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Scholarship named after Hinds-Radix brings in $100K

October 31, 2022 Rob Abruzzese
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Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix, New York City’s 81st Corporation Counsel, remembers being a young eight-year-old child still living in Barbados at the time when she was sitting on her mother’s knee talking about the future.

Inspired by a radio show the two listened to together, Justice Hinds-Radix remembers telling her mother that she wanted to be a lawyer someday. On Wednesday night, the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association Foundation presented a scholarship in the justice’s name and she called it one of the greatest achievements in her life.

“I chose a career path because of a radio show we listened to every day about a female lawyer who was extremely proficient and won all of her cases,” Justice Hinds-Radix recalled. “I told my mother that’s what I wanted to be. At the time, I don’t believe my mother even met a lawyer. My parents were not formally educated, but they became laser focused on my education.

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The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association recently set up a Foundation so it can raise money and give to charities. This scholarship was the first major achievement accomplished by the Foundation. With this event it helped to raise over $100,000 and that money will be given every year to a Brooklyn Law School student who has shown an interest in public service.

The BWBA Foundation established a group of eight officers including President Michele Mirman, First Vice President Angelicque Moreno, Second Vice President Sheri Holland, Secretary Alecia Walters-Hinds, Treasurer Claire Rush, and three board members: Helene Blank, Susan Mauro, the president of the BWBA, and Hon. Marsha Steinhardt.

From left: Hon. Heela Capell, Alecia Walters-Hinds, Helene Blank, Sheri Holland, and Wendy Cardali. Eagle photo by Robert Abruzzese

It’s the perfect culmination for the judge, who has placed great emphasis on helping others, especially women to achieve their goals in the legal community, and on education as well. Justice Hinds-Radix is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, and Long Island University, and she got her law degree from Howard University School of Law.

Justice Hinds-Radix said that she might add Brooklyn Law School to her resume, “After this Brooklyn Law School has officially adopted me.”

The inaugural scholarship of $5,000 was given to a third year student at Brooklyn Law School — Veronica Krass.

New York City’s Corporation Counsel Sylvia Hinds-Radix (in blue) with her family including daughter Jovia Radix (second from right), the president-elect of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association. Eagle photo by Robert Abruzzese

Krass is a first-generation law school student from New Jersey, who graduated from Rutgers University in 2020. While in school, she has spent time working with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, did clinical work with the Criminal Defense Practice at the Legal Society, worked with various public defense offices in New York City, and she aspires to be a public defender after graduation.

More recently, Krass has worked with the Community Service Society doing research on the New York Fair Chance Act, and she interned with the New York County Defender Services. She is currently working with inmates in Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York.

Brooklyn Law School Dean Mitchell Cahill. Eagle photo by Robert Abruzzese

In addition to the scholarship, which will be given out annually, the BWBA Foundation will take over the Brooklyn Legal Pipeline Initiative, which helps diverse Brooklyn students get into law school and the legal profession and provides internships for them.

It also plans on helping out the Mentorship Program at the BWBA, and will create programming to help women advance in the workplace, and a legal clinic designed to help women and children in underserved areas.

“None of this would have been possible without your generosity,” said Justice Hinds-Radix. “You are the people who funded the scholarship and made it happen. I thank you from the bottom of my heart because those of you who know me know how important education is to me. This is particularly significant for me.”

From left: Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix, Veronica Krass, Hala Krass, Atef Krass, and Michele Mirman. Eagle photo by Robert Abruzzese
From left: Frank Melendez, Hon. Connie Mallafre Melendez, Hon. Lawrence Knipel, Susan Mauro, and Charles Small. Eagle photo by Robert Abruzzese
The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association Foundation held a fundraiser event for its new Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix Law School Scholarship at Giando on the Water on Wednesday where it raised over $100,000. Pictured here (from left): Michele Mirman, Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix, and Claire Rush. Eagle photo by Robert Abruzzese

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