Sophiea Bailey, Esq., graduated from Howard University after being awarded multiple merit scholarships for her attendance. During her law school career, she contributed to multiple published law review articles. Since graduating, she has served for ten years as an assistant state attorney in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office where she has tried more than 100 cases. Sophiea has also worked for the Federal Trade Commission and has taught at Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, MA.
Eric Baime, Esq., graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in government. Since then, Eric has earned his M.B.A. from University of Miami and his J.D. from Shepard Broad Law Center. Eric is a professional and highly experienced educator, having taught at more than ten colleges and universities. Eric brings his fiery personality and passion for teaching to the classroom and enjoys active participation and contributions from students.
Brett ranked in the top 3% of his graduating law school class in earning his JD from New England Law School in Boston, MA. He works as a criminal defense attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services and had previously clerked for the Honorable Maureen B. Hogan of the Middlesex County (MA) Superior Court. Brett has also published multiple law review articles in the New England Law School Law Review.
Jessica Borden, Esq., graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from Emory University, and went on to earn a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an associate editor of the Constitutional Law Journal. She is admitted to the bar in New York, Connecticut and Florida. Jessica practiced litigation at Willkie Farr and Gallagher LLP, real estate law at Schiff Hardin LLP and in-house product liability law at a large Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company. Additionally, she now tutors for the SATs in Fairfield County, CT. In her spare time, Jessica is an avid knitter who enjoys games, puzzles and spending time with her family and friends.
Lisa Burkart-Chalmers, Esq., earned her JD from Duquesne University, her Masters in English from East Carolina University and a double BA from University of Pittsburgh in criminal justice and legal studies. She also completed a certification in mediation and conflict resolution. Lisa has been a college professor for 10 years and has extensive experience teaching online and in physical classrooms. Lisa's other previous jobs have included internal affairs investigator; law clerk, 911 emergency dispatcher, correctional officer, private investigator and armed guard. Lisa also volunteers for the Center for Victims of Violence and Crime. Lisa is also the happy grandmother of three and makes home for a myriad of pets.
Darlene Cortina, Esq., graduated from Indiana University, McKinney School of Law. Since graduating she has clerked for a superior court judge in Pima County and served as an Assistant Attorney General in Arizona. Prior to law school, Darlene earned a B.A. in English Literature from Arizona State University and a Master of Education from the University of Arizona. Darlene was a middle school teacher in Tucson for several years and enjoys teaching and engaging with students.
Renana Farbstein, Esq., graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in History. She then went to work as a legal assistant at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York City. Deciding to pursue a career as an attorney, she attended Cornell Law School and graduated with a concentration in Business Law and Regulation. Renana worked for a number of prestigious New York City law firms on commercial litigation matters in the financial and pharmaceutical sectors. She is admitted to the bar in New York and New Jersey.
Shaquan Gaither, Esq., a graduate of University of Baltimore School of Law, has extensive experience in teaching law classes at colleges such as Southern New Hampshite University, Walden University and Savannah Technical College. She was tasked with creation and management of the paralegal program at Savannah Technical College where she prepared and taught paralegal classes, managed the administrative aspects of the program and advised students. She also has law practice experience in Savannah, GA, in the areas of personal injury, real estate, probate and domestic relations.
Daniel Green, Esq., graduated with a B.S. in Information Systems from Ramapo College of New Jersey and went on to earn an M.B.A from Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business and a J.D. from Pace University School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Daniel worked in the Information Technology field for a number of years and now practices in-house in the areas of healthcare and commercial law at a large New York City healthcare provider.
Reena Green, Esq., is a graduate of Pace University School of Law. After attending law school, she worked at Business Licenses, LLC, where she focused on investigating federal, state and local licensing ordinances and regulations to determine business and financial requirements for large, publicly held corporations. Reena has also written several articles concerning bioethics which were published in the science journal sponsored by her undergraduate university, Stern College for Women.
Susan Israel, Esq., earned her JD from St. John's University School of Law, a Master of Science in Education from Hofstra University and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Communication from Queens College, C.U.N.Y. After working as a special education teacher with mentally challenged adults, Susan transitioned to the corporate world, where she worked for many years as a computer programmer and data analyst. As an attorney, Susan focused her practice in elder law, guardianships and trusts and estates. In her spare time, Susan enjoys reading, classical music and Sudoku puzzles.
Michael C. Jones obtained his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, majoring in American Political Studies, and Master of Administration (M. Adm.), with distinction, from Northern Arizona University. Michael earned his JD from Arizona Summit Law School, graduating cum laude. During law school, Michael presented at the 2013 International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH) Conference in Amsterdam, was published in the Arizona Summit Law Review, served as Vice-President of the Public Interest Law Association, and received CALI awards for academic excellence (highest grade awards) for Criminal Procedure and Professional Responsibility.
For the last 10 years Michael has worked with the Maricopa County Office of the Legal Defender in Phoenix, Arizona, where he currently serves as the Law Office Administrative Manager, overseeing administrative and staff operations. Prior to this appointment, Michael provided specialized legal support in the Maricopa County Early Disposition court and Regional Court Center.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys hiking, playing basketball, and volunteering in his community.
Howard Leib, Esq., is an attorney with over thirty years' experience in intellectual property law, entertainment law and general corporate law. He has represented clients such as KISS, Whitney Houston, Bobby McFerrin, and Judy Collins as well as corporations such as Atlantic Records, Universal Entertainment, and Rhino Entertainment. Howard carved out a niche for himself in the area of children's entertainment, and has been called America's leading children's entertainment attorney by Billboard Magazine. In addition to the practice of law, and addition to teaching at NPC, Howard has taught for Fashion Institute of Technology, Kaplan University, Kaplan Test Prep, NYU, and Cornell Law School. He has produced CDs and DVDs, usually related to comedy or television. He is active in the New York Democratic Lawyers Association, working to protect and expand voter rights. He is chair emeritus of the Cardozo School of Law alumni association and a past member of Cardozo's Board of Trustees.
Howard lives in Ithaca, NY, where he moved after a lifetime in and around New York City, to be with his wife Marcie. Since moving to Ithaca, Howard has run as the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for New York State Senate from the 51st Senatorial District. He currently hosts "No Soap Radio," on WRFI-FM in Ithaca. You can find more about Howard at his web site, www.HowardLeibLaw.com.
Eric Martinez, Esq., is a graduate of Florida International University College of Law. Prior to law school, he attended Hanover College (IN) where he earned degrees in Business Administration and Philosophy. Eric currently works as corporate counsel for Assurant Inc., a Fortune 500 company, where he specializes in federal and state regulatory compliance. He is an active member of the Florida Bar Association.
Ken Marvet, Esq., received his B.A. in History from Yale University and his J.D. from New York University. He has been practicing law for almost twenty years, most of that time being with major New York law firms where he specialized in insurance and commercial litigation. He currently practices insurance and commercial law for the New York Liquidations Bureau where he serves as section chief for its Bureau and Estates Litigation.
Ray Millien, Esq., was named one of the "world's leading intellectual property strategists" by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine in 2009, 2012 and 2013. He serves as senior intellectual property counsel for GE Healthcare and has experience working for many major companies, including Goldman Sachs and American Express. Ray has also worked as a software design engineer for General Electric Aerospace and has lectured for BAR/BRI's bar review course for the United States Patent and Trademark Office bar exam. Ray has served as an an adjunct professor at George Washington University and has a JD from that school and a BS in Computer Science from Columbia University in New York.
Alejandro Perez, Esq., is a graduate of Arizona Summit Law School. Prior to law school, he earned degrees in Anthropology and History, and worked in the Public Relations and Human Resources industries. After graduating law school, Alejandro clerked at the Arizona Court of Appeals and then joined a large corporate law firm, where he specialized in labor and employment law, and commercial litigation. Today, Alejandro manages his own practice, where he specializes in labor and employment law, business law, and estate planning.
Emily Ryan, Esq., earned her JD Mississippi College School of Law and her BA from Mississippi State University. She has extensive teaching experience at Western Governors University, Kaplan University and Western International University. Emily's specialty is employment law and employee benefits law, as she has worked in that capacity both in the private sector and in the public sector for the Office of the Mississippi Attorney General.
DeDe Sandler, Esq., assistant education director at NPC, earned her J.D. from City University of New York School of Law and subsequently earned her M.S. in social work from Columbia University. She also holds a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University. When not teaching for NPC, DeDe hones her litigation skills as a deputy legal defender for the public defender's office in Phoenix. She has also worked for the Arizona Attorney General's Office and various private law firms. DeDe is also a Peace Corps member and an accomplished social worker.
Leonard Saphire-Bernstein, Esq., a 1980 graduate of the Harvard Law School, has conducted and overseen litigation from the private sector and on behalf of the federal government, for hundreds of federal and state civil litigation matters. Beginning at a major LaSalle Street law firm in Chicago, he has also worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he headed up a team of litigators responding to social security lawsuits; created his own law firm conducting ERISA actions on behalf of major hospitals, and labor law actions on behalf of large regional unions; and most recently, helped the FDIC resolve the bank failure crisis by closing and dismantling more than four hundred banks nationwide. He has successfully conducted contract, labor, banking, foreclosure, and insurance cases in court, in arbitrations, in mediation, and on appeal, overseen outside counsel in offensive and defensive litigation, and directed responses to complex electronic discovery and FOIA requests.
Shannon Southard, Esq., earned her J.D. from New England School of Law in 2002. While attending law school at night, she worked during the day as a social worker. Prior to law school, she attended Westfield State University where she earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice with a minor in social work. After graduating law school, she relocated from Boston, MA to Phoenix, AZ. She spent the last ten years working as an assistant attorney general for the State of Arizona representing the Department of Economic Security's Child Protective Services. She has recently begun work as a contract attorney for the Maricopa County Juvenile Court System representing parents and children in dependency matters as well as children and victims in delinquency proceedings.
Erin Steffin is a sole practitioner focusing on estate planning, IRS defense, and federal tort claims for medical malpractice. She obtained her JD and her LLM in taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law in San Diego, California. Prior to that, she studied Psychology as an undergraduate, earning her BS at Arizona State University. Erin serves as a Judge pro tempore for Maricopa County Superior Court and for the city of Avondale, Arizona, and has volunteered for organizations providing assistance for those with special needs as well as free legal services to first-line responders including firefighters and police. She has appeared on Channel 10's Lawyers on Call, and provides the baked goods in her office herself.
Shawn Stone, Esq., owns and manages a law firm law firm in Phoenix that focuses on bankruptcy and debt collection defense. He has a JD from the University of Tulsa and a BS from Arizona State University. Shawn has received numerous recognitions and awards for his practice, including being named a "Super Lawyers' Rising Star" in 2014 and "Pro Bono Attorney of the Year" by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services in 2012. Shawn also devotes much of his free time to community outreach and education programs.
Ellis Washington, Esq., has a J.D. from John Marshall School of Law, a master's degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree from De Pauw University in Indiana. He has legal experience working for law firms and companies such as Kirkland & Ellis (Chicago), Paul, Hastings Janofsky and Walker (Atlanta) and Ford Motor Co. He also served as an editor of the Michigan Law Review and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute. He has significant college-level teaching experience and he has worked extensively as a political radio talk show host and columnist. Ellis has written extensively on constitutional law, history, politics, philosophy, critical race theory and other subjects.