LatinoJustice PRLDEF Líderes
The LatinoJustice PRLDEF Líderes Board was formed in April of 2012, with the mission of expanding LatinoJustice’s network of young professional volunteers and donors. The role of Líderes is to:
- Serve as ambassadors to advance the work done by LJPRLDEF
- Support LJPLRDEF development through fundraising and friendraising activities
- Promote rising leaders by providing networking, leadership, and mentoring opportunities
- Marihug Cedeño is an litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges where she focuses her practice on complex commercial, antitrust and False Claims Act litigation. Ms. Cedeño received her J.D. from Cornell Law School where she was a Note Editor for the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy and served as President of the Cornell Latin American Law Student Association. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management. Ms. Cedeño is an active member of Women@Weil and Latinos@Weil and is fluent in Spanish.
- Jazmin Chavez is the Social Media and Community Manager for the Office of the Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council.
She is a passionate Social Media Strategist living in New York City. A lawyer by trade, she focuses on social media, engagement and movement strategies for the Council. She is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she focused on immigration, public interest and international humanitarian law.
- Roberto Concepción, Jr is an associate at Jackson Lewis P.C. where he represents employers in a wide range of employment law matters, including employment discrimination and wage and hour disputes. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Concepción was an Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF (formerly Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund) where he worked on civil rights impact litigation, including a successful challenge to a part of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program. Mr. Concepción has published articles on a number of employment law topics, including state wage and hour laws, pre-employment criminal background checks, and pre-employment credit checks. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 2009 as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. His firm profile is available here.
- Juan Luis Garcia is an associate attorney in Nixon Peabody’s complex commercial litigation practice group. He has successfully represented business clients in the life sciences, aviation and automotive industries facing product defect and warranty claims, product licensing disputes, contract disputes, as well as anti-trust, commercial defamation and employee /officer disloyalty claims among others. He also advices and represents clients in the data and technology space with regard to privacy and data security and clients in the life sciences and food and beverage industries with regard to product certification, labeling, marketing claims, and similar issues. Juan Luis is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Theodore Roosevelt Inn of Court.
- Johana Londoño is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. She holds a PhD and MPhil in American Studies from the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University and a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Her research and teaching broadly examine Latina/o life and culture in several US cities undergoing urban renewal, immigration, suburbanization, and gentrification. Her articles have been published in American Quarterly, Social Semiotics, Identities, and Occasion. She has contributed to edited volumes on Latino urbanism and the racial politics of consumption. Shorter pieces have appeared in the Antipode Foundation and the Newark-based Star-Ledger. Londoño is currently working on a book manuscript that has benefitted from fellowships at the Ford Foundation, Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program, NYU, Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity at Northeastern University, and Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and Humanities. Her academic profile is available here.
- Manuel Lorenzo is a corporate associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP where he focuses primarily on the establishment and operation of private investment funds, including buyout funds, secondary funds, and co-investment funds. He is also a member of the firm’s diversity committee.
Mr. Lorenzo earned his Juris Doctor in 2014 from Columbia Law School, where he served as a Special Features Editor on the Columbia Journal of Race and Law and was a 2013-2014 Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Cornell University in 2011.
- Sofía Dolores Martos is an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP based in the London office. Ms. Martos’ practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions in Latin America, as well as sovereign debt management. Ms. Martos joined the firm in 2010. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2010, where she was a Furman Academic Scholar and an Articles Editor of the Law Review.
Ms. Martos received her Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007 and an undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa and with university distinction, from Stanford University in 2001. From 2004 to 2005, Ms. Martos was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina.
Ms. Martos is a member of the Bar in New York. Her native languages are Spanish and English, and she is proficient in Portuguese.
- Rachelle Navarro is an associate in the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Ms. Navarro focuses her practice on litigation, including white collar defense and government investigations. Ms. Navarro actively participates in the firm’s pro bono program, including representation of individuals in criminal proceedings and representation of individuals seeking asylum. Ms. Navarro also currently serves as an Associate Editor on the Editorial Board for Litigation Magazine, American Bar Association. Prior to joining Davis Polk & Wardwell, Ms. Navarro was a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. While in law school, Ms. Navarro was a Senior Editor for the Stanford Law and Policy Review and a member of the Stanford Law School Mock Trial Team. She was also a member of Stanford’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, where she represented individuals in deportation proceedings and authored immigration legislation that was introduced in the 111th Congress.
- Jessica Ortiz is a partner at MoloLamken, a litigation and appellate boutique firm. She is the firm's first female partner. Prior to joining MoloLamken, Jessica Ortiz served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York from 2008 until July 2016. From 2014 until her departure, Jessica served as the Chief of the Narcotics Unit where she supervised dozens of AUSAs responsible for hundreds of narcotics and money laundering investigations and prosecutions. Prior to her supervisory appointment, Jessica handled over 100 investigations into complex federal criminal cases including murders, racketeering, fraud and corruption. Jessica tried 15 jury trials to conviction as lead counsel, including a 3-month quadruple murder RICO trial against leaders of the violent street gang, the Trinitarios. Jessica has also briefed and argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Jessica was a law clerk for the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and was an associate at a large international firm. Jessica was one of the recipients of the 2015 True American Hero Award from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation for her work in narcotics prosecutions. Jessica was also recognized as one of the Hispanic National Bar Association's 2016 Top Lawyers Under 40. Ms. Ortiz received her J.D. from University at Buffalo Law School and her B.S. from Syracuse University, both magna cum laude.
- Diana Santos is an associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s Intellectual Property practice. In her practice, Ms. Santos assists a variety of companies in the patent litigations in different forums, including federal district courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the International Trade Commission. Ms. Santos graduated from Fordham University’s School of Law and holds a Master of Laws from the Collège Européen de Paris of the Université Panthéon-Assas, as well as engineering degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
- Rachel Sherman is an associate in the litigation department at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, where her practice focuses on a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. She has represented clients in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, insurance, real estate, and financial industries in both state and federal courts and in arbitration. Ms. Sherman supports the firm’s pro bono practice and has focused on helping disadvantaged children and children with disabilities. Ms. Sherman has also represented indigent clients in federal habeas actions and Article 78 proceedings in New York state court. Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Ms. Sherman served as a law clerk to the Hon. Joel A. Pisano of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and was an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Ms. Sherman graduated from Harvard Law School, where she served as Managing Editor and Submissions Editor of the Latino Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree from The George Washington University.
- Kenny Terrero is a corporate counsel in Sidley Austin LLP’s Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives Practice Group. Kenny has a diverse practice that focuses primarily on a variety of corporate and compliance matters relating to exchange traded funds, ranging from fund structuring, initial public offerings, exchange listings, ongoing fund operations and regulatory compliance.
He also has significant experience representing issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings as well as a wide variety of SEC-registered and exempted capital markets offerings, and other securities law matters, primarily in the REIT and energy industries.
In addition, Mr. Terrero has experience advising clients on the organization, formation and operation of nonprofit organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Dominican Bar Association and is an active member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and LatinoJustice PRLDF.
Mr. Terrero earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School where he was an International Business Law Fellow.