Ilona graduated magna cum laude from Washington College of Law at American University. While at American, she worked in the Immigration and Human Rights clinic, served as an articles editor for the American University International Law Journal, and was a Marshall-Brennan Fellow where she taught Constitutional Law to public school students in the District of Columbia. Ilona Coleman worked for several years as a Litigation Associate with Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP in Manhattan before joining The Bronx Defenders. At Dewey, she handled both criminal and civil litigation matters, and spearheaded the creation of a permanent externship program between the Legal Aid Society and Dewey LeBoeuf. Due to her efforts, Ilona was a recipient of the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Award in 2007. Prior to law school, Ilona worked as a teacher in Japan.