Award Highlights: Four Students and New Grads Recently Honored

NYLS’s talented, hardworking students aren’t just leaders on campus. They’re also making waves in the broader New York City legal community. Recent highlights are below:

Two New Grads Win a Prestigious Real Estate Scholarship

NYLS Graduates Na'Asia Cobb '19 and Brittany Young '19

Na’Asia Cobb ’19 (left) and Brittany Young ’19

Na’Asia Cobb ’19 and Brittany Young ’19 have been selected for a prestigious scholarship and mentoring program run by WX—New York Women Executives in Real Estate.

The WX Scholars Program supports young women who are pursuing careers in real estate and related professions in the New York City area. As part of the program, Cobb and Young will attend WX events, including monthly breakfasts and an annual gala. The award also pairs each honoree with a mentor—an experienced female leader working in real estate. Just 31 law students were selected for the honor this year.

Cobb and Young were both affiliated with NYLS’s Center for Real Estate Studies and are now launching their careers in real estate.

Student Chosen as a “Rising Star”

NYLS Student Gabriella Castellano

Gabriella Castellano 2L

Gabriella Castellano 2L received the “Rising Star” award at the 2019 “Stars Under 40” Awards and Networking Event, held on May 16 in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. The event recognizes young professionals who exemplify outstanding leadership skills in their chosen professions and in the community. Castellano’s award was featured in the Brooklyn Paper. The article noted that Castellano is the first in her family to attend college and will work for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office this summer as she prepares for her future prosecutorial career. During her 3L year, Castellano will serve as a Student Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.


Student Honored at Bar Association Gala

NYLS Student Alea Roberts

Alea Roberts 4L Evening

Alea Roberts 4L Evening was honored with a highly selective scholarship at the 35th Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) Anniversary Annual Awards Gala on May 17. Roberts received the Shirley Stewart Farmer Scholarship, named for the MBBA’s inaugural President. U.S. Congress Member Hakeem Jeffries and other leaders in New York City’s legal and civic communities were also honored. Roberts’s award was featured in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Roberts served as Vice President of NYLS’s Black Law Students Association. She is Director of Corporate Relations for the Northeast region of the Black Law Students Association, affiliated with NYLS’s Impact Center for Public Interest Law, and a law intern at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.