Mohammed Alam is the first American born in his family. He is a rising senior studying political science with a minor in public policy. He is a Community Engagement Fellow at the Colin Powell Center, a Public Management Fellow in the Charles Rangel Center, a Josh and Judy Weston Scholar, as well as the Co-founder, and Chairman of the Roosevelt Institute chapter at CCNY. Mohammed is also serving as a Vice President in the Undergraduate Student Government, and as a board member of the Government & Law Society. He is an avid participant and scholar of American politics; he has previously worked for U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S Congressman Charles Rangel, and Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn. He has campaigned for Governor Cuomo, Senator Gillibrand, Senator Schumer, and President Obama. Mohammed spent this past summer working in the White House, in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. He would like to use his JD to pursue a career in public service.
Lila Benaissa is a pre-law and philosophy major with a double minor in journalism and public policy. Also a Queens native, she is fluent in Spanish and French and can read and write in Arabic. Currently, Lisa works with NY1 news and will be interning for Martin Bashir at NBC this coming fall. She was a press assistant for Congressman Rangel’s campaign. She is a member of CCNY’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institute. She would like to combine her interests in journalism and media with a legal career.
Depak Borhara is a transfer student from Queensborough Community College, where he majored in digital arts and design. At CCNY he is a pre-law major. Depak is also a Colin L. Powell Community Engagement Fellow for 2012. As a Colin Powell Fellow he serves as a Community Outreach intern and mentor at the Harlem Youth Law and Justice Center. This past spring, he served as CCNY’s mock trial team captain. He is currently employed as a court reporter in private arbitrations.
Karen Chicas is a recent transfer from Nassau Community College, where she was part of the Honors Program and Dean’s list. At Nassau she served as President of the Student Government Association, Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa and a college orientation leader. At CCNY she is pursuing a double major in philosophy and psychology.
Lay Hoon Chua
Prior to her life in New York City from 2001 to present, Lay Hoon Chua
lived and worked in Singapore. In 1995, after she completed her
tertiary education with a diploma in business studies, she joined
Youth With A Mission (Hawaii) for 2 years and was involved in community
work in Costa Rica. After she moved to New York, Lay Hoon started a real estate business. From her experiences in the real estate industry she developed an interest in pursuing a legal career. Lay Hoon is a transfer student from CUNY’s Borough of Manhattan Community College where she was on the Dean’s list and was honored as a BMCC Foundation scholar. She was also honored with the Ethnic Studies – Asian Studies Award. At City College, Lay Hoon is majoring in International Studies with a concentration in International Relations and Political Science.
Felix De Jesus
Felix De Jesus was born in Brooklyn, NY. In early 2011, Felix volunteered at the Urban Youth League in Roosevelt, NY. In that same year, he transferred from SUNY Old Westbury to CCNY. He is currently doing a dual major in pre-law and history. During the summer of 2012, he worked with the Harlem Youth Law and Justice Center on a Mock Trial/Moot Court Presentation with high school students. Felix plans to study real estate law.
Originally from Edo, Nigeria, Michelle is the Vice President of the African Student Union at CCNY. She has also been the President of the Nigerian Student Association and a member of the Women’s Tennis Team. She is a double major in communications and pre-dental studies. Michelle plans to pursue a career in international corporate law.
Martin Forero, a New York City native is currently an international studies student. His interests range from keeping up with current international politics and studying immigration policy to music production and live studio sessions. Martin plans to practice entertainment or immigration law
Born in Oklahoma, Emily Graham has lived in New York since 1998 and
spent nearly a decade working in Off-Broadway theater before deciding to
return to school to pursue an academic career. She is in her junior year in the BA/MA program in history at City College. She is a City College Fellow, a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society, and in 2012 was the recipient of the Bailey Diffie Award from the City College History Department. Her research focuses on the intersection between constitutional law and the role of religion as defined by the state. After graduation, Emily plans to enroll in a joint degree program combining a PhD in history with a law degree.
Tara Griffin is originally from Staten Island and grew up in Old Bridge, New Jersey. After studying art history and philosophy at the University of Maryland, she returned to New York and found her passion in the world of antiquities. For the past six years she has managed a renowned antiques gallery on the Upper East Side. Being immersed in the business of art and antiquities opened her eyes to all the various legal aspects of the art world. With this newfound interest she decided to complete her undergraduate education and go on to law school to work in the field of art law. She received her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Borough of Manhattan Community College and is the recent recipient of the Academic Excellence in African American Studies Award for her analysis of the work of contemporary artist, Charles Gaines. At CCNY Tara will be majoring in French with a minor in art history.