Aram Barikian received his J.D. from The City University of New York School of Law (CUNY), where he was a member of the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic representing Guantanamo Bay detainees on Habeas Corpus proceedings. In his third year, Aram was selected as a Teacher’s Assistant for the Criminal Trial Advocacy Seminar. Upon graduation, Aram served as a Justice Fellow for the New York Courts Access to Justice Program, where he represented individuals in landlord/tenant and consumer debt cases in New York County Housing Court and Bronx Civil Court. Prior to joining Bronx Defenders, Aram held the position of Staff Attorney with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison for five years, where he practiced Securities, Compliance, and Anti-trust litigation. Aram is fluent in Armenian.
Elizabeth graduated from Touro Law School in 2012. Following graduation Elizabeth began her career at the Dutchess County Public Defender in the Criminal Court Unit, where she had interned during law school. In May 2014, Elizabeth transitioned to the Family Court Unit where she worked until joining The Bronx Defenders in January 2016. While in law school Elizabeth participated in the Civil Rights Clinic and the Veterans and Service Members Clinic. Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the Manhattan College School of Business.
Samantha received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, where she concentrated on program design and evaluation. While at Columbia, Samantha interned within the Criminal Defense Practice at the Bronx Defenders as well as at the Urban Science Academy. Prior to graduate school, Samantha worked in the NYC public school system in the Bronx as a social work intern and teacher’s assistant. Samantha earned her B.S. in Childhood and Special Education from Manhattan College in 2015.
Bardia received his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law where he was a Merit Scholar. During law school, he volunteered at Shelter Legal Services, represented clients through the Poverty Law Clinic and the Parole Clinic, and was a member of the Society for Restorative Justice and the National Lawyers Guild. Bardia also interned with the Honorable Judge Robert L. Levy of U.S. District Court for Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn and at Altshuler Berzon L.L.P. in San Francisco. Prior to law school he was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at Project Enterprise in Harlem. Bardia holds a B.A. in International Political Economy from Fordham University in the Bronx.
Morgan graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was vice president of Harvard Defenders and a student attorney with the Criminal Justice Institute. She also participated in the Crimmigration Clinic and interned with the Texas Defender Service as part of the Capital Punishment Clinic. She spent her first summer as a Ford Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, and her second summer at The Bronx Defenders. Prior to law school, Morgan served as a Spanish interpreter and client services intern for the Orleans Public Defenders. She graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish.
Dawit received his J.D from CUNY School of Law where he was a Graduate Fellow. While at CUNY, Dawit represented individuals charged with crimes in Queens County as a student attorney through the Defenders Clinic and participated in CUNY’s CLEAR project. Dawit spent his 1L summer at the New York Civil Liberties Union and his 2L summer at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he was an Ella Baker Fellow and a recipient of the Gregory H. Finger Racial Justice Fellowship. Prior to law school, Dawit was the Associate Director of Policy and Community Development at The Bronx Defenders. Dawit received his B.A. from Columbia University.
Fausta came to The Bronx Defenders with an extensive background in both administration and management, and immigration counseling. She has also served as the Assistant Director of S&S Tax Service. Fausta received her degree in Business Administration from O&M University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and her Paralegal Certificate at the Center for Immigrant Rights. Fausta is fluent in Spanish.
Sarah holds a degree in Behavioral Sciences from Bellevue University and degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Iowa State University. Prior to joining The Bronx Defenders, she worked as a federal contractor for the General Services Administration in Iowa.
Annette received her J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of Law. She started her career as a criminal defense attorney at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. She has also worked at the Legal Aid Society, NYC Transit Authority, Romano & Kuan and had her own solo practice for over ten years. In her practice, she handled private and assigned criminal defense cases, as well as guardianship and probate matters. She was one of the original attorneys on staff at The Bronx Defenders when they opened as an alternative provider and has returned to the office to continue providing representation to clients in the Bronx.
Courtney received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where she represented asylum seekers as a student attorney in the Center for Applied Legal Studies. During law school, she worked at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, the UN Refugee Agency, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Before joining The Bronx Defenders, Courtney worked at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition providing training, pro se assistance, and direct representation to detained immigrants in the D.C. metropolitan area. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Courtney speaks Spanish.
Deb received her J.D. from Touro Law Center with a Certificate in Criminal Law. Deb was the recipient of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Annual Student Leadership Award in 2014. Throughout her time in law school, she interned at the Public Advocacy Center at Touro Law Center, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Federal Defenders of New York, and the Manhattan Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice. In addition to her internships, Deb was a facilitator for the Center for Restorative Practices and a legal observer with the National Lawyer’s Guild. Deb served as the President of Touro Law Center’s LGBT student organization, on the executive board of the Immigration Law Society, and as a student representative for the Student Bar Association. Deb is currently a member-leader with Jews For Racial and Economic Justice, where she is completed the Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship. Deb is currently a facilitator of the NYC LGBT Direct Services RoundTable, which organizes direct service providers in NYC serving LGBT clients. She established and currently chairs the LGBTQ Working Group at The Bronx Defenders, which aims to serve the specific needs of our LGBTQ clients. In her role at The Bronx Defenders as the LGBTQ Client Specialist, Deb provides direct services for our LGBTQ identified clients, provides internal and external trainings, and engages in community organizing and advocacy efforts to empower our LGBTQ clients, and reduce the harm caused by the various systems they navigate. Deb is the author of an article on the topic of child support for LGBT homeless youth published in the 2015 edition of the Tulane Journal of Law and Sexuality. She is fluent in Farsi and is conversant in Hebrew and Spanish.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in The Bronx, Sharitza received her J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law where she was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Community Service Scholarship. During law school, she served as the president of the Latino/a Law Student Association and vice-president of the Immigration Law Society. She also served as a clinical student in the Asylum and Immigration Rights Clinic and the Human Trafficking Clinic. Sharitza interned with the New York State Attorney General’s Office and was a certified legal intern at the Public Defender’s Office 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida. She was also a judicial intern for the Honorable Guy H. Mitchell in New York City Criminal Court. Sharitza received a B.A. from City College (CUNY) and a Master in Political Science with a concentration in Urban Policy and Administration from Brooklyn College (CUNY). She is a native Spanish speaker.
Suchi received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and an M.P.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs. Following graduation, she served as a law clerk to Magistrate Judge James C. Francis, IV, of the Southern District of New York. While at Columbia, Suchi participated in the Challenges to Mass Incarceration Clinic, the Battered Immigrant Women’s Project, and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. She interned with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project, the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit, and UNHCR. Prior to graduate school, Suchi worked for a public health organization in Honduras and for an environmental think tank in Washington, D.C. She holds a B.A. in International Development from Brown University and speaks Spanish and basic Hindi.
Avery received her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2013, where she served in the Equal Justice and Capital Defender Clinic, representing men on Alabama’s death row. Through NYU’s Racial Justice Clinic, she also worked for the ACLU on national criminal justice reform campaigns. Avery spent the summer after her first year of law school interning in Cambodia for International Bridges to Justice, a Geneva-based NGO dedicated to fostering defense communities in post-conflict areas. During her second summer, she worked for the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, representing children accused of crime in juvenile court. Avery also represented tenants at risk of eviction from public housing with South Brooklyn Legal Services throughout law school. Before law school, she worked at The Bronx Defenders as an investigator and then as a parent advocate in Bronx Family Court. Avery received her B.A. in History and Human Rights from Columbia University in 2007. She speaks French.
Andrew Multer has returned to representing low-income people charged with crimes after having been a partner in his own small firm representing clients in civil and criminal matters. He worked as a journalist for several years after college, then went to law school because he wanted to become a public defender. Following a clerkship with a federal judge, Andrew worked at The Legal Aid Society in its Manhattan office for six years. He then worked for the New York City Law Department and was the general counsel for a small corporation prior to starting his firm. He has a B.A. degree from Harvard College and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Legal Services – New York City for 17 years.
Emma received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law where she received the Michael F. Curtin Pro Bono Award, Extra Mile and Marathon Awards for public service, and the Weissman Scholarship. In law school, she served as President of Students for Public Interest Law and Treasurer of the Trial Advocacy Team. She interned for the San Francisco Public Defender, New Orleans Public Defenders, Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia, Maryland Office of the Public Defender in Prince George’s County, and Virginia Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria. Prior to law school, Emma served as an intern investigator for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and intern for Judge Jerome Nadler at the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California. She holds a B.A. cum laude from American University. Emma came to the Bronx Defenders after serving as a Criminal Defense Attorney at the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn.
Clara graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2012. Before joining the Bronx Defenders, Clara was a law clerk to the Honorable Sarah Netburn in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. At Michigan, Clara was a Dean’s Public Service Fellow, an editor for the Journal of Law Reform, and a member of the Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic, which brought criminal appeals on behalf of indigent defendants. During law school, Clara was an intern at the Bronx Defenders, Family Defense Practice; South Brooklyn Legal Services, HIV Project; and the AIRE Centre, an asylum and immigration litigation group in London. Prior to law school, Clara was a Senior Associate at Human Rights Watch, HIV/AIDS Division and a Clinton Fellow at the Centre for Social Research, a women’s rights organization in Delhi, India. Clara received a B.A. in History from Carleton College in 2004. She is fluent in Spanish.
Born and raised in New York City, Emil received a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Law & Policy from Queens College at the City University of New York. His enthusiasm for public interest began at a young age during his volunteer work at Hour Children. At Hour Children, he worked as a daycare assistant and mentor to children of incarcerated mothers. Once in college, Emil dedicated himself to advocating against police misconduct and mass incarceration. He realized that in low income communities, people of color were not being treated equally before the law. This led him to work as a canvasser for VOCALNY, an organization dedicated to ending mass incarceration. His goal is to attend law school and become an attorney to aid in the fight against mass incarceration and police misconduct.
Brian graduated magna cum laude and received his J.D. from Touro Law Center in May 2011. Before joining The Bronx Defenders, he was a staff attorney for The Legal Aid Society of Nassau County for three and a half years, where he represented clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies. During law school, Brian interned at three different public defender offices, including The Bronx Defenders in the fall of 2010, and clerked for the Honorable Ruth Pickholz at New York County Supreme Court, Criminal Term. He was an active member of both the Criminal Law Society and Public Interest Law Organization, and served as a class representative to the Student Bar Association. Brian also holds a B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts.
Anne received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. While pursuing her degree, Anne’s first-year field placement was at the New York Harm Reduction Educators, where she provided mental health counseling to individuals who identified wanting to make a change to their drug use. Anne’s second year field placement was at the Bronx Defenders, working in the Criminal Defense Practice. Prior to returning to graduate school, Anne worked as an investigator in the Prisoners’ Rights department of the Office of the Defender General, for the State of Vermont. This experience sparked her interest in working as a social worker in a legal setting. Anne also worked at the Women’s Prison Association, a nonprofit that explicitly works with women in New York City at any level of criminal justice involvement. Here, Anne was tasked with starting a new mentoring program for women transitioning home after serving short sentences at Rikers Island. Anne received a BA from Bard College, majoring in Human Rights. She wrote an interdisciplinary senior thesis on the growing female population in prison in New York State in the 1990s and early 2000s. While in college, Anne facilitated a writing group at Beacon Correctional Facility and tutored college students at Eastern and Woodbourne Correctional Facilities, through the Bard Prison Initiative.
Luis Angel is a recent graduate of Columbia University, where he received degrees in Political Science and Race and Ethnic Studies. While in college, he conducted extensive research on congressional reentry initiatives. Luis Angel is originally from Chicago and is fluent in Spanish.
Hannah graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a concentration in Criminal Law & Procedure in 2012. Before joining The Bronx Defenders, Hannah worked as a family defense attorney at The Center for Family Representation and as an attorney at the Community Service Society where she represented indigent individuals who were denied access to health care. She has served on The New York City Bar Association’s Criminal Courts Committee and as a member of the Sex Offender Registration Act Reform Working Group. While at Cardozo, Hannah participated in the Immigration Justice Clinic and the Criminal Defense Clinic. Hannah interned with The Legal Aid Society’s Health Law Unit and with The Bronx Defenders’ Criminal Defense Practice. She graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Anthropology and is fluent in Spanish.