Fellows & Fellowships

The Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) is staffed in part by two paid CUNY Law 2L and 3L Fellows, who may apply in the Spring semester for a position in the following academic year.

The mission of CLORE is to:

  • develop programs and scholarship focusing on issues impacting the Latino community in order to educate the legal community and the general public on these issues;

  • promote the expansion of equality under the law, regardless of national origin, ethnicity, race, gender or sexual orientation; and

  • develop and implement projects on issues impacting the Latino community, including a Spring Semester Speakers' Series, maintenance of a special collection in the CUNY Law School Library, updating the CLORE webpage, and the development of two special projects on language access and gender equality.

The Fellows are selected each year based on their interest in and work on issues impacting the Latino community, overall academic success in the Law School, strong research and writing skills, strong organizational skills, and public interest commitment to working after graduation on issues impacting the Latino community. This is a paid position. Fellows will be paid the applicable hourly research assistant rate. Students will work approximately 10-20 hours per week, depending on the projects and the students' schedules.

The CLORE Fellows will work directly with the CLORE Team. During the academic year, they will be responsible for several projects, including:

  • research assistance for curricular development of Law School courses and community legal education courses;

  • research assistance on various writing and oral presentation projects, e.g. violence against Latinas, language rights and sex discrimination at the workplace, environmental justice, diversity of the legal profession;

  • organization and development of speakers programs for the spring semester and a biannual conference; and

  • collecting and organizing materials for the CLORE webpage and newsletter.


If you are interested in serving as a CLORE Fellow, submit the materials listed below in hard copy or by e-mail:

  • Resume
  • Law School transcript (list of courses and grades may be submitted in lieu of official transcript)
  • The name of your first-year lawyering seminar and legal research professors
  • Cover letter detailing experience, skills and interest (e-mail correspondence is acceptable)

Applicants will be sent a confirmation of receipt of the application.


If you have any questions regarding the work and serving as a Fellow, please contact Professor Gomez-Velez.


Current Fellows

Maria Amor


Maria Amor is a second year law student at City University of New York School of Law. As an advocate for youth in New York’s Far Rockaway community, Maria interned at Queens Law Associates this summer where she helped develop the blueprint for QLA’s innovative Queens Youth Justice Court in Far Rockaway, where teens charged with low-level offenses will appear before other teens serving as jurors and counsel. Maria’s work is grounded in public interest and devoted in helping and supporting youth communities. She is presently a term-time extern at the Attorney General’s Real Estate Finance Bureau, where she works on developing policy to preserve affordable housing. As an undergraduate at Binghamton University, Maria studied Politics, Philosophy, and Law.


Jorge Gómez


Jorge Gómez is a second year law student at City University of New York School of Law. For several years prior to law school, Jorge worked directly with the immigrant community in both the humanitarian and business context. This past summer, Jorge interned at the International Rescue Committee where he researched legal issues affecting Central American youth as it relates to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ new In-Country Refugee program for minors from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Currently, Jorge is at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, where he works on immigration issues impacting the trans community specifically. As an undergraduate at Yale University, Jorge studied Political Science with an interdisciplinary concentration in American government.


Past Fellows


Angel Melendez
CUNY Law '15

Guillermina Passa Quevedo
CUNY Law '15


Cristian A. Farias

Cristian A. Farias is a 2014 graduate of the City University of New York School of Law, where he served as a staff member of law review. Mr. Farias is currently serves as the Supreme Court reporter for the Huffington Post. His work with the Huffington Post can be found at Huffington Post.

Prior to law school, Mr. Farias worked as a freelance writer and reporter, publishing upwards of 500 articles, features and reviews appearing both in nationwide and niche publications.

A native of Chile, Mr. Farias arrived in the United States at 16 and had to repeat his sophomore year of high school to take English as a second language. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies, double-majoring in Spanish Translation and Interpretation. He graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University.

After nearly six years of writing and reporting, Mr. Farias sought a career change and took a civil-service examination for aspiring probation officers. A top-ranked candidate, he was sworn in as an officer of the courts and appointed to the Criminal and Probation Divisions of the New Jersey Judiciary. Mr. Farias’ work supervising and counseling felony offenders — most of them Spanish-speaking probationers grossly underserved by the criminal justice system — fueled his desire to study law.

During law school, Mr. Farias worked as a legal intern at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Office of Pro Se Litigation, where he assisted in drafting orders, memoranda and opinions for district and magistrate judges involving areas such as prisoner’s rights, habeas corpus, immigration and Section 1983. Mr. Farias also has volunteered as a pro bono translator for the Columbia Human Rights Law Review's Spanish Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual project. Mr. Farias counts his marriage to Stephanie his greatest life accomplishment.



Maria Dyson

Maria Dyson, is a 2014 graduate of CUNY School of Law. She is currently an Associate in the Law Offices of Elmer Rober Keach III, PC in Albany New York. Ms. Dyson is involved in all aspects of litigation – she works on a variety of civil rights cases involving the First Amendment, Government Misconduct, Police Brutality, Prison Rights, Employment Discrimination, and Class Action Litigation. The Keach law office recently won a decision issued by the Second Circuit involving a custodial death case which was argued at CUNY Law School on September 3, 2015. During Ms. Dyson’s first year with the firm, she won a decision on a Motion for Summary Judgment involving a detainee who was killed during his transportation to the jail that was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

Ms. Dyson attended St. John's University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Physics. At St. John's, she participated in a number of organizations dedicated to community service. After she graduated, she participated in the Vincentian Lay Missionary program which organized summer camps for children in slum communities in Nairobi Kenya.

During law school, Ms. Dyson was actively involved in a variety of causes both on and off campus. In her first year, with the Oaxaca Delegation, Maria travelled to Oaxaca Mexico, where she provided legal services to a collective that assisted a man seeking justice for civil and human rights violations perpetrated by the government.

Ms. Dyson also served as the President of the CUNY Black Law Student Association. During her presidential year, BLSA was the most active organization on campus, organizing panels on a variety of issues, including New York's foster care system, the criminal justice system, racial profiling, police misconduct, and the school to prison pipeline. BLSA also engaged in a vigorous fund raising campaign and provided over $9,000.00 in fellowships. That year, Ms. Dyson also joined Moot Court and participated in the New York University Immigration Law Competition. Maria served as President of CUNY Law School's Moot Court organization during the 2012-13 academic year and represented CUNY Law at the New York Bar Association's national moot court competition in the fall of 2012.



Golden McCarthy

Golden McCarthy is a 2012 graduate of the City University of New York School of Law. Ms. McCarthy currently serves as Phoenix Supervising Attorney at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been with the Florence Project since June 2013.

Ms. McCarthy grew up in the small, hippie town of Nederland, Colorado. She traveled east to Bard College where she earned her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Latin American Studies. She spent four glorious years as an ESL teacher and then director of an adult education program in Brooklyn, New York.

While in law school, Ms. McCarthy was a student advocate in the Immigration and Refugee Rights Clinic. As an advocate for migrant and immigrant rights, Ms. McCarthy has interned at Safe Horizon's Immigration Law Project and Global Workers Justice Alliance. She also participated in CUNY Law’s Economic Justice Project where she represented CUNY undergraduates at contested welfare hearings to protect their entitlement to benefits and advance their right to pursue college educations. Ms. McCarthy’s work is grounded in public interest and devoted in helping and supporting marginalized communities. Ms. McCarthy also served as President of CUNY Law Moot Court.

As an undergraduate at Bard College, Ms. McCarthy studied Political Science. As part of her undergraduate work, she spent time in Mexico and Ghana where she studied the intersection between international aid and community social movements.

After graduating, Ms. McCarthy worked as Director for Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation's Adult Education Program. During her time there, she developed and managed English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Literacy classes, and GED classes for adults in East New York. While she loved her work and the community she served, Ms. McCarthy embarked on law school in order to become a stronger advocate for immigrant communities.


Christine G. Ortiz

Christine G. Ortiz is a 2013 graduate of the City University of New York School of Law, where she served as President of the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA) and as a staff member of the City University of New York Law Review.

Ms. Ortiz is currently an Associate with the Rappaport Law Firm, PLLC. She has extensive experience in employment law, including representation of employees in discrimination and wage and hour (FLSA) claims. Ms. Ortiz also handles litigation in state and federal courts relating to commercial matters, with a particular focus on matters involving telecommunication facilities. Ms. Ortiz also regularly handles administrative hearings before New York City's Environmental Control Board. During law school, Ms. Ortiz interned with the New York State Court of Appeals.

Ms. Ortiz received her B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University in the City of New York, with a double major in Latino Studies and International Law. While at Columbia, Ms. Ortiz organized and led numerous student groups aimed at promoting the Latino community through outreach, community service, and awareness programming. At graduation, Ms. Ortiz was recognized as a Columbia College Senior Marshall, an honor bestowed upon graduating undergraduate students who have excelled in their academic and extracurricular activities at Columbia.

Ms. Ortiz is Vice President of the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University. Ms. Ortiz is also a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association/New York; New York State Bar Association; Puerto Rican Bar Association; and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

While at CUNY Law, Ms. Ortiz served as a legal intern at the New York County District Attorney's Office in the Special Victims Bureau, Child Abuse Unit. Ms. Ortiz is driven by an interest in Human Rights law — both international and domestic — with a particular focus on the rights of the Latino community and children.



Giamara Rosado

Giamara Rosado is a 2012 graduate of CUNY School of Law. She currently serves as Deputy Counsel at Acacia Network, a network of Latino community based organization offering a unique constellation of services in the areas of health, housing, and economic development. Acacia Network’s mission is to partner with communities, lead change, and promote healthy and prosperous individuals and families. As Deputy Counsel, Ms. Rosado is responsible for a broad range of legal issues that arise in service of community needs.

Ms. Rosado was raised in the Bronx, NY and received her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Communication Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Spanish and International Studies. While matriculating at Penn State, Ms. Rosado received a grant from the Alumni Association Undergraduate International Education Endowment, which made it possible for her to participate in an international program at La Universidad de Sevilla. There, she immersed herself in Spanish culture while studying advanced Spanish and the roles of Spanish women. Upon graduating from Penn State, Ms. Rosado was a paralegal at a top law firm in New York City, where she worked on fund formation and private equity transactions with domestic and international clients.

During her time at CUNY Law, Ms. Rosado volunteered with CUNY's Admissions Office and with the New York State Bar Association to promote diversity in the legal profession. She also was an active member of CUNY's Latin American Law Student Association.

Ms. Rosado spent the summer of 2010 as a legal intern at STEPS to End Family Violence, a not-for-profit organization in the Spanish Harlem section of New York City, where she helped provide civil legal services to victims of domestic violence.


Gabriela Lopez

Gabriela Lopez is a 2012 graduate of the City University of New York School of Law.

Gabriela Lopez is an Oakland based immigration and criminal defense attorney who practices deportation defense for immigrants with criminal histories and criminal defense for immigrants and activist. In 2014 she founded The Community Law Office to provide low-income immigrant communities with competent legal representation and advocacy.

Prior to becoming a solo practitioner Ms. Lopez worked as an associate at a small San Francisco based law firm with a focus on family based immigration. Ms. Lopez serves on the National Executive Committee of the National Lawyers Guild, where she promotes diversity in the legal profession and advocates for young lawyers to take leadership roles in their organizations and communities. Ms. Lopez is also a former Co-Chair of The United People of Color Caucus.

As a member of the NLG, Ms. Lopez developed and conducted know your rights presentations for people affected by the New York Police Department’s discriminatory policing practices as well as individuals affected by post 9-11 policies. She has also represented individuals arrested in mass demonstrations.

Prior to law school, Ms. Lopez organized low wage cafeteria workers in the San Francisco Bay Area into labor unions and advocated for a living wage and worker retention for subcontracted workers. Ms. Lopez earned her B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz and double majored in political theory and Chinese history.



Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

Ms. Bannan, a 2011 graduate of CUNY School of Law, is a human rights lawyer and Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a national civil rights organization. She is also President-Elect of the National Lawyers Guild. At LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Ms. Bannan works with low-wage Latina immigrant workers, as well as on the domestic implementation of human rights norms. Prior to joining LatinoJustice, she worked in the International Women's Human Rights Clinic at CUNY School of Law and at the Center for Reproductive Rights. She clerked for the Hon. Ronald L. Ellis in the Southern District of New York and was an Ella Baker Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights. While at CUNY School of Law, Ms. Bannan was Editor-in-Chief of the CUNY Law Review.

Ms. Bannan has spent more than a decade in the public and non-profit sectors working passionately on issues affecting women and communities of color. She served as Manager of Multicultural Initiatives at the national headquarters for Girl Scouts of the USA in New York. She sits on the board of World Pulse, a global media organization dedicated to broadcasting the untapped voices of women worldwide, as well as the Red Tent Women's Project, a dynamic community of women who are catalysts for social change in New York City.

Ms. Bannan has been involved with numerous organizations dedicated to empowering women, including Las Comadres Para Las Americas and the National Hispana Leadership Institute, the premier leadership program for Latinas of which she was chosen for a fellowship as part of the class of 2006. She is a certified Empowerment Trainer through the Empowerment Institute and is the recipient of the Peace, Health and Justice Award from Casa Atabex Ache, an organization in the South Bronx facilitating collective transformation and social change for women of color.

While at CUNY Law, Ms. Bannan focused on International Women's Human Rights. She was President of the Latin American Law Students Association and Co-Chair of CUNY's Contemplative Urban Lawyering Program. She served as a research assistant to Professor Rhonda Copelon on the issue of femicide in Guatemala. Ms. Bannan has received an M.P.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Georgia State University. She is a graduate of Harvard University's JFK School of Government's Executive Education program and the Center for Creative Leadership.


Katie Meyers

Katie Myers is a 2010 graduate of CUNY School of Law. While at CUNY Law, Ms. Myers was a student in the Equality Concentration which placed her with LatinoJustice PRLDEF. While in undergraduate school at New York University, Katie studied Contemporary Race Relations and Human Rights in the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies. As a Martin Luther King Scholar, she participated in seminars, community service, and traveled to places such as Rio de Janiero and El Salvador de Bahia, Brazil and New Orleans to learn about local culture and communities in relation to social justice initiatives. After completing her B.A., Katie worked with not-for-profit organizations on issues of financial governance and compliance with proposed auditing standards before returning to school at CUNY School of Law, where she is focused on discrimination, and particularly impact litigation. Katie plans use her legal education to address the myriad of issues facing minority and marginalized communities, domestically and abroad.



Rachel Seger

Rachel Seger is a 2009 graduate of CUNY School of Law, where she was a student advocate in the Immigration and Refugee Rights Clinic, and a member of the New York City Law Review. She received a B.A. in Social Thought and Political Economy and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before attending law school, she was a delegate on the Amherst-La Paz Centro Sister City Project in La Paz Centro, Nicaragua. She also facilitated a parent support group for Latina mothers and a youth empowerment program at Gerena Community School in Springfield, Massachusetts. During law school, she clerked for the judges of the Hampden Juvenile Court in Springfield, Massachusetts and worked at the CUNY Citizenship and Immigration Project in Flushing, New York. Honored to receive a Charles Revson Public Interest Fellowship Grant in 2008, Rachel worked at Queens Legal Services, representing low-income clients in disability and unemployment hearings, researching housing and consumer cases, and attending immigration community events.

Raul Pinto

Raul Pinto is a 2010 graduate of CUNY School of Law and resides in Queens, New York. He was born in Santiago, Chile and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1992, finding a home in Dover, New Jersey. In 2003, Raul received his B.A. from Rutgers University, majoring in History and Sociology while concentrating in Latin American History. Upon graduating from Rutgers, Raul worked as a real estate paralegal at a law firm in Morristown, New Jersey until the summer of 2007 when he became a member of CUNY Law School's Class of 2010. He spent the summer of 2008 as an intern at American Friends Service Committee's Immigrant Rights Program, directly working on immigration cases and policy affecting undocumented immigrants. Upon earning his law degree, Raul plans to practice law on issues affecting the Latino community in the United States.

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Cristian Farias


"I write about civil rights.
Sometimes en Español.
Always without legalese."