NYLS Celebrates Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month, observed each year during March, recognizes and celebrates the diverse accomplishments and contributions of women. NYLS is proud to commemorate Women’s History Month by highlighting recent stories from members of our compelling student body—comprised of nearly 60 percent women—as well as our inspiring network of trailblazing alumnae.

black and white portrait of female studentHon. Florence Raider Zimmerman ’41 was one of the first female graduates in NYLS’s 128-year history. After graduating from NYLS, she went on to have a distinguished legal career that included arguing a precedent-setting rent control case, serving as President of the New York Women’s Bar Association, and serving as a New York City Civil Court Judge. Read about her headline-making reunion appearance at the age of 103.

portrait of nyls alumna, the first muslim woman elected as judge in the united statesHon. Carolyn Walker-Diallo ’03, the first Muslim woman elected as a judge in the United States and the first Muslim to serve as a judge in New York State, is now the Supervising Judge of the Kings County (Brooklyn) Civil Court. Read more about her professional and personal motivations for pursuing law.


portrait of new york law school student alyssa bain

Alyssa Bain 3L, named to the Immigrant Justice Corps 2019 Class of Justice Fellows, joins a select group of talented and promising new lawyers who will represent immigrants fighting deportation and seeking lawful status and citizenship. Read about her journey at NYLS.



portrait of dorinda foster with downtown manhattan in the backgroundNYLS students and alumni provided more than 1,000 hours of pro bono service to people using LawHelpNY’s LiveHelp program in 2018. One standout volunteer was Dorinda Foster ’15, who won praise for her compassion and willingness to help. Discover what keeps her motivated.



portrait of new york law school alum cathy yoonCatherine (Cathy) Yoon ’07 has witnessed the technology’s dramatic growth first-hand. She first learned about blockchain a few years ago. Today it’s the focus of her legal career. Learn about her role as Genesis Block’s General Counsel.



nyls student poses with neblsa awardAmelia Persaud 3L was named the 2019 Chapter President of the Year by the Northeast Region of the National Black Law Students Association. Read about the conversation that paved the way to her success.

portrait of new york law school student Jenna D'AttilloAt NYLS, Jenna D’Attilo 3L has channeled her personal commitment to veterans’ issues, inspired by her father’s story, into a rewarding professional pathway. Learn how her experience in NYLS’s Veterans Justice Clinic led to an internship with the Veteran’s Practice at New York Legal Assistance Group.