Yanet is the founder and president of The Mami Chelo Foundation, Inc. Before, she worked in business development for Colony Hills Capital, a private equity group. Yanet is Cuban-Canadian and is fluent in four languages — French, Italian, Spanish, and English. She is currently learning Romanian. Yanet completed the WIFT-T mid-career program in business management for media professionals at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is an award-winning actress, producer, and writer. She received training in Cuba, Canada, England, and the United States — most notably at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in contemporary drama in London, England. Yanet has written, produced, and co-directed numerous plays, TV shows, and a few films. Yanet has completed the Basic Immigration Law Program at St. Francis of Assisi, for the Board of Immigration Appeals Accreditation. She also graduated from the entrepreneurship program at Harvard Business School. Yanet is currently preparing to take the bar exam in California. When she is not traveling, she spends her time between NYC and Los Angeles with her family and two dogs.
Rev. Father Luis Octavio Huete Altamirano was born in Nicaragua. In 2005, he was ordained as a priest under the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of Managua.
Rev. Luis completed his studies at College Bautista and at College Fatima. He later attended the Institute Experimental Mexico in Managua, Nicaragua. Rev. Luis has a degree in Philosophy and Theology from the Catholic University of Nicaragua, where he focused on Ontology and the Primacy of Peter.
Rev. Luis became a Catholic priest due to childhood experiences. After listening to announcement of the Kerygma, he discovered his calling, and felt immense compassion to serve the marginalized around the world.
In his service to others, Rev. Luis has worked as a Parish Administrator, Secondary Academic Director, and as a missionary throughout Central America (Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala), Bahia, Brazil and Cicilia, Italy. Rev. Luis has also spent time doing pastoral work in different prisons.
From 2005 until 2010, Rev. Luis was a Director and Administrator of the school, San Ignacio de Loyola. He was the President of the Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro Foundation and later served as a Parish Administrator of the San Mateo Evangelista Parish in Managua, Nicaragua.
Rev. Luis collaborated with the Archdiocesan Commissions of Penitentiary Pastoral, University Pastoral, and Pastoral of Consecrated Life of the Archdiocese of Managua to serve the needs of the community.
Since 2018, Rev. Luis has resided in New York. He collaborates with various Catholic entities, literary academies, nonprofit organizations and with the Spanish-speaking Community to help and support those in need. He is currently the General Director of Catechesis at St. Peter's Lutheran Church (SPC) and is a member of the Homeless Ministry of the American National Catholic Church (ANCC), in Manhattan. He is also the Cultural Ambassador for the Academy of Modern International Literature in New Jersey.
Rev. Luis joins the team at the Mami Chelo Foundation in New York, to help immigrants within the community.
Sally Pillay, is a native of South Africa who is an anti-apartheid and a progressive activist for immigrants rights. Sally’s commitment to immigrant rights began in 2008, baring witness to the impact prolonged isolation has on the psyche of immigrants in detention instilled in her a passion to continue to fight to end the incarceration of immigrants and asylum seekers. She obtained her MSW in International Community Development, with a focus in Human Rights and Social Justice. Sally believes that we all have a responsibility -moral ethical responsibility- when we see injustices that we to should stand up and raise our voices.
Carlos has years of experience in the oil and gas industry, 11 years of experience in Risk Management, 9 years of experience in Security as well as experience organizing events for community services and nonprofit organizations through volunteering. He holds a diploma in Statistic Fundamentals and Operational Risk Management from the Latino-American and Caribbean University, Venezuela, a certificate in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) from Det Norske Veritas and Professional Competencies ISO 31000, also has a certificate in Industrial Engineer Mention Processes from the José María Vargas University, Venezuela and is the most recent studies he has obtained a master's degree in industrial organization and business management, carried out at the University of Seville, Spain.
Luz María Rodríguez has been in Business Management and Billing Coordinator for over 10 years and in the Medical Field for 7 years she worked as a Medical Assistant and Obtained her Pharmacy Technician at South Texas Vo-Tech on McAllen, Texas. Luz María was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Mexico and she is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is the daughter of Immigrants that would travel to Chicago, Ill and her great grand father was contracted by the Railroad commission and that is how they obtained their citizenship. She also studied at South Texas College of Rio Grande City, Texas. She has done over 100 hours of volunteered at her local town with the Battered Women and Immigrants.
Esther Montano born and raised in Brooklyn, New York is the proud daughter of an immigrant “Trinidadian” parent. Esther has an A.A.S degree in Networking Technology. Her activist years arose in 2013, as she bared witness the unethical actions against humanity within the privatized detention centers. Esther’s broad background and experience created a quality to communicate at all levels serving as an Acting Lieutenant and Officer with integrity in the detention center. From within the facility, Esther worked to make a positive change for those detained, providing compassion, being a ray of sunshine, and given people a sense of hope in a bleak dark world.
Through these experiences, Esther is inspired to work and make a difference to change the infrastructure within the systems that oppress the human race, fighting for equality and fairness for all.
Nala Gurung, is a passionate immigration advocate from Kathmandu, Nepal. She has experience in both the non-profit and legal fields in the U.S. and Nepal. Nala has witnessed at first hand and personally struggled with the complexities of the U.S. immigration system, which ignited her desire to help others in similar situations.
After completing her undergraduate studies in Sociology and Political Science from Ithaca College in 2020, she earned her Masters degree in Human Rights from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2022; both degrees summa cum laude. She is currently on track to attend law school to continue to help immigrants navigate the legal system.
Joselin Perez was born in Honduras and migrated to the United States at the age of six. While leaving her country behind, she quickly adapted and is fluent in Spanish and English. Joselin is a committed activist in immigrant rights, as she has witnessed and experienced the impact of being a first-generational immigrant. Bearing witness to the injustices and unethical actions against humanity within detention centers, she is dedicated to helping others while sharing her own story. Joselin has worked tremendously to pursue her dreams and while attending Penn foster college with high aspirations of being a lawyer, she also has 14 years of experience as a master barber and has dedicated her time serving her community at local charity events.
Dilli Raj Bhatta is the founding member of Bhatta Law and Associates, PLLC. He has extensive experience in all phases of commercial transactions, litigation, and intellectual property law. Aside from commercial litigations, Mr. Bhatta advises and represents business entities on international trade and transactions, commercial arbitrations, contractual disputes, Intellectual Property matters, and Mergers and Acquisitions. He received his LLM degree focusing on Intellectual Property Law and Corporate Law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State of New York. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States Federal Court of the Eastern District of New York and the United States Federal Court of the Southern District of New York. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, and New York County Lawyers' Association.
Angel Aloma, President of Aloma Fundraising Strategies, has a passion for helping faith based and secular nonprofit organizations achieve their mission through proven fundraising strategies supported by the latest social science. Angel spent the last two decades as Executive Director and Chief Marketing Officer at Food For The Poor (FFTP), one of the largest international charities in the country.
During his tenure there, Angel inspired the direct mail department to repeatedly break records – with a single newsletter tripling its performance to gross more than $1.3 million. His donor centric strategies doubled the net income of the lowest performing mailers by focusing on the psychology of the donor. And his approaches to donor stewardship grew the number of monthly givers for the organization by more than 200%.
Angel served as Chairman of the Advisory Council of the DMA (now ANA), becoming one of the most respected presenters at almost all their conferences. Angel was a sought-after presenter at many other conferences, here and abroad.
As a teacher of many years at Roman Catholic schools in South Florida and then in the nonprofit world, Angel’s desire to share his knowledge with others has always been his driving force.
Angel has identified the framework and key pillars that elevated Food For The Poor’s standing as one of the most successful charities in the country. Now, Angel is poised to help more charities apply these techniques and achieve excellence in fundraising in order to generate inspiration and inspire generosity in their donors.
Angel is of Cuban and Lebanese roots. Completing his primary education in Santiago with Spanish Jesuits. He continued his secondary education with American Jesuits in Jamaica. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Canada at Assumption College (now University of Windsor) and a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
Angel and his wife, Denise, have been together for more than 50 years and are enjoying the warm weather and their beautiful family with nine grandchildren in South Florida!
Walter is a New York City is a private practice attorney, that provides legal services in criminal defense, civil rights, personal injury and medical malpractice to individuals, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. He is the former Vice President of the Children's Tumor Foundation. John specializes in Civil Litigation, Divorce, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Real Estate Transactions, and Employment Law. Walter has a B.A in Literature from Columbia University, NY and graduated from Fordham University School of Law. He is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
Soraya Miré, Author of The Girl with Three Legs and an award-winning director, in addition to being a writer and activist. Her credits include a featured segment of The Vagina Monologues on female genital mutilation (FGM) and the award-winning documentary Fire Eyes, which highlights the barbaric practice of FGM. Fire Eyes was featured at the International Women’s Conference in Beijing, the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and The United Nations in Geneva. Miré’s activism has been recognized with many prestigious awards such as the “Humanitarian Award” at the United Nations Sub-Commission Sessions, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice “ Wi n n i e M a n d e l a Aw a r d , ” “ B e s t Documentary” at the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, the “Human Rights Award” at the Third International Symposia on Circumcision at the University of Maryland, and Intact America’s “Personal Courage Award 2009.” Born in Somalia, Miré immigrated to Europe in 1978 at age seventeen. She lived in Grenoble, France where she studied literature and political science at the University of Grenoble. Miré left her studies in order to expand her mission to end violence toward women and children. In 1984, Miré moved to Los Angeles where she began her career in film by working in several production studios. At the UCLA Extension, while attending film school, she assisted professor and documentary filmmaker Douchin Gersi. Miré has demonstrated her persistence as she brings awareness, education and changes in policies and laws regarding the practice of FGM. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN and Nightline with Ted Koppel. Miré has lectured at Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, Morehouse College, UCLA, Vanderbilt University, Stanford University, Spelman College, Emory University, San Francisco State, Howard University, USC, Moorpark College, Mount Saint Mary’s College and Lesley University. Miré has stood before committees at the United Nations, the U.S. Senate Human Resources and Health Assembly and the World Health Organization. She has worked with medical professionals, government officials, and with women and families who have been affected by FGM, all in her tireless pursuit of protection of human rights for women and girls. Miré’s forthcoming book The Girl with Three Legs: A Memoir (Lawrence Hill Books, October 2011) is a dramatic chronicle of the personal challenges she overcame as a survivor of FGM, a firsthand account of the violent global oppression of women and girls, and a testament to the empowerment of women.
Karla is an investment professional at Avivar Capital with 8 years' experience in the impact investing and social finance fields. The focus of Karla’s career has been moving private capital into communities across the US and Mexico. In both her professional career and her advocacy work, Karla has an established track record of mobilizing unlikely partnerships within the private, political, and philanthropic sectors.
Karla was recognized as one of Hispanics in Philanthropy’s Lideres in 2021. She earned her BA in Political Science at Saint Mary’s College with a concentration from the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame.
Ashvini Persaud has twenty years of experience in financial services, banking and insurance sectors. She is skilled at making strategic new connections for sustainable business growth and long-term business development. Ms. Persaud has worked closely with organizations as a business banking relationship manager and go to advisor to business owners. She has been awarded a business excellence award from NYC Business Solutions, has received an Honorary Citation from the State of New York and was nominated by NYC business solutions for Craine's 40 under 40. An Immigrant to the USA and twin daughter to immigrants, she hails from Guyana and has attended Queens College-CUNY as a foundation Scholar. She later attended Columbia University and Fashion Institute of Business and Technology, pursuing studies in social service administration, sales strategies and economics, respectively. Ashvini serves as an advisor on Finance and Real Estate Committees of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, Mami Chelo Foundation, Hearts of Change, GOPIO-CT, Grace Works, and non-profit virtual and pop-up community projects: International Museum of The Saree and Green Fashion, Art & Design Museum. She is a multicultural community artist, published poet in Tuesday Night Live and community promoter of upcoming children’s E-book, Kaieteur Teddy & Friends, inspired by multiculturalism and Oneness. Having lost dear ones to cancer, she is a fierce advocate of cancer awareness and early cancer screenings.
Adam Clayton Powell served in the New York City Council and in the New York State Assembly for nearly twenty years. Over the past ten years Adam has been lobbying and consulting. He founded POWELL SOLUTIONS LLC which does Government Relations & Business Development with clients in the private sector and in government. He also represents clients before the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) and the newly-created Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). With over thirty years experience, he has helped to navigate the complex bureaucracy of government agencies at the city, state and federal levels.
Collin Peck-Gray is a graduate of Williams College and experienced marketing professional. He has lead growth at MakeSpace and Care/of, two venture-backed consumer disruptor companies, and now works as the Director of Growth at Redesign Health, a venture capital firm in New York City that founds and funds new businesses in the Healthcare space. He also operates his own growth marketing consulting agency, helping retail SMBs grow their online sales.
Edward Oleschak, Producer , Cinematographer, Film Editor, Consultant and Visionary, is a state of the art 2D & 3D and spherical media producer with solid knowledge of the entire process of movie, documentary and commercial production and postproduction.
Aside from formal education in Architecture, photography and Visual Arts, Edward’s wide range of training and experience includes; over six years as on- staff producer in the JDK Group practicing the art and technology of producing and distributing motion pictures, thirty years as a hands on independent film and media producer and head of his own production company, WORLD ENTERTAINMENT.
He was accepted and has been an active member of the Producers Guild of America since 2002 and an Executive Member of the International 3D and Advanced Image Society since 2011.
In his twenty-nine years of work in Hollywood, Edward had produced films and contributed his talents in projects starring famous artist such as Rinko Kikuchi, Bai Ling, Rod Steiger, Jerry Lewis, Joan Plowright, Forest Whitaker, Virginia Madson, Mini Driver, Phil Spector, Timothy Dalton, Kelly Preston, Nastassia Kinsky, Cheraldine Chaplin, Diane Baker, Mimi Rodgers, Tom Arnold, Scott Baio, Maedchen Amick, Desiree Nosbusch, Dieter Meier, Ulli Lommel, Coolio, Gino Vannelli, Patrick Swayze, Radha Mitchell, Tyne Daly, Sally Kellerman, Julian McMahon, Josh Lucas, Angus MacFadyen, Rod Taylor, Dina Merrill, Peter Dinglage, Michael Panes, Ethan Suplee, Julie Bowen, Rebecca Broussard, Ed Begley Jr., Harrison Young, Marc Lawrence, Rance Howard etc. His award-winning work contributed to get independent film projects to Sundance, Berlin, Worldfest Houston or Cannes International. Film festival.
Studied Visual Arts and Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Film Directing with Paul Grey (L.A.). Degree in Architecture from Technical University, Graz, Austria. Practical, creative, artistic education at all fields of intl. film/ TV-production including PR (Publisher and Chief Editor of monthly Magazin T1), writing, directing, (creative) preproduction, development, working budgets, graphic
Edward later turned his creative attention to focusing on 3D and stereoscopic content creation. Edward works with leading professionals as a hub of international independent 3D developments, productions and distribution.
Marie Driscoll is Managing Director, Luxury & Retail at Coresight Research. She is a noted subject matter expert on fashion, luxury goods, retail, and sustainability, works directly with Coresight’s retail and brand clients, is frequently quoted in the press and speaks at industry events. She is one of Rethink Retail’s Top 100 Retail Influencers in 2021. Marie has served in key analytical and business development roles in leading financial research firms and was recognized three times in The Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” analyst survey, including first place ranking in the Clothing & Accessories industry. Marie started Driscoll Advisors to provide consulting services to academia, industry, investors and non-profits. She has contributed content to The Robin Report, Sourcing Journal and ICSC publications and consulted with Shoptalk. As a thought leader, her contributions include white papers for CohnReznick, Luxury Daily and Deloitte’s Global Powers of Luxury Goods 2014, and content development at LIM College and Parsons, The New School. Marie joined New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in 2016 where she is part of the Entrepreneurship Program at the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology. She is an adjunct instructor teaching Equity Analysis at CUNY’s Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College and teaches Funding Beauty & Fashion at Parsons.
Selah Wyche was born in Upstate New York and is an accomplished attorney who has traveled the world helping those in need. Selah office is located in beautiful Old City, Philadelphia and prioritizes the Immigration needs of clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Her office offers services for Family Based Petitions, Employment Based Petitions, Labor Certifications, Work Authorizations, Removal & Deportation Defense, Waivers, Asylum, VAWA Claims, Consular Processing, Passports and Visas. Her office provides a free 30 minute consultation by phone or in person at the office to discuss the case and strategize representation.
Every client that walks into their doors are treated with kindness, fairness, and respect. Selah believes their practice is unique, it is the kind of law that provides a safe-haven and freedom for future generations, and her office pride themselves to help those in need, and those who have been disenfranchised.
Joseph Horn is a retired NJ police officer with over 20 years of professional police experience. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School. He obtained a degree at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2000. He was admitted to practice in the Local, State and Federal Courts of NJ, PA and NY.
Joseph focuses solely on criminal defense and also represents trucking companies and their drivers with weight and traffic violations.
He has experience in both the prosecution and defense side of cases and is focused on obtaining the very best outcome for clients that he serves, regardless of cases with a great deal of evidence that is in support of the prosecution. He works tirelessly for his clients and maintains a high level of communication with them throughout the process of the case because he understands their stress and concern in facing the court system and criminal charges.
Thomas A. Kennedy received his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1990 and has attended the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia in 2005. Prior to law school Mr. Kennedy worked with FEMA in conjunction with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1980 and with the State of Maryland Refugee resettlement program in the 1980s. Thomas began his legal career with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in 1990 and began his criminal defense and immigration practice in 2002. He is authorized to practice in every trial and appellate court in the state of Florida, including the Federal Court in the Southern District of Florida and the Federal Eleventh Circuit Court in Atlanta. He has been practicing law since 1991; for the first ten years as a public defender. He has been admitted to practice law in the State of Florida since 2001. He is also admitted to practice law in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American and Florida Immigration Lawyers Associations and the Indian River County Bar Association. Thomas served as Indian River Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
As an attorney, Mr. Kennedy is dedicated to zealously representing individuals and is committed to protecting their rights and freedom. His legal work focuses primarily in the area of Criminal Defense and Immigration. His law office partners with other attorneys and firms to assist their clients in other areas making sure the need of his clients are being met.
Steve Toprani is a trial lawyer representing individuals, elected officials, professional athletes, business executives, governments and corporations in high stakes matters in state and federal courts. Steve previously served as Assistant Counsel to the Governor of Pennsylvania, and later, in 2007 at age 29, was elected the youngest district attorney in Pennsylvania. In his four year term as DA, Steve built a reputation as a crime fighter for taking on corrupt public officials and abusive police officers, dismantling organized crime and closing several cold case homicides. Upon leaving elected office, he was appointed special deputy coroner for death investigations and has adjudicated inquests into custodial deaths and officer involved shootings. In 2012, Steve was appointed by Pittsburgh’s mayor to advise on reforms after the chief of police was federally indicted for corruption. In 2015, he was legal advisor to boxing hall of famer Roy Jones, Jr. on a humanitarian mission to the Russian Federation.
During his near 20 year legal career, Steve tried constitutional/civil rights cases to federal jury verdict and his appellate advocacy led to substantive law changes in the Third Circuit. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and in US District Courts for PA, Eastern Michigan (Detroit) and Maryland (Baltimore), the Third Circuit and SCOTUS. He maintains an active criminal defense practice and taught college level courses in criminal law, trial tactics/procedure and continuing education courses for lawyers and police officers. He earned a JD from the Duquense Law School and an MBA from Youngstown State University, is a past member of the PA/National District Attorneys Associations and chaired the Southwestern PA Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition.
William H. Graff, Jr. is an attorney that specializes in drug crimes.
Mr. Graff, Jr. obtained a Bachelor’s of Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1969. He later completed a MA in criminology from Indiana University of PA in 1976 and obtained a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University in 1985.
Mr. Graff, Jr. worked at District Attorney Office. (York, Pennsylvania) from 1988 to 2010 specializing in Drug Crimes. Admitted to the bar, 1985. Prior he worked as a Federal Probation Officer for 17 years and State Parole Officer for 4 years. He now has a private practice focusing on criminal defense. William H. Graff, Junior. has been listed as a reputable lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell.
Joseph Giardina was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended Parkview Baptist High School where he was a member of the wrestling team. He later attended Louisana State University Law School. He has over forty years of experience as an attorney running Liberty Mutual’s insurance defense offices with extensive trial experience.
During law school, Joseph Giardina worked as a law clerk for an experienced criminal defense attorney, John Pace, for one year. During his final year of law school and while preparing for the Bar exam, Joseph worked as a law clerk for one of the largest criminal law firms in the state, Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Belanger. After passing the Bar and obtaining his license to practice, Joseph Giardina worked as an associate for the immigration and criminal defense firm, Rozas & Rozas Law Firm. He has experience in handling hundreds of full immigration cases from the beginning to their final individual hearings with one of the highest success rates of any attorney in the state of Louisiana. He has handled countless bond matters and numerous appeals and is well-versed in every aspect of a detained or non-detained immigration case.
His experience of studying abroad in his junior year gave him the appreciation and empathy for those wanting to come to the U.S. from other areas of the world that were less fortunate and not as safe. As he grew older and realized the inequality inherent in the justice system, especially for minorities that he felt drawn to the field of immigration law as well as criminal defense.
Joseph truly believes everyone is entitled to a fair and unbiased representation. Joseph believes that it is more imperative than ever - given the unpredictable and unsettling climate surrounding immigrant families without status to have an experienced immigration attorney who is not afraid to fight for his clients.
Adam Krischer joined Mr. Dennis and Mr. Stewart in 2010. After graduating from George Washington University and the University of Denver College of Law, Mr. Krischer focused his early legal career in prosecution. As a staff attorney at the National District Attorneys Association, he assisted in the creation of the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women. He also drafted curriculum and served as an instructor for prosecutors nationwide.
Mr. Adam Krischer left NDAA to serve as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County. There he was prosecuting a range of criminal activity from traffic offenses and DUI’s to sexual abuse and other aggravated felonies. After Mr. Krischer left prosecution, he worked for the Stuttgart Law Center at the United States Army Garrison Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany while his wife, an active duty Air Force officer was assigned to United States Africa Command. Upon returning to the United States, Mr. Krischer entered private practice. He is now serving individuals and families in need throughout Washington DC and the state and federal courts of Virginia.
Mr. Krischer is proud to serve the local legal community in a variety of positions. He is a Past President of the Arlington County Bar Association, on the Board of Directors for the Arlington County Bar Foundation, Chair of the Fourth District Disciplinary Committee of the Virginia State Bar and sits on the Policy Board for the Arlington and Falls Church Alcohol Safety Action Committee.
Mr. Krischer is a recipient of the United States Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and the US Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. He is the author of “Justice is Blind, It Is Not Stupid: Applying Common Sense to Crawford v. Washington.” In addition, Mr. Krischer is also a wedding officiant and can be scheduled for your wedding.
Kate Sugarman is a Medical Doctor, earning BA from Harvard College in 1983, and an MD from Jefferson Medical College in 1988. She completed family medicine specialization from Montefiore Medical Center, New York City in 1991. She is board certified in family medicine and have a medical license in Washington, D.C. She also serves as faculty at Georgetown Law School in the asylum clinic. She has been practicing medicine in community health clinics since 1991. She is currently employed at Unity Health Care Washington, D.C. She frequently lectures medical students and medical residents about providing culturally appropriate medical care and medical forensic reports for immigrants and asylum seekers. Kate’s work has been profiled in the Washington Post and in the Philadelphia Inquirer. In June of 2019 and June of 2022, Kate led workshops at the North American Conference on Refugee Health. She has performed over 500 medical forensic evaluations. She also serves on the steering committee of the Medical Providers Network of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI). Kate is an active member of Doctors for Camp Closure.
Ilya Laksin practices federal court litigation, immigration law, criminal defense, contract disputes, post-conviction relief, civil practice, and family law serving a wide range of clients. He brings in-depth knowledge and experience in various aspects of the practice. Mr. Laksin has the exceptional ability to solve complicated legal issues and is well versed in legal writing. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for several municipal Public Defenders Office and has worked with honorable Judges in the Superior Court of New Jersey and thus, he brings in dynamic prosecutorial perspectives. Mr. Laksin is also passionate about human rights-based immigration and has volunteered with Catholic Charities and the Legal Aid Society of New York working on a wide-range of immigration matters. Throughout his career, Mr. Laksin has demonstrated a strong commitment to zealously representing his clients. Mr. Laksin was a Dean´s Merit Scholar at Seton Hall University School of Law where he earned his J.D. He previously graduated magna cum laude with a degree in philosophy from Rutgers University. Mr. Laksin is licensed to practice law in the state of New York and New Jersey.
Kevin M. Rogers is an attorney with over 30 years of expertise in criminal, oration, litigation, evidentiary rules and procedures, bankruptcy, family law, contracts and transactional law.
Mr. Rogers attended the J. Reuben Clark Law School in Provo, Utah and obtained his Juries Doctor in Law. He was a Law Editor for Journal of Public Law from 1998 to 1999 and has a publication, called Violent Schools: A Closer Look,” Winter 1989, Vol. 3, No. 2 Education & Law Perspectives, at Brigham Young University.
Mr. Rogers has enhanced operational efficiency and productivity by managing budgets, accounts and focused attention to double tickler system for frequent court appearances; instituted effective conflicts blinds. Near daily experience with judges and litigants. Tried successfully many civil and criminal trials.
Work experiences includes working at Ada County Public Defender's Office in Boise Idaho from from 1988 until 2018 where he reviewed and analyzed police reports to determine possible illegal police conduct in the issuance or service of warrants or conduct of warrantless searches. Drafted Motions to Dismiss, Motions to Suppress; argued all motions, including bond motions; tried all cases to juries including drug crimes, violence, status crimes. Interviewed and trained new interns and lawyers. Other experiences include interpreting laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses. Minimized risk exposure through careful advice on business operations and strategic plans. Advised clients on legal matters such as local zoning issues, local and regional toxic waste issues, emerging trademark, telecommunications and legislation. Drafted original ”purchase & Sale Agreements, commercial leases of national telecommunications companies, nationwide retail chains.
Mr. Rogers developed a successful family law practice, including divorce and contested child custody practice. Developed one of the busiest legal practices in criminal defense, including serious misdemeanors, all felonies from drug and violence felonies to the unlawful taking of human life. Successfully managed a successful solo practice by hiring, training and retention of key personnel with dedication to excellent work product, focused energy into time management, profitability while minimizing errors and mistakes.