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From Left to Right: Elizabeth Mastropolo, Pouyan Darian, Andrew Zahnd, Elizabeth Tonne-Daims, Kerriann Stout
- Pouyan Darian comes to the PCLP with a background providing legal services to indigent and underserved communities, including predatory mortgage lending defense, consumer debt assistance, and federal criminal defense.
- After working for an immigration law firm, he became passionate about the needs of immigrants and subsequently worked as a student attorney in the Immigration Justice Clinic at John Jay Legal Services.
- Pouyan aspires to open his own immigration law firm and remain with the PCLP as an incubated attorney when he completes his fellowship.
“As an immigrant who naturalized as a child, I am keenly aware that my success has been contingent upon the chances and opportunities that I have been afforded by my status as a citizen. At the PCLP I am learning the legal and practice management skills necessary to build one’s own practice.”
- Elizabeth Mastropolo was competitively selected by the Westchester County Bar Foundation for a two-year fellowship at the PCLP through which she will serve as a dedicated legal advocate to Neighbors Link, a nonprofit organization in Mount Kisco that serves the immigrant community.
- Elizabeth's experience advocating on behalf of underrepresented communities began when she was in college, where she served as an intern in the Domestic Violence Bureau of the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office and at AkiDwA, a social organization for African immigrant women in Ireland.
- Elizabeth attended St. John's University School of Law. During law school, she gained clinical and internship experience at the St. John’s Child Advocacy Clinic and at Pace Law School's Women’s Justice Center, where she advocated on behalf of victims of familial violence. Recognizing the significance of public interest work, she also became a leader in St. John’s Public Interest Committee and a coordinator of the Courtroom Advocate’s Project.
- Elizabeth also gained direct legal experience as an intern with the Nassau County Surrogate’s Court and at a private law firm.
“Effective legal representation empowers clients and enables them to secure the best legal outcome possible. This is why I want to help low to moderate income citizens and non-citizens through the often confusing and demoralizing legal system.”
- As a Pace law student, Kerriann Stout gained legal experience as a legal intern in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force. Her experience assisting survivors of crime sparked an interest in working directly with clients to address their legal needs.
- Kerriann’s participation in trial advocacy classes and trial competition teams reinforced her passion to pursue a career in litigation, where she will apply her skills in a courtroom representing clients.
- Kerriann learned the importance of legislative advocacy during an internship with the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
“I was born and raised in White Plains and went to high school, college and law school in Westchester County. I came to Pace Law School with the singular focus of pursuing a career in Westchester County’s public sector. My legal experience during law school broadened my conception of public interest law. I am excited to be starting my legal career as an advocate for those in my community.”
E. Lilly Tonne-Daims
- Lilly attended Binghamton University, where she studied Spanish and International Affairs and spent a semester studying at La Universidad de Barcelona.
- During law school, Lilly worked for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and the Pace Women’s Justice Center concentrating on public interest issues, including domestic violence and landlord tenant disputes.
- Throughout her second and third years at Pace, Lilly worked at a Manhattan-based plaintiff’s litigation firm working on complex class action cases focused on civil rights, consumer protection and product liability.
“I came to law school to be a litigator who advocates for those who need relief, but are not able to obtain counsel. The clients we help at the PCLP are in most desperate need of attorneys. I am sure this fellowship will blaze a trail to my becoming the avid litigator I aspire to be.”
- Throughout law school, Andrew Zahnd gained experience in a variety of public interest legal settings. At John Jay Legal Services, Andrew worked in the Post Conviction Project, seeking to overturn convictions based on newly-discovered evidence. He also worked at the Disability Rights and Health Law Clinic, helping people obtain necessary court orders and pursue other legal action to secure their rights.
- Andrew also worked with the Pace Women's Justice Center in the Family Court Legal program, where he assisted individuals in obtaining temporary orders of protection, child support and custody.
- Outside of John Jay Legal Services, Andrew volunteered at The Legal Aid Society, advising prospective clients in employment and public benefit matters and at Sports Media Advisors, where he researched and wrote on intellectual property matters.
“I hope to personify two qualities. The first is empathy. Our clients come to us with personal stories, frustrations, heartaches and hopes which must always be honored. The second is hard work. There is no excuse for being outworked, and I look forward to giving our clients everything I have as we fight for their rights.”