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Tanisha McKnight

Tanisha S. McKnight, Esq., is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, 04’.  She began her legal career with The Legal Aid Society where she worked both in their Criminal Defense Division and Juvenile Rights Practice.  In 2009, Ms. McKnight became The Children’s Law Center of New York's (CLC) first Director of Paralegal and Volunteer Services.  In addition to managing the city-wide paralegal team, she practices law in a number of areas including custody, visitation, domestic violence and child protective proceedings.  She is also responsible for developing and managing CLC’s volunteer programs, which includes forming internship partnerships and recruitment with local high schools, universities and law schools, the development of CLC’s pro bono practice and law firm relationships.  Additionally, she supervises CLC’s Securing Seamless Education Services (SSES) education advocacy project and jointly manages CLC’s Broken Adoption Project.  She presents at schools, conferences and forums on the current issues facing family law practitioners and provides motivational talks to students considering entering the legal profession.  She was honored as one of the New York Law Journal’s Rising Stars of 2015.  

 

Program Committee


Anta Cisse-Green, VP of Programming

Anta Cissé-Green is Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal Operations at NYU Langone Health with primary responsibility for advising the development department with respect to agreements for gifts and bequests, trust and estate administration, not-for-profit legal and taxation issues and general contracting for activities of the development department at the Medical Center and the NYU School of Medicine.

Anta received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, summa cum laude, and her L.L.M. in Tax from NYU School of Law. Immediately prior to joining NYU Langone Medical Center in 2016, Anta was Senior Counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in the firm’s private client services section of the tax group where she advised wealthy individuals on the development of tax efficient vehicles for the transfer of wealth, complex estate and trust administration issues, charitable planning strategies and the formation and governance of tax exempt organizations. Previously, Anta was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and law clerk to the Honorable Lois Bloom, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
In 2016, Anta was named to the National Black Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys and a member of the Executive Committee for The National Advocates. In 2015, Anta was honored by the New York Law Journal as a “Lawyer Who Leads By Example” in recognition of her years of commitment to providing pro bono legal services to underrepresented New Yorkers. Anta was also named as a New York Metro Area Rising Star by Superlawyers in the area of tax and estate planning.

Anta Cissé-Green is Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal Operations at NYU Langone Health with primary responsibility for advising the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs on a variety of fundraising and tax-related legal matters including drafting and negotiating agreements for gifts and bequests, administration of bequests from trusts and estates, not-for-profit legal and taxation issues and general contracting for fundraising events and activities for NYU Langone Hospitals and the NYU School of Medicine.  As Director of Legal Operations for NYU Langone, Anta develops and drives the Office of General Counsel’s administrative priorities, leads key departmental projects, including selection and implementation of technology and efficiency of legal operations. 

Anta received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, summa cum laude, and her L.L.M. in Tax from NYU School of Law.  Immediately prior to joining NYU Langone Health in 2016, Anta was Senior Counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in the firm’s private client services section of the tax group where she advised wealthy individuals on the development of tax efficient vehicles for the transfer of wealth, complex estate and trust administration issues, charitable planning strategies and the formation and governance of tax exempt organizations.  Previously, Anta was an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and law clerk to the Honorable Lois Bloom, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

Anta has been awarded various accolades and honors in connection with her work in the legal profession.  In addition to being named as an honoree in the Crain’s 2019 Notable Women of Law, Anta has also been honored by the New York Law Journal as a “Lawyer Who Leads By Example”, in recognition of her many years of commitment to providing pro bono legal services to underrepresented New Yorkers; named to the National Black Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys; and as a New York Metro Area Rising Star by Superlawyers in the area of tax and estate planning.

Anta is an active member of her community in her roles as President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the largest unified association of Black and other minority lawyers, in the New York metropolitan area.

Tanisha McKnight, Secretary

Tanisha S. McKnight, Esq., is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, 04’.  She began her legal career with The Legal Aid Society where she worked both in their Criminal Defense Division and Juvenile Rights Practice.  In 2009, Ms. McKnight became The Children’s Law Center of New York's (CLC) first Director of Paralegal and Volunteer Services.  In addition to managing the city-wide paralegal team, she practices law in a number of areas including custody, visitation, domestic violence and child protective proceedings.  She is also responsible for developing and managing CLC’s volunteer programs, which includes forming internship partnerships and recruitment with local high schools, universities and law schools, the development of CLC’s pro bono practice and law firm relationships.  Additionally, she supervises CLC’s Securing Seamless Education Services (SSES) education advocacy project and jointly manages CLC’s Broken Adoption Project.  She presents at schools, conferences and forums on the current issues facing family law practitioners and provides motivational talks to students considering entering the legal profession.  She was honored as one of the New York Law Journal’s Rising Stars of 2015.  

 

Membership Committee


Nadine Etienne-Bazile, VP of Membership

As an attorney in the Litigation Department, Nadine Etienne Bazile has a broad range of experience in litigation matters, including complex contractual litigation, labor and employment litigation, intellectual property, and white collar criminal defense.

Finance Committee


Tyear Middleton, VP of Finance

tyear-middletonTyear Middleton is currently an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Tyear received her Juris Doctor from New York Law School and her Bachelor of Arts from New York University. She is currently the Vice President of Membership of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and an Executive Co-Chair for Diversity and Inclusion for the Young Lawyers Division of the New York State Bar Association.

 

Budget Committee


Tyear Middleton, VP of Finance

tyear-middletonTyear Middleton is currently an Assistant District Attorney at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Tyear received her Juris Doctor from New York Law School and her Bachelor of Arts from New York University. She is currently the Vice President of Membership of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and an Executive Co-Chair for Diversity and Inclusion for the Young Lawyers Division of the New York State Bar Association.

 

Darryl Barney

Darryl Barney is a staff attorney in the Housing Unit of Staten Island Legal Services (SILS), where he focuses on tenants’ rights and eviction prevention. Prior to joining SILS, Darryl practiced foreclosure prevention as an associate at a small firm in Bronx, NY. Darryl received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Brooklyn College in 2012 and his J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2015, where he was co-chair of the NCCU School of Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

Darryl has been admitted to the New Jersey State Bar since 2015 and the New York State Bar since 2016. He has also been admitted to the Federal Bar of the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York since 2017. Darryl is committed to intersectional public service and empowering and advocating for transformative change for marginalized communities. 

Claudy Bince

Claudy Bince is an associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. His practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions.

Claudy received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Howard University School of Law, where he was valedictorian of his class, President of the Student Bar Association, Senior Notes & Comments Editor of the Howard Law Journal, and a Henry Ramsey Dean’s Fellow. He holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

In addition to serving as co-chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Claudy is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Christopher Dor

Christopher R. Dor is a Conflicts Officer in Weill Cornell Medicine's Human Research Compliance group.

Christopher oversees a network of doctors, scientists and research staff to identify and address real or apparent financial conflicts of interest at the intersection of research activities and personal financial interests. He ensures finical interests are managed appropriately and disclosed timely to support institutional compliance with applicable federal and state regulations, university policies and the Physicians Payments Sunshine Act. He also reviews business plans and licensing agreement documents pertaining to University employee startup company ventures.

Prior to his role with Weill Cornell Medicine, Christopher served as a New York State Excelsior Service Fellow under the Gov. Cuomo administration. The two year post-graduate fellowship placed him in the Office of the General Counsel for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation of the State of New York. There Christopher focused on areas in labor & employment, real estate transactions, contracts and license agreements, as well as procurement.

He graduated from SUNY University at Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2011, with a B.A. in Communication. He attended law school at Touro Law Center where he received his J.D. in 2015.

Young Lawyers Section

  • Support young lawyers in their transition as a law school student to a practicing attorney by providing professional development, resources and networking opportunities
  • Section is committed to helping young lawyers reach their professional goals while simultaneously strengthening cohesion and retention within the legal community

Christopher Dor, Co-Chair

Christopher R. Dor is a Conflicts Officer in Weill Cornell Medicine's Human Research Compliance group.

Christopher oversees a network of doctors, scientists and research staff to identify and address real or apparent financial conflicts of interest at the intersection of research activities and personal financial interests. He ensures finical interests are managed appropriately and disclosed timely to support institutional compliance with applicable federal and state regulations, university policies and the Physicians Payments Sunshine Act. He also reviews business plans and licensing agreement documents pertaining to University employee startup company ventures.

Prior to his role with Weill Cornell Medicine, Christopher served as a New York State Excelsior Service Fellow under the Gov. Cuomo administration. The two year post-graduate fellowship placed him in the Office of the General Counsel for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation of the State of New York. There Christopher focused on areas in labor & employment, real estate transactions, contracts and license agreements, as well as procurement.

He graduated from SUNY University at Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2011, with a B.A. in Communication. He attended law school at Touro Law Center where he received his J.D. in 2015.

Claudy Bince, Co-Chair

Claudy Bince is an associate in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. His practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions.

Claudy received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Howard University School of Law, where he was valedictorian of his class, President of the Student Bar Association, Senior Notes & Comments Editor of the Howard Law Journal, and a Henry Ramsey Dean’s Fellow. He holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

In addition to serving as co-chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Claudy is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Darryl Barney, Secretary

Darryl Barney is a staff attorney in the Housing Unit of Staten Island Legal Services (SILS), where he focuses on tenants’ rights and eviction prevention. Prior to joining SILS, Darryl practiced foreclosure prevention as an associate at a small firm in Bronx, NY. Darryl received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Brooklyn College in 2012 and his J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2015, where he was co-chair of the NCCU School of Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

Darryl has been admitted to the New Jersey State Bar since 2015 and the New York State Bar since 2016. He has also been admitted to the Federal Bar of the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York since 2017. Darryl is committed to intersectional public service and empowering and advocating for transformative change for marginalized communities. 

Asia Davis, Secretary