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).
Jamell was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States with her mother in the late 1980’s.
She received her B.B.A. degree in Entrepreneurship Management from Bernard Baruch College in 2011 and her Juris Doctor from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law in 2015. 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.
Jamell joined the DBA in law school and was elected to the DBA board in 2018.
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.
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.
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.