Jennifer L. Taiwo is an employment and data privacy attorney at a global law firm specializing in labor and employment solutions. She provides legal and strategic advice to employers, business owners, executives, and human resources regarding employment and privacy matters. Jennifer also has significant experience working on recruiting and diversity initiatives, and is deeply involved in various diverse bar associations. In addition to her role as President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA), she is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council's Inn of Court. Jennifer is also passionate about community service. She serves as a mentor to law students and junior attorneys, and participates in various service initiatives in her church community, holding both local and national roles.
Attorney, Corporation Counsel
Leneer Hutchinson is an attorney in the Office of Corporation Counsel within the New York City Law Department, where she evaluates claims made against the City and works to resolve them in an equitable manner. Prior to joining the Law Department, Ms. Hutchinson was a Staff Attorney at Urban Justice Center where she litigated various residential housing-related matters in multiple jurisdictions on behalf of the underserved public. She maintains a deep passion for serving our City’s most vulnerable communities. While currently serving as Vice President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys, Leneer helps develop and implement the organization’s long-term strategy which prioritizes identifying professional opportunities for members, public interest efforts for communities in need, organizational fundraising, and member engagement. She also previously served as a co-chair of the judicial and legislative and scholarship committees.
Assistant Attorney-in-Charge, Legal Aid Society
Natasha M. Fortune is currently an Assistant Attorney-in-Charge at The Legal Aid Society in the Juvenile Rights Practice. She supervises a team of attorneys, serves as defense counsel in Juvenile Delinquency proceedings, and also represents children in abuse, neglect and custody proceedings in Family Court. Ms. Fortune serves as a mentor to interns of color, is a member of the Hiring Screening Committee, and supervises interns from the NYU School of Law Juvenile Defenders Clinic. Her commitment to serving the public goes beyond the court room and she frequently volunteers to assist Project Window, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young girls by building their self-confidence, and providing them with mentorship and life skills. Additionally, Ms. Fortune is a certified Tax Preparer and owned a tax franchise. She received her B.S. in Computer Science at St. John’s University and her J.D. at St. John’s University School of Law.
Senior Counsel, ViacomCBS
Allison Hobbs is Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs at ViacomCBS where she structures and negotiates a wide variety of complex transactions in connection with the development, production, acquisition and distribution of content across platforms. Prior to working at ViacomCBS, Allison served as Director, Business and Legal Affairs at Big Tent Entertainment where she oversaw both legal and business affairs for the company globally and was responsible for the worldwide enforcement of the company’s intellectual property portfolio. In addition to her professional obligations, Allison is a very active member of the community. She serves as a mentor to high schools students through iMentor, Inc. and has volunteered her time serving on judicial screening panels, serving as a coach for America Needs You, and serving with various other initiatives and organizations. Allison holds a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Connecticut and a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law.
Trial attorney, NY City Law Department
Desiree is a trial attorney for the New York City Law Department. She litigates cases at all stages, including on appeal. She defends New York City against complex multi-million dollar lawsuits arising out of personal injury law. In her free time, she coaches Law students at various law schools in trial advocacy. She received her Bachelors of Art degree from St. John’s University. She received her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School.
Doralyn De Dios
Assistant District Attorney, Kings County District Attorney’s Office
Doralyn De Dios is an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. De Dios earned her J.D. in 2016 from New York Law School and her B.S. from St. John’s University, in 2013. She is admitted to the New York State Bar. In addition to being an ABWA board member Ms. De Dios is the President-elect of the Dominican Bar Association. Doralyn was born in the Bronx and raised both in Jersey City, NJ and in the Dominican Republic. Ms. De Dios enjoys reading books, exercising, traveling and dancing.
Ivie Guobadia Serioux
Associate, Littler Mendelson, NY
Ivie Guobadia Serioux is an associate at Littler Mendelson in New York. She represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation in State and Federal courts involving discrimination and retaliation claims. Additionally, Ivie’s practice focuses on emerging issues in Title IX compliance and litigation as well as traditional labor arbitration and grievances. She has an ongoing secondment with a university in New York where she handles discrimination and bias investigations. Ivie has successfully argued before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and was selected as a 2019 Rising Star for the New York Metro Super Lawyers as well as The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.
Assistant Corporation Counsel, NY City Law Department
Pia Wood is an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Juvenile Delinquency Unit of the Family Court Division of the New York City Law Department. In prosecuting juvenile delinquency matters, she has been assigned felony and misdemeanor cases. Over the past two years she has served as the Chairperson for the Community Partnerships and Engagement Committee for the Family Court Division. In that role, Pia brings members of the committee together to strengthen community partnerships, and also to inform the communities in New York City about the juvenile justice system. Prior to working in the Family Court Division, Pia worked in the Contracts and Real Estate Division of the New York City Law Department. She also worked for the Philadelphia Law Department as an Assistant City Solicitor in the Claims Unit and the Bonds and Contracts Unit. She attended and graduated from New York University Law School. Upon graduation, she clerked for Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas. Pia was born and raised in Harlem, New York, attended the Bronx High School of Science, and graduated from the City College of New York with a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, N.Y.