NYLS Giving Day
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Giving Day effort! With your help, we surpassed our goal of 150 donors and unlocked David Ledy’s ’74 generous $10,000 matching gift. We are grateful for the NYLS community’s generosity and spirit. See you next year.
NYLS Giving Day is a 24-hour event calling on all of our alumni, faculty, staff, students, family, and friends to show their support and further New York Law School’s mission and the impact our students have in the communities they serve. Last year, over 100 individuals showed their support by sharing about #NYLSGivingDay with their networks and making a gift.
Why We Give
Please take a moment to see how your commitment to NYLS makes a difference for so many.
Professor David Chang
“I have been donating to NYLS for over three decades to support scholarships. Many NYLS students are the first in their families to achieve the benchmarks of formal education to which so many strive. This striver’s spirit is part of each class that enters NYLS, and the School proudly cultivates these strivers—building their foundational understanding of law while providing a welcoming community where they can learn from their classmates’ diverse backgrounds. I am proud that so many NYLS graduates contribute to the profession, making it more representative of society at large and more responsive to the community’s diversity of needs. It’s important that we continue to advance this mission through philanthropy, supporting paths to law school for even more of these strivers and achievers who in turn advance the profession and contribute to social progress.”
John Paul Dominguez ’22
“NYLS helped shape me to become successful in our profession, and I appreciate all those who supported me along the way. My legal journey blossomed from a young law student into an internship, followed by paralegal and law clerk positions. Now I embark as a first-year associate at a big law firm, Blank Rome. My NYLS classmates are now both professional colleagues and lifelong friends. They have deeply impacted my life, and it is this that has been the most rewarding aspect of my law school experience.”
Jacob George ’23
“As a first-generation law student, I am thankful for the NYLS community. My professors, study partners, and friends have made me feel welcome and have helped me advance myself and succeed in an area that is completely new to me and my family. Professors Gerald Korngold, Jeffrey Haas, and Susan Joffe have made a lasting positive impact on my life and school career. These professors met with me during my first year to discuss my interests and to help me structure a path for my future career. They listened to my concerns as a first-generation law student and provided me with advice on law school and the legal profession. Their continued willingness to support me through law school has contributed heavily to my success as a student and as a summer associate for BakerHostetler. I hope to be able to provide the same level of support to future generations of lawyers and demonstrate my gratitude towards NYLS as I grow in my career.”
Jordan Lazarian ’24
“I’ll never forget the day 1L first semester grades were posted. The first semester of law school was a tough one, but that day, I could finally see the fruits of all my hard work and the support I received along the way. I am deeply thankful for Professor Tamara Belinfanti who helped me throughout that journey. From the very beginning of law school, she has inspired me to work hard and aim for high-level success—to become the type of professional I aspire to be. With her mentorship, and with the scholarship I received from NYLS, I can dedicate myself to developing the professional skills I need to make an impact because I know I am wholly supported to face the future and go out into the world as a lawyer. I look forward to the day that I can start giving back to help others, just as the NYLS community has helped me.”
Nelson Melgar Martinez ’23 Evening
“From the moment I was accepted at NYLS, I felt fully supported by the staff and alumni. As a first-generation law student, I especially appreciated the School’s effort in connecting me with alumni, who took time out of their day to meet with me—a stranger—to discuss the law school process and impart their knowledge. Thanks to the generous alumni who support scholarships like mine and donate their time, I have been able to attend law school and take care of my family. Because of them, my future looks bright, and I cannot express in words the depth of my gratitude. I only hope to one day do as you did for me and pay it forward.”
NYLS Trustee Ross F. Moskowitz ’84
NYLS offered me the opportunity to gain real world experience through moot court and opened the door to many networking opportunities throughout my time as a student. That experience and those relationships enriched my law school experience and have benefited my career since graduation. I am deeply thankful to NYLS for the various ways I have been involved since entering the doors as a 1L, and I give back to support the School’s core mission of teaching and developing law students into practical and compassionate lawyers.
Omar Rafiq ’21
“As I reflect on my law school experience, I’ll never forget what drew me to New York Law School—my desire to make policy changes to our justice system after serving the NYPD for six years—and the motivation that pushed me during those long years. Professor Kirk Burkhalter’s mentorship and Dean Oral Hope’s good-humored encouragement brought focus and perspective when I needed it to push through those long days as an evening student. Now as a new lawyer, with the tools I gained at NYLS, I can do the work that will make the person I was when I first entered law school proud of who I have become.”