Co-Chair: Carla Taveras

Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow, Catholic Migration Services

Co-Chair: Walsy Saez 

Associate, Aronson Rappaport Feinstein & Deutsch, LLP

Carla is the DBA's Recording Secretary.  Carla and Walsy are DBA Directors and co-chair the Community Outreach Committee.  This committee shall (A) conduct activities aimed at implementing the purposes of the Association relating to community service, including the organization of legal workshops, and (B) perform such other tasks as the Board may request.

Carla A. Taveras was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States at a young age. In 2008, Carla received her B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from New York University. In 2010, she began law school at St. John's University School of Law. At St. John's Law, Carla was a member of the Board of the St. John’s Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA). While there, she also served as Co-Coordinator of LALSA’s Street Law en Español program, which focuses on the organization of “Know Your Rights” legal workshops for Spanish-speaking audiences in the Queens Latino communities.

In 2013, upon graduating from law school, Carla worked as a Bilingual Hotline Associate at Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT), providing legal information about family law and New York Family Court procedure. In 2014, Carla was admitted to New York State Bar.

Shortly thereafter, Carla joined Catholic Migration Services (CMS) as an Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow where she currently provides legal advice and representation to children in removal proceedings. Carla currently provides representation in immigration court, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and state court.
Carla was elected Recording Secretary of The Dominican Bar Association in 2015 and joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

Walsy is an associate at Aaronson Rappaport Feinstein & Deutsch, LLP, where she defends clients in medical malpractice cases.  Before joining ARFD, Walsy practiced in commercial litigation and arbitration, representing clients in disputes involving contract law, corporate law, partnerships and business torts.  While in law school, she served as a legal intern at Fordham’s Community Economic Development and Consumer Litigation clinics, and worked with the Consumer Projection Project of the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she represented pro se defendants in state court through the Volunteer Lawyer for the Day Program.  She also worked at a New York boutique firm assisting clients in employment litigation and mediation, and advising clients in commercial contract negotiations.  In 2013, she served as a law clerk for Clifford Chance LLP in São Paulo, Brazil, where she obtained experience in cross-border commercial transactions.  


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