BLSA is proud of the accomplishments of our members who have done great work to impact their communities. Below are some noteworthy updates from BLSA alumni. Please contact us to submit your alumni news!
Grace Hughes, '01, is now a professional singer working in California.
Mark Neal was named New York's Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Chief of Staff. The announcement was made by DHS Commissioner Rob Hess. Mark graduated from the University of Michigan and holds a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. He previously served the agency as a special assistant to the DHS General Counsel. He joined the legal staff in 2004 as an attorney working in the Contracts and Family Services Units before becoming special assistant. He began his career as a case manager for AID Atlanta, Inc., an HIV/AIDS service organization working with HIV+ homeless clients before becoming the Group Manager for Housing and Substance Abuse Services. In that role, he was an advocate on homeless, housing, and substance abuse/mental health issues; working closely with the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) to develop policies facilitating safe entry of HIV/AIDS clients into the public housing community. He was later asked to join the AHA as the manager for planning and development where he worked for several years in various leadership roles. Mark currently lives in Brooklyn.
Tiffany Williams, ’99 and former BLSA Treasurer and VP, has been very active in New Jersey, where she practices. (See http://www.njbiz.com/db/docs/WIB07All.pdf; http://www.gardenstatebar.org/; http://www.tnj.com/events/2007winners/2007_4040twilliams.php)
PRESS RELEASE: FORMER ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY NAMED GENERAL COUNSEL FOR NJ ASSEMBLY MAJORITY OFFICE: Williams Replaces Walcott-Henderson, Who Will Serve as Chief of Staff For Secretary of State Nina Wells (excerpted)
(TRENTON) - Tiffany M. Williams -- a former federal prosecutor and government affairs attorney - will serve as the next General Counsel for the Assembly Majority Office.
Williams, who lives in Somerset, currently works as a senior associate in the government affairs and litigation practice group at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, L.L.P., one of New Jersey's most prestigious law firms. She was named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and one of NJBiz magazine's top 50 women in business for 2007.
"Tiffany Williams is an incredible addition to the Majority Office staff," said Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts, Jr. (D-Camden). "She has extensive experience in both legal and governmental circles and she is committed to the ideal of public and community service."
"We're excited to get an individual of Tiffany Williams' caliber to succeed Kay Henderson," said Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer). "Tiffany already possesses a strong working knowledge of the legislative process and she promises to complement our fine staff."
Williams has an extensive background in corporate, criminal and governmental law. She also is an ordained minister.
She served as an associate at a small firm designated as corporation counsel to Willingboro Township from September 2004 to August 2005, when she joined Riker Danzig. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from January 2003 to May 2004, prosecuting federal violations in the violent crimes unit, including cases involving narcotics, firearms, gangs, and child pornography.
Williams also has worked as an adjunct professor at the Seton Hall University School of Law and the Boston University School of Law, as a law clerk for Massachusetts Appeals Court Judge Frederick L. Brown, and a special assistant for former Senator Bill Bradley (D-New Jersey).
Her legal internships included experience at Office of Legal Counsel for former President William Jefferson Clinton in 1999, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston in 1998, and the former New Jersey Appellate Division Judge John E. Wallace (now a state Supreme Court justice).
She attained her law degree from the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston in May 1999. She holds a master's in public administration from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Public Policy, which she attended on a full-tuition research grant from the Forum of Policy Research. She previously received her bachelor of arts from Rutgers University on a four-year full-tuition academic scholarship.
She was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and District of Columbia. A former 1st runner-up to Miss New Jersey and the 2006 New Jersey State Bar Association's "Young Lawyer of the Year," Williams' resume includes the following professional affiliations, awards, and community service:
American Bar Association Young Lawyers Leadership Program 2007-09
Member of litigation section for the American Bar Association
Co-chair, Minority Attorneys Committee for the Morris County Bar Association
Association of Black Women Lawyers
Garden State Bar Association, memberships chair and nominating committee
Visible Invisibility (professional network for female attorneys of color)
African-American Women Engaged in Public Policy
Upper Room Full Gospel Church, Ordained Minister & Trustee
Founder/CEO of Kingdom Empowerment Corporation/Kingdom Leadership Academy
President-elect of YWCA of Central New Jersey
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Montclair Alumnae Chapter, Chaplin
Tiffany was also named by the NJBIZ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women In Business and was named amongst the “40 Under Forty” in The Network Journal.
Amanda Green, Labor lawyer picked for County Council
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 (By Karamagi Rujumba, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Allegheny County Council's Democratic caucus yesterday selected Amanda Green, a labor attorney for the United Steelworkers of America, to replace Brenda Frazier, who resigned from council last month to seek a seat in the state Legislature.
"It's about public service. This is an opportunity to serve the community I live in," said Ms. Green. She will be nominated to fill the District 13 seat at council's meeting on March 18, said Councilman John DeFazio, chairman of the Democratic caucus.
A Stanton Heights resident, Ms. Green, 36, will serve until the next municipal election in 2009. She said that she was encouraged by her predecessor -- Ms. Frazier -- to seek the seat because "she thinks I have the qualifications to do the job and hit the ground running."
Ms. Frazier, 66, of Stanton Heights, was first elected to County Council in 2001 to fill the two-year unexpired term of the late former county Commissioner Tom Foerster. She ended her tenure on council Feb. 11 and is now seeking the 21st Legislative District seat, which covers Pittsburgh's eastern neighborhoods.
She had to step down from her county seat because of the county's Home Rule Charter, which requires County Council members running for other elected offices to resign.
Ms. Frazier's resignation raised concerns from some people who were interested in replacing her because of a rumored plan by the Democratic caucus on council to essentially hold the seat for her by appointing a temporary replacement.
But both Ms. Green and Mr. DeFazio yesterday put that to rest, noting that Ms. Green intends to be the District 13 representative until the first municipal election next year when the seat will be open again.
Selected from a pool of nine applicants, Ms. Green, a Jersey City, N.J., native, was "very impressive" and "showed that she will be a fast learner," said Mr. DeFazio. With her selection by the Democratic caucus, her appointment by the full council is now mostly a formality, he added.
"We have an agreement on council that the party caucuses choose a person and then the council has to accept the appointment," Mr. DeFazio said.
A 1993 graduate of Duke University, Ms. Green received her law degree from Northeastern University's School of Law in 2001.
She clerked for Judge Lawrence M. Lawson of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Monmouth County before moving to Pittsburgh to work for the USW in 2002.