168th Commencement: Watch Live
Three alumnae currently hold the presidents' seats for prominent Capital District bar associations, representing the first time all three Bars are led by African-American women.
Christina Ryba '01 is the president of the Albany County Bar Association; Jennifer Richardson '04 is the president of the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association; and Ricja Rice-Ghyll '05 is president of the Capital District Women's Bar Association. Recognizing the three presidents at Albany Law's State of the School address, President and Dean Ouellette remarked, "You are an inspiration to all of us – especially to our students who see in you countless possibilities for leadership and professional success."
The Honorable Christina L. Ryba
currently serves as Justice of the Supreme Court, Third Judicial
District. Prior to becoming a judge, she held various positions in the
court system for OCA and the New York State Supreme Court Appellate
Division including Special Projects Counsel to the Deputy Chief
Administrative Judge for Courts Outside New York City and Special
Projects Counsel to the Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division,
Prior to working with the judiciary, Judge Ryba
was an associate at Nixon Peabody where she practiced Labor/Employment
Law and Commercial Litigation. She also served as an Assistant Attorney
General for the State of New York Litigation Bureau, and General Counsel
and Deputy Director for the City of Albany Community Development Agency.
Jennifer Richardson has continued to work with Albany Law School's BLSA and LALSA to mentor law students and newly-admitted attorneys. She works at Ostroff Associates after serving as the Deputy Director for Mayor Bill de Blasio's State Legislative Affairs Office.
She helped negotiate aspects of the Mayor's legislative and budget positions with legislators and the Governor's Office, and assisted in the passage of several major pieces of legislation. Previously, she worked for the New York City Department of Education, the Syracuse City School District, the Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform, and the New York State Public Employees Federation.
has stated that her main goal is to "eliminate barriers within the
legal justice system related to race, class, and gender." She has
focused her work on diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.
She serves as a Hearing Officer with the New York State
Department of Health where she serves as an impartial adjudicator over
New York State of Health eligibility determinations. Before that, she
was a Senior Attorney recovering state monies from Medicaid providers
accused of committing fraud, waste and or abuse.