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Alison L. Moore

alison-mooreAlison L. Moore is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at JPMorgan. Alison works with global, cross-functional teams to address emerging legal issues of strategic importance to the firm identified by the General Counsel and her management team, such as cyber-security and data ownership. She also serves as Senior Counsel to the Global Markets Infrastructure team, advising on matters relevant to how the firm moves cash and securities throughout the world.

In her prior role, Alison was a lead attorney for the Investor Services division of JPMorgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank. In that role, she advised senior business leaders on legal and commercial matters; supported custody, fund administration and collateral management products; and managed a team of experienced attorneys.

Prior to joining the Legal Department at J.P. Morgan, Alison was a transactional attorney in private practice at several large law firms in New York City. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Alison is active in the community. In addition to her mentoring activities, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Adams Street Foundation (the non-profit arm of the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice High School in Brooklyn, NY).

Among other recognitions, Alison was named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List (2014) and honored as one of The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business (2015).

Alison received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Harvard University and her law degree from Columbia Law School.

Calvin Wingfield

wingfieldcCalvin Wingfield is a partner in Goodwin Procter LLP’s Litigation Department and a member of its Patent Litigation Practice. Mr. Wingfield has experience in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent and trademark litigation, patent enforcement, and intellectual property counseling. He received a J.D. from Emory University School of Law and a B.S. from Morehouse College.

Turquoise Haskin, Esq.

Turquoise Haskin, Esq. is New York native, who earned a Bachelor of Science at New York University’s Stern School of Business and her Juris Doctor at the Emory University School of Law. Ms. Haskin serves as a Principal Court Attorney in Kings County Supreme Court, Civil Term.

Committed to public service, Ms. Haskin volunteers as a Small Claims Court arbitrator; a moot court judge for New York University Law School’s legal writing and advocacy program; and an attorney mentor for the Legal Outreach program.

Dawn Reid-Green

dawn-reid-greenMs. Reid-Green has worked in the public sector for over 27 years. She is an Assistant General Counsel at New York City Transit Authority, currently serving as Unit Chief-Kings Examination and Practice Unit in the Law Department-Torts Division. She oversees a staff of 20 Attorneys, Paralegals and Investigators. Prior to her appointment as Unit Chief, she headed the Richmond County arm of the Queens/Richmond Trial Unit for 18 years, where she conferenced, settled and tried cases. She also serves as a mentor and instructor to Interns, newly minted Attorneys and Paralegals.

Ms. Reid-Green has a long-standing commitment to the Bar. She has served as a Board Member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) since 2015. She is also an active member of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York where she serves as Treasurer. She has also chaired both their 2016 Voter Registration Drive and 2017 Convention Committees. Ms. Reid-Green served as President of the Staten Island Women’s Bar Association (SIWBA) from 2013-2015. She proudly brought membership roles to new heights, and re-established the SIWBA as a relevant bar association in Richmond County. She also held the office of SIWBA Corresponding Secretary, sat on the Bylaws Committee and has organized CLEs, networking and other events for the members and the community.

Ms. Reid-Green has Ms. Reid-Green also sits as a member of the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission-Second Department where she interviews and screens prospective candidates for the judiciary. She has also served as a scoring judge for the Empire Mock Trial Competition.

Ms. Reid-Green’s dedication to service to the community has been evidenced by her seat on the Board of the Staten Island Historical Society since 2014. She currently serves as Second Vice President and Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee for the organization. She is a past Vice President of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.-Brooklyn Chapter (2010-2012), an organization dedicated to providing philanthropic efforts/services to the children and families of Kings and Richmond Counties. She served on their Executive Committee for many years in many key roles. She is a member of Soroptimist International-Staten Island Chapter where she currently serves at the Chapter-Delegate. She is a past member of the National Council of Negro Woman-Staten Island and annual volunteer with the NAACP-Annual HBCU College Fair on Staten Island.

Ms. Reid-Green was honored to receive the 2015 MBBA Bar Leader of the Year Award at the MBBA Annual Gala, and the 2015 Staten Island Black History Month Town Hall Meeting Award for Community Service.

Ms. Reid-Green is a 1989 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University at Buffalo. She is married to Richard Green, a guitarist with The Eturnity Band. They have two daughters, Naja Green and Gabrielle Green, graduates of the prestigious Howard University, Washington D.C.

Naita Semaj-Williams

naitaMs. Naita Semaj-Williams graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Lehman College and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. Prior to, and during law school, Ms. Semaj worked as a Case Worker for multiple NYC foster care agencies. After graduating from law school, she worked as a Family Court Legal Services Attorney for the Administration Children's Services. During her time with the agency she litigated many child abuse and neglect cases and assisted in training new attorneys in both Bronx and Brooklyn Family Courts.

Ms. Semaj-Williams is currently an Associate Court Attorney in Bronx Criminal Court. She is also a past Board Member and the current President of the Black Bar Association of Bronx County. Ms. Semaj serves as an Arbitrator in Bronx Civil Court, a coach with the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, and is an active member of various groups and organizations in the Bronx.


Hon. Bahaati Pitt

bahaati-pitt2Judge Bahaati Pitt has been appointed to Civil Court and assigned to Criminal Court by Mayor De Blasio in 2016. She served with the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division for seven years before becoming a Court Attorney in Family and Civil Court and Principal Law Clerk in Supreme Court, Bronx County.

She previously served as President of the Black Bar Association of Bronx County which recently merged with the MBBA; she was an Adjunct Professor with the Borough of Manhattan Community College; the former Chairperson of Board Development for the Legal Services, NYC-Bronx having served as a Board Member; the former Chairperson of Youth Services Committed for Bronx Community Board 10, where she currently maintains membership. Judge Pitt has served as a lecturer for Continuing Legal Education courses and has served as an Arbitrator in Bronx Small Claims Court. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a graduate of Morgan State University and received her J.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Patrick Michel

patrick-michelPatrick Michel is counsel in the Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives group. Patrick has a wide variety experience advising investment managers and advisors of a range of investment funds, including real estate funds, private equity funds and hedge funds, on commercial and regulatory issues. He has represented limited partners in connection with their investments in real estate funds, private equity funds and hedge funds. He also has experience in co-investment transactions, secondary transactions, private equity investments, finance and real estate acquisitions.

Wayne McKenzie

wayne-mckenzieWayne S. McKenzie is General Counsel for the NYC Department of Probation (DOP). He is the primary advisor to the Commissioner on all legal, legislative and compliance matters; ensures that the DOP is operating within the law at all times; is a member of the governing cabinet and Labor-Management Committee; and manages all agency attorneys and legal staff. He is also actively involved in key reform efforts and special projects in DOP’s Adult and Juvenile Operations.

Prior to joining DOP, Wayne was the founding Director of the Prosecution & Racial Justice Program at the Vera Institute of Justice. The program, the first of its kind and national in scope, has partnered with district attorneys around the nation to pilot an internal assessment and management procedure that is helping supervisors identify evidence of possible racial or ethnic bias in their staff’s aggregate decision making and respond appropriately when it is found. Before joining Vera, he was a prosecutor in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, NY where he held several supervisory positions and prosecuted high profile cases in several specialized bureaus. He is nationally viewed as an expert in prosecutorial discretion and racial justice issues and has been a presenter and panelist at numerous legal and other professional conferences, community events and in Congress and state commissions.

Mr. McKenzie is a Vice-President-At-Large on the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Council, which is the governing body of the CJS. He is a past chair of the CJS Committee on Racial & Ethnic Justice & Diversity; and is a former member of the ABA Council on Racial & Ethnic Justice and the Standing Committee on Gun Violence. He also serves on the advisory boards of two CJS projects geared towards improving the fair delivery of justice in the courts and legal community and was a key participant in the development of a cultural competency curriculum designed for criminal justice practitioners. Wayne is also a commissioner on the ABA Center for Racial & Ethnic Diversity, the "umbrella" entity for the primary entities within the ABA that address racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion. He is past Chair and current Board member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and the 2012 recipient of MBBA’s Public Servant of the Year Award. Wayne is also a Past President of the National Black Prosecutors Association and a two time recipient of the Association’s Presidential Award of Excellence. Other recognitions include the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ Lloyd Sealy Award for Service in the Area of Criminal Justice and the FEDCAP 2014 Community Impact Award.

Wayne is an active participant in community outreach programs and has a special interest in criminal justice reform and public safety, and in programs that focus on youth. He serves on the Board of Directors of GreenHope Services for Women, a not-for-profit treatment, rehabilitation and alternative to incarceration program for women with narcotics-related criminal histories; the Caribbean American Center of New York, a non-profit that focuses on services for youth of immigrant communities in New York City; and the NYC Criminal Justice Agency, a not-for-profit with the mission to assist the courts and the City in reducing unnecessary pretrial detention.

His media involvement includes appearances as a legal analyst on Court TV and Fox TV cable news and as a featured prosecutor in an A&E TV series on the Criminal Justice System. Mr. McKenzie received his Juris Doctorate degree from the George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C. where he served as chairperson of the Black Law Students Association; was a member of the Moot Court Board; and a member of the Admissions Diversity Recruitment Committee. He is a graduate of the City College of New York where he received a B.S. in Biology and majored in Microbiology in the M.S. program.