Four New York Law School 2014 Graduates Awarded Prestigious WX New York Women Executives In Real Estate Scholarships

Emily Barile, Carlee Cooper, Michelle Ippolito and Patricia Sotirakis Recognized for Outstanding Efforts at NYLS Center for Real Estate Studies; Invited to Participate in WX Mentoring Program

New York, NY (June 2, 2014) – Four New York Law School (NYLS) 2014 graduates have been awarded scholarships by WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate.  Emily Barile, Carlee Cooper, Michelle Ippolito and Patricia Sotirakis, who studied at NYLS’ Center for Real Estate Studies, received awards between $2,500 and $5,000 and invitations to participate in WX’s select mentoring program.  This is the third consecutive year that NYLS students were among the honorees.

The WX mentoring program is available to all WX scholarship recipients.  It aims to promote the advancement of women in the real estate professions by introducing mentees to career opportunities and female leaders in various real estate fields.

“We are delighted that these four new alumnae of New York Law School have been recognized by WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate,” said Professor Andrew Berman, Director of the Center for Real Estate Studies.  “We are proud to join WX in nurturing the next generation of female real estate industry leaders who will contribute to the vitality and growth of our city.”

As students at NYLS, each was distinguished by her academic abilities and level of achievement.

Emily Barile externed at The Zucker Organization/Manhattan Skyline Management Corp. and the NYC Department of Buildings, Office of the General Counsel.  She was the Co-President of the Real Estate Law Students Association and President of the NYLS Dispute Resolution Team.

Carlee Cooperexterned at Thor Equities LLC and interned with the NYC Department of Buildings, Office of the General Counsel.  She was a member of the Rooftops Project, an NYLS initiative that provides real estate programs and workshops for not-for-profit organizations.

Michelle Ippolito was a Harlan Scholar and Online Staff Editor of the NYLS Law Review. She externed at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and will join Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP as an Associate in the fall.

Patricia Sotirakis participated in the NYLS Wills Clinic, which provides estate planning services to clients referred to the Clinic by various not-for-profit organizations.  She externed at The Law Offices of Deborah S. Ball and interned at Holm & O’Hara LLP and Coritsidis Sotirakis and Saketos PLLC.

“Finding and nurturing the next generation of women to lead the real estate industry is fundamental to carrying out WX’s mission. Our scholarship and mentoring recipients are among the most promising talents currently studying in the field,” said Beth Sapery, Co-Chair of WX Scholarship Committee. “We look forward to introducing them to today’s female leaders in real estate and exploring the wide range of career opportunities that lie ahead.”

WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate recognized female undergrad and graduate level students for the 2013-2014 academic year from an impressive selection of institutions including NYLS, Cornell, Columbia, NYU, CCNY, Yale, UConn, Lehigh, Penn, and Harvard.

About the Center for Real Estate Studies at New York Law School

The Center for Real Estate Studies (CRES) at New York Law School provides students with a unique educational opportunity to study both the private practice and public regulation of real estate.  Through an engaged and accomplished faculty, the Center offers an extensive selection of classroom courses, advanced seminars, and independent study projects, as well as externships and mentorships in governmental offices and real estate firms.  Its programs and curriculum reflect current concerns about ensuring environmental sustainability, creating affordable housing, preserving historical landmarks, safeguarding the financial stability of the residential and commercial mortgage markets, and assessing public costs and social justice issues arising from development.  With its committed Advisory Board, the Center helps students gain practical experience in real estate and build a network for future employment.

About the WX Charitable Fund

The WX Charitable Fund, Ltd. is a duly qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Working closely with WX Inc., the WX Charitable Fund provides scholarships to programs which support the career development of young women pursuing careers in commercial real estate.  For more information, please visit