Skadden Scholars

Skadden Scholars

Cohort 11


Shafura AlamShafura Alam

Shafura Alam was born and raised in Queens, New York. She is a first-generation college student, majoring in political science and minoring in philosophy and psychology. She is the first person in her family to pursue law. Shafura has worked in various law firms, and hopes to find her own field of passion one day. She wishes to see more diversity in law school student populations and in law firms. In her free time, Shafura really enjoys traveling to other states, listening to music or watching films.

Jackie BaumJacqueline Baum

Jacqueline Baum is a double major in political science and Jewish studies. She is a Goldstein Scholar, S Jay Levy fellow, a writing tutor for City Tutors, and a Hebrew language tutor. Through the Opportunities in Research and Creative Arts Program, she conducted legal research on vagrancy and loitering laws in NYS. She is also a Policy and Advocacy Intern at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, an environmental justice non-profit organization based in Northern Manhattan. She wants to be an environmental justice lawyer.



AdamAdam Burby

Adam Burby is a junior studying political science at City College. He is a triple minor in theater arts, journalism, and legal studies. Adam is  also an S Jay Levy Fellow and Vice President of the CCNY History Society, for which he was awarded the Robert Buchman Prize for leadership. Adam finds time to continue acting, playing cello, and bonding with his puppy.



DarlernisDarlenis Cabral

Darlenis Cabral, known as Lenny, is a Bronx native and first generation American. Her family immigrated from the Dominican Republic. She is a junior at CCNY majoring in sociology and double minoring in black studies and legal studies. At City College she has taken leadership roles such as NYPIRG Board Rep. and the president of the Omicron chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/ Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority. She hopes to pursue a career in international and human rights law, one day working for the United Nations.



ClaudiaClaudia Campanella

Claudia Campanella was born and raised on Long Island and currently lives in Brooklyn. She is part of the CCNY Honors Program and the History BA/MA program. She currently researches the intersectionality between sexuality, gender, and race in addition to participating in Model European Union. She hopes to one day incorporate her love of research into studying international law and diplomacy.



IbtihalIbtihal Chamakh

Ibtihal Chamakh was raised in Queens, NY. She is a sociology major and S Jay Levy fellow. Her passion for the social sciences influences her understanding of the law. She hopes to pursue a career in either criminal or international law.



GabrielleGabrielle Cilibrasi

Gabrielle Cilibrasi was born in Manhattan and raised in Woodstock, NY. She transferred from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to City College in the spring of 2018. Gabrielle plans on attending law school and has a growing interest in criminal and environmental law. Gabrielle plays for CCNY’s women’s soccer team.



KateKate Dorozhynska

Kate Dorozhynska was raised in Ternopil, Ukraine, and has lived in the US for several years. She is majoring in political science and is interested in economics, business, and history. She hopes to work in corporate law after law school.



MohamedMohamed Ellakis

Mohamed Ellakis was born and raised in NYC. He is pursuing a major in political science and a minor in legal studies. He has interned at Ankor Management and is interested in a corporate law or criminal law career.



BenjaminBenjamin Felix

Benjamin Felix was born in Finland and moved to New York when he was three. He is currently a junior at City College of New York and is majoring in political science and international studies with a concentration of international relations. Benjamin is interested in politics and diplomacy between countries and hopes to have a career as a diplomat to strive for better understanding between people. In the meantime, Benjamin spends his time making the community around him a better place.



TonyTony Huertas

Tony Huertas was born and raised in Queens NY. After a long career as a paralegal and a food and beverage manager, Tony began his education at BMCC where he majored in Liberal Arts and graduated with Honors in May 2019. Tony plans to study law at CUNY School of Law in the Fall of 2021. Tony is a passionate advocate for human rights and plans a career representing the LGBTQ community and others.



NonyaNonya Khedr

Nonya is an Egyptian immigrant who studies international studies and human rights. She is an advocate for human rights, particularly for women in Africa and the Middle East. She founded an organization called SheFFA to tackle the problem of femail genital mutilation and cutting, which provides educational advocacy workshops and a healing justice curriculum to break the silence around the issue. She hopes to use her career to make a meaningful difference in the world.



Kay KellyKay Kelly

Kay Kelly studies anthropology and biology at Macaulay Honors College at City College. She is interested in studying law from an interdisciplinary perspective, specifically where science and culture meet policy. Kay hopes to build a career in law that betters the lives of her fellow New Yorkers. Beyond the classroom, Kay has served as treasurer for the nationally-ranked Macaulay Marauders Quidditch team and enjoys her work as a stage manager in local theater. She plans to run for class representative on the Macaulay Scholars Council and to continue fundraising for Student Activities.



AmmaraAmmara Khan

Ammara Khan was born in Brooklyn but lived for several years in Pakistan. She is majoring in political science and minoring in legal studies. She is passionate about politics and playing an active role in her community. She sees a future in which she is a lawyer helping her community.



JenniferJennifer Mercedes

Jennifer Mercedes is a first-generation college student, born and raised in the Bronx. She is majoring in political science. In the future, she hopes to practice law and help blighted communities. During her free time she enjoys molding clay, painting, and writing short stories.



DayraDayra Rivas

Dayra Rivas is a Bronx native, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a women’s studies minor. She is the first in her family to pursue a college education. Dayra currently holds a position under the Mayor’s Office where she is a Public/Private Partnerships Intern, acting as a bridge between corporate partners in NYC that are seeking volunteer opportunities within New York City’s government agencies and community based organizations. Her aspiration is to become an immigration attorney serving immigrants who lack the resources to acquire effective counsel.



HallieHallie Sebastian

Hallie Sebastian was born and raised in Sauquoit, New York. She is a political science major with a double minor in legal studies and sociology. Hallie has written for many social justice publications and hopes to continue her advocacy through a career in criminal law.



ShilpaShilpa Shaju

Shilpa Shaju is a first-generation college student and Macaulay Honors Scholar. She is pursuing a dual major in political science and international relations, with a minor in legal studies. Shilpa also works as a legal assistant at The Law Firm of Moumita Rahman and serves as the President of The Macaulay Honors College Pre-Law Club. Shilpa aspires to become the first lawyer in her family and practice immigration law. She is specifically interested in helping immigrants who qualify for VAWA or asylum.



KevinKevin Shanker

Kevin Shanker was born and raised in Queens. He hopes law school leads to a successful career in both the private and public sector, and ultimately wants to work within the highest levels of government.



HajiraHajira Sultana

Hajira Sultana was born and raised in Chicago. She is majoring in international studies with a concentration in international relations. She is a senator of the CCNY Undergraduate Student Government, and she interned at an immigration law firm.



DanielDaniel Talero

Daniel Talero was born and raised in Queens. He graduated with honors from LaGuardia Community College where he served on the Faculty Student Disciplinary Committee and as a member of the President’s Society. He served as a Constituent Affairs Fellow for Assemblyman Brian Barnwell and as a Legal Research Intern for Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz. In the future, he hopes to turn his interest in criminal justice reform into a career as a prosecutor and change the system from within.



BrittanyBrittany Wood

Brittany Wood was born and raised in NYC. She is studying philosophy at CCNY. Her interests include aesthetics, logic, and the philosophy of law. Brittany enjoys skating and drawing in her freetime. Brittany wants to study constitutional law in the future.



Cohort 10


KawtharKawthar Abdullah

Kawthar Abdullah was raised in Yemen and NYC. She is a CUNY BA student studying Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations. Kawthar has a deep passion for Middle Eastern politics, women’s rights in developing countries and religious studies.



ChristianChristian Blake

Christian Blake was born and raised in New York City. He is a first generation college student. Christian has worked a full-time job throughout his time in college. He hopes to become a corporate lawyer.



IndritIndrit Cami

Indrit Cami was born in Macedonia and is Muslim-Albanian. After discovering his passion for law and politics in high school, Indrit decided to major in political science. He spent a semester in Washington, DC interning for Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer and volunteering as a business research assistant for the Library of Congress. While in DC, Indrit developed a profound interest in finance and technologies. Last summer, he managed data and strategized a blueprint for operational success to improve compliance metrics for a healthcare tech startup. Indrit hopes to expand his knowledge in business to become a well-rounded transactional attorney. He was the Valedictorian for the S Jay Levy Class of 2018-2019 and is the first elected president of the S Jay Levy Alumni Board of Advisors.

CarlosCarlos Canedo

Carlos Canedo founded and runs The Tango Company, a dance center in Manhattan. He has danced professionally and was a member of a number of punk and hardcore bands before attending CCNY. Carlos plans to pursue a career in public interest law.



KiraKira Charles

Kira Charles is a Political Science major and Legal Studies minor at City College. As an engaged member of her local and global community, she has served as a CUNY Caucus Scholar and also as a CUNY Service Corps-Puerto Rico cohort member. She plans to become a well-rounded civil rights/criminal defense attorney.



SydneySydney Clarke

Sydney Clarke was born in Brooklyn, NY, but gained academic and cultural experiences attending school in North Carolina, Georgia, New Hampshire, and New York City. She is a poet who writes personal essays about her experiences as a Black woman born to South American parents. She plans to pursue an entertainment law career while nurturing her creative abilities to support other artists and publish her own work.



NailahNailah Garard

Nailah Garard is from Long Island and currently lives in Harlem. She is double majoring in international studies and anthropology with a focus on global and local ways to address criminal and health justice. She aspires to work as a public defender. She is a scholar-activist and researcher for Beyond Identity: Under the Politics of Sexual Violence initiative where she specializes in black feminist theory, incarceration and gender violence. Her developing political work includes polemics, poetry, and visual media to raise sociopolitical consciousness and engage the community. On-campus, she serves as a Community Service Chair for the National Council of Negro Women and a peer mentor.

AdrenaAdrena Lambert

Adrena Lambert was born and raised in the Bronx. She is majoring in political science, with a minor in Black studies. A member of CCNY’s National Congress for Negro Women, she is committed to the advancement and empowerment of women through networking opportunities and community service. She is a first generation college student, and hopes to be the first person in her family to graduate from law school and become an attorney. Although she is interested in intellectual property, she holds a special place in her heart for public interest law, especially issues surrounding housing law and how it impacts poor communities of color.

CarolinaCarolina Mendoza

Carolina Mendoza is a political science major who graduated in May 2020. Her interest in law began as she observed the process her parents went through to attain legal status in the US. She often served as translator between them and their lawyers. She plans to apply to law school after graduation and hopes to attend law school in NYC.



KatlynKatlyn Palmatier

Katlyn Palmatier was born born and raised in upstate New York. She is a Macaulay Honors student and an alumna of the S Jay Levy Fellowship and the CUNY LGBTQ Leadership Program. Katlyn is majoring in political science and minoring in women’s studies. She hopes to focus on LGBTQ advocacy and civil rights law in her future career.



SadaabSadaab Rahman

Sadaab Rahman is a Muslim-American senior raised in Queens by parents who immigrated from Bangladesh. He is in the Macaulay Honors Program at CCNY and is pursuing degrees in both political science and history. Sadaab hopes to study health law and become a medical malpractice attorney. In addition to pursuing a JD, he also plans to obtain an MBA. Outside of the classroom, his passions include sports, writing and politics, as well as advocating for those with chronic pain and disabilities.



NickNick Rudolph

Nick Rudolph was born and raised in the Bronx to immigrant parents from Guyana. While studying political science at CCNY, he works part-time as a Legal Assistant at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, LLC. He is also a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the CCNY chapter of the National Political Science Honor Society. His passion for criminal justice reform drives his pursuit of a law degree. His love of prose and poetry has developed his writing and interpretation capabilities. Nick hopes these skills translate in a law school classroom.



JaspreetJaspreet Singh

Jaspreet Singh is a Punjabi Sikh American majoring in political science and legal studies. As the President of the school’s Award-Winning Mock Trial Club, he coached this year’s team for the February 2020 trial competition. He initiated CCNY’s first Sikh Student Association Club to bring awareness to the Sikh identity and shed light on ongoing hate crimes in his community. He is preparing to attend law school to become an attorney fighting hate crimes.



SanzidaSanzida Talukder

Sanzida Talukder was born and raised in the Bronx. She is a first-generation college student, double-majoring in political science and international studies.She currently works as a Community Associate at a Bronx Community Board. She hopes to practice international law in the future to defend human rights.



MalraMarla Alvarez Torrado

Marla Alvarez Torrado was born in Puerto Rico and came to the US to study at City College. They are majoring in political science, with a minor in Black studies. They have worked as a Community Outreach Coordinator at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and as an intern aiding asylum seekers at Northern Manhattan Improvement Project. Marla hopes to work on international or environmental issues in their legal career. They recently completed a semester abroad in Paris.

VictorVictor Anthony Valerio

Victor Anthony Valerio was raised in the South Bronx. He attended Hostos Community College, where he received his Liberal Arts Associate Degree. Victor graduated with his bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in legal studies in May 2020. Victor attended Chicago Kent Law School’s Scholar Plus program. He dreams of becoming a judge or an elected official, so he can positively impact his community.



ArielAriel Velez

Ariel Velez was born and raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She is currently a senior at City College, who is double majoring in sociology and political science and minoring in legal studies. She previously attended Borough Manhattan Community College, where she graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree. Ariel stays involved in local politics, including volunteering for a number of political campaigns. She also enjoys painting and exercising.



AzaleaAzalea Williams

Azalea Williams is a Brooklyn native who currently lives in the Bronx. She is majoring in psychology, and double-minoring in legal studies and public policy. In her downtime, she enjoys reading and candid photography. Azalea’s interest in the law ranges from public interest to intellectual property, and she plans to build a career around these interests.