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Good Counsel Services, Inc.

Centre for Social Innovation

601 West 26th Street, Suite 325/108

New York, NY, 10001

Phone: 718-598-3481

Email: elizabeth@goodcounselinc.org

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LEGAL TEAM

ELIZABETH DAVID DEMBROWSKY

Secretary of Board

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. 

SAM MESSA

Legal Intern

Sam recently moved back to New York after graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and currently he is in the process of applying for admission to the NY Bar. While at USC he helped found the Legal Entrepreneurship Club, which educated law students about non-traditional ways in which they can use their  law degree. Previously, Sam worked at South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation within the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. He chose to volunteer with Good Counsel because he believes it is his duty to use his legal training to assist in making quality legal services more accessible and available to everyone. What interests Sam the most about Good Counsel is the work with socially conscious businesses. He thinks too often people with great ideas are discouraged from developing them further, due to the complex legal and regulatory issues that are related to starting a business. Sam hopes to help guide these social entrepreneurs through the legal hurdles that they may face, so that they can focus on the core mission of their businesses.

KATIUSKA MOURE

Legal Intern

Katiuska is an attorney from Venezuela, currently residing in NYC. She has a focus on International Law which made her pursuit a master’s in international law in Spain. From there Katiuska realized the importance of having a global approach and being able to practice law in different countries which made her come to the US and try to take the New York Bar Exam. Currently, She is a student at Brooklyn Law School in the L.L.M. Program, and she chose Good Counsel Services to do her Pro Bono because of its dedication to Immigration Law and Business Law. Katiuska has gained a lot of experience working for Good Counsel Services and she thinks it’s great to work along people from different places.

EVAN TSEVDOS

​Legal Intern

Evan is in his second year at Fordham Law School and a registered CPA in the state of New York. Evan graduated in 2012 with his Bachelors in Accounting and in 2013 with his Masters in Tax from Fordham University. Prior to attending law school, Evan worked in the M& A tax group for a large international accounting firm and then as an accountant for a manufacturing and engineering firm. Evan currently still performs tax and accounting consulting services and wants to expand his knowledge into helping his clients with all of their business needs. Evan is excited to explore his interest in business and transactional law and gain exposure to various areas of law with Good Counsel Services, Inc. this fall.. Jacqueline is excited to explore her interest in intellectual property and gain exposure to various areas of law with Good Counsel Services, Inc. this summer. 

NICOLE WALKER

​Legal Intern

Nicole is an aspiring lawyer from London. She graduated last year with a History degree from York and completed her Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) in September 2019. Nicole is interested in international corporate law but is looking forward to working on the range of legal projects that Good Counsel Services offers. When she returns to the UK, Nicole will start a paralegaling position in London before commencing her Masters in Theory and History of International Relations at LSE in Autumn 2020.

DIANA FLOREZ

​Legal Intern

Diana is a Colombian attorney with two years of experience practicing law in her home country. She completed her L.L.M. at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia; she is planning to sit for the N.Y. state bar exam next July. Good Counsel Services, Inc., which provides legal support to social entrepreneurs and immigrant people, encouraged her to be part of the legal intern team. She is excited to learn more about non-profits and immigration law. Most importantly, she is committed to using her knowledge and experience as a foreign attorney to contribute to Good Counsel Services, Inc. 

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. 

PAST INTERNS

 

ANNA FRANDSEN

​Legal Intern

Anna is our legal intern coming from Copenhagen, Denmark. She is about to begin her final year at the University of Copenhagen to complete her master degree in law. Anna has been a board member in the Danish Legal Debate Society at her University and been the Editor of the University's journal, "Stud.Jur.".  Besides from law school, she is working in the department for Labour and Employment Law for the Law firm DLA Piper Denmark. Anna was an exchange student at Fordham Law School, New York, in the fall 2018 and is therefore looking forward to work with law as an legal intern at Good Counsel Services, inc. Anna is excited to explore her interest in Employment Law through the US legal system and gain exposure to various areas of laws with Good Counsel Services, Inc. 

Miriam is a final year undergraduate law student at Lancaster University. She currently resides in London, England. Choosing a career path in law was something she developed a passion for through her exposure to the different forms of law. Miriam chose to work at Good counsel Services because of its outlined aims to help the social entrepreneurs and start up businesses who may need legal services for the functioning of their work. Without access to adequate legal services, matters which could have easily been resolved had the right procedure being followed may lead to an elongated consequence. Hence, this is why she chose to GCS as a platform by which she can put her knowledge into practical use. Good Counsel Services has and continues to prepare aspiring lawyers to gain excellent work experience through the structured work plan here. As such, with Miriam's aim of qualifying as a lawyer, she can successfully give back to the community as a social benefit.

MIRIAM KWATENG

​Legal Intern