Fellowships

Carbonell Fellowship in Law and Policy

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, 2013–2014

Amanda Gayle
Amanda Gayle is a third year law student at New York Law School with a profound interest in racial and social justice. Growing up, her interest in law derived from her discontent with what she saw as the New York City Police Department’s discriminatory practices and the numerous incidents of police misconduct she witnessed in her hometown of Brooklyn. In direct response to her disapproval of stop and frisk practices and other acts of selective enforcement, she serves as the Co-Director of NYLS’s Racial Justice Project’s Street Law program which educates middle school and high school students about their Fourth Amendment rights to counteract racial profiling in their Bronx neighborhoods. As a 3L, Amanda continues to cultivate her skills and knowledge on racial and social justice issues in Racial Justice Advocacy, a project-based learning course which assists clients in the criminal justice system. This year, she will also serve as the Racial Justice Project’s fellow where she will conduct research on issues of racial discrimination while contributing to amicus curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. Upon the completion of her studies, Amanda would like to continue to advocate for minority rights through direct services in civil or criminal practice. Thereafter, Amanda also wishes to pursue impact litigation as a civil rights attorney. Amanda received her Bachelors degree in Legal Studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she minored in English.

Devi Patel
Devi Patel is a second year law student at New York Law School with a strong commitment to Immigration Law & Human Rights. Devi graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in Women & Gender Studies. As an undergraduate student, she worked as a counselor for International Students and founded an anti-trafficking student group. Her commitment to public interest led her to law school where she has dedicated herself to social justice issues in immigration, human trafficking, and family law. During her first year in law school, Devi gained valuable courtroom experience by serving as a Courtroom Advocate for domestic violence victims and interning with Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Law Project. In her second year, Devi worked as an immigration research fellow for Professor Melynda Barnhart and was elected President of New York Law School’s Anti-Trafficking Student Law Association. During the summer, Devi will intern with the Safe Passage project where she will assist in providing legal representation to unaccompanied minors in immigration court. Upon the completion of her studies, Devi would like to continue to work in the field of immigration and human rights. Her favorite course, thus far, has been Refugee & Asylum Law.

Joshua Freeman 2012–2013
Jaclyn Wood 2012–2013

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

David and Ida Rapoport Justice Action Center Fellowship

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, 2013–2014

Catherine Barreda
Catherine Barreda graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, where she majored in English and minored in Philosophy. While attending college, Catherine focused on creative writing, gender studies, and beauty culture. During her senior year Catherine was a youth advocate at the Palmer Drug Abuse Program of Austin where she was able to advocate on behalf of adolescents struggling with chemical dependency. It was during her time as a youth advocate that Catherine felt inspired to pursue a legal education. Her interests include juvenile justice, civil rights, and mental disabilities law. Catherine is the Junior Coordinator of the Courtroom Advocates Project, which is a project pairing student volunteers with domestic violence victims in need of Temporary Orders of Protection at the Family Court. This year, Catherine will be working alongside Professor Michael Perlin on an international mental disability law reform project.

Molly Rogowski
Molly Rogowski graduated from North Carolina State University where she majored in Psychology and Spanish. Molly is interested in criminal law and public interest work. During the summer after her first year of law school she interned for a judge in Brooklyn Criminal Court. Molly is also the vice president of the Anti-Trafficking Law Students Association and a teaching fellow for the Academic Skills Program.

Past Rapoport Fellows

Sonya Tapyral 2012–2013
Victor Suthammanont 2004
Michael Fahy 2001

Graduate Fellowship

The Justice Action Center Graduate Fellowship was a one-year position that rewarded a recent Law School graduate who demonstrated exceptional commitment to social justice lawyering. The Graduate Fellow served as liaison between the Center and Law School students, Center alumni, and the larger legal community. The position was designed to offer 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 also developed new projects for the Center consistent with the Fellow’s professional interests. The last fellowship was awarded for the 2012–13 academic year.

Past Graduate Fellows

Katie Smelas, 2012–2013
Courtney Patterson, 2011–2012
Eric Henry, 2010–2011
Veronica Frösén, 2009
Zarina Syed, 2009
Arika Sánchez, 2008–2009