Born in Jordan and raised in the Bronx, Tasneem’s plans for a legal career derive from the harsh stereotypes and racism she experienced as a Muslim female of Palestinian decent. Recognizing the need to advocate for the equality of all cultures, she has turned challenges into achievements: high school valedictorian, winner of the Peter F. Vallone Academic Scholarship, honors student. In addition to volunteering for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Tasneem is also an active member of the “Woman in Islam” Club, the Palestinian Club, and the Muslim American Society (MAS).
A graduate of the Law, Government and Community Service High School, Jody has participated in the New York City Bar Association Mock Trial and Metropolitan Mentor Moot Court competitions in preparation for her goal of becoming a defense attorney. She is a recipient of the City College Honors Scholarship and the Peter F. Vallone Academic Scholarship (2008), and earned a place on the science division Dean’s List.
Since childhood, Andrae has always been intrigued by the study of law. As he pursues a major in Economics and minor in Business Administration, his achievements—Golden Key Honor Society, Dean’s List (2010-2011)—reflect his determination to achieve the success embodied in his personal motto, “The utmost for the highest.”
Valedictorian in high school, Rochelle has continued her academic success at Macaulay Honors College. As a history major, she explores her interest in the foundations of American government and its political and legal theories. Rochelle is a member of the CCNY History Society and has volunteered with New York Comic Con and the American Heart Association.
Marlin arrived from Albania with her family at the age of 10, but she remembers the hardships of living in a poor country, and it helps drive her to succeed. Once she decided on a career in law, she overcame her fears of public speaking by joining the Moot Court and Mock Trial team in high school, an experience that gave her greater confidence to speak in public. Fluent in Albanian and English, she is currently a political science major in the Macaulay Honors College and an active member of the Mock Trial team.
Erwin’s interest in law school grew out of a desire to help those in his community overcome the challenges of poverty and crime that he witnessed growing up. A transfer student from Bronx Community College, he volunteered with BCC’s NYPIRG chapter, wrote poetry for the school newspaper The Communicator, and worked on the Speech, Drama and Debate Team. Erwin is currently enrolled in the BA/MA program studying history. In the spring of 2010, Erwin won the 3rd place Persuasive Speaker Award in the CUNY Public Speaking Competition and was selected for the Dean’s List.
Jonathan emigrated from Colombia where his experience of social and economic disparities and human rights violations inspired him to pursue a legal career to fight for change in his home and wherever human rights are under threat. Jonathan holds an Associate’s degree in Arts from LaGuardia Community College where he was recognized on the Dean’s List for three semesters and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He was on the Honors Student Advisory Committee and an active member of the LaGuardia Political Arena.
Currently a Political Science major at City College, Devon’s interest in legal studies extends beyond the classroom into his community where he hopes to one day offer representation to those without a voice. Devon has participated in the CCNY Mock Trial Law Team and has been the captain of the Precise Christian Step Team.
Thomas’ interest in the analytical nature of law evolved from what he learned about the pharmaceutical industry as he pursued a degree in Chemical Engineering at CCNY’s Grove School, leading to his enrollment in a criminology class. His career plans combine his passions for law and engineering by focusing on intellectual property law as it relates to pharmaceuticals. He currently hold the Class of 1968 Academic Scholarship, is an Advanced Placement Academic Scholar, and the Honor Award for Scholastic Achievement in Principles of Engineering.
A transfer student from Montgomery College in Maryland, David was active in the Debate Club, Current Events Club, Gaming Club, and Star Trek Club, and wrote for the school literary magazine Gryphon. David is combining his interest in history and the law to study traffic law, interstate commerce and international trade. A past intern at the Library of Congress, he’s earned places on the Dean’s List, the Renaissance Scholars Program and Phi Theta Kappa.