La Toya L. Barrett ’09 has had a career marked by both professional success and service to her communities.

La Toya is a partner at Dwyer & Barrett, LLC. There, she focuses her practice on employment and civil rights litigation, striving to protect employee rights. She has helped victims of sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination pursue claims with the State Division of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and has advocated on behalf of victims of various types of discrimination and retaliation, in both state and federal court, against their employers.

Motivated by a drive to give back to her community, she was an adjunct professor and supervising attorney for the Seton Hall University School of Law Southern District of New York Mediation/Settlement Conference Practicum, an innovative pro bono publico partnership that has garnered praise from jurists, scholars, and practitioners across the nation.

Her accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. She was featured in the New Jersey Law Journal after a successful argument in the District Court of New Jersey and her publications include “Weight in the Workplace: Where Size Shouldn’t Matter,” in the New Jersey Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Quarterly.

La Toya has also been an active member of the Cardozo community. She worked with the Innocence Project, and was a guest instructor for the Intensive Mediation Advocacy Program (IMAP). She has spoken at events including the new student orientation and the annual “Working in New Jersey” reception. In January, she will be speaking on the subject of harassment as part of the Alumni Association Annual Meeting. She is a co-chair of the Labor & Employment Alumni Practice Area Group and was a member of the 2016 BALLSA Alumni Dinner Committee.  

This is the first in an ongoing series highlighting the accomplishments of Cardozo alumni, an initiative led by the Office of Alumni Affairs and CYAN (the Cardozo Young Alumni Network). Know someone you think should be profiled? Email CardozoAlumni@yu.edu with your suggestion!