaclyn served on the University's Academic Integrity Board and interned at the local general practice firm Gesmonde, Pietrosimone and Sgrignari. During her junior and senior years she worked at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut. During her 1L summer, Jaclyn studied in London and Paris as well as interned at the Attorney General's Office for the Division of Youth and Family Services in Newark, New Jersey. Her interests include public interest and criminal law. Jaclyn is a Campus Advocate and a Contracts Teaching Assistant.
Past Carbonell Fellows
Aisha Elston-Wesley 2011-2012
Cortney Nadolney 2011-2012
Eberle Schultz 2011-2012
Aimee Arrambide 2010–2011
Alexis Riley 2010–2011
Courtney N. Patterson 2009–2010
Felicia A. Reid 2009–2010
Eric C. Henry 2008–2009
Jillian L. Hunt 2008–2009
Frank Lanza 2007–2008
Jackie Rovine 2006–2007
Arika E. Sánchez 2006–2007
Jennifer Amore 2005–2006
Patrick Campbell 2005–2006
Abbey Gruber 2004–2005
Rebecca Rossel 2004–2005
Daniel Rapoport's generous gift in the spring of 2001 led to the creation and endowment of the David and Ida Rapoport Justice Action Center Fellowship. Since that time, the fellowship has allowed numerous Justice Action Center students to work on Center projects in an array of social justice legal fields.
Current Rapoport Fellow, 2012-2013
Sonia Tapyral graduated from Emerson College in 2009 with a degree in Political Communications and Political Science. Following graduation, she performed a year of full-time community service through the Americorps program, where she served as a teacher, mentor, and afterschool leader at a public school in East New York. This experience sparked her passion in education law and juvenile rights. Since beginning law school in 2010, she has continued her commitment to working with young people by serving as a constitutional law debate coach for high school students through the Legal Outreach Debate Program. She has also interned at numerous public interest organizations including the NYCLU, Children's Law Center, The Sikh Coalition, and the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division.
Past Rapoport Fellows
Petal Hwang 2011-2012
Victor Suthammanont 2004
Michael Fahy 2001
The Justice Action Center Graduate Fellowship is a one-year position that rewards a recent Law School graduate who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to social justice lawyering. The Graduate Fellow acts as liaison between the Center and current Law School students, Center alumni, and the larger legal community. The position offers a recent graduate the opportunity to develop legal and administrative skills while learning about and making contacts with legal advocacy groups throughout the New York City area. The Graduate Fellow is also encouraged to develop new projects for the Center consistent with the Fellow's professional interests.
Current Graduate Fellow, 2012-2013
Katie Smelas is a 2012 graduate of New York Law School. During her second and third years of law school, Katie served as the Youth Coordinator of the Justice Action Center's Street Law Project, working with middle school students in the South Bronx to introduce them to legal studies. She was responsible for creating the curriculum for middle school students, which emphasized the Fourth Amendment and students' rights in schools. Katie was instrumental in increasing the number of middle school students working with Street Law when she introduced a 6th-grade curriculum focusing on the Constitution. Katie also worked on a Title VII employment discrimination case and school desegregation cases as an advocate during her third year in Professor Archer's Civil Rights Clinic. In addition, Katie served on the executive board of various student organizations and was the President of the New York Law School Student Division of Lawyers Without Borders. Throughout law school, Katie was passionate about public interest work and hopes to share her passion by centralizing volunteer opportunities at NYLS to make them more accessible to students. Katie is also excited to be working with the Planning Committee on the application for the Charter High School for Law and Justice.
Past Graduate Fellows
Courtney Patterson, 2011-2012
Eric Henry, 2010-2011
Veronica Frösén, 2009
Zarina Syed, 2009
Arika Sánchez, 2008