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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


 


 

Rodney Pepe-Souvenir, President

Rodney L. Pepe-Souvenir, who currently serves as HALANY's President for 2020, is an experienced attorney who began her career in New York where she focused on public interest law. First as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County, and then as a Special Assistant Corporation Counsel with the Administration for Children’s Services. Furthering her career Ms. Pepe-Souvenir moved to Georgia where she continued her legal career working with the law firm of King & Spalding, and then was a senior intern with the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office in their Interstate Child Support Unit. 

Currently Ms. Pepe-Souvenir is the University Title IX Director with the City University of New York (CUNY). Prior to joining CUNY’s she worked in the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office of the New York City Fire Department investigating complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment; and training FDNY personnel and EMTs in Equal Employment Opportunity matters. Most recently Ms. Pepe-Souvenir worked as an Affirmative Action Administrator with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Her areas of expertise covers sexual assault and harassment, employment discrimination, child protection, and labor and employment law. 

Ms. Pepe-Souvenir graduated from Pace University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications, and earned a Juris Doctorate from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is admitted to practice in both New York and Massachusetts.

Rodney sits on several boards with in the community. She is the chair of the Global Trauma Research board, an organization that provides much needed mental health training to areas where people have been struck by natural disaster and tragedy; and is a member of the Advisory Board for Urban Resources Institute (URI), a non-for-profit agency that provides assistance and temporary housing to survivors of domestic violence and their families. Rodney is committed to working in the her local community on such issues as mentoring of young people, working with local elected officials and churches to provide legal information and support.


 

Bellonne Pierre-Canel, Vice President

Bellonne Pierre-Canel currently serves as HALANY’s Vice-President for 2020. Bellonne is a first generation Haitian American who was born and raised in New York City. Bellonne received her Bachelor of Arts from Long Island University, and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) at Touro Law School, where she completed her J.D. focusing on public interest law.  Bellonne currently works with the New York City Department of Education as a Title IX Attorney and Acts as liaison with DOE schools and borough offices in matters related to Title IX compliance.

Following her passion for public interest law, Bellonne began her career as a Tenants attorney where she represented low income and elderly tenants, who were facing eviction at the Manhattan and Queens Housing Courts. She then practiced as an Agency Attorney at the Law Enforcement Bureau at the NYC Commission on Human Rights, a City agency that enforces the City Human Rights Law, one of the most robust civil rights laws in the nation. Bellonne received her Bachelor of Arts from Long Island University, and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) at Touro Law School, where she completed her J.D.

Bellonne joined as a HALANY member in 2017 and served as a member of the Board of Directors in 2019. Bellonne is also a member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, and the New York City Bar Association.

 

 


Natasha Delille, Treasurer

Natasha Delille currently serves as Treasure for HALANY. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Natasha was raised by a single, teenaged mother who immigrated from Haiti. 

Natasha studied abroad in Spain while completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Upon graduation she moved to Spain to teach high school ESL. After a three-year break, Natasha moved to Virginia to attend Regent University School of Law. While in law school she completed internships in India and in Austria. Natasha moved back to NYC after taking and passing the NY Bar exam.

Natasha currently works as a law clerk to Hon. Wavny Toussaint, an Associate Justice of the New York State Appellate Term-Supreme Court. 



Elizabeth Lundi, Secretary

Elizabeth Lundi currently serves as HALANY’s Secretary for the 2019 term. Elizabeth is a Queens, N.Y. native and first-generation American, who spent her formative years in Jérémie, Haiti. Elizabeth earned her juris doctor from Rutgers Law School in 2014. During law school, she was heavily involved in immigrant advocacy and served as a Haitian-Creole interpreter for Human Rights First and the Essex County Family Justice Center. 

Since beginning her career, Elizabeth has been a committed public servant having worked at various NYC agencies. She currently serves at the Deputy Director of Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity & Inclusion at the NYC Department of Buildings where she counsels senior management on labor and employment related legal issues and helps develop and implement the organization's diversity and inclusion efforts.

Elizabeth credits her Haitian heritage for shaping many of her core values, the most important of which is her commitment to service. She is a Big Sister mentor, a dedicated member of the Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, as well as the public service organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 

Elizabeth is passionate about Haiti and her people and possesses a heartfelt interest in justice and fairness. She has worked diligently as a HALANY member, and now officer, to advance HALANY to the next level of advocacy and attorney development.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Esther Cajuste

Esther is a New York City native and first-generation American of Haitian descent.  She was recruited during the 7th grade to join Prep for Prep, an educational leadership development program that prepares and places inner city students of color into independent schools and provide ongoing support for life changing opportunities. Through Prep for Prep, Esther attended Kent School, a boarding school in Connecticut, and served on the Senior Council and as a Dorm Prefect.  She was the only Haitian on campus.  Esther earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Psychoanalytic Studies from Boston College and her Juris Doctorate from American University Washington College of Law (WCL) in Washington, D.C.  At WCL, she served as Treasurer for BLSA, a Student Attorney in the Criminal Justice Defense Clinic, and as Senior Marketing Editor for The Modern American - the only publication at WCL dedicated to diversity in the law.  Esther's most meaningful law school experience was as a Teaching Fellow with the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Program, teaching Constitutional and Criminal Law to inner-city high school students. Upon graduation, Esther was selected as a Stoneleigh Foundation Emerging Leader Fellow to research the educational rights of children living in homelessness in Philadelphia.  Moving back home to NYC, Esther litigated cases in Queens Family Court, representing parents in child abuse and neglect cases.  Upon moving back to NY, Esther served on the Women in the Courts Task Force with the New York City Bar Assoctaion and as the Assistant Law Clerk for Justice Robert R. Reed in NYS Supreme Civil Court.  She is now the Senior Court Attorney for Judge Ariel Chesler in Bronx Family Court and serves on the Committee for Bar Leaders with the New York State Bar Association.  She is admitted to practice law in both New York and New Jersey and firmly believes that her career in the profession will change and improve the narrative of lawyers of color, Haitian and ethnic descent.  


Joam Alisme

Joam Alisme is a first generation immigrant from Haiti. He moved with his parents to the United States when he was twelve years old. After graduating from high school, Mr. Alisme joined the U.S. Air Force and served on active duty for four years. Upon being honorably discharged from the military and receiving his undergraduate degree, Mr. Alisme decided to attend New York Law School. While in law school, Mr. Alisme served as President of the Black Law Students Association, board member of the Student Bar Association, and member of the Moot Court Association. Mr. Alisme also interned for the Federal Defenders of New York, Southern District, for the New York State Attorney General’s Office and for the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York.


After graduating from law school, Mr. Alisme worked as a Court Attorney to a New York State Supreme Court Judge for three years. He then took on a one-year legal fellowship at Everytown for Gun Safety, a nationally recognized non-profit organization. After the fellowship, Mr. Alisme decided to pursue a career in private practice and worked as a litigation associate at the law firm Ganfer Shore Leeds and Zauderer LLP. Mr. Alisme then decided to start his own law practice. Mr. Alisme is currently the owner and founding member of Alisme Law LLC, a law firm that specializes in business litigation, real estate litigation, and real estate transactions.

Mr. Alisme actively supports his law school alma mater. He currently serves on the school’s Alumni Board of Directors and has served as Special Assistant to the Dean for Students and Graduate Success. Mr. Alisme is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Small Law Firm Committee. He is an affiliated member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and the Brooklyn Bar Association.

 



 

 

Kimberly Gay

Kimberly Gay is a first generation Haitian-American who was born and raised in Washington D.C. Following her lifelong passion of serving the public, Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from Saint John's University in 2009, then worked in various positions at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit before attending law school. In 2017, Kimberly earned her Juris Doctor from New York Law School where she attended law school as an evening student while working full time at the Second Circuit as a Judicial Assistant to the Honorable Jon O. Newman. While in law school, Kimberly served as Treasurer and Moot Court Chair for the Black Law Students Association and was a student advocate with the Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families where she represented people who were denied marriage licenses because they were victims of identity theft. Upon graduation from law school, Kimberly began her law career at the Bronx District Attorneys Office where she currently works as an Assistant District Attorney. Kimberly hopes to use the knowledge and legal skills she has acquired to make an impact on her community. 



Sherbune Paul


Sherbune (Sher) Paul is a first generation Haitian-American who is passionate about public service and social justice. Sher is the Supervising Attorney of the Appeals, Recruitment, Training and Seizures (“ARTS”) Unit of the Prosecution Division at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. Sher supervises prosecutors who specialize in seizure matters, civil forfeiture and drafting Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings appeals. Sher is a faculty instructor and provides CLE training for prosecutors, as well as specialized training for TLC Uniformed Services Bureau Enforcement Officers. Sher is a zealous advocate and litigator, prior to her work at TLC, Sher prosecuted cases of child abuse and neglect at the Administration for Children’s Services. Sher volunteers with the Safe Passage Project to assist undocumented immigrants by providing free Haitian Creole interpretation services. Sher also volunteers on the Board of Directors at the Civil Service Bar Association where she defends the interests of her fellow agency attorneys. Sher is a graduate of New York Law School and a proud member of the NYLS Alumni Association Board of Directors. Sher was admitted to the New York Bar in 2017. 

 

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