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2012 Fellows

Shari Hochberg

  • Shari Hochberg was Editor-in-Chief of the Pace International Law Review and served as an intern advocate for the Unemployment Action Center (UAC) in New York.  Her rewarding experience representing 24 clients in their unemployment insurance cases at UAC inspired Shari to start a UAC chapter at Pace Law School.  She recruited members, formed an executive board, and later trained 30 Pace Law students to be UAC advocates.
  • During college and law school, Shari gained experience in the Special Litigation Division of the DC Public Defender Service, the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, and at a private law firm.
  • Shari is now employed as an Associate at the law firm Collier, Halpern, Newberg, Nilletti & Bock, LLP.  

“At the PCLP I was part of the force that supports low-income clients who are underrepresnted in the legal system. …The legal and practice management skills and the experience I gained at the PCLP prepared me well for a future in general litigation practice.”

Craig Relles

  • For 10 years Craig Relles enjoyed a successful small business career as director of operations and then a franchisee for Domino’s Pizza.
  • At Pace Law School, Craig served as a student attorney for John Jay Legal Services in both the Immigration Justice Clinic and the Disability Rights Clinic.  He also interned in the Child Advocacy Unit at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and for the Hon. Linda Jamieson, NY State Supreme Court, 9th Judicial District.
  • Since completing his fellowship, Craig has launched his own legal practice, which serves low and moderate income clients in a range of legal practice areas including immigration and family law.  Craig's office is the PCLP's first "incubated" practice.  His practice benefits from resources such as case referrals, office space on the second floor of the PCLP, and the ongiong support of PCLP's substantive expertise.  

“My success in business was predicated on endless hours of hard work, dedication, determination, and perseverance despite setbacks,” he said.  “[And] while I could make some modicum of difference in the lives of my employees, it pales in comparison to the difference I can make in the lives of those whom I assist with my law license.”

Sarah Hollender

  • Sarah Hollender has been dedicated to serving the public since high school, where she volunteered at soup kitchens and at an AIDS awareness nonprofit.  At Pace Law School, Sarah worked as a legal intern at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and the Legal Aid Society, as a student attorney in the John Jay Legal Services Immigratiion Justice Clinic, and as a law clerk at an immigration-focused law firm.
  • Sarah is now employed by the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), one of New York City's leading nonprofit legal services providers, where she is serving in a one-year Equal Justice Works Americorps fellowship with the Storm Response Unit assisting people impacted by Hurricaine Sandy.

"I have seen the effects of having no lawyer -- or a poor lawyer -- on a person’s immigration claim.  At the PCLP, I was able to follow my passion and provide aid to low to moderate income non-citizens through the maze of U.S. immigration law.”

Sara Morton

  • Throughout law school, Sara Morton’s primary focus was aiding non-citizens in their immigration claims. She interned in the Immigration Assistance Program at Catholic Charities of Newark, was a student attorney in John Jay Legal Services Immigration Justice Clinic, and interned in an immigration law practice.
  • Sara is now employed by the law office of Susan Henner, an immigration attorney, in White Plains, NY. 

“Individuals need help in Immigration Court.  Many of the PCLP's clients are marginalized by society and need legal help.  That is why my work at the PCLP was so gratifying.”