Kawthar Abdullah was raised in Yemen and NYC. She’s a CUNY BA student studying Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations. Kawthar has a deep passion for Middle Eastern politics, women’s rights in developing countries and religious studies.
Christian Blake was born and raised in New York City. He is a first generation college student.Christian has worked a full-time job throughout his time in college. He hopes to become a corporate lawyer.
Indrit Cami was born in Macedonia and is Muslim-Albanian. After discovering his passion for law and politics in high school, Mr. Cami decided to major in political science. He spent a semester in Washington, D.C. interning for Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer and volunteering as a business research assistant for the Library of Congress. While in D.C., Mr. Cami developed a profound interest in finance and technologies. Last summer, he managed data and strategized a blueprint for operational success to improve compliance metrics for a healthcare tech startup. Mr. Cami hopes to expand his knowledge in business to become a well-rounded transactional attorney. He was the Valedictorian for the S Jay Levy Class of 2018-2019 and is the first elected president of the S Jay Levy Alumni Board of Advisors.
Carlos Canedo founded and runs The Tango Company, a dance center in Manhattan. He has danced professionally and was a member of a number of punk and hardcore bands before attending CCNY. Carlos plans to pursue a career in public interest law.
Kira Charles is a Political Science major and Legal Studies minor at City College. As an engaged member of her local and global community, she has served as a CUNY Caucus Scholar and also as a CUNY Service Corps-Puerto Rico cohort member. She plans to become a well-rounded civil rights/criminal defense attorney.
Sydney Clarke was born in Brooklyn, NY, but gained academic and cultural experiences attending school in North Carolina, Georgia, New Hampshire, and New York City. She is a poet who writes personal essays about her experiences as a Black woman born to South American parents. She plans to pursue an entertainment law career while nurturing her creative abilities to support other artists and publish her own work
Nailah Garard is from Long Island and currently lives in Harlem. She is double majoring in International Studies and Anthropology with a focus on global and local ways to address criminal and health justice. She aspires to work as a public defender. She is a scholar-activist and researcher for Beyond Identity: Under the Politics of Sexual Violence initiative where she specializes in black feminist theory, incarceration and gender violence. Her developing political work includes polemics, poetry, and visual media to raise sociopolitical consciousness and engage the community. On-campus, she serves as a Community Service Chair for the National Council of Negro Women and a peer mentor.
Adrena Lambert was born and raised in the Bronx. She is majoring in Political Science, with a minor in Black Studies. A member of CCNY’s National Congress for Negro Women, she is committed to the advancement and empowerment of women through networking opportunities and community service. She is a first generation college student, and hopes to be the first person in her family to graduate from law school and become an attorney. Although she is interested in Intellectual Property, she holds a special place in her heart for public interest law, especially issues surrounding housing law and it impacts poor communities of color.
Carolina Mendoza is a political science major graduating in May 2020. Her interest in law began as she observed the process her parents went through to attain legal status in the U.S. She often served as translator between them and their lawyers. She plans to apply to law school after graduation and hopes to attend law school in NYC.
Katlyn Palmatier was born and raised in Upstate New York. She is a Macaulay Honors student and an alumna of the S. Jay Levy Fellowship and the CUNY LGBTQ Leadership Program. Katlyn is majoring in political science and minoring in women’s studies. She hopes to focus on LGBTQ advocacy and civil rights law in her future career.