Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Law School student receives fellowship to work at New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division

May 1, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn Law School Dean Nicholas Allard with student Janae Cummings. Photo courtesy of BLS

Janae Cummings, Brooklyn Law School  (BLS) Class of 2019, will spend a fully funded summer clerking in the chambers of New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division under Justice O. Peter Sherwood as the recipient of the of the New York Bar Foundation’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Diversity Fellowship. Cummings is the sole recipient of the fellowship, the purpose of which is to enrich and diversify the pipeline of up-and-coming commercial litigators in New York. 

Cummings was on hand at Lincoln Center on April 24, along with family members and BLS Dean Nicholas Allard, to receive the fellowship. Also at the awards program and networking reception was Hon. Jeh C. Johnson, former U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, who was honored with the Hon. George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award. 

“We are enormously proud of Janae Cummings for this singular recognition and opportunity,” Allard said. “She is emblematic of the quality, leadership potential and commitment to service of our diverse student body to our increasingly global community. It is especially meaningful to us to share the pride of her family, including her father Jerome Cummings, who has been a member of the Brooklyn Law School Library staff since Janae was a very small girl.”

“It is truly an honor to receive this prestigious fellowship from the New York State Bar Foundation,” Cummings said. “I look forward to working in Judge Sherwood’s chambers, and am excited to learn a great deal about commercial litigation.”

Cummings received her Bachelor of Arts in international studies with a political science/Spanish concentration and minor in sociology at Adelphi University. She is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and Glasser Scholarship, and her activities include the Black Law Students Association and Brooklyn Law School Students for Public Interest. Her work experience includes the Bronx Defenders as a legal intern; technology law intern in the General Counsel’s Office of American Express Travel Related Services, Inc.; English instructor at the International School of Choueifat in Dubai; and a trainer at Global Kids, teaching human rights, global education and leadership curriculum to high school students throughout New York City.