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Jacques Sexton

Jacques is an eData attorney, certified in data protection and M&A, that integrates multi-business line corporate experience to provide growth- and risk- calibrated advice reflecting the responsibilities and opportunities of elite data stewardship.
He is admitted to practice law in New York and certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US). He has also been previously certified as a Mergers and Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) by the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisition Advisors. Subject matters include Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, Anti-Money Laundering/Bank Secrecy Act compliance, and Cost of Insurance litigation (COI). Experience includes investigations, class-action defense, regulatory inquiry response, and compliance program assessment and development.
In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Section, Jacques volunteers in numerous leadership capacities including the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellows Board Co-Chair and CUP Convening Faculty Member; My Brother’s Keeper My Sister’s Keeper (MBK/MSK) Steering Committee Member; and the Urban Assembly School of Law and Justice Volunteer and Advocate. Past service includes Advisor to the Executive Director, Board Member, and Committee Chair roles in the areas of governance, finance, and development for non-profit organizations on both coasts. In all roles, Jacques has developed and/or implemented strategic and tactical plans with measurable goals and concrete timelines.
Jacques received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law where he was a member of the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy team, and his B.A. from Morehouse College. He is a CUP Fellow and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

Nicole Lester Arrindell

Nicole L. Arrindell is currently Associate General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. In this role, Nicole manages a team that helps consumers resolve complaints against city businesses and she manages two litigation teams that investigate and prosecute illegal, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices, with a focus on schemes and scams directed at vulnerable populations, immigrants, and low-income communities.

Before joining city government, Nicole was a Senior Staff Attorney in the Consumer Rights
Project at MFY Legal Services (“MFY”), where she represented low-income and
underrepresented New Yorkers facing legal issues such as unfair debt collection practices,
identity theft, foreclosure, and foreclosure rescue scams.

Barbara Graves-Poller

Barbara Graves-Poller is a Senior Counsel in the Appeals Division of the New York City Law Department and Chair of the Women in the Courts Task Force at the City Bar, the committee that has organized public programs on language access in the courts for many years.  Prior to joining the Law Department, Ms. Graves-Poller advocated for low-income New Yorkers at The Legal Aid Society’s Harlem Community Law Office and MFY Legal Services.  She also served a variety of commercial clients while in private practice before transitioning to full-time public service.  Ms. Graves-Poller earned her law degree and a master’s degree in human rights education at New York University.  

Jomaire Crawford

Jomaire Crawford is a Partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. In this role, Jomaire specializes in complex commercial litigation and white-collar investigations with a focus on securities and antitrust lawsuits, breach of contract disputes, cross-border criminal and regulatory enforcement proceedings, anti-money laundering (AML) compliance, Swiss data protection and bank secrecy, and arbitration.

Justina Rivera

Justina is an experienced trial attorney who focuses her practice in the areas of complex torts and toxic tort litigation, products liability, medical malpractice and general commercial litigation. She serves as outside counsel to the City of New York Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, where she served as an Assistant Borough Chief, Senior Counsel, and trial attorney in the Tort Division prior to joining Harris Beach. During her time at the Law Department Justina successfully defended the City of New York, its composite agencies and employees in civil litigation and trials in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Tort Units. During her tenure, she was also an active member of The Law Department's Committee on Diversity Recruitment and Retention. Prior to joining the Law Department, Justina began her career at the NYC administration for Children’s Services, where she prosecuted parents who were alleged to abuse and neglect their children.

LSAT Prep Scholarship

Deadline to apply: TBD | All applications and questions should be sent to:

The purpose of the Friends of the MBBA LSAT Prep Scholarship is to cover the costs for preparatory courses for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

Award:  The total costs/reimbursement are not to exceed $2500