Public Interest Resource Center Staff

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    As Assistant Dean, Leah leads and coordinates much of the law school's public interest and social justice efforts. Before becoming Assistant Dean, she was the Director of Public Interest Student Engagement in PIRC, working closely with public interest students and student leaders of our pro bono projects. Before coming (back) to Fordham, Leah worked as a public defender at The Bronx Defenders for almost a decade. While at The Bronx Defenders, in addition to zealously representing clients, she created the Client Library to provide books to incarcerated and non-incarcerated clients and started an initiative to address solitary confinement. Leah will always be a public defender at heart. Leah received her law degree from Fordham Law School and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. During her years at Fordham, Leah was a Stein Scholar and served as the president of two PIRC student organizations.

    Leah is admitted to the Bar in New York and Connecticut.

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    In her role as the Director of Student Engagement and Counseling Mia advises students interested in pursuing public interest internships and careers. Furthermore, she supports PIRC student-led groups and coordinates public interest-focused events and panels. Mia is also the point person for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and outreach within PIRC. 

    Before going to Fordham, Mia spent eight and a half years as a Staff Attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice of The Bronx Defenders, where she represented indigent clients on misdemeanor and felony cases. In addition to her role as a Staff Attorney, she was the Pro Bono Coordinator for her practice, helping to facilitate pro bono legal partnerships between her colleagues and firm associates. Throughout her time at The Bronx Defenders, Mia engaged with law students through her role as a supervisor in the Summer Internship Program and the Desk Appearance Ticket Marijuana Project. While at BXD she also participated in hiring and recruiting new attorneys as part of the Fellowship Interview Committee and represented her former organization at various public interest career fairs and law school panels. Mia received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and her Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.  

    Mia is admitted to the Bar in New York. 

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    As the Director of Public Interest Scholars and Fellowships, Angela works closely with student leaders and faculty directors to administer and support all aspects of the Stein Scholars Program. Previously, Angela was Deputy Director in the housing practice at Bronx Legal Services, where she advocated to prevent evictions and secure safe and affordable housing on behalf of low-income New Yorkers. During her time at Bronx Legal Services, she focused much of her litigation on rent overcharges and helped preserve rent stabilization protections for many Bronx tenants. She also regularly engaged with and mentored law students as a co-facilitator of the summer internship program.

    Angela received her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law and her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Utah. She is admitted to practice law in New York State and the Southern District of New York.


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    Ashleigh provides career counseling for students and alumni focused on pursuing public interest career opportunities. Ashleigh joins the PIRC advising team with years of experience as Director of Public Interest Programs at another New York law school, where working with students was her favorite part of the job.
    Prior to working in law school administration, Ashleigh worked as a public defender with Orleans Public Defenders (criminal defense) and Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (family defense). Ashleigh's passion for advising future public defenders through internship and externship programs led her career towards student advising. 
    Ashleigh earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Wellesley College. She is admitted to practice in New York. 


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    Martha focuses on advising students on post-graduate fellowship development and applications. She is passionate about thinking creatively to fill unmet legal needs in the community.

    Martha is currently an administrative law judge for Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) in the Rochester office (while working part-time with the Public Interest Resource Center). Prior to working in the Public Interest Resource Center, she worked as the Director of the Universal Access to Counsel Housing Unit at Bronx Legal Services. She worked to grow the housing unit as part of the rollout of New York City’s Right to Counsel Law. She also worked in eviction defense at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in Manhattan and Bread for the City in Washington, D.C. Before that, she worked with law students at Rising for Justice (formerly D.C. Law Students in Court) in Washington D.C.

    Martha received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo. She is admitted to the Bar in New York, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. 

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    Cameron Porter is a Deborah A. Batts Post-Grad Access to Justice fellow. She received her law degree from Fordham Law School in 2023 and her undergraduate degree from UCLA in 2020. During her time at Fordham, she was awarded the Deborah A. Batts Scholarship and worked closely with the Center on Race, Law, and Justice as a research assistant. Cameron currently divides her time as a post-grad fellow working with PIRC and the Center on Race, Law, and Justice. 


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    Adiaha Foglino is the Office Manager for The Public Interest Resource Center. She will be able to help with any administrative task you may need, such as helping with email accounts, student group space, and listing opportunities in PIRC UP!