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Pace Community Law Practice Staff
Karin Anderson Ponzer Esq, Executive Director
Karin Anderson Ponzer is the Executive Director of the Pace Community Law Practice. At the PCLP, she is responsible for all aspects of the program, including direct legal supervision of all case work. Prior to joining the PCLP, she worked as an immigration attorney at Catholic Migration Services of the Diocese of Brooklyn, where she focused on removal defense and complex motions to reopen, and as a Policy and Training Associate at the New York Immigration Coalition, where she coordinated efforts to provide legal resources to individuals subjected to post-9/11 enforcement actions by DHS. She has been recognized by Maryland State Senate, the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, the Nassau County Executive, and the National Lawyers Guild for her legal and advocacy work on behalf of immigrant communities. She earned a J.D. from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law and a Ph.D. in Politics and Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research. She is a Member of the Bar of the State of New York and of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, as well as of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the New York State Political Science Association, the New York City Bar Association, Immigration & Nationality Law Committee, and Westchester County Bar Association.
Elizabeth Mastropolo Esq, Assistant Director
Elizabeth Mastropolo was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Siena College in 2010 and went on to get her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2013. After law school, she was named the Westchester County Bar Association Foundation Fellow and placed at the Pace Community Law Practice serving the immigrant community in Westchester County, specifically at Neighbors Link in Mt. Kisco. She is now enjoying her new position as the Assistant Director.
Kee Moe Thi Han Esq.
Kee Moe Thi Han is a graduate of Pace University School of Law and was selected as a legal fellow for the 2015-2016 year for the Pace Community Law Practice. She was born and raised in Myanmar. Kee was inspired to advocate for the social, political, and economic empowerment of the disadvantaged because of the experiences of the people in her home country. Currently, as a legal fellow for the Pace Community Law Practice, she continues to advocate for the disadvantaged by providing low income immigrants with competent and accessible legal services.
Nicholas Phillips Esq.
Nick grew up in southwest England and moved to the United States with his family at the age of twelve. As a student at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Nick interned at the Immigration Justice Clinic, where he represented clients in removal proceedings due to criminal convictions, and at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, where he researched legal issues relating to ongoing ACLU litigation. Nick comes to Pace Community Law Practice after completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Frederic Block of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Rosa Martinez-Suazo was born and raised in New York. She interned at the Bronx Chamber of Commerce from 2012-2013 where she met many congressmen, senators, and business owners. She then went on to intern at a real estate agency to learn hands on about small business. During 2014-2015 AmeriCorps year she served as a City Year New York Corps member in the South Bronx. Now she is an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Manager at Pace Community Law Practice. She hopes to open her own non profit to help community members become self sufficient .
Penelope De Castro Osorio
Penelope De Castro Osorio is staff justice AmeriCorps Paralegal at PCLP. She was born in Venezuela and became a lawyer there in 1995. She is currently completing her L.L.M. in Comparative Legal Studies at Pace University School of Law. She assists clients with preparation of Asylum, SIJS, DACA and Citizenship applications. Ms. De Castro also conducts legal intakes to assess eligibility for immigration benefits, with an emphasis on unaccompanied minors. She is certified in immigration law by CUNY the School of Professional Studies and admitted to practice law in Venezuela.