Board of Directors

 

Legal Services NYC Board of Directors


LS-NYC board panorama

Michael D. Young - Chair
Susan J. Kohlmann - Vice Chair
Andrew Jay Multer- Treasurer
Susan Bryant- Secretary
Vincent Chang
Pui Chi Cheng
Mark G. Cunha
Bruno Daniel
Katrina Edge
Fern Finkel
Joseph S. Genova
Arthur W. Greig
Vilia B. Hayes
Victoria Horowitz
Jack P. Jackson
Olu Jaiyebo
Sheila T. McGinn
Rosevelie Márquez Morales  
Ana Melendez
Jennifer Kennedy Park
Diego Parra
Kay Reese
William Russell, Jr.
Karen Patton Seymour
Jeffrey S. Trachtman
Liza May Velazquez

Officers


Michael D. Young—VICE CHAIR

Mr. Young began his career as a legal services attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago.  Between 1989 and 1999 he held senior management positions with JAMS, the largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world, and with one of its predecessor firms, including:  Acting Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice-President, Vice-President of Professional Services, and General Counsel. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of JAMS from 1999–2009, and during that period of time was a member of the Executive Committee of the Board and also chaired the Board’s Committee on Public Policy and Professional Standards. Since 1989 Mr. Young has been a full-time mediator and arbitrator, recognized by Law Dragon Magazine as “One of the Top Neutrals/Private Judges in the U.S.” and by other media as a “Best Lawyer” and “Super Lawyer” in the ADR Specialty.  He has also been elected as a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and as a member of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.

Mr. Young served as LSNYC's Interim Executive Director from June 2010 to June 2011 during the search for a new Permanent Director. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1978.

SUSAN J. KOHLMANN—Vice Chair

Susan J. Kohlmann is a partner in Jenner & Block LLP's Litigation Department.  She is Chair of the Unfair Competition, False Advertising and Lanham Act Practice and a member of the Creative Content Practice.  She serves as a member of the New York City Bar's Nominating Committee and most recently served as Chair of the New York City Bar's Committee to Enhance Diversity.  In addition to Legal Services NYC, Ms. Kohlmann is also a member of the Boards of Legal Momentum and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.  She is also a former member of the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar, and has received recognition as a New York Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation for 2006-2010.  Ms. Kohlmann was named among Outstanding Women of the Bar by the New York County Lawyers Association in 2004. She is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the New York Bar and the bars of several federal courts.

Ms. Kohlmann received her B.A.from Yale University and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was Casenote and Comment Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.

ANDREW JAY MULTER—Treasurer

Andrew Jay Multer is a partner at Bahn, Herzfeld & Multer, LLP. His commitment to legal access for low-income people began as a Staff Attorney in the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division, Manhattan (1988-1995). Mr. Multer was recognized by the New York State Bar Association in 1995 for his efforts to increase funding for legal services. In 1996, he became an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department. In 1999, Mr. Multer became General Counsel to Pilates, Inc.

Mr. Multer graduated from Harvard University in 1979 and received his law degree from Northeastern School of Law in 1987.

SUSAN BRYANT—Secretary

Susan Bryant is Professor of Law at the CUNY School of Law. Professor Bryant teaches evidence, family law and lawyering courses focused on work with immigrants and survivors of domestic violence. Her research interests include access to justice, cross-cultural, cross-lingual work between lawyers and clients, and clinical pedagogy. She works with lawyers, teachers, judges and law students to improve cross-cultural competence in the profession.

Ms. Bryant received both her J.D. and L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Prettyman Fellow.

 

Members

Vincent chang

Vincent Chang is a partner at Wollmuth Maher and Deutsch LLP. Mr. Chang has significant experience in complex litigation, including class action litigation involving the telecommunications, pharmaceutical and tobacco industries. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers Association and is the immediate past President of the Asian American Bar Association of New York.

Mr. Chang is a graduate of Harvard College and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987. 

PUI CHI CHENG

Pui Chi Cheng is a principal of the Law Offices of Cheng & Associates PLLC, a litigation firm handling Insurance Defense. Ms. Cheng has over 17 years of experience in handling insurance defense and personal injury cases from coverage matters, to trial, arbitration, appellate argument and lecturing on trial techniques. She is a Past President of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, a member of the New York City Bar Associations and a member of the House of Delegates to New York State Bar Association. In 2005, she was selected as one of the Best Asian American Lawyers Under 40 by the National Asian American Bar Association.

Ms. Cheng is a graduate of Woffard College located in Spartenburg, South Carolina, and holds a J.D. from Washington and Lee School of Law.

MARK G. CUNHA

Mark G. Cunha is a partner in the civil litigation department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. He has served as a director for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and serves as a Trustee for the Lycee Francais de New York. He has also been a Delegate to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates, and served on the Executive Committee of the State Bar’s Section on Commercial and Federal Litigation. At the city level, Mr. Cunha has served as Vice President and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and has served as Chair of the Association’s Committee on Legal Assistance. Mr. Cunha’s legal advocacy has been recognized by both the Legal Aid Society, who deemed him Outstanding Volunteer Lawyer in 1990, and by the New York County Lawyers Association, which awarded him the Pro Bono Award in 1991. In 2007, Mr. Cunha was awarded the Chevalier de l'Order des Palmes Academiques by the government of France.

Mr. Cunha completed his undergraduate education at Cornell University in 1977, graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with distinction in all subjects, and received his law degree from Stanford University in 1980. He was a White House Intern from 1979-1980.

JOSEPH S. GENOVA

Joseph S. Genova is a partner in the Litigation Department of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP and the director of the firm’s Public Service Program. Mr. Genova has served on the Board of Directors of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, chaired several bar association committees concerned with legal services for the indigent or homelessness, and, since 2005, has been a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department.

Mr. Genova graduated from Dartmouth College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1974, and received his JD from Yale Law School in 1977.

ARTHUR W. GREIG

Arthur W. Greig has been in private practice in Manhattan for over twenty years and is Of Counsel to Brown & Weinraub, LLC. He specializes in trial practice and election law appellate practice. Previously, Mr. Greig served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County and as a Law Secretary in New York County Supreme Court. He was a Staff Counsel to the Speaker of the New York State Assembly from 1987 through 1991 where he worked on issues presented to the Racing & Wagering Committee and Alcohol & Substance Abuse Committee). In 1998, he was a Special Counsel to the Chairman of the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee, concentrating primarily on judiciary and court merger issues. He also served as Special Counsel to former New York State Senate Minority Leader David Paterson in the areas of redistricting and reapportionment litigation.

Mr. Greig is a graduate of Tufts University and American University’s Washington College of Law. 

Vilia B. Hayes

Vilia B. Hayes is a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where she concentrates on employment advice, product liability and commercial litigation. She is Co-Chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee. Ms Hayes is also Chair of the New York City Bar's Litigation Committee, Treasurer of the Federal Bar Council and Chair of the Committee on Second Circuit Courts, and serves on the Boards of the New York County Lawyers Association and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Ms. Hayes is a graduate of Marymount University and holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review.

Victoria Horowitz

Victoria Horowitz was appointed to the Legal Services NYC Board of Directors by the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island. She has been married for 32 years and has four children, one of whom suffers from autism. Mrs. Horowitz is active in various organizations involved with research and development of new ways of treatment for autism. 

Before taking up residence in 1979, Mrs. Horowitz lived in Israel for more than eight years. In Brooklyn, she raised her family, taught English as a Second Language (ESL) for many years, and now volunteers as an English essay writing teacher at Touro College.

Jack P. Jackson

Jack Jackson, a partner in Proskauer Rose LLP's Corporate Department, has extensive experience in a broad range of financing transactions (in the telecommunications, Internet, real estate, supermarket, automotive parts and electronics fields), work-outs and restructurings, and mergers and acquisitions, including venture capital financing of "start-up" and "new economy" companies. A "hands-on" lawyer with wide-ranging experiences, Jack has also worked on privatizations in Latin America, multiple cross border acquisitions and strategic alliances. Jack was recently recognized by Crain's as being among the top 100 most influential minority business persons in New York.

Mr. Jackson holds a B.A. from Fordham University (1979), an M.B.A. from Columbia University (1983), and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law (1983), where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Sheila T. McGinn

Sheila T. McGinn is a partner at Sargente & McGinn, LLC, which concentrates on representing plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters involving personal injury, property damage, and breach of contract and insurance actions. Ms. McGinn is admitted to practice in New York and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York County Lawyers’ Association, Staten Island Trial Lawyer’s Association and Richmond County Bar Association. She has also served as a volunteer Small Claims arbitrator in Civil Court Richmond County. In November 2004 she became a Court Evaluator in Supreme Court, Richmond County. Ms. McGinn has been a member of Community Board 1, Staten Island since Spring 2001. She has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Recreational Association since Spring 2008.

Ms. McGinn graduated from State University of New York, Oneonta in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She received her law degree in 1990 from Brooklyn Law School.

Rosevelie Márquez Morales

Rosevelie Márquez Morales is a member of Harris Beach PLLC and practices in the Mass Torts and Industry-Wide Litigation and Insurance Litigation and Product Liability Defense Practice Groups and serves on the Medical and Life Sciences Industry Team.  She is the immediate Past President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association (2011-2012) and currently serves on the Board of Directors (June 2012-present, 2009-2010).  She previously served the PRBA as Chair of the Women’s Committee (2008-2009), Recording Secretary (2007-2008), and Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee (2007-2008). She is a 2010 recipient of the Puerto Rican Bar Association Young Lawyers Award, recipient of the 2011 Fordham LALSA Andrew A. Rivera Alumni Achievement Award, and honored by El Diario as part of its 2011 Mujeres Destacadas “Distinguished Latinas.”  She also received the 2012 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Star award by The Hispanic Coalition NY, and the 2012 Leadership Award during the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. 

Ms. Márquez Morales received a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University in 1999, and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2002.

Ana Melendez

Ana Melendez has over 10 years of experience working in community organizing and advocacy. In 2003, she was granted the George Soros Open Society Institute Fellowship which allowed her to develop Access Schools and Training to Exit Poverty Unity Project (A STEP UP). This organizing project was the vehicle used to build the base and leadership for what is now known as Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE). She continued to work with families in Brooklyn through the City’s Family Self Sufficiency program. Her dedication to social justice and as a new Bronx resident leads her to We Stay/Nos Quedamos where she is working as a Casework Coordinator. She is helping to develop programming, working directly with residents and community members to build a base and power in the Melrose Commons and South Bronx. Ms. Melendez continues to work with low income communities of color to build power and find exits to poverty.

Kay Reese

Kay Reese is a Marketing Communications and Publicity Consultant. She was formerly Director of Communication for YWCA of the U.S.A, Communications Coordinator for the Diocese of Brooklyn's Office of Black Ministry, and Director of Communications for the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal. She is also an award-winning artist and photographer.

Ms. Reese received a B.F.A. in painting and sculpture from The College of New Rochelle in 1972.

Karen Patton Seymour

Karen Patton Seymour is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she heads up the firm’s Criminal Defense and Investigations Group. In 2005 she returned to private practice after having served as Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 2002 to 2004. She had also served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1990 to 1996, and was Chief of the General Crimes Unit and Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Unit. She was an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell from 1987 to 1990 and rejoined the firm in 1997, where she was a member of the firm from 2000 until early 2002.

Ms. Seymour received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1986, and an LL.M. from the University of London in 1987. She received a B.S. and B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

Jeffrey S. Trachtman

Jeffrey S. Trachtman is a litigation partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, focusing on matters related to bankruptcy and restructuring, and served as Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee from 1994 until 2011.  Mr. Trachtman serves as a director of Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) and was the founding Chair and for 29 years a director of Cause Effective, a nonprofit organization that teaches other nonprofits how to build financial and human resources.  He has served on the New York City Bar’s Committees on Legal Needs of the Poor, Pro Bono and Legal Services, and Civil Rights, and was appointed to the board of Legal Services NYC to represent the New York State Bar Association, which also presented Mr. Trachtman with its President’s Pro Bono Service Award in 2005.

Mr. Trachtman received his undergraduate degree in 1981 from New York University and his law degree (cum laude) in 1984 from NYU Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review and member of Order of the Coif.  He served as law clerk to Chief Judge Constance Baker Motley in the Southern District of New York and to Judge Leonard Garth of the Third Circuit before joining Kramer Levin in 1986.

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