Perla was born in La Vega, Dominican Republic and immigrated to the U.S. when she was eight years old. She transferred to CCNY after completing her associate degree in Paralegal Studies at LaGuardia Community College, where she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and Secretary of the Paralegal Association Club. This summer she interned at the employment law unit of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services. At CCNY, she plans to major in pre-Law and hopes to pursue her interests in public interest, immigration, and criminal law.
Sobiha was born in Pakistan and immigrated to America at the age of five. She is majoring in international studies and fluently speaks Urdu and Panjabi. As a lawyer, she hopes to help underprivileged communities.
George is a political science major. He began his college career at Hostos Community College where he attended the Model United Nations conferences in New York and Washington D.C. An avid performer, George has acted in the Intercollegiate Theater Festival (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) as well as in Hostos and City College theater productions. This summer, he traveled to Brazil to participate in a program titled: Sports, Youth and Social Justice, which will focus attention on social and economic inequality in Brazil in the shadow of the World Cup. Last semester, he was elected into the Undergraduate Student Government. George is also a recipient of the Colin L. Powell Partners for Change Fellowship in Economic Development.
Crystal Barnes is a psychology major who also plans to earn a theatre minor. Her interest in law was sparked in high school when she participated in moot court and a mock trial. She has held several roles at CCNY, including Admissions Ambassador and a member of the mock trial team. Outside of school, Crystal practices Ninjitsu, a martial art she began learning at the age of ten. Crystal is an alumni of New York Needs You, a non-profit organization that nurtures first-generation college students and Council for Unity, an organization which aims to eliminate gang violence and racial-divisiveness among youth. She plans to combine her experience and passion from these activities with her practice of law to create positive change in her community.
James Botwina grew up in Forest Hills, Queens. He is a Macaulay Honors Scholar on the Dean’s List of the Colin Powell School, and is pursuing a double major in international studies and economics business administration. He has written for The Campus newspaper and volunteered at the Zahn Center in 3-D printing projects. A proficient Spanish Speaker, James studied in Argentina last January. This summer, James furthered his interest in immigration reform by interning at the Immigration Advocate Network.
Born in Brooklyn, Jean spent some of his childhood in Haiti, but the majority on Long Island. Jean became interested in law at an early age and transferred to City College from John Jay College to join the Skadden Program. He’s majoring in political science with a minor in philosophy. Jean lives with his mother and grandmother and hopes to take better care of them by fulfilling his career goals. Jean plans to practice either corporate or entertainment law.
Lizette, a Queens native, graduated from Hostos Community College and is now majoring in philosophy at CCNY. While earning her A.A.S. degree she was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, interned at a private law office and regularly volunteered for CUNY Citizenship Now!, where she assisted immigrants with hopes of becoming U.S. citizens. As an aspiring attorney, she is passionate about helping others and looks forward to giving back to her community one day.
Daniel Castellanos is a first generation Puerto Rican American who was born and raised in New York City. Daniel majors in political science with a public policy minor. Motivated by his determination to help others, he was president of the HDFC Coop Board and Chair of the Shalom Aleichem Houses Tenants Association. Daniel became the first college graduate in his family when he completed his associate degree at Bronx Community College (BCC), where he was on the President’s List and Dean’s List. Daniel also served in BCC’s Student Government Association, CUNY’s Student Senate and founded Forever United to Colorectal Cancer, an advocacy and awareness group.
William is a 2014 graduate of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), where he received his associate degree in criminal justice. William was President of BMCC’s Criminal Justice Club as well as Campaign Manager for the BMCC Student Government Association elections. At CCNY, William plans to major in Political Science. William has dedicated much of his adult life to social justice work, which falls in line with his desire to practice Public Interest Law.
Hector’s serious interest in law and justice was kindled in high school when he was accepted to NYU’s prestigious High School Law Institute. After high school, Hector become an honors student at Kingsborough Community College (KBCC), where he was chosen to represent the school in a Washington, D.C. educator’s conference and studied global citizenship and ethics in Austria. He received KBCC’s Gold Service award for his leadership, which also included the Student World Assembly and the Honors Club. In his spare time, Hector enjoys watching sci-fi films, writing Fanfiction, and going dancing. Hector hopes to use his law degree to create and inspire positive change in the lives of LGBT youth and individuals living with HIV/AIDS.