To learn more about the individuals working on the Project for the 2013-14 academic year, click the names below.


Marissa Ellerin-Bossley

Fellow, Racial Justice Project

Marissa is currently a second year law student at New York Law School; she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Syracuse University. Her concern for racial justice springs from her undergraduate studies and her observation of both economic and educational disparities in her hometown. Marissa is most passionate about eliminating such disparities because of the deleterious effect they tend to have on minorities in urban areas and the resulting societal dysfunction they cause. She hopes to focus on these issues while working with the Racial Justice Project.

Amanda Gayle

Fellow, Racial Justice Project

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 the New York City Police Department’s discriminatory practices and the numerous incidents of police misconduct she witnessed in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York. In direct response to her disapproval of stop and frisk practices, she serves as one of the Directors of the Street Law Project. Street Law, which is affiliated with the Racial Justice Project, 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 to overcome obstacles within the criminal justice system. This year, she will also serve as one of the Racial Justice Project’s fellows, where she will conduct research on issues of racial discrimination. 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 wishes to pursue impact litigation as a civil rights attorney.

Jesse L. Kearney Jr.

Jesse L. Kearney, Jr. serves as the President of New York Law School’s Student Bar Association and as the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division Executive Lieutenant Governor for the Second Circuit. He is a third year law student and an associate with both the Center for Business and Financial Law and the Institute for Information Law and Policy. Mr. Kearney interned this summer with Louis Vuitton North America, Inc. and with Judge Marc J. Whiten. He also has interned with New York City Council Member Margaret Chin and with the International Advertising Association. At school, he is a member of the Black Law Student Association, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and the Media, Entertainment and Fashion Law Association. Professionally, he is a member of the American Bar Association, the Dramatist Guild of America and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. His awards and fellowships include the Dartmouth College Senior Fellowship, ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop and the Jonathan Larson Musical Theater Fellowship awarded by the Dramatist Guild. Mr. Kearney received his AB from Dartmouth College and his MFA from New York University’s Musical Theater Writing Program.