The Diversity Leaders Program develops
and launches initiatives designed to support a diverse and supportive community
at Albany Law School and in the broader legal profession. Collectively, the
student leaders comprise a Diversity Leadership Council and work closely with
the Office of Diversity Affairs. In addition, they provide insight and
assistance to Admissions and Student Affairs, as well as other offices.
For more information about this program,
contact Pershia M. Wilkins, Director, Diversity Affairs Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellows assist our Diversity Affairs Office, Office of Student Affairs
and the Faculty Diversity Committee with programming and recruitment
efforts. In addition, they will work with faculty and staff on the following
Diversity Speaker Series Programs: The Diversity Speaker
Series features informal presentations by Albany Law faculty, alumni and members
of legal community on topics relating to diversity in the legal profession.
Diversity Trainings: The Diversity Training Program assists
with the development and implementation of cultural competency trainings for
Albany Law School students and staff.
Diversity Mentoring Programs: The Diversity Attorney
Mentors Program matches law students with local attorneys who will provide
career advice and guidance by practice areas.
Diversity Pipeline Projects: The Diversity Service Project
partners with the Pro Bono Program to provide educational programs and mentoring
for high school and undergraduate students.
Annual Diversity Day & Events: Each year the Diversity
Leaders Program coordinates a Diversity Day and other events to celebrate and
reflect on diversity at Albany Law and in the broader legal profession. A
diverse group of distinguished alumni and local attorneys will share their work
experiences and insights with students during these events.
Elizabeth Emery '12 earned her B.A.
in English with a Psychology minor from University at Albany. Prior to attending
Albany Law School, Elizabeth worked for a law firm with a marital law focus.
Last year, she worked for the New York State Department of Economic Development
and spent her summer as a law clerk at the New York State Assembly Minority
Counsel's Office. She served as a teaching assistant for Kathe Klare, Professor
of Academic Success, during the spring of 2011 and plans to serve again during
the spring of 2012. She is currently a research assistant for Professor Keith
Hirokawa and focuses on environmental law. During fall 2011, Elizabeth will
participate in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic in the Albany Law Clinic &
Justice Center. She serves on the Decanal Interview Committee, and is a member
of the “Stop Abuse against Women” U.S. DOJ Grant Task
Force. She is also a member of the Pro Bono Society, specifically in pro
se divorce and the Tax Law Society. Elizabeth is concentrating her law
studies in both tax law and estate law.
Clotelle Drakeford '11 is a
non-traditional law student who will graduate in December 2011 with her Juris
Doctor degree. Clotelle is a 1997 graduate of North Carolina Central University,
where she earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and B.A. in Sociology with a Minor
in Spanish. After graduating, Clotelle initially worked for Verizon in a sales
support role for a Latin American Telecommunication Sales Team, utilizing her
Spanish skills. Later, she decided to pursue a career more in line with her
long-term goal to become an attorney, and began working as a ;egal assistant for
a plaintiff-oriented personal injury firm that primarily specialized in medical
malpractice. Clotelle later obtained her paralegal certificate, and after
working for a defense-oriented medical malpractice firm, she decided it was time
to pursue her dream to be a lawyer. While enrolled at Albany Law School, she has
successfully participated in the Karen C. McGovern Senior Prize Trial Moot Court
Competition, advancing to the semi-finals. As a non-traditional student,
Clotelle decided to work her way through law school a realtor with Coldwell
Banker Prime Properties. This experience has solidified her decision to become a
solo practitioner after law school, and she intends to initially specialize in
real estate law and criminal defense work involving minor
Hanok George '12 has served as a
member of the Albany Law School Ethics Committee of the Student Bar Association,
and the student representative on the Faculty Diversity Committee. He currently
serves as the student trustee to the Albany Law School Board of Trustees and the
chair of the Student Affairs Advisory Board. He is also a senior editor of the
Albany Government Law Review. Hanok has worked as a Judicial Intern at
the chambers of the Hon. Patrick J. McGrath, Rensselaer County Court, and as a
research assistant for James T. Gathii, Associate Dean for Research and
Scholarship. He has also interned at the Office of the Schenectady County
District Attorney. Currently, he serves as a legal intern at the U.S. Employee
Services of General Electric Co. Hanok earned his B.A. in Political Science with
an English minor from Siena College.
'13, is the vice president of the Latin American Law Student
Association (LALSA) and a editor of the Albany Law Review. Evamaria
is a graduate of the University at Albany with a B.A. in Political Science and
Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Prior to attending law school, Evamaria
worked as an organizer with SEIU Local 32BJ's Youth Brigade and as a community
organizer with The New York Civic Participation Project (NYCPP). This fall she
is working with the Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center's Tenant Foreclosure
Protection Clinic. Evamaria is also a member of the Black Law Students
Association (BLSA) and the Labor and Employment Law Students Association. She is
committed to social justice and plans on practicing labor and employment law
Stefen R. Short '13,
is the president of the Albany Law Chapter of the Black Law Students Association
(BLSA). He is a 2010 graduate of SUNY Oswego with a B.A. in Political Science,
and minors in African-American Studies and Philosophy. Stefen serves on Albany
Law's Long-Range Planning Committee and is working with the Civil Rights &
Disabilities Law Clinic during the fall of 2011. He is a research assistant to
Professor Christian B. Sundquist, and a legal intern at Disability Advocates,
Inc. Stefen was motivated to attend law school after his tenure in student
government at SUNY Oswego and internships with SUNY System Administration’s
Diversity Office and the New York State Assembly. With a Civil &
Constitutional Rights concentration, he plans to practice public interest law or
become a community organizer upon graduation.
—Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, writing for the U.S
Supreme Court for its opinion in Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S.
306 (U.S. 2003)