Communications/Social Media

Okwede Okoh
Communications / Social Media
Paige Davis
Communications / Social Media

Agency Attorney, New York City Department of Education

Paige A. Davis is an Agency Attorney at the New York City Department of Education. Paige negotiates, consummates settlement agreements, prepares for and litigates cases on behalf of the DOE in special education claims under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Prior to joining the DOE, Paige worked as an associate at a labor and employment law firm where she represented individuals in labor, employment, wage-and-hour and other litigation matters in New York federal and state court. Paige also worked as a tax associate at Ernst & Young where she advised multinational companies on complex tax matters. During law school, Paige served as a White House intern where she worked in the Domestic Policy group under the Obama Administration. Paige earned her B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University in 2011, and her J.D. in 2016 from Indiana University School of Law, where she served as the Program Director of BLSA and received the 1L BLSA award for her commitment to community service. Paige also earned her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education in 2013 and served as a Teach For America Corps Member in Washington D.C. where she taught pre-K students.
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Ivie Guobadia Serioux
Communications / Social Media

Associate, Littler Mendelson in New York.

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.
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We're responsible for keeping our members abreast of the happenings in our legal community and beyond—enabling them to stay connected, network, volunteer and enhance their personal and professional growth. Stay up to date with our weekly announcements, follow us on social media, and share our events. Want to join our Communications Committee? Email us and get involved so we can continue to evolve! Do you have a job opportunity to share? Let us know at:communications@abwanewyork.org.

Community Service

Doralyn De Dios
Community Service

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.
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Safiya Parker-Norman
Community Service

We aim to partner with stakeholders so that together we may effect change. The Community Service Committee is responsible for bridging the gap between the public and ABWA members through programs designed to give back to our community. The Community Service Committee has organized many programs, such as a Holiday Clothing Drive and Mixer, as well as a Legal Workshop, with Bottomless Closet, Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) walk and fundraiser, food preparation with the Bowery Mission, a Suits and Separates Clothing Drive to benefit Dress for Success, and a Career Day for middle school students at P.S. 183. ABWA Community Service Committee members are excited to continue existing relationships while developing new ones in our community as we strive to fulfill ABWA’s mission of “Lifting as we Rise.”

Legislative & Judicial

Joyce Elie
Legislative & Judicial
Ivie Guobadia Serioux
Legislative & Judicial

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.
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Legislative Committee is responsible for monitoring legislation and public policy of interest that affects the African American community, women, and the legal profession. The Committee is responsible for advocacy before local and state governmental bodies on issues of interest to our membership. Special emphasis is given to the need to promote greater diversity in the judiciary. The Committee is also responsible for developing ties to local legislators and political leaders and keeping them informed of ABWA’s activities and viewpoints.

Membership

Allison Hobbs
Membership

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.
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Binta Mamadou
Membership

Associate, New York office of Milbank

Binta Mamadou is an associate in the New York office of Milbank and a member of the firm’s Global Project, Energy and Infrastructure Finance Group.
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The ABWA membership committee oversees all aspects of membership including but not limited to outreach, retention, expansion, and support. Our goal is to ensure all ABWA members have the resources necessary to tap into ABWA's unique network of accomplished individuals.

Operations

Desiree Alexander
Operations

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.
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The Operations Committee is responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of the Association by managing logistics for the ABWA website and other behind-the-scenes activities. Have a photo you would like to share in ABWA’s photo gallery? Email us at abwagroup@gmail.com!”

Programming

Jennifer L. Taiwo
Programming

Employment and data privacy attorney

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.
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Leneer Hutchinson
Programming

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.
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Pia Wood
Programming

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.
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The Programs Committee works seamlessly with each of the Committees to host programs throughout the Bar Year. We are committed to delivering impactful programs to our members and supporters.

RWW Luncheon

Naomi Hills
RWW Luncheon
Natasha Fortune
RWW Luncheon

Assistant Attorney-in-Charge, Juvenile Rights Practice

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.
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Scholarship

Kelechi Okengwu
Scholarship
Leneer Hutchinson
Scholarship

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.
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The Scholarship Committee reviews scholarship applications from law students in the New York and Tri-State region for the Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholarhip. The Committee selects the top candidates based on a variety of criteria and generally awards a $3,000 scholarship to two deserving students at ABWA’s annual Gala or Luncheon. The Committee also assists the Board in raising scholarship funds.

Chief of Staff

Nekeifa Sylvester
Chief of Staff