Class of 2013

Kristin Pezzuti
Kristin graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a bachelor of science in psychology, a minor in English, and a concentration in American studies. While a student at Fordham, Kristin mentored Bronx youth for Epiphany Mentoring, led New York City HOPE (Homeless Outreach Population Estimate) Counts in 2009 and 2010, and was a “big sister” at Bronx Psychiatric Hospital. Through her participation in Fordham’s Global Outreach, she traveled to Lima, Peru, where she helped rebuild a park, attended lectures on globalization, visited a local orphanage, and stayed with a Peruvian family. In addition to her volunteer positions, Kristin has worked as a teacher’s aide for America Reads and Counts Challenge at P.S. 59 in the Bronx, a college tutor for Fordham’s Higher Education Opportunity Program, and a Summer Study instructor for a creative and expository writing class at the University of Vermont.

As an undergraduate student, Kristin interned at the Westchester County Family Court, as well as the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, Special Prosecutions, Domestic Violence Unit. Kristin returned to the Westchester County Family Court after her first year of law school to intern with the Honorable Kathie Davidson.

Kristin is currently a staff member on the Hofstra Law Review and is writing her note about higher education opportunities for youth in foster care.

Brittany Reiner
Brittany graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Family Studies and Human Development. Brittany’s parents have provided a home for foster children for over 22 years and adopted Brittany when she was almost seven years old. Her experience in the Arizona foster care system and interaction with the one-hundred plus children her parents have fostered has developed Brittany’s interest in child advocacy. During her years at the University of Arizona, Brittany interned with the Tucson Center for Women and Children, teaching a Violence Prevention Program to children ages six through eight who had been exposed to domestic violence in their homes, and with Aviva Children’s Group.

Since beginning law school, Brittany has interned with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) New York City. Currently, she 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. 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.

Courtney Rodriguez
Courtney received a B.A. in Crime, Law, and Justice from Pennsylvania State University in 2008. While at Penn State, she served as Training Director of the Student Governments’ Legal Affairs branch. During her three-year involvement with Legal Affairs she was responsible for representing students facing disciplinary sanctions at the university as well as training new members.

After graduation from Penn State, Courtney joined Teach For America’s 2008 corps and was placed as a 5th grade teacher in the Bronx neighborhood in which she was raised. During her final year as a teacher, Courtney’s efforts were recognized by Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network who honored her with the 2010 Woman of Excellence Award.

Since beginning law school, Courtney has interned with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) New York City. Currently, she 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. Next semester, Courtney will facilitate the Youth Advocacy Center’s Getting Beyond the System® Self-Advocacy Seminar at Hofstra Law.

Ariana Sanai
Ariana graduated in May 2010 from Brandeis University with degrees in psychology and sociology. While at Brandeis she was a member of the Women’s Tennis Team, the Planning Committee for Relay for Life, and the Waltham Group, a community service organization. She also spent a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. After her first year of law school, Ariana interned with the New York Center for Juvenile Justice.

Camile Tucker
Camile was born and raised on the island of Jamaica. She graduated in May 2007, Magna Cum Laude, from Defiance College in Ohio with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. While at Defiance, Camile was involved in community service projects, both locally and internationally. She worked with inner city youth, participated in the America Reads and Big Brothers Big Sisters programs, and assisted with the construction of homes in Jamaica and New Orleans both before and after Hurricane Katrina. Camile also conducted research in Cambodia on Domestic Violence and interned with Legal Aid of Northwest Ohio and the Defiance County District Attorney’s Office. After graduating from Defiance College, Camile worked as a Juvenile Correction Officer at the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention Center and a Career Transition Specialist with Job Corps, securing employment for young adults completing vocational trades.

Now a student at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Camile is a staff member on the Family Court Review, the academic and research journal of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). She also facilitates the Youth Advocacy Center’s Getting Beyond the System® Self-Advocacy Seminar at Hofstra Law.