Dominican Bar Association’s Board of Directors Includes Four Alumni

NYLS is well-represented among the Dominican Bar Association’s 2018 leaders.

Four of its five officers are NYLS graduates: Director and President Miguelina Camilo ’11, Director and Vice President Marbel L. Munoz ’16, Director and Treasurer Shantal D. Sparks ’13, and Director and Recording Secretary Christian Calderon ’16.

Camilo is Principal at Camilo Law Firm, P.C. in the Bronx; her practice focuses on family, matrimonial, and criminal matters. Munoz is an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the Bronx office of the New York City Law Department. Sparks is an Assistant Chief Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Chief Counsel in New York City. Calderon is an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn.

In addition, NYLS alumni Hon. Faviola Soto ’78 of the New York Court of Claims and Hon. Bianka Perez ’00 of Bronx Civil Court are former DBA officers, and Judge Perez swore in the DBA’s 2018 officers and directors this past January. Judge Soto is New York’s first Dominican judge and the first Hispanic to sit on the Court of Claims. She was also the 2015 recipient of NYLS’s Kathleen Grimm Medal, the School’s highest public service award, and was honored at the 2017 Black Law Students Association Alumni Awards dinner.

The DBA supports Latino law students and legal professionals, particularly those of Dominican ancestry. Throughout the year, the group organizes networking events, volunteer programs, mentorship opportunities, and other programs. It also plans “know your rights” pro bono workshops and provides scholarships to benefit the Latino community at large.

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Members of the DBA’s Board of Directors at the group’s 2017 end-of-the-year event at Morrison & Foerster LLP. The photo includes NYLS alumni DBA President Miguelina Camilo ’11 (sixth from left), DBA Treasurer Shantal D. Sparks ’13 (fourth from right), DBA Recording Secretary Christian Calderon ’16 (first on left), and DBA Vice President Marbel L. Munoz ’16 (first on right).