Fabiola Ordoñez
J.D. 2016

Undergraduate College: Pepperdine University

Fabi, a 3L, might be the only Mexican-American at Cardozo who speaks proficient Mandarin and launched a startup in Shanghai before starting law school. A dynamo whose interest in cross-border business transactions comes naturally – her family ran an import-export business in El Paso (TX) and Ciudad Juarez (Mexico) and lived in both –she moved to China after college, studied the language for three years, worked in a multinational consulting firm, and started a small business placing US and international university students in summer internships.

Internships: Dentons (Shanghai, China); Michael Kors; Burberry, USA; Starwood Capital Group

Groups/Activities: President of the Business Law Society, Director of Events of International Law Society

Concentrations: Business Law, Corporate Compliance and Risk Control

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Geoffrey Kalender
J.D. Candidate '16

Undergraduate College: University of Kansas

Program Affiliations: The Cardozo Data Law Inititiave

Jobs During Law School: I did an externship in data law, which involved seven or eight classes that met once a week at major law firms. Through the externship I was put in touch with employers and given the language to speak credibly about these (data law) issues. In my job interviews these were the topics the employers really cared about, and I felt really prepared to speak thoughtfully about them.

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Shanitra Waymire

Undergraduate College: The University of Michigan - Ross School of Business.

Clinics: I have participated in The Mediation Clinic, where I learned a plethora of information regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution. As a member of the clinic I have mediated a wide range of cases in Manhattan Civil Court and the Brooklyn Mediation Center. In the Fall of 2014, I will be in the Federal Criminal Prosecution Field Clinic at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

Jobs During Law School: The summer after my 1L year, I had an internship at The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York working in their Criminal Division. The summer after 2L year I will be working at The New York County District Attorney's Office.

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Brian Polivy

In February 2014, Brian Polivy '15 was awarded the 2013 Samuel K. Maynard Memorial Student Service Award by the Labor & Employment Section of the New York State Bar Association. 

Undergraduate College: Cornell University

Clinics: I'm currently participating in the ADR clinic this semester where I have worked at the EEOC.  It's been a really great opportunity to gain some practical experience through experiential learning.  

Jobs During Law School: I interned this past summer at the National Labor Relations Board. This upcoming summer, I will be working for a small union/plaintiff side Labor and Employment firm Pitta Giblin. 

Groups/Activities: I am President of the Cardozo Labor and Employment Society. I was also a May Mentor to incoming students. 

What type of law do you want to practice? What made you interested in this field of law?

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Alexandra Simmerson

Undergraduate College: The University of Michigan

Internships: Tory Burch, Stuart Weitzman, Morgans Hotel Group, Model Alliance; Participant in Cardozo-FIT Fashion Law Practicum

Law Clerk At: Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP

Current Jobs:  Deputy Director at Model Alliance; Research Assistant for Barbara Kolsun '82; Law Clerk at Michael Kors

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Allison Cook

Externships: Office of the NY Attorney General - Investor Protection Bureau

Clinics: Securities Arbitration Clinic; Alexander Fellows program working for Judge Jack Weinstein, Eastern District of New York

Undergraduate College: Rollins College

Current Job: Summer Associate at Hogan Lovells

Allison Cook came to law school after spending several years at an investment bank, work that made her thirsty to dig deeper into the industry—and this passion has guided her approach to law school so far.

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Albert Chang

Internships: Research, Markets, and Regulation Office at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, DC; Legal Aid Society

Undergraduate college: Swarthmore College

Albert Chang ’14 is a member of Cardozo’s Moot Court Honor Society. He competed at the Price Media Moot Court competition in Oxford, UK, where he and a member of his team ranked eighth and sixth, respectively, as oralists.

Through the Cardozo Seminars Abroad program, Albert participated in the Winter Break in Cuba trip in January 2013.  With a group of students and faculty, he met dissident journalist/blogger Yoani Sanchez, as well as members of the Cuban criminal justice system.

Albert will spend the first half of his summer as an associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York. During the remainder of his summer, he will intern in the Research, Markets, and Regulation office at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C.

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Melissa Nally

Internships: Society of Professional Journalists at Baker & Hostetler, LLP; BBC Worldwide; Internet Bureau, Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York

Undergraduate college: Villanova University

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