Attorneys
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.

Advisory Board
The Advisory Board,  co-chaired by Stephen C. Lessard and Seymour James,  includes lawyers, judges, academics and community representatives.

NYCLA's Justice Center Advisory Board

Stephen C. Lessard, Esq., Co-Chair
Latham & Watkins, LLP
slessard@lw.com
Seymour James, Esq., Co-Chair
Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & Lo Turco, LLP
sjames@barketepstein.com
Hon. Richard M. Berman
U.S. District Court, Southern District
richard_berman@nysd.uscourts.gov

Anthe Maria Bova, Esq.
NYCLA
abova@nycla.org

Vincent T. Chang, Esq.
Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch LLP
vchang@wmd-law.com

Dora Galacatos, Esq.
Feerick Center for Social Justice
Fordham University School of Law
galacatos@law.fordham.edu
 
James B. Kobak, Jr. Esq
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
kobak@hugheshubbard.com

Hon. Joseph Kevin McKay
jkevinmck3@gmail.com

Sateesh Nori, Esq.
The Legal Aid Society
snori@legal-aid.com

Asha Smith, Esq.
The Legal Aid Society
asha.smith@gmail.com
Lewis F. Tesser, Esq.
Tesser, Ryan, & Rochman, LLP
ltesser@tesserryan.com

Ralph L. Wolf, Esq.
NYS Office for Justice Initiatives
Division of Policy & Planning
rlwolf@nycourts.gov
Mary Bleiberg
Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Development
Queens Library
marybleiberg@gmail.com

Jai K. Chandrasekhar, Esq.
Bernstein Litowitz Berger Grossman, LLP
jai@blbglaw.com


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

Sophia Gianacoplos
NYCLA 
(212) 267-6646 x 220
sgianacoplos@nycla.org


Hon. Joan A. Madden
maddenjoan29@gmail.com



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

Elliot Shields
Roth & Roth LLP
eshields@rothandrothlaw.com


Hon. Elizabeth S. Strong
EDNY
elizabeth_stong@nyeb.uscourts.gov

Robert D. Weisel
(516) 330-3715