Rosevelie Márquez Morales


Rosevelie Márquez Morales is the East Coast Diversity Director at Sidley Austin LLP. She was formerly a partner and litigator at Harris Beach PLLC. Ms. Márquez Morales serves as General Counsel to the Hispanic National Bar Association, Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, Chair of DRI’s Diversity Committee and Chair of ASPIRA of New York, a youth development organization. Ms. Márquez Morales is Past President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Women’s Foundation and Long Island American Heart Association. Ms. Márquez Morales is a frequent presenter and author on leadership and diversity in the legal profession and has received numerous recognitions for her work in these areas. She is a graduate of Fordham School of Law and Barnard College of Columbia University. She is the proud mother of Savannah Rose and Delilah Sage.

Neysa Alsina

Vice President of High School Division

Neysa Alsina is Counsel with the New York City Bar Association, which was founded in 1870 and has approximately 24,000 members. In addition, Ms. Alsina is the immediate past Regional President of the Hispanic National Bar Association's New York Region. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association's Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession and Inter-American Affairs Committee, the New York State Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and the Council of Urban Professionals. Ms. Alsina is a graduate of Rutgers College at New Brunswick and Fordham University School of Law.

Linda S. Lin

Vice President of Law School Division

Linda S. Lin is the founder of the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program, which merged with the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program in 2015. Linda is currently Vice President & Assistant General Counsel Senior Counsel at QBE North America.  Linda supports QBE's specialty business lines including management and professional liability, aviation, inland marine, accident and health, trade credit and surety, and healthcare.  Prior to joining QBE, Linda served as Senior Complex Claims Director at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) and Senior Counsel at Liberty International Underwriters (LIU).  Linda previously worked in private practice at the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.  She also served as law clerk to the Hon. Dora L. Irizarry, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.  Linda received her B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Law with honors from Binghamton University and her Juris Doctorate cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.

Debra Lesser


Debra Lesser is the Executive Director of the Justice Resource Center, overseeing 28 different law-related programs for the school-age population. Ms. Lesser created the first Law and Justice Institute in the 1980’s which has been replicated nationally and internationally. She serves as an ex-officio member of the NYCLA’s Justice Center and NYCLA’s law-related education committee. Ms. Lesser received the NYSBA’s law-related education award in 1991.

Celina Cabán

Founder , Secretary & Co-Chair of Sponsorship Committee

Celina Cabán is the founder and secretary of the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program, formerly known as the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor High School Judicial Internship Program prior to merging with the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program in 2015. She was a volunteer law clerk to Honorable Denny Chin in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2008, Ms. Cabán graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University majoring in Economic History and minoring in Latin American Studies. In 2014, she graduated from CUNY School of Law, where she participated in Moot Court and served as Special Events Editor for the Law Review. After law school, she clerked for Honorable Wendel E. Daniels, presiding Superior Court judge of the Criminal Division in Ocean County, New Jersey from August 2014 to August 2015. Ms. Cabán was a 2012 Puerto Rican Bar Association Student Scholar, as well as a 2013 Ms. JD Fellow. She is also the recipient of the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s 2014 Flor de Maga Award.

Honorable Denny Chin

Chairman of the Board

Denny Chin is a United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was sworn in on April 26, 2010. He served previously, for almost sixteen years, as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Fordham Law School. After clerking for United States District Judge Henry F. Werker, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He also practiced at the following firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Campbell, Patrick & Chin; and Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard. Judge Chin was born in Hong Kong and came to the United States with his family in 1956.

Ethan P. Fallon

Chair of Education Committee

Ethan P. Fallon is an Associate at Kellogg, Hubber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC. He previously served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York and for the Honorable Denny Chin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to pursuing a legal career, Mr. Fallon was an English and history teacher in East Palo Alto, California, serving as a Teach For America corps member. Mr. Fallon received a J.D. from UCLA School of Law and a B.A. in philosophy from Penn State.

Rahul Agarwal

Board Member: Sponsorship Committee

Rahul Agarwal is an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he prosecutes federal criminal matters. He previously worked in private practice, as a litigation associate, at Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP and at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Rahul also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Esther Salas, U.S. District Judge (then Magistrate Judge) for the District of New Jersey, and the Honorable Jose L. Linares, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey. He received his B.A. in Business Economics and International Relations from Brown University and his Juris Doctorate from Columbia University. Rahul also previously served as the President of the South Asian Bar Association of New York, and he previously served as the Vice-President of Community Outreach for the South Asian Bar Association of North America.

Russell M. Franklin

Co-Chair of Sponsorship Committee

Russell M. Franklin is Of Counsel at Paul Hastings LLP. Russell has extensive experience representing clients on significant and diverse corporate matters. By way of example, he has advised various private equity entities in connection with the sale and/or purchase of portfolio companies of various sizes and in various industries. He has advised clients on the formation of strategic and longstanding joint ventures. With cybersecurity concerns at the forefront of many professionals' minds, he also has advised various companies in the financial services space with respect to negotiating third-party vendor contracts when protecting sensitive information from security breaches is of utmost importance. Russell received his B.A, with distinction, from Cornell University with a double major in Economics and Government. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Dennis Hopkins

Board Member: Sponsorship Committee

Dennis Hopkins is a partner in Perkins Coie’s Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation practices. He focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on patent, copyright and trade secret litigation. Dennis has significant experience in all phases of IP litigation, including mediations, trials and appeals. In addition, his practice includes counseling clients on issues relating to litigation strategies and intellectual property management. He is also experienced in all aspects of brand and domain name protection. His IP experience also includes drafting and negotiating agreements and licenses, preparing written opinions of counsel, and providing general IP counseling to clients, including counseling on patent, copyright, trade secret, brand management and other trademark matters.

Rena Malik

Board Member: Sponsorship Committee

Rena Malik is currently a Court Attorney for the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court in the Second Department. She previously served as the Law Clerk to the Honorable James E. d'Auguste, Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, New York County, and as an Assistant Law Clerk to the Honorable Larry D. Martin, Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County. Before working in the court system, Rena was a Litigation Associate at Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, practicing in employment law, professional liability, and insurance coverage defense. She also served as an Associate Law Clerk to the Honorable Roger J. Miner in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2010, Rena graduated cum laude from New York Law School, where she served as a Notes & Comments Editor on the New York Law School Law Review. Before law school, Rena received her MA in International Relations from the University of Westminster (London, U.K.) and her BA from Binghamton University. She is an active member in the South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY), and the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), for which she serves as the Judiciary Committee's Secretary.

Luis M. Lopez

Chair of Communications

Luis Manuel Lopez is the Circuit Librarian for the U.S. Courts of the Second Circuit. He manages and directs all the libraries within the Circuit and reports directly to the Chief Judge of the Circuit. Luis's professional expertise is in research and information with a tech-forward approach. His office provides research assistance and education training to all court personnel. In support of that mission, his team develops web sites, databases, graphics, and archival media, and they are currently active in the Circuit's civic education initiatives and programs. Luis was born and raised in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick. He was educated in City schools, attending Murry Bergtraum High School, and earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College and a Master's in Library & Information Science from Queens College.

Karen Greve Milton

Board Member

Karen Greve Milton is the Circuit Executive. The Circuit Executive is appointed by the Second Circuit Judicial Council and exercises such powers as delegated by the Chief Judge and the Circuit Judicial Council. The Circuit Executive also acts as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Court of Appeals with oversight responsibility for administrative programs of the Court, including Space and Facilities, Civic Education and CJA Case-Building. The Circuit Executive’s Circuit-wide responsibilities include arranging and attending meetings; planning and coordinating annual Circuit-wide conferences for judges, court executives, attorneys and other invited guests; conducting studies relating to the administration of the federal courts within the Circuit, preparing appropriate recommendations and reports to the Chief Judge, the Circuit Judicial Council and the Judicial Conference of the United States, collecting statistical data; acting as Circuit liaison to the Merit Selection Committees for Bankruptcy Judges and Federal Public Defenders and administering any non-judicial functions of the Court and Circuit Judicial Council as directed by those entities.

Stephanie Esposito

Deputy Vice President, High School Division

Stephanie Esposito is Vice President, Global Risk Governance at Bank of America. She is a board member of the Hispanic National Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division. Ms. Esposito received a JD from Fordham Law School and a BS in Finance from Seton Hall University. She is a member of the Bars of New York and New Jersey.

Colleen Kelly Faherty

Deputy Vice President, Law School Division

Colleen Kelly Faherty is an Assistant Attorney General in the litigation bureau for the State of New York Office of the Attorney General. Prior to joining the AG's Office, Colleen was a criminal defense attorney at the boutique defense firm, Fischetti & Malgieri LLP, handling white collar cases in the federal and state courts. She also served as law clerk to the Hon. Frederic Block, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. In 2012, Colleen was offered through the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program an internship placement with the Hon. Jack B. Weinstain, in the Eastern District of New York. She has remained actively involved with the JMBJIP and subsequently the SCSJIP, to support both organizations' goals of promoting diversity in the legal profession. Colleen received a dual bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in the Program of Liberal Studies and Fine Arts, and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was Student Bar Association President and an executive member of the Dispute Resolution Society.