Class of 2012

Orly Bertel
Orly graduated from Cornell University with a major in Policy Analysis and Management and a minor in Family and Social Welfare. While an undergraduate student, Orly participated in a volunteer program which paired elementary school students with college students in order to teach them public speaking skills.  She also interned at the Nassau County District Attorney's Office and the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County.

Since beginning law school, Orly has interned with the Honorable Edmund Dane at the Nassau County Family Court and with Lawyers for Children.  As a 2L, she assisted in the development and maintenance of the Family Law Education Reform Project (FLER) website and facilitated the Youth Advocacy Center’s Getting Beyond the System® Self-Advocacy Seminar at Hofstra Law.  During her final year of law school, Orly participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic where she had the opportunity to represent children under the supervision of a faculty member. Currently, Orly is a staff member on the Family Court Review, the academic and research journal of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), which is published in corporation with Hofstra Law’s Center for Children, Families and the Law.

Hilary Casper
Hilary graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in International Relations. While at Bucknell, Hilary served as a tutor to elementary school students with special-needs and interned with the Lewisburg Prison Project, assisting prison inmates and their families overcome injustices in the legal system; she also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans and Hawaii, helping families rebuild their homes and communities after natural disasters, and she worked with Justice For Children International, advocating on behalf of the survivors of child sex slavery and exploitation.

After her first year of law school, Hilary interned with the Honorable Julianne S. Eisman at the Nassau County Family Court.  During her second year, she facilitated the Youth Advocacy Center’s Getting Beyond the System® Self-Advocacy Seminar at Hofstra and was a Research Assistant for Professor Andrew Schepard, working with the Association of Family and Conciliation Court’s (AFCC) Interdisciplinary Child Custody Consultant Task Force.  Hilary has co-presented “Ethical Challenges for Family Lawyers in the 21st Century” at the AFCC Regional Conference in Indianapolis and “Family Law Education Reform and the Family Law Judiciary” at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in New York City.  She is currently a Notes and Comments Editor for the Hofstra Law Review and works at the law firm of Abrams Fensterman, handling matrimonial cases.

Gina Choe
Gina graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007 with a B.A. in International Development Studies and minor in English. While an undergraduate student, Gina served as a volunteer staff member and mentor to middle and high school students at All Nations Church in Irvine, California. Gina also worked at a small family law firm in Santa Monica, interned with the U.S. Department of Education, and studied the intricacies of nonprofit management at Community Partners, an organization that extends fiscal sponsorship to budding social entrepreneurial projects.

After her first year of law school, Gina interned with the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles. In her second year, she worked with the American Bar Association’s Youth at Risk Commission to draft a report in support of youth courts. She returned to L.A. after her second year, to intern with a law firm that represents individuals seeking political asylum. Currently, Gina is a staff member on the Family Court Review, the academic and research journal of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), which is published in corporation with Hofstra’s Center for Children, Families and the Law.

Erin McGrath
Erin received her B.S. in Marketing from Providence College. During her time there, Erin worked with after school programs for inner city children and volunteered at local soup kitchens. After graduation, Eric traveled to Guguletu, South Africa, where she worked in a children’s crèche teaching and caring for severely impoverished children. Erin’s interest in child and family advocacy stemmed from her family’s involvement with the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Host Family Program. Families in the program act as a host for children who are granted extended visiting rights with their mothers while they are incarcerated in New York State’s only maximum security prison for women.

As a Fellow, Erin has completed two summer internships, one with the Honorable Jane Pearl in the Bronx Family Court and a second with the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Child Obscenity & Exploitation. Erin has also assisted the American Bar Association’s Youth at Risk Commission to draft a report in support of youth courts. Currently, Erin is a Managing Editor of Articles for the Family Court Review, the academic and research journal of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), published in corporation with Hofstra’s Center for Children, Families and the Law. She is also working with the New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children to plan a National Leadership Summit on School Justice Partnerships – Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court. The Summit will take place in March 2012.