Yeniliz Peguero, B.A., Macaulay Honors College at CSI, 2020; J.D. (Expected), Cardozo Law School, Class of 2024. Yeniliz graduated with a 3.8 GPA and completed a dual major in Political Science and Philosophy, as well as a minor in Italian. While at CSI Yeniliz interned at the office of then city council member Jumaane Williams. She later worked as a field organizer on Max Rose’s congressional campaign and Tali Farhadian Weinstein’s campaign for Manhattan DA. She received a full tuition scholarship from Cardozo for each of her three years.
Taylor Lepore, B.S., Macaulay Honors College at CSI, Class of 2019; J.D. (Expected), New York Law School, Class of 2022. Taylor majored in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at CSI. She receives an annual scholarship in the amount of $40,000 at New York Law School. She is a member of the Media, Entertainment, and Fashion Law Association, with a focus on intellectual property.
Anastasia Velkov, B.A. Psychology, Minor in Marketing, CSI, 2018; J.D. (Expected), Roger Williams Law School, 2024. Anastasia graduated from CSI with a GPA of 3.6. She worked as a paralegal at a Real Estate Law firm before beginning law school in the Fall of 2021. She attends Roger Williams Law School in Connecticut on a partial scholarship.
Peter Carle, B.A., CSI; J.D. (Expected), New York Law School, 2024. Peter majored in Accounting at CSI and graduated with a 3.23 GPA. He was a part of the swim team for all of his four years at the college and was named team captain his senior year. He also interned with the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office, working for the Immigrant Rights and Affairs Bureau. He received an annual scholarship in the amount of $35,000 from New York Law.
Katelyn Goetten, B.A., CSI (Verrazano Honors College), Class of 2020, J.D. (Expected), Cardozo Law School, Class of 2023. Katelyn maintained a 3.8 GPA throughout college while majoring in both History and English Literature. She interned at the American Geographic Society as a newsletter writer and blog editor. She was also docent at the American Museum of Natural History, Fraunces Tavern Museum and the Hamilton Grange National Memorial. I also was the Vice President and then President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). She received an annual scholarship from Cardozo in the amount of $22,000.
Anastasia Hayes, B.A., Macaulay Honors College at CSI (Italian Studies and Geography), 2017; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2023 (expected). While at CSI, Ana conducted an independent study in Sicily and participated in two U.S. Department of State internships. She credits these experiences with her interest in international law and hopes to work in the Office of the Legal Adviser upon graduating.
Jake Haymes, B.A., CSI, Class of 2020; J.D. (Expected), Brooklyn Law School, Class of 2023. Jake majored in Political Science at CSI and graduated with a 3.5 GPA. In 2018, an internship with the Honorable Pamela K. Chen stimulated his interest in studying law. Jake received an annual scholarship from Brooklyn Law School in the amount of $46,000.
Paul Piccirello, B.A., CSI Macaulay Honors, 2017, J.D., Cornell University School of Law, 2022 (expected). Paul majored in political science at CSI, minored in writing, and took various internships during study. He volunteered at Staten Island’s District Congressional Office, and worked in the CUNY Service & Culture Corps at Historic Richmondtown. He was admitted to the Cornell University School of Law in 2019 with a merit scholarship. He plans to pursue a career in intellectual property law.
Christina Pasaturo, B.S., CSI, Class of 2018, majored in finance with a minor in management. Christina holds the Staten Island record for most total points scored across a career in women’s basketball. She graduated cum laude in 2018 and accepted a full tuition scholarship to New York Law School. In 2019, Christina worked as a judicial intern for Justice Ling-Cohan for trial and appellate term.
Victoria Ventimiglia, B.S., CSI (Macaulay Honors College), Class of 2017, is a third-year law student at New York Law School. She is interested in confronting economic and social justice issues. Her interests include antitrust and copyright and trademark law, criminal law, and public interest law.
Rachel Postiglione, B.A., CSI (Verrazano Honors School), Class of 2017; J.D. St. John’s University Law School, expected Class of 2020. At the College, Rachel maintained a GPA of 3.7. She majored in Political Science with a minor in Legal Studies. She interned in Councilman Joe Borelli’s office as part of the Daniel C. Kramer Internship program, and worked at the Staten Island Advance throughout her college career. Rachel attends St. John’s University Law School where she receives an annual scholarship in the amount of $50,000.
James Raio, B.A., CSI (Macaulay Honors College), Class of 2017; J.D., Fordham Law School, Class of 2020 (expected). James graduated from CSI with a 3.9 GPA. He majored in Political Science, with minors in both Legal Studies and Economics. During his time at CSI, James studied abroad in Florence, Italy. He also interned at the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office. James received is in his first year at Fordham Law School, where he is the recipient of an annual scholarship in the amount of $35,000).
George D. Adames graduated from CSI in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science. He received his J.D. from CUNY Law School 2019. He is currently an Assistant District Attorney, Richmond County.
Jordan A. Weiner, B.A., The Verrazano School at CSI, 2014; J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 2018. Jordan graduated from CSI Magna Cum Laude with honors in Political Science and minors in History and Philosophy. Upon graduation he was recognized as a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Award and Robert J. Schwenk Political Science award. He received a partial scholarship to attend Brooklyn Law School. He has interned with the Supreme Court Richmond County, the Office of the Self-Represented, and the Children’s Law Center. He is currently an associate at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP.
Nolan DeBrowner, CSI, Class of 2015, majored in Political Science. During his college career, he interned at the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Assembly under Joe Borelli, a SuperPAC, and at a local political consulting firm. After graduating, Nolan took the LSAT and began tutoring students for the test independently and for a number of prep companies. He also worked as a legislative aide for State Assemblyman Matthew Titone. Nolan is now in his first year at Cardozo Law School, where he is the recipient of a full tuition scholarship in the amount of 54,000 per year.
Matthew Vuotto is a graduate of the College of Staten Island’s Macaulay Honors College Class of 2016. He majored in Political Science and Psychology as well as completing a minor in Legal Studies. During his time at the College, he interned with the Staten Island Family Court, with Families Helping Families Education Law Advocacy Center, and with New York State Senator Andrew Lanza’s District Office. He also served as an officer of the College of Staten Island Chapter of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) and as a lab assistant in the Neuroscience lab of Dr. Dan McCloskey. He plans to enter the field of law as an attorney and will be attending the Law School of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in August, where he will annual renewable scholarship in the amount of $12,000.
Jennifer Pierce, CSI 2016, majored in English (Creative Writing) and Communications (Media Studies). She graduated magna cum laude with a GPA of 3.89, and received the Rehberg Memorial Award for Academic Excellence in Poetry, Honors in the Major for English, and the Media Culture Department Award for Communications. She was also the recipient of CSI’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship, served as the student representative for the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and interned at the Women’s Center on campus. She will attend Cardozo Law School as a Cardozo Scholar, where she will receive a renewable annual full tuition scholarship in the amount of $54,000 per year.
Matthew Ayers, B.A. CSI Class of 2014. Matthew majored in Political Science at the college of Staten Island graduating with a 3.2 GPA. After graduation, he worked for a legal processing firm assisting attorneys with document retrieval. After a year at the firm, he took the LSAT scoring a 162. He will be attending Cardozo Law School in the fall of 2016 where he received a renewable annual scholarship of $50,000 per year
Naomi Edwards, CSI (Macaulay Honors College), 2016, J.D., Brooklyn Law School (expected 2019). Naomi majored in Political Science and minored in Geography at the College. She is graduated summa cum laude with a 3.9 GPA. During her time as an undergraduate student she interned for the New York City Council in the District office of Council Member Debbie Rose and interned for the law firm of Duane Morris LLP. In the summer between her junior and senior years of college, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy. At Brooklyn Law School, Naomi will receive a renewable scholarship of $40,000 per year.
Antonin Ciaccio, CSI 2015. J.D. New York Law School, 2019 (expected). Anthony majored in Political Science and minored in both History and East Asian Studies. He graduated magna cum laude, with a GPA of 3.82, and with Honors in Political Science. Anthony will attend New York Law School, where he received a renewable annual scholarship of $45,000.
Danny Duong, B.A. CSI, Class of 2014, J.D. Brooklyn Law School, Class of 2018. Danny majored in English Literature and Political Science at the College. Danny interned for a criminal defense and civil rights attorney for three years before attending law school. At Brooklyn Law School, Danny was selected for the Journal of Law and Policy and the Moot Court Honor Society, Trial Advocacy Division. In the Spring 2017 semester, Danny will be interning for the Hon. Jack B. Weinstein of the District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Daniel Ursomanno, Bachelor of Science, Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island (CSI), Class of 2014; Juris Doctor, New York Law School (NYLS), Class of 2017. While at CSI, Daniel majored in Business Management and minored in Finance. He graduated summa cum laude, with a GPA of 3.97. During his four years at CSI, Daniel interned with the Staten Island Family Court, played on the Men’s Tennis Team, served as Intramural Coordinator, and started his own tutoring business. Upon graduating CSI in 2014, Daniel started at NYLS on a full-tuition scholarship. After his 1L year, he earned a position on New York Law School’s Law Review, for which he later became an Executive Editor. In addition, he wrote an article, Doyle Homes, Inc. v. Signature Group of Livingston, Inc., which was awarded “Best Case Comment,” and was published in Volume 61.2 of New York Law School Law Review’s Journal. After completing his 1L year, Daniel interned with the Honorable Justice Judith McMahon, the Chief Administrative Judge on Staten Island. The following summer, he secured a position as a Summer Associate with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Skadden). Skadden later offered him a full-time position at the firm upon graduating NYLS and passing the BAR, which Daniel accepted.
Jenna Jankowski, B.A., CSI (Macaulay Honors College), 2014, J.D., Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University, 2018. Jenna majored in Dramatic English Literature and minored in Corporate Communications at the College. She gained significant experience in internships with Congressional Representative Carolyn B. Maloney as well as the Borough President of Staten Island. Jenna’s impressive record won her a substantial scholarship ($40,000 per year) at Drexel. This summer, she is the General Counsel Summer Intern at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.
Joshua Ramirez, B.A., CSI, 2014, J.D., Texas A. & M. University School of Law, 2018 (expected). Joshua majored in Political Science at the College. He worked full-time while completing his college education. His academic achievements, admirable record of volunteer service as a tutor and teacher of English as a Second Language, and his outstanding performance on the LSAT, garnered him a full tuition scholarship at Texas A. & M. University Law School. He is interested in pursuing civil rights and children rights work after he graduates.
Alexander Deutsch, B.A. CSI, Class of 2014, J.D., Cardozo Law School, 2017 (expected). Alex majored in Political Science at the College. At CSI, he distinguished himself with a GPA of 4.0. Alex accepted a significant scholarship to attend Cardozo Law School, where his first-year grades placed him at the top of his class and on the Law Review. After his first year, he interned with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division. Currently, he is an Alexander Fellow. In that role, he gains full-time work experience as a law clerk for the Hon. Colleen McMahon of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. This summer, he will be a Summer Associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison.
Amira Hassan, B.A., CSI (Macaulay Honors College), 2013, J.D. City University of New York Law School (expected 2016). Amira majored in Political Science at CSI. During her undergraduate career, she completed internships at the Staten Island Legal Aid Society and the District Office of Congressperson Michael McMahon. As a law student she has worked as a Civil Rights Intern at Maduebuna, Cooper, LLP, and as an Intern at Sweeney, Gallo, Reich, and Bolz, LLP, in the firm’s housing foreclosure unit. She is currently an Intern at Queens Legal Services. Amira has always been deeply committed to public service. After passing the bar exam later this year, she plans to seek a position providing legal services for the poor.
Stephanie Curtis, B.A., CSI (Macaulay Honors College), Class of 2012, J.D./M.P.H, George Washington University School of Law/Milken Institute of Public Health (expected 2016). Stephanie majored in Psychology at the College. Her decision to attend George Washington University Law School led to an interest in public health. She served as a research assistant to several faculty members doing research at the boundary of law and public health. After her first year of law school, Stephanie interned at the Department of Veteran Affairs. She is currently a Legal Fellow at the Milken Institute. She will receive both her J.D. and M.P.H this year.
Justin Giles, B.A., CSI, Class of 2012, J.D, Fordham Law School, Class of 2016. Justin majored in English at the College. Justin has the highest known LSAT score on record—178 (99.9th percentile)—for a College of Staten Island student. He accepted a full-tuition scholarship at Fordham Law School, where he excelled. He was selected for Law Review and, after just his first year, obtained summer employment as a legal intern with the Hon. Laura Taylor Swain of the District Court for the Southern District of New York. After his second year of law school, Justin was hired as a Summer Associate at Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart, and Sullivan, a prominent New York City litigation firm. He then obtained another judicial internship, this time with the Hon. John G. Koeltl of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. Justin accepted a full-time position as an Associate at Quinn, Emanuel. He is now on leave from the firm and serving as a law clerk for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Justin credits faculty at CSI for his success, naming Professors Katherine Goodland and Steven Monte of the English Department and Professor and Pre-Law Advisor Michael Paris for “pushing me to work harder…” Justin returns to campus once each year to teach LSAT skills to current CSI students.
Matt Signorile, B.A., CSI (Macaulay Honors College), Class of 2010; J.D. Cornell Law School, Class of 2014. At the College, Matt majored in Political Science and English. Mentored mainly by Political Science Professor Richard Flanagan, he participated in CUNY’s competitive Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Washington, D.C. He later served as an intern in Michael McMahon’s successful campaign for Congress in 2008. After graduating with a GPA of 3.9, Matt decided to defer his admission to Cornell Law School for a year to work full-time in Congressperson McMahon’s district office. Matt has always been deeply committed to public service. Upon his graduation from Cornell Law School in 2014, he accepted a position with the New York City Law Department. After gaining this valuable litigation experience, Matt accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of Staten Island D.A. Michael McMahon. Matt occasionally teaches American Politics as an Adjunct Instructor at the College.