LEGAL TEAM

ELIZABETH DAVID DEMBROWSKY

 

Founder

Admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, and California, Elizabeth's legal work focuses primarily on helping new and emerging social entrepreneurs. As a non-profit executive with over a decade of experience, she has vast experiences in this area and has helped ensure the success and safety of numerous organizations. 

 

She also serves as the Executive Director for Keren Or, Inc., The Jerusalem Center for Blind Children with Multiple Disabilities, a position she has held since 2012. 

 

Elizabeth holds a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School where she attended night school while working fulltime; a Masters in Writing from the University of Warwick, UK where she received the Student Busary Award; and a Bachelors in Psychology from Boston University where she graduated summa cum laude.

 

Elizabeth is a member of the Administrative Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, a Board member of Advancing Jewish Professionals of Greater New York, and a volunteer attorney with the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society. Her immigration works focuses on asylum and family petitions.  

 

Elizabeth is a published poet and novelist. 

VANESSA ROBINSON

​Legal Fellow

Vanessa is a dual Canadian and Brazilian citizen, who was mostly raised in Texas. She attended university at Bates College in Maine and majored in biochemistry and economics. Upon graduation and since moving to New York seven years ago, Vanessa has worked as a bartender, as a scribe at an urgent care, and as a research assistant at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). While at MSKCC, she decided to change her career trajectory and pursue law school because she wanted to empower herself with a skill set that could remedy inequities, like the inequities she witnessed while working in a private research hospital environment. Ultimately she attended and graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 2019. While in law school, Vanessa was heavily involved with public interest law and volunteer work, and has continued to pursue a career in public interest law through her fellowship with Good Counsel Services. 

MARYANNE LIU

​Legal Intern

Maryanne is from Taiwan. Now the lead of the immigration and asylum team at Good Counsel, Maryanne began her internship during her gap year between high school and college. Her background as a Taiwanese drives her passion in politics, international affairs, and law. Maryanne aspires to become an international lawyer adjudicating issues on war and armed conflicts, sovereignty and territorial disputes, human rights, and international criminal law. She hopes to become a lawyer both in her country and in the States. Her internship experiences also include working at NGO United Way Taiwan and political consulting firm The Advance Group. 

AYDA AMARE

​Legal Intern

Ayda is an incoming second year law student at Boston University School of Law. Ayda graduated magna cum laude in 2019 from the Ohio State University. She attended Ohio State on a full scholarship as a Morrill Scholar Distinction Award recipient. Ayda is Co-Vice President of BU’s Black Law Student Association and is heavily involved with pro bono work. At Good Counsel, Ayda leads the Intellectual Property team and works within the Social Impact team. Ayda is eager to further explore the intersectionality of for-profit companies and social impact. 

MORIAH SON

​Legal Intern

Raised in NY, Moriah graduated from Cornell University in 2014 and is now a rising 2L at Brooklyn Law School. Moriah’s interest in small businesses stems from her family business. She is excited to intern at Good Counsel Services, Inc. in order to gain hands-on experience and expand her exposure to various fields of law.   

LEANDER COHEN

​Legal Intern

Born and raised in New York City, Leander is entering his third year at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where he studies Political Science/International Relations and Arabic. A member of the immigration and asylum team, he is interested in immigration and international human rights law, but also excited to gain exposure to a number of different fields of law during his time at Good Counsel. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in law, international relations, and/or public policy. 

KHONDKER HOSSAIN

​Legal Intern

Graduated from Stony Brook University, in 2017, with a major in American History and a minor in English. Currently a 2L, attending Brooklyn Law School, with interests in Employment Law, Corporate Law, White Collar Crime, and Securities Regulation

SOFIA KAUFMAN

​Legal Intern

Bio: Sofia is a rising 2L at Brooklyn Law School. She has a double BA in Political Science and History from Allegheny College. Before attending law school, she worked for Arnold Ventures on their Criminal Justice Initiative and for Elizabeth Rose Consulting. 

KENDAL VASSAR

​Legal Intern

Kendal Vassar is a remote intern from Atlanta, GA. She is a rising sophomore at Michigan State University majoring in Political Science on the Prelaw track. She is the head of the belonging team and a member of the nonprofit and civil rights teams. Growing up in the "Black Mecca" has inspired her interest in social justice and activism. After graduating from MSU, Kendal plans to pursue a law degree.

ANDREW SENEVIRATNE

​Legal Intern

Andrew graduated from Tulane University in 2019 with a Political Science and Philosophy double-major. Andrew joined Good Counsel after completing his 1st year at the George Washington University Law School. Andrew is leading Good Counsel’s social impact and civil rights workgroups, working with change-makers and innovators to transform their ideas into agents of social change. He hopes to have a career counseling and advocating for public interest and social justice initiatives, particularly those which serve his hometown New York City.

SAMANTHA CLAUDIO

​Legal Intern

Samantha is currently completing her last year of college, majoring in International Business at a Mexican University. She is currently focusing on Operations, Finance, and Business Development in general with Good Counsel’s client, Future Meets Present. She wants to focus her career on the private sector – owning a business or being CEO of a transnational corporation – but always giving back to people in need and supporting the global community. She loves business, finance, helping people, ecology, feminism, and fashion. She also loves traveling and getting to know people from different cultures and backgrounds.

CARRIE NIELSEN

​Legal Intern

Carrie is a remote legal intern from Saginaw, Michigan. She is a sophomore at Michigan State University, where she majors in Sociology and Economics. Her experiences volunteering with refugees inspired her to seek out an internship where she could learn more about asylum law and advocate for those seeking asylum in the United States. After she graduates, she hopes to pursue a career in public policy.

GIULIO RICCIARDI

​Legal Intern

Giulio is currently a rising third-year law student at Fordham Law and is a Legal Intern with the Social Impact team. Giulio graduated in 2018 with his Bachelor's in History from Fordham University. Giulio is primarily interested in business and transactional law and is excited to explore his interests and gain exposure to various areas of law with Good Counsel Services.

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