Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, NYLS Giving Day was a great success! We surpassed our goal and raised vital funds for the NYLS Annual Fund.
NYLS Giving Day was a testament to what we can accomplish when we come together as a community. With your partnership, our students can reach their full potential as the next generation of leaders. Please know that your support on NYLS Giving Day, and every day, matters and each gift is greatly appreciated.
Miss out on May 16? Your gift today, and every day, makes a difference. Giving online is easy at www.nyls.edu/give.
Why Your Gift Matters
Yeshey Choden 3L
“I’m from Bhutan, and my family moved to New York City when I was 8 years old. I’m a first generation professional. The Bhutanese population in New York is fairly small, and the community doesn’t have strong legal representation. That’s what led me to come to law school—wanting to be a voice for others.
“NYLS admitted me right away. I thought, ‘They want me here.’ That made me excited to attend the School. Before I received the scholarship, I worked side jobs to pay for textbooks and contribute to my loans. Thanks to my scholarships, I’ve had more time for internships, which has played a key role in helping me secure a full-time position after I graduate.”
At NYLS, Choden is a member of the Asian American Law Students Association and participated in the Securities Arbitration Clinic. After graduation, she will become an associate at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.
Krystel Momplaisir 2L
“I’ve wanted to go to law school since I was 7 years old and after expressing my goal to my family, it became a self-fulfilling prophecy. I participated in mock trial and moot court in high school and college. After college, I worked for several years in policy, first for a nonprofit, and then for a labor union.
“Working for a labor union, I took part in several negotiations. In the boardroom, you don’t see many people who look like me. I came to law school for a career change and to work in the private sector, focusing on intellectual property law and litigation. Promoting diversity in the profession is very important to me.
“I chose NYLS because it felt like home, and I knew it would be a collaborative work environment. I want to give back because of the many who have supported me. That is why I decided to serve as Academic Chair for First Generation Professionals and the Black Law Students Association. I felt it was my duty to mentor those who came after me and who needed support to get through their 1L year.”
At NYLS, Momplaisir is Academic Chair of First Generation Professionals, Co-Academic Chair of the Black Law Students Association, and a Pro Bono Scholar. She will be a 2019 Summer Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Dennis Futoryan 3L
“I went to law school because I saw first-hand that people can be taken advantage of if someone doesn’t have their back. The best way to protect people is by getting involved with the law and changing it if it needs to be changed.
“I chose NYLS because, like our School, I have New York pride. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, and I’ve lived in New York my whole life. I feel like NYLS’s spirit matches my own. Here, we’re self-starters, and we come from all backgrounds.
“It’s difficult to put into words the impact of a scholarship. For me, it means that a burden has been lifted. It means that someone recognized my hard work. The fact that alumni support scholarships means we have each other’s backs.
“In the future, when I’m hopefully successful, I want to make sure NYLS students know that I stand behind them, just like someone is there for me now.”
At NYLS, Futoryan is a member of the Moot Court Association and the Student Bar Association. He is also President of the NYLS chapter of the American Constitutional Society and Managing Research Fellow for Professor Nadine Strossen.
Natasha Sawh 2L
“I want to practice health law because it has an enormous impact on people’s lives. Ensuring that a hospital or pharmaceutical company follows regulations and protects patients is important work, and I want to be part of it.
“I chose to attend NYLS because this community is like a family. It doesn’t feel like you’re walking into a law school; it feels like you’re coming home. I noticed from my first year that NYLS alumni are very hands-on and dedicated to helping students succeed. To me, that says so much about the School. It means that our alumni have the same sense of pride I have and that NYLS has given them the tools to be successful in their fields.
“My scholarship helped take financial pressure off my shoulders, which means I can focus my attention on school. That support means so much. The generosity of our donors inspires me to do the same when I graduate. At NYLS, we are a big family, and we have to look out for those who come after us.
At NYLS, Sawh is Co-Vice President of the Health Law Society, a participant in the Elder Law and Guardianship Clinic, a Student Ambassador, and a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council and the Dispute Resolution Team. She will be a 2019 Summer Associate at Allstate Insurance Company in New Jersey.
Why I Give
Arthur Metzler ’94
“After 30 years in the workplace, and the past 20 years highly focused on building my engineering business, I evolved to the point in life where I realize that ‘giving back’ is an important part of one’s legacy. I spent years telling people almost sheepishly that although I had a law degree, I was an engineer, not a lawyer.
“Now, I proudly tell people that I have a law degree from NYLS, and it has served me very well in life and business and has allowed me to run my business successfully. The education I received at NYLS has proven to be invaluable. The School was where I learned how to read analytically, think critically, and speak articulately, having previously focused on math, science, and problem solving. I didn’t fully appreciate the skills I developed at NYLS until my business career began.
“As a former evening student, I felt it was important to give back with a focus on both of those areas. I was fortunate enough to be able to do that.”
Metzler is President and CEO of AMA Consulting Engineers, P.C.
Hon. Cenceria Edwards ’94
“It’s so rewarding and gratifying to be able to come back, and to give back, because I too received donations and grants to attend New York Law School. I left my job in corporate America; I was a C.P.A. at the time. I did it because I thought that law school would help me to be a better person and to really go after my goals and dreams. And that’s what I did.
“Now, I offer a scholarship annually in the name of Justice [Arthur M.] Schack ’80. He was one of my favorite judges when I was practicing.
“I came from extremely humble beginnings, and I think it’s important that I give now that I can give.”
Judge Edwards is a judge of the New York City Civil Court in Kings County. At the March 28 ceremony, Judge Edwards announced that she would give a second scholarship in her mother’s name, “so that I can say that she helped make a difference in someone else’s life through me.”
Avrom R. Vann ’68
“This past year, I celebrated the 50th anniversary of my graduation from New York Law School. In my second year of law school, I was awarded the Jerry Finkelstein ’38 Scholarship. It was for civil service employees and their families. I was working for the City of New York at the time, so I qualified for that scholarship. For three years, it paid virtually all of my expenses here at the Law School.
“After I graduated, and as my children got older, I was through with the burdens of paying tuition. The very next thing that my wife Shirley and I discussed was setting up a scholarship here at the School. We set it up in memory of my parents because it was my parents who taught me from a very young age that education, education, and more education was what I should aspire to do.”
Vann practices at Avrom R. Vann, P.C. Attorney at Law.
Emerson S. Moore ’99
“The faculty, staff, and alumni of New York Law School have had such a positive impact on my life and career. I give back in hopes that others will benefit as much as I have from this amazing institution. I focus my giving on the Black Law Students Association because during my time at NYLS, and even now 20 years later, BLSA is a source of inspiration, fellowship, joy, and pride.”
Moore serves as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications, LLC.