Asian American Bar Association of New York


Mike Huang, 35

Mike Huang is a corporate partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. He graduated from Columbia Law School and was admitted to the New York bar in 2003.

The bar group is the regional affiliate of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and has more than 2,000 members. His goals are to continue representing the interests of and ensuring meaningful participation of Asian-American attorneys, judges, law professors, legal professionals, paralegals and law students in the New York justice system.

He was installed on Feb. 1.

Other officers are Clara Ohr, president-elect; Jean Lee, immediate past president; William Wang, vice president of finance and development; James Yu, vice president of programs and operations; Jane Chuang, treasurer; Judy Kim, membership secretary; and Karen Kim, recording secretary.


Hispanic National Bar Association, New York Region


Robert Maldonado, 45

Robert Maldonado is a partner for Cooper & Dunham specializing in intellectual property litigation. He graduated from Stanford Law School and was admitted to the New York bar in 1994.

His goals for the 300-member group are to increase the recruitment of law student members through mentorship programs and professional practice programming, and to work with government leaders to promote the appointment of Hispanics to high-level government positions, particularly as state and federal judges.

He was installed last September.

The group’s deputy regional presidents are Fernando Bohorquez, Natacha Carbajal, Rosevelie Marquez Morales, Gelvina Stevenson and Javier Vargas.


LeGaL, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York


Karl Riehl, 41

Karl Riehl is a legal recruitment and professional development manager at Epstein Becker & Green. He graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1996.

His goals for the 600-member group include expanding its legal services into New Jersey; strengthening relationships with other LGBT organizations and bar groups; and creating more opportunities for law students to participate in the organization.

He was installed on Jan. 9.

Other officers are Frank Martinez, first vice president; Matthew Skinner, secretary and second vice president; and Caprice Bellefleur, treasurer.


Metropolitan Black Bar Association


R. Nadine Fontaine

R. Nadine Fontaine is the assistant director of e-discovery vendor Equip Systems Inc. She earned her J.D. from Pace Law School and was admitted to the New York bar in 1994.

Her goals for the 400-member group are to continue advancing equality and aiding the progress of black and other minorities in the profession through programming and public service initiatives to assist their community.

Her term began July 1, 2012, and will run through June 30, 2014.

Current officers are Taa Grays, president-elect; Jason Clark, vice president of programs; Wayne Melbourne, vice president of finance; Judith Jenkins, vice president of membership; Richard Boyd, treasurer; Brian Aquart, corresponding secretary; and Kersuze Morancy, recording secretary. Some of their terms end June 30, 2013.


Puerto Rican Bar Association


Javier Vargas, 46

Javier Vargas is chief court attorney for the Appellate Term, First Department. He earned his J.D. from University at Buffalo Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1993.

His goals for the 500-member group include encouraging young Latinos to enter the legal profession by visiting high schools and middle schools and increasing the group’s social media presence; continuing a capital campaign to get 1,000 donations of $1,000 each toward a headquarters for the group; continuing CLE programs; and working with other Latino and Hispanic bar groups to address the collective concerns of their communities.

His term begins June 1.

Other officers are Elba Galvan, president-elect; Carmen Pacheco, vice-president; Tara Zurheide, treasurer; Alexander Badillo, recording secretary; and Jennese Torres, recording secretary.


South Asian Bar Association of New York


Sheila Jain

Sheila Jain is a litigation associate at Shearman & Sterling. She graduated from Rutgers University School of Law and was admitted to the New York bar in 2010.

Her goals for the 300-member group are to promote the professional development of the South Asian legal community through networking, advocacy, and mentoring and events. She also plans to continue the group’s goal of educating South Asian Americans about their legal system and encouraging their participation in the legal profession.

She was installed on Jan. 1.

Other officers are Parth Chowlera, president-elect; Roktim Kaushik, secretary; Gaurav Chaudhari, treasurer; Roli Khare, vice president of membership and events; Rachit Choksi, vice president of public relations; Nina Tandon, vice president of sponsorship; Mahesh Parlikad, vice president of private sector and in-house attorneys; Amol Sinha; vice president of public interest; Amee Sampat, vice president of public interest fellowship and law student relations; and Devika Persaud, chair of the women’s committee.


Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York


Donna Frosco, 49

Donna Frosco is a principal member and founder of the intellectual property and technology law practice at Keane & Beane in White Plains. She earned her J.D. from Duke University School of Law and was admitted to the New York bar in 1993.

The group has more than 3,800 members, both men and women, across 18 chapters in New York state, each serving the interests of the local membership. Frosco’s goals are to continue promoting the advancement and status of women in society and in the legal profession, promote the fair and equal administration of justice and speak up for its members with respect to issues of statewide, national and international significance to women generally, and to women attorneys in particular.

She will be installed on June 9.

Other officers, along with their local chapters, are Irene Villaci, president-elect (Nassau); Andrea Composto, vice president (Brooklyn); Maureen Crush, vice president (Orange/Sullivan); Jaci Flug, vice president (Bronx); Annette Hasapidas, treasurer (Westchester); Amy Littman, corresponding secretary (Rockland); Amy Salztman, recording secretary (Manhattan).