Class of 2007

Casie McGee

Assistant Professor, Mountwest Community and Technical College

Casie McGee became involved with several student groups focused on political advocacy while earning degrees in English and mathematics as a Yeager Scholar at Marshall University.

She helped re-establish the Lambda Society, Marshall’s LGBT student group, and served as president for two years. She was the first president and co-founder of the Marshall University Civil Liberties Union.

Casie also held positions as Marshall University’s LGBT Outreach Office co-coordinator, and co-chair of the LGBT Affairs Subcommittee of the Marshall University Commission on Multiculturalism.

She served on the board of directors for the ACLU of West Virginia and interned with the organization on its Legislative and Freedom of Speech projects.

Off campus, she organized lobbying efforts to block anti-gay Huntington City Council initiatives.

Upon coming to Hofstra Law, Casie ran for and was elected as 1L representative for the Student Bar Association.

She worked to coordinate the efforts of the three LGBT groups on campus, allowing the groups to work more efficiently and cooperatively. In her effort to bring the groups together, she started a Pride Week. She also served as president of People Responding to the Issues of Sexual Minorities (PRISM).

Casie also joined the LGBT Legal Association of Greater New York (LeGaL) and served on its board of directors.

After her first year of law school, Casie interned with Rainbow Pride of West Virginia. She spent part of her second summer in Washington, D.C., interning for the Liberty Education Forum, an LGBT political activism think tank.

Then, she went to Amsterdam for a study abroad program on LGBT legal issues from an international perspective.

Joseph Passoni

Compliance Consultant, Promontory Financial Group, LLC

Joseph Passoni graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 2000. During college, Joseph volunteered with LGBT rights groups both on and off campus.

After graduating, he continued volunteering at the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Community Center in New York City, the largest such center in the country. He worked with both the public policy and promote the vote committees.

At Hofstra Law, Joseph was involved with People Responding to the Issues of Sexual Minorities (PRISM) and interned at Masliah & Soloway, where he worked on political asylum cases on behalf of individuals who were persecuted in their native countries because of their status as transgender, homosexual and lesbian individuals.

Joseph was also a member of the Hofstra Law Review.