Kersuze Morancy is the Director of the CP Legal Research Group at Counsel Press, the nation’s largest appellate service provider. Kersuze focuses on appeals (federal and state), specifically drafting appellate briefs and motions for clients from coast to coast. Kersuze is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law – Camden.
Asha Smith is a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society. Beginning her career in 2007, Asha represented indigent defendants as a Public Defender in the Criminal Defense Practice. Currently she represents New York City’s most vulnerable citizens as a Staff Attorney in the Housing Unit in the Civil Practice.
Asha received her law degree from New York Law School in 2007. She was a member of the school’s Justice Action Center where she focused on Social Justice advocacy, with concentrations in Trial Advocacy, Criminal Justice, Immigration, and clinical studies in Mediation. Prior to attending law school, Asha simultaneously received a Master of Arts in Media Studies and a Master of Science of Teaching at the New School for Social Research.
A member of MBBA for a number of years, Asha is currently Chair of MBBA’s Judiciary Committee and Co-Chair of MBBA’s Legislation Committee. She looks forward to continued involvement with MBBA, its members and the community at large.
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Paula T. Edgar Esq. is Principal of PGE, LLC - a boutique coaching, speaking and consulting firm. The firm provides innovative and strategic solutions on career management, executive/leadership development, organizational diversity efforts, intercultural competence initiatives, networking and social media strategy.
Her professional experiences include serving as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at New York Law School, the Associate Director of Career Services and member of the Diversity Council at Seton Hall University School of Law, and as the Executive Director of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in the legal profession and providing mentoring, academic support, and networking opportunities to law students and junior attorneys of color. Prior to leading PALS, Paula practiced in the Law Enforcement Division of the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
For more than a decade, Paula has demonstrated leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion, issues related to students of color and the legal diversity pipeline. Currently active with a number of organizations and social justice initiatives, she serves as the President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, the immediate past Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Diversity Pipeline Initiatives Committee and was a 2015 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellow. Paula is also a member of the Young Patrons Board of the Apollo Theater, a Trustee of the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation and she is a member of the Executive Committee of the Deerfield Academy Alumni Association.
Paula received her B.A. in Anthropology from the California State University (Fullerton) and her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law. She has also been recognized by The Network Journal Magazine as a "40 Under Forty" Achievement Awardee, and as a Ms. JD "Woman of Inspiration" Connect with Paula on her website www.paulaedgar.com, on Linkedin, Via Twitter (@PaulaEdgar) and on Facebook (Paula Edgar Fan Page).