John graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was the recipient of a Dean’s Award Scholarship. During law school, he participated in the Federal Defender Clinic representing indigent clients charged with misdemeanors in the Eastern District of New York. He was also a member of the OUTLaw LGBT student organization and Law Students for Human Rights. John spent his law school summers interning in the Immigration and Criminal Defense Practices at Brooklyn Defender Services and at The Bronx Defenders. Prior to law school, John spent two years in Central America working as a tour leader for an adventure travel company. He is fluent in Spanish.
Community Engagement Coordinator & Attorney, Immigration
Community Engagement Coordinator & Attorney, Immigrationcontact
Sarah earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a Stein Scholar for the Public Interest. Sarah began her immigration advocacy career in 2005 as a paralegal in the Immigrant Protection Unit at the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she worked for almost three years. During law school she interned at Make The Road New York, the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit, and the New York City Immigration Court. She was also a research assistant at her law school’s Immigrants’ Rights and Access to Justice Clinic, a student in the International Human Rights Clinic, and a co-leader of the Fordham Immigration Advocacy Project. Following graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Marcos E. Lopez, U.S.M.J., in the District of Puerto Rico, and then headed to Mexico as a Fulbright Garcia-Robles fellow to research legal issues faced by deportees in Mexico City and Tijuana. She most recently worked as a consultant for the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. Sarah holds a B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University.
Laura is an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig LLP. She received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law where she graduated cum laude. While at NYU, Laura participated in the Reproductive Justice Clinic, served as co-chair of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Anti-Trafficking Advocacy Coalition, and was a Managing Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change. She interned with National Advocates for Pregnant Women, the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School, Covenant House and Her Justice, as well as The Bronx Defenders Family Defense Practice. Prior to law school, Laura worked at Trust Women, a women’s rights organization. She holds a B.A. in English and Gender, Culture and Society from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mairin received her J.D. from The UCLA School of Law, where she participated in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. Following graduation, Mairin worked as a public defender in Miami, Florida. During law school, Mairin spent a semester externing with the Equal Justice Initiative, participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic, and was a comments editor with the UCLA Law Review. Mairin spent her law school summers interning with the Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Prior to law school, Mairin worked for several years teaching high school social studies at a public school in Washington, D.C. Mairin received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and a master’s degree in Teaching from American University.
Jeremy grew up in New York City and graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a degree in psychology. While in college he conducted research on implicit racial bias and its effect on court decisions, directed a Food Rescue program in the surrounding community of Somerville, and did analysis and research for the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Prior to joining the Bronx Defenders, he spent two years in Madrid, Spain, working as an English teacher. He is fluent in Spanish.
Jessica Horan-Block graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law where she was the Executive Editor of the Political and Civil Rights Law Review. Jessica received Temple’s 2011 Henry Kent Anderson Human Services Award for her exemplary social justice work. Jessica spent her second summer in law school as an intern with the Family Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders. She also completed internships at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, with Federal Magistrate Judge Felipe Restrepo in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and at the National Labor Relations Board. Prior to law school, Jessica spent time living in both India and Ecuador. Jessica received her B.A. from Barnard College in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies.
Karume received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2014, where he was an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellow, Associate Research Editor for the Journal of Law & Policy, and a member of the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society, Trial Division. Karume interned his first summer at the Legal Aid Society, Employment Law Unit, and interned his second summer at The Bronx Defenders. While in law school, Karume was the Vice President of Alumni Relations for the Black Law Students Association and an executive board member of both Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (BLSPI) and the National Lawyers Guild. Prior to law school, Karume worked as a grassroots organizer, first representing unionized healthcare workers, and later as a community organizer in South Central Los Angeles. Karume holds a B.A. in African American Studies with a concentration in Psychology from UCLA.
Dan earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School, where he received the Bennett Douglas Bell Memorial and Damali K. Booker awards. At Vanderbilt, Dan participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic and interned at the Public Defender for Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County. He also co-founded and directed Vanderbilt’s Riverbend Insider Support and Education project, an education program for maximum-security prisoners. He spent his 1L summer with the capital habeas and trial units of the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Tennessee, and his 2L summer at The Bronx Defenders. Dan graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College where he majored in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought.
Stacey Kennard graduated from Harvard Law School, where she was a Sumner Redstone Fellow. While in law school, Stacey was the Co-Executive Director of the Prison Legal Assistance Project, President of Child and Youth Advocates, and a member of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Additionally, Stacey was a clinical student in the Criminal Justice Institute, the Employment Civil Rights Clinic, and the Child Advocacy Clinic. During her law school summers, Stacey worked for Advocates for Children of New York and the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, and during her second year she worked with the Youth Advocacy Department of the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts. Stacey received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College and was a math teacher in Queens before attending law school.
Danielle received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Dean’s Public Service Fellow. Following graduation, she clerked as an Attorney Advisor with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in New York City. While in law school, she represented clients through the Juvenile Justice Clinic, the Criminal Appellate Practice, and the Human Trafficking Clinic. Danielle interned with the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit, The Bronx Defenders, EOIR in Detroit, and the Washtenaw County Office of the Public Defender. Prior to law school, Danielle taught math and English as a Second Language in New York City public high schools. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from the University of Michigan and speaks Spanish.
Angelica Lara is finishing her BA degree in Political Science: Comparative International Politics and Human Rights from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She was born and raised in Mexico City, and migrated to New York to become a part of the Bronx/Queens community. She is a Theater Director, Producer, Dramaturg and teaches children history, political science and sociology through art. She comes to the Bronx Defenders with great personal and academic experience of the needs and wants of the Bronx Community.
Jacob Lemon-Strauss graduated cum laude from Georgetown Law Center where he was a Student Attorney in the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, the Notes Editor of the American Criminal Law Review, and a member of the Moot Court team. Jacob received the Kirby Howlett Award for Clinical Excellence for his work in the Clinic representing clients accused of misdemeanor crimes and parole violations. During law school, Jacob interned at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Before attending law school, Jacob worked at the Housing Discrimination Law Project of Minneapolis Legal Aid. Jacob received his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from Macalester College.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Parent Advocate, FDP
Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Colorado College in 2015, where she studied Sociology and Spanish and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. While at Colorado College, she was an intern at The Bell Policy Center, a progressive research and policy think tank in Denver, CO; the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, which provides legal representation to unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings; and the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Her senior thesis, which won departmental honors, focused on the recent increase in child migration from Central America. Rachel speaks Spanish.
Team Leader, Lecturer in Law, and Attorney, Civil Action Practice
Team Leader, Lecturer in Law, and Attorney, Civil Action Practicecontact
Amreeta is a Co-Training Team Leader at the Bronx Defenders and a staff attorney in the Civil Action Practice. She is also a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School via the Bronx Defenders’ Holistic Defense Externship Program.
Prior to joining the Bronx Defenders, Amreeta served as a law clerk to the U.S District Court Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle of the Eastern District of Louisiana. In that capacity, she also served Judge Lemelle while he sat by designation for the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Ninth Circuits. While interning at the ACLU’s National Security Program, Amreeta worked on the program’s no-fly litigation and 4th Amendment suits challenging TSA stop and seizure practices. She worked on race, gender, age and disability discrimination claims in the work place with plaintiffs’ side firm Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C. She also worked on Alien Torts Statute litigation in South Africa with Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Clinic.
Amreeta received her J.D. from Harvard Law School where she was the President of the South Asian Law Students Association and a board member of the Law and International Development Society. She holds an MPhil in International Development from the University of Oxford where she received a Bursary Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Amreeta graduated on the Dean’s List and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago with an honors B.A. in South Asian and South East Asian History. While at the University of Chicago, Amreeta was a founding member of the Free Burma Project and organized delegations of students and faculty to research opposition movements along the Thai-Burma border.
Renagh received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2014. At Yale, Renagh was a founding member of the Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic, which provides representation for students in expulsion proceedings. She also served as a Student Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic and as a Comments Editor for the Yale Law Journal. During law school, Renagh interned with the Orleans Public Defenders and The Bronx Defenders. Renagh received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Oded received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School where he was a Harvard Presidential Public Service Summer Fellow and a Harvard Presidential Scholar. While in law school, Oded was a Litigation Team Student Attorney with the International Human Rights Clinic, as well as a Student Attorney with the Criminal Justice Institute. Oded spent his 1L summer as a Foreign Clerk with Justice Edna Arbel with the Israel Supreme Clerk and his 2L summer with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Oded graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College.
Emily Prokesch received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and received the Archie A. Gorfinkel Award for her work in Criminal Law. While in law school, Emily represented clients in Manhattan Criminal Court through Cardozo’s Criminal Defense Clinic and represented a client through the Criminal Appeals Clinic who was appealing his homicide conviction. Emily spent her law school summers interning with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in their Boston Felony Trial Unit and at The Legal Aid Society’s Prisoners’ Rights Project. Prior to law school, Emily worked for three years as a Paralegal at the firm Clayman & Rosenberg. She graduated from Barnard College in 2005, receiving her undergraduate degree in American Studies, concentrating on Race and Class in U.S. History.
Emily first joined the Forensic Practice Group at Bronx Defenders in January, 2016 as the False Confessions Specialist. After leaving for a year to work on complex felonies and homicides in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Emily returned to the Bronx Defenders as a Supervising Attorney and joined the homicide practice.
Olivia graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law. While in law school, Olivia participated in two year-long clinics – the Criminal and Community Defense Clinic and the Juvenile Defender Clinic. She was also the symposium editor for the NYU Review of Law & Social Change, a co-organizer of the Defender Collective, a training director with the NYU Mediation Organization, and a student advocate with the Suspension Representation Project. She spent her law school summers interning with the Center for Court Innovation and The Bronx Defenders. Prior to law school, Olivia worked for a litigation consulting firm. She holds a B.A. from Yale University, where she graduated with distinction in her major.
Julia Solomons is a social worker in the Criminal Defense Practice. She received her Masters in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. While pursuing her graduate degree she interned with the Office of City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viveríto, leading the 2015 Participatory Budgeting Initiative for District 8 and coordinating the East Harlem Anti-Violence Task Force. She also spent a year interning at the Brownsville Community Justice Center, developing a Restorative Justice training curriculum for young people involved in the Brownsville Youth Court and working with young people in the Alternative to Incarceration and Diversion programs. Prior to graduate school, Julia worked as a case manager in homeless services in San Francisco, as well as with The Family Center in Brooklyn as a legal advocate for people living with severe and chronic illness. She spent a year living in Valparaíso, Chile, learning Spanish and teaching English to Chilean navy members and their families. Julia obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tulane University.
Saul received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, as well as an Articles Editor on the Columbia Law Review. Following graduation, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Mark R. Kravitz of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and for the Honorable José A. Cabranes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also worked at Wiggin & Dana LLP as a Litigation Associate. Prior to joining The Bronx Defenders, Saul was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Florida State University College of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and Brooklyn Law School, where his research and writing focused on voting rights and election law and where he taught a variety of subjects including Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Torts. Saul has a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and was a Fulbright Scholar at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.