2022 OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Quick links: Jamell Isidor - Dorian Rojas  - Andrea Rodriguez  - Atenedoro Gonzalez  - Keila Espinosa - Alexis ColonSharly Larios - Darlyn Ramos - Jamell Isidor - Jose Andres JaimeKeila Espinoza - Judge Bianka Perez - Jeffrey Saavedra - Rosemarin Belliard

OFFICERS:

President - jamell isidor

Jamell Isidor is Deputy Director of the Administrative Enforcement Unit for the NYC Department of Buildings. She oversees and trains approximately 30 attorneys who prosecute violations of the  NYC Construction Codes and Zoning laws before the hearings division of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH).
 Prior to joining the Department of Buildings, she briefly worked for the Markfeld Law Firm on Matrimonial and Family Law matters. Jamell was also a fellow for the Launchpad for Access to Justice Fellowship where she represented consumer debtors in Civil Court and assisted unrepresented litigants in the preparation of uncontested divorce papers

Jamell was born in Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States with her mother in the late 1980’s. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts located near Lincoln Center in Manhattan, NY. She received her B.B.A. degree in Entrepreneurship Management with a minor in Communication  from the Zicklin School of Business in Bernard Baruch College in 2011 and her Juris Doctor from the CUNY School of Law in 2015. While in college, she managed Platinum Sound Recording Studios, a boutique studio owned by multi-platinum and GRAMMY award-winning producers Wyclef Jean and Jerry “Wonda” Duplesis. 

In law school, she was a Senior Staff Editor of the CUNY Law Review, a CUNY Moot Court member, Academic Chair of the Black Law Students Association, and President of the Latin American Law Student Association. She was a student-attorney for CUNY’s Community and Economic Development Clinic. This is while also having interned for the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice in Brooklyn, for The Arther Law Firm, and for the Honorable Ruben Martino in Bronx family court as part of the Joint Minority Bar Association’s Judicial Internship program.  


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In addition to her legal experience, Jamell continuously gives back to her community. She has presented for “Street Law in Español” Know-Your-Rights on topics such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Consumer Debt litigation, Stop & Frisk. She speaks with highschool, college, and law school youth groups. She volunteers in Naturalization and Citizen Workshops to help members of the community fill out their paperwork for US Citizenship. She organized student scholarship fundraisers for the Public Interest Law Association, the Black Law Student Association, and the Dominican Bar Association. 

Jamell is the 2022 president of the Dominican Bar Association of Attorneys in the US. As DBA president, She leads the association’s board of directors and the committees to organize educational continuing legal education events and community service events.  She has also served as a director of the Civil Service Bar Association in 2019 and 2020. 

Jamell is fluent in Spanish, conversational in Italian and is forever trying to master the French language. She is a life-long Queens resident and a proud mother to her pre-teen daughter. 


Vice President - dorian rojas 

Dorian Rojas is a Supervising Attorney at Safe Horizon, Immigration Law Project. The nation’s leading and largest crime victim assistance organization. Dorian specializes in immigration cases involving victims of domestic violence and violent crimes, such as, U/T Visas, VAWA petitions, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), and Asylum. Dorian also handles family-based petitions and removal defense cases. Prior to starting at Safe Horizon, Dorian was the Supervising Attorney for the Child and Family Team at the Immigrant Legal Center in Omaha, Nebraska. There she handled cases involving minors facing deportation, represented detained immigrants, and managed the Attorney of the Day program. The Attorney of the Day program ensured that no child appeared unrepresented in front of a judge. There, Dorian supervised and trained volunteer attorneys to represent minors in Immigration Court.  

Dorian started her legal career as a Law Clerk for the Superior Court of the Connecticut Judicial Branch. There she wrote decisions involving different areas of the law, such as, contract, tort, and constitutional law.  Dorian then worked as In-House Counsel for American Transit Insurance Company handling No-Fault Insurance and Fraud Claims in New York Civil Court and before the American Arbitration Association.  

Dorian has legal experience in both the private and public sector, but her career is marked by her commitment to public service. Early in her career, Dorian worked at the Legal Aid Society, Foreclosure Prevention Unit. There she assisted homeowners facing foreclosure by identifying predatory lending practices and conducting non-litigation advocacy. She also assisted homeowners with loan modification procedures, to secure charitable funding for reinstatement of their mortgages, and prepared them for settlement conferences in Supreme Court. 

While in law school, Dorian was the recipient of the 2013 C.H. Revson LSPIN Fellowship and the 2014 Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County Scholarship recognizing her commitment to public service. During this time, she served as the Student Coordinator for the Resolution Assistance Program, helping tenants resolve landlord-tenant disputes in housing court, Street Law Coordinator for the Latin American Law Student Association, providing community outreach on timely topics such as Stop & Frisk, Immigration law, and Landlord Tenant Law. She was also a member of the Public Interest Center, worked as a Student Attorney for the Consumer Justice for the Elderly: Litigation Clinic, and worked with the New York City Bar as the Associate Managing Editor of the N.Y. Real Property Law Journal.  



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Among her notable endeavors, Dorian served on the Board of the Nebraska Children’s Home Society and as Advocacy Chair for Habitat for Humanity. Dorian is the recipient of the Posse Foundation Leadership Scholarship and the Inavale Award for Outstanding Leadership in Public Service award. Dorian has volunteered serving the elderly, disabled, and fundraising for Relay for Life.

Today, Dorian is committed creating meaningful change for immigrant families in NYC. She is a member of the CORO Immigrant Civic Leadership Program, where she is working on a change project to ensure that immigrant children have equal and adequate access to education. Dorian is also a leadership coach with Butterfly Dreamz where she mentors young girls in high school on career paths and professional development and serves as the Vice-President of the Dominican Bar Association. 

Dorian’s pillars are integrity, family, and service. Dorian is a native New Yorker of Dominican descent.  She graduated St. John’s University School of Law in 2015 and is licensed to practice law in New York, Washington D.C., and Nebraska.


Recording Secretary - ANDREA RODRIGUEZANDREA RODRIGUEZ 

Andrea Rodriguez is currently a Vice President and Associate Counsel at Build America Mutual Assurance Company (“BAM”), a mutual insurer of essential public-purpose U.S. municipal bonds. At BAM, Andrea manages new primary market transactions, advises underwriters and reviews, drafts and negotiates legal documentation related to municipal finance transactions.

Prior to joining BAM, Andrea was an associate in the Capital Markets group at White & Case LLP, where she represented and advised U.S. and Latin American issuers and underwriters on U.S. securities and corporate law in a full range of debt and equity transactions. Andrea has also devoted substantial time to pro bono work and has represented several clients in their immigration matters including asylum, U-visa, permanent residence and citizenship applications. Most recently,

Andrea was part of a team of attorneys assisting Know Your Rights Camp, an organization founded by Colin Kaepernick, in creating an online “I Know My Rights” interactive guide informing the public of their rights when interacting with police. Andrea also serves as a mentor to law students through Fordham Law School’s L.A.M.P. program and LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s Next Generation Líderes Mentorship Program.

Born in Quito, Ecuador, Andrea received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude in Legal Studies with a minor in Psychology from St. John’s University in 2012, and a J.D., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law in 2018.


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