Alumni Leading the Way in Government and Non-Profits

Miami Law alumni are impacting all cross sections of the law, from Big Law to government, to non-profits, to the military.
Alumni Leading the Way in Government and Non-Profits
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For public interest engagement and social justice training, Miami Law has built an exceptional culture in and out of the classroom over the years. 

Students have multiple opportunities to prepare for careers in these areas, with an array of public interest opportunities through clinics, externships, and advocacy projects. The institutional commitment is also visible in the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center, which administers fellowships locally, nationally, and internationally. Through joint degrees focusing on advocacy and concentrations in social justice and immigration, students leave Miami Law ready to lead in the public sector.

Meet Alumni Making Their Mark in Non-Profits and Government


Gregory Accarino, J.D. '15
Senior Counsel, Special Federal Litigation Division, New York City Law Department
New York, NY

DeAnna D. Allen, J.D. ‘96
President, National Association of Women Lawyers
Chicago, IL

Natalie Barefoot, J.D. ‘05
Senior Attorney, International Oceans, Earthjustice
San Francisco, CA

Travis Bird, J.D. ‘01
Commonwealth’s Attorney for the County Spotsylvania
Fredericksburg, VA

Mara Bloom, J.D. '94 
Senior Vice President, Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Michael A. Brodack, J.D. '99
Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Division of the New York Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation
New York, NY

Andrew Carter, J.D. ’06
Senior Conservation Policy Analyst, Defenders of Wildlife
Washington, DC

Deborah Enix-Ross, J.D. ‘81
President, American Bar Association
Chicago, IL

Fara Gold, J.D. ’03
Attorney Advisor, Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC

Michele Korver, J.D. '01
Chief Digital Currency Advisor, Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
Washington, DC

Danielle Camner Lindholm, J.D. ‘95
Director of National Security Policy, U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC

Lucia Mendez, J.D. ’99
Associate Regional Counsel, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Atlanta, GA

Joshua Mintz, J.D. ’81 
Vice-President and General Counsel at MacArthur Foundation 
Chicago, IL 

Esther Feuer Panitch, J.D. ’95 
Georgia State House of Representative, District 51, Georgia General Assembly
Atlanta, GA

Mike Pieciak, J.D. ‘09
Vermont State Treasurer, State of Vermont
Montpelier, VT

Joy Purcell, J.D. ’08
Senior Attorney, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
New York, NY

Kevin Roach, J.D. ’08
Senior Attorney, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Rockville, MD

Brian Sattler, J.D./LL.M. ’16 in Maritime Law
Enforcement Division Chief, U.S. Coast Guard
Los Angeles, CA

Lauren Lee Schewel, J.D. ‘14
Chair, LIFE Skills Foundation
Durham, NC

Robert Warr Jr, LL.M. '08 in Real Property Development
Director, Army National Guard Trial Defense Service
Woodbridge, VA

Megan Greider Weigand, J.D. ‘08
Senior Assistant Attorney General, State of Alaska
Anchorage, AK

Amir Whitaker, J.D. ’14
Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA


Drew Aiken, J.D./LL.M. ’12 in International Law
Humanitarian Affairs and Advocacy Manager, Doctors Without Borders (Analyse et Plaidoyer, Médecins Sans Frontières)
Juba, South Sudan

Markus Ederer, LL.M. ’85
Ambassador of the European Union to Russia
Brussels, Belgium

Heather Felix-Evans, LL.M. '96 in International Law
High Court Judge, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
Castries, Saint Lucia

Doris Konig, LL.M. ’82 in Comparative Law
Vice President of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany and presiding Justice of the Second Senate, Professor and Claussen Simon Chair for International Law, and Former President of Bucerius Law School
Karlsruhe, Germany

Ryan Pinder, J.D./LL.M. '01 in International Tax
Attorney General, Government of The Bahamas
Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas

Roselyn Ramos, J.D. ’08
Political-Economic Chief, U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Embassy
Algiers, Algeria

Donald Wagner, J.D. '12
Senior Associate General Counsel, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command
Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany


Hilarie Bass, J.D. '81
President and Founder, The Bass Institute for Diversity & Inclusion
Miami, FL

Ravi Brammer, J.D. ’93
Chief Assistant Attorney General, Child Support Enforcement Bureau, Florida Office of the Attorney General
Miami, FL

Eric Bustillo, J.D. '89
Director, Miami Regional Office, Securities and Exchange Commission

Elizabeth Fata Carpenter, J.D. ‘16
Managing Attorney, Everglades Law Center
Miami, FL

Gail Dotson, J.D. '91
Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Miami, FL

Jeffrey M. Fine, J.D. ’67
Chairman, The Alma Jennings Foundation
Miami, FL

Evan Goldman, J.D. ‘99
Executive Director, Public Affairs, Jewish Federation
Davie, FL

Pauline Green, J.D. ‘14
Executive Director, The Alliance for LGBTQ Youth
Miami, FL

Karen Ladis, J.D. '90
Executive Director, Dade Legal Aid and Put Something Back Pro Bono Project
Miami, FL

Carlos Martinez, J.D. ’90
The Public Defender, Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
Miami, FL

Victoria Mendez, J.D. '00
City Attorney, City of Miami
Miami, FL

Lesley Mendoza, J.D. ‘02
Executive Director, CABA (Cuban-American Bar Association) Pro Bono Project
Miami, FL

Ana Veiga Milton, J.D. ’93
President, The Jose Milton Foundation
Coral Gables, FL

Monica Vigues-Pitan, J.D. ’03
Executive Director, Legal Services of Greater Miami
Miami, FL

Miami Law’s Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Pro Bono, Marni Lennon, is not surprised by the number of graduates who go on to lead in these areas. She sees it as “a reflection of the values of our school, our students, faculty and alumni, working together to facilitate access to justice from all aspects of law practice and leadership.”

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