New leadership takes the helm at Access Justice Brooklyn’s Young Professionals Board

May 9, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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Access Justice Brooklyn has announced the election of new leadership for its Young Professionals Board (YPB) and the appointment of a new member.

The YPB elected Michelle Tuma, Associate at Winston & Strawn LLP, and Lisa Zivkovic, Ph.D., Associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP, as co-chairs, while Anita Rojas Carroll, Associate at Rower LLC, was elected as vice chair.

Keren Goldshlager, Strategic Response at Meta, has also joined the YPB as a new member.

Lisa Zivkovic, newly elected Co-Chair of Access Justice Brooklyn’s Young Professionals Board.

“We are both thrilled to be stepping into the role of co-chairs of the Young Professionals Board at Access Justice Brooklyn,” said a statement issued by Tuma and Zivkovic. “As members of the YPB for a few years now and both litigators with active pro bono practices, we are particularly excited to expand the membership to include young professionals across a variety of industries. We believe that recruiting from a diverse pool will further the mission of the YPB and Access Justice Brooklyn and are eager to assist with the expansion of new volunteer opportunities. We expect this to be a year of growth and cannot wait to get started.”

The new leadership appointments and the addition of Goldshlager come as the YPB seeks to expand its membership to include young professionals from various industries, contributing to the organization’s overall mission.

Anita Rojas Carroll shared her enthusiasm for her new role as vice chair, emphasizing the importance of Access Justice Brooklyn’s mission and her personal connection to the public interest community in Brooklyn. As a fourth-generation Brooklynite, Carroll is eager to continue collaborating with the organization to provide pro bono services through her firm.

Michelle Tuma, newly elected Co-Chair of Access Justice Brooklyn’s Young Professionals Board.

Keren Goldshlager expressed gratitude for the opportunity to join the YPB and is excited to contribute to Access Justice Brooklyn’s mission of supporting neighbors and ensuring a more equitable Brooklyn.

The YPB was established to support Access Justice Brooklyn’s Board of Directors in their quest to make the legal system more accessible and equitable for low-income Brooklyn residents. It unites rising professionals from both legal and non-legal sectors who are passionate about using their skills, experience and time to serve the organization’s mission.

The YPB advises the full Board, engages in community outreach and program expansion, plans and organizes fundraising events, and provides strategic guidance to the organization.

Access Justice Brooklyn is committed to partnering with compassionate pro bono attorneys to deliver high-quality civil legal services that ensure equal access to the legal system for all. Their approach focuses on the essential elements of human life, such as housing, family stability, and subsistence income. The organization’s pro bono model — recruit, train, supervise, and support — also allows them to address new legal issues as they arise.

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