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Albany Law School has appointed five new members to its Board of Trustees: Keiki-Michael Cabanos ’97, J. Kevin McCarthy ’90 and Nelson Perez ’97 as Term Trustees; Earl Redding ’03 as Alumni Trustee; and Mara Afzali ’17 as Student Trustee. Cabanos and Perez were appointed Feb. 12, 2016. McCarthy, Redding and Afzali joined the Board effective July 1, 2016.
Keiki-Michael Cabanos ’97 is a partner and general counsel of Westwood Capital, LLC, a New York City-based investment bank and fund sponsor. He oversees the legal aspects of the firm, including investment transactions, private equity funds and firm operations. Prior to joining Westwood Capital, he was the chief financial officer and general counsel for First Albany’s Technology Ventures. He also was a senior vice president of consulting for SEFCU and vice president of First Albany Corporation.
J. Kevin McCarthy ’90 is a senior executive vice president and general counsel of the Bank of New York Mellon. A member of the company's executive committee, he heads BNY Mellon's legal department, and also has overall responsibility for government affairs, the corporate secretarial function and global corporate security. He was previously general counsel of Cowen Group, Inc., partner at Wilmer Hale, and managing director and global head of litigation at Credit Suisse First Boston.
Nelson Perez ’97 is the vice president of federal government relations at National Grid. Prior to joining National Grid, he worked as the federal government relations manager for Consolidated Edison. He started his career as a committee counsel in the New York State Assembly. He also worked for the New York City Speaker of the City Council and City Comptroller.
Earl Redding ’03 is a partner at Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP, where he practices as a member of the labor and employment group. He has litigated in New York trial courts, federal district courts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and has delivered arguments before N.Y.’s Appellate Division and Court of Appeals. Previously, he was an assistant district attorney in St. Lawrence County and a N.Y. assistant attorney general in the Division of State Counsel. He is president-elect of Albany Law's National Alumni Association (NAA).
Mara Afzali ’17 has served as a member of the Albany Law Review, teaching assistant for courses in contracts and property, and was the Dean Thomas Sponsler Honors Teaching Fellow in the fall of 2015. Afzali’s team won the Fall 2015 Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition. She interned for the Hon. Mae A. D’Agostino at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York and is currently a summer law clerk at Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC.