Contact: Brenda Gill '95
AAC Mission Statement
The mission of the Alumni Attorneys of Color (“AAC”) Affinity Group is to build an active and engaged community of Black, Hispanic/Latino, and South/East Asian Fordham Law alumni and enhance their connection with one another and the Law School community at large. The AAC also serves as a vehicle to further the professional development of its members by providing networking opportunities and a forum to exchange ideas and business opportunities. The AAC is committed to mentoring current law students and partnering with the Law School in its goal to foster an inclusive educational environment where diverse backgrounds and experiences are respected, welcomed and celebrated.
AAC Steering Committee Members
Michael Blackshear ’99, Chief Compliance Office, North America, Chubb
Natacha Carbajal-Evangelista ’04, Assistant Secretary for Labor & Workforce, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Jane Chuang ’05, Partner, Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP
Deneen L. Donnley ’92, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, USAA
Edgar De Leon ’98, Principal, The De Leon Firm, PLLC
Nitza Milagros Escalera, Assistant Dean of Diversity Initiatives and Student Affairs, Fordham Law School
Veronica Escobar ’03, Principal and Owner, The Law Offices of Veronica Escobar
Mauricio Espana ’03, Partner, Dechert LLP
Brenda L. Gill ’95, Partner, Burgher Gray Jaffe LLP
Andy Hinton ’89, VP and Chief Compliance Officer, Google Inc.
Shawn Johnson ’02, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Safari Energy, LLC
Azeema Mohaideen ’04, Senior Business Development Manager, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Romelia Leach ’06, (formerly) Development and Project Management Director, Hearts of Gold
Robin Lenhardt, Professor of Law, Fordham Law School
William Malpica ’00, Director & Senior Counsel - Markets & International Banking, RBS Securities, Inc.
Benson V. Martin ’00, Director of Compliance - Legal Department, Empire State Development
WillaJeanne McLean ’86, Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
Tracey McNeil ’99, Ombudsman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
William Min ’90, (formerly) SVP, Legal Chief Data & Privacy Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
John Owens, Jr. ’04, serves as legal counsel to an Acting Justice, New York State Supreme Court
Leah Ramos ’04, Associate Counsel, New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics
Jeanne Samuels ’87, Vice President, Associate General Counsel - Private banking, HSBC Bank USA, N.A
Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri ’02, Chief Diversity Officer & Global Head of Talent Development, Goldman Sachs
Drew Valentine ’93, Vice President, People & Culture, IBM Analytics
Michael Yim ’05, Partner, Sedgwick LLP
Event Subcommittee: Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri, William Malpica, Michael Yim, Gilbert Lee, Annabel Nau, and Kenneth Bailey
In-House Subcommittee: Jennifer Munoz
Mentoring Subcommittee: Shawn Johnson, Benson Martin and William Malpica
Solo/Small Law Firm Subcommittee: Veronica Escobar, Jane Chuang and Edgar DeLeon
ALSA (American Law Students Association) Liaisons
BALSA, John Owens, Jr.
LALSA, Edgar De Leon
APALSA, Leah Ramos