To learn more about the individuals working on the Project for the 2014-15 academic year, click the names below.

Catherine Barreda

Fellow, Racial Justice Project

Catherine Barreda is a third-year law student at New York Law School, deeply committed to social and racial justice. Catherine graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, where she majored in English with a focus on creative writing, gender studies, and beauty culture.  During her senior year, Catherine worked as a Youth Advocate for teens struggling with chemical dependency issues.  After two years as a Youth Advocate, serving teens from and around Austin, TX, Catherine made the decision to move to New York to pursue a legal education to better advocate for people facing obstacles to justice and equality.  Catherine is most interested in projects centered on education reform, criminal law reform, juvenile justice and voting rights.

Khalil El Assaad

Fellow, Racial Justice Project

Khalil El Assaad is a third-year law student at New York Law School with a strong commitment to racial and social justice. Growing up in Beirut, Lebanon, Khalil witnessed first-hand the adverse effects of invidious discrimination on the basis of religious affiliation. His concern for racial justice stems from his belief that prejudices grounded in illegitimate traits always harm society, be it race, sect, or gender. Khalil is most interested in reducing racial disparities in the criminal justice system because he believes that the criminal system is where these disparities tend to be most acute and self-perpetuating. Khalil hopes to focus on these and other issues while working with the Racial Justice Project.

Christopher Ferreira

Fellow, Racial Justice Project

Christopher Ferreira is a third-year law student at New York Law School with an extensive background in the study of politics, race, history, and sociology. Christopher graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, as well minors in Sociology and African and African American Studies. While at Penn State, Christopher was a teaching assistant and facilitator for Professor Sam Richards and Professor Laurie Mulvey in their Sociology 119 Class—a popular course focusing on race and ethnic relations—as well as a fellow in their ongoing, campus-wide Race Relations Project. Christopher aims to explore issues of race and law through his work on the Racial Justice Project.

Strat Wallace

Fellow, Racial Justice Project

Strat Wallace is a third year New York Law School student who brings his unique experience, education, and background to the project. His passion for social justice was cultivated as an undergraduate at Georgetown University where he studied philosophy, theology, and art. He learned about civil rights and justice issues through his classes and the liberation theology movement at the time. Living in Washington, D.C. in the early 1990’s exposed him to the stark social and economic disparities in the city, and helped him understand how race and class influence and define our lives. Strat later pursued a career as a chef and developed an interest in national and global food issues before coming to law school. Through the Racial Justice Project, Strat would like to confront the assumed practices of systematized inequity and address with new strategies and legal remedies.