NYCLA Justice Center


Mission Statement

The mission of the Justice Center is to combine the resources, position and membership of the New York County Lawyers’ Association with those of academia, the bench and the bar, and to partner with non-lawyer community leaders and groups to identify and understand legal and social justice issues, promote access to justice, and act as a catalyst for meaningful improvement in, and a positive perception of, the administration of justice in New York State.

NYCLA Justice Center Advisory Board

Co-chaired by Stephen C. Lessard and Seymour James, the Justice Center includes lawyers, judges, academics and community representatives.

Stephen C. Lessard, Esq., Co-Chair
Latham & Watkins, LLP


Vincent T. Chang, Esq.
Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP



Dora Galacatos, Esq.
Feerick Center for Social Justice
Fordham University School of Law



James B. Kobak, Jr. Esq
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP



Hon. Joseph Kevin McKay



Sateesh Nori, Esq.
The Legal Aid Society



Asha Smith, Esq.



Lewis F. Tesser, Esq.
Tesser, Ryan, & Rochman, LLP



Ralph L. Wolf, Esq.
NYS Office for Justice Initiatives
Division of Policy & Planning



Anthe Maria Bova, Esq.



Seymour James, Esq., Co-Chair
Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & Lo Turco, LLP


Mary Bleiberg
Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Development
Queens Library



Jai K. Chandrasekhar, Esq.
Bernstein Litowitz Berger Grossman, LLP



Hon. Marcy S. Friedman
Supreme Court NY County Acting Justice
(646) 643-9035



Hon. Joan A. Madden



Michael J. McNamara, Esq.
Seward & Kissel LLP
(212) 574-1581



Elliot Shields
Roth & Roth LLP



Hon. Elizabeth S. Strong



Robert D. Weisel
(516) 330-3715



Sophia Gianacoplos
(212) 267-6646 x 220