The Ninth Annual BALLSA Alumni Dinner
Celebrating Cardozo’s Game Changers
Robert K. Drinan ’79
Executive Agency Counsel
New York City Transit Authority
Glenda M. Dixon ’92
Parvin K. Aminolroaya ’08
Seeger Weiss LLP
Kimberly Banks MacKay
Head, US Legal and Compliance
Novartis Business Services
Thursday, April 19, 2018
6 p.m. Cocktails
7 p.m. Dinner & Program
Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue
New York City
The BALLSA Alumni Dinner is a celebration of the achievements and contributions of Cardozo’s outstanding diverse community. Started in 2008, the Dinner has become one of the school’s most anticipated events each year, bringing together the law school’s alumni, students, faculty and friends. The event highlights the accomplishments and successes of Cardozo alumni and serves as a platform of what is achievable for younger professionals and students alike. BALLSA Dinner supporters play a significant role in enabling students to pursue their law school education and setting the path to leading roles within the legal community through contributions to the BALLSA Scholarship Fund. Thanks in part to funds raised annually at the BALLSA Dinner, several students have benefitted from the BALLSA Scholarship.
Robert K. Drinan ’79 is Executive Agency Counsel for the New York City Transit Authority (NYTA) Labor and Employment Unit. He represents the NYTA, its officials and employees and advises the agency on a variety of regulatory requirements.
Prior to the NYTA, Robert was an Assistant Attorney General, Section Head, at the New York State Attorney General’s Of ce. There, he represented state of cials, employees and agencies, particularly in civil rights matters, including police brutality, employment discrimination and constitutional claims.
From his earliest days as a Cardozo alumnus, Robert championed diversity and inclusion. In a letter to the Cardozo Alumni Association, he wrote, “Our school, above all, should be aware that historically, race, religion, sex and disability have been used as categories to justify the unequal treatment of people. A short time reflecting will reveal that these categories have no inherent or logical validity, and bear no relation to one’s abilities,” before going on to say that until the school adopted a substantive diversity plan, he would not be contributing to it or the Alumni Association. He also sent a copy of the letter to the student newspaper, then known as The Forum, helping to raise awareness of this issue among then-current students.
Glenda M. Dixon ’92 is a discovery attorney specializing in various corporate actions, including Mergers and Acquisitions and addressing Second Requests. Having built a successful practice based in Brooklyn, Glenda has represented clients in Family Court in all five boroughs of New York City.
An alumna of Stuyvesant High School and New York University, and a member of the Christian Cultural Center for over ten years, Glenda has always been involved in local outreach and giving back to her community. An avid volunteer and donor, Glenda continues to receive recognition from various philanthropic groups in New York City, such as Urban Pathways, for her efforts over the years.
Glenda was invited to be the inaugural chair of the BALLSA Alumni Group, serving from 2008 to 2012. She chaired the BALLSA Dinner from 2009 to 2010, and from 2011 to 2012, she served as a member of its Scholarship Committee. Glenda’s commitment to diversity was instrumental to the group creating its own by-laws and initiating the BALLSA Scholarship. Her dedication and spirit serve as a reminder of BALLSA’s rich history.
Glenda has been an active member of the Alumni Association’s Executive Committee since 2002. Her commitment earned her the prestigious Alumni Association Volunteer Service Award in 2011.
Glenda is humbled by this honor and thanks Cardozo for its wonderful support professionally and personally, as well as her faith and family—namely her father’s strength and the legacy of leadership her mother left her.
Parvin K. Aminolroaya ’08 is a senior litigation associate at Seeger Weiss, focusing on class action, mass tort and complex commercial litigation involving consumer protection, investment fraud, antitrust and pharmaceutical injury. Parvin has served in key roles in In re Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation and other major federal multidistrict litigations, helping to obtain several multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements. Since 2014, she has been rated a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.
While at Cardozo, she received the Jacob Burns Medal for outstanding contribution to Moot Court. She was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society Editorial Board and the Championship Team at the 2007 New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition.
As an alumna, Parvin has served the Cardozo community as a member of the Alumni Association’s Executive Committee and Committee on Careers for the Dean’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, and as co-chair of the Cardozo Alumni Association Gala. She was the 2016 Alumni Association Young Leadership Award recipient.
Parvin was instrumental in raising BALLSA’s profile and reach by organizing the BALLSA Annual Dinner, student and alumni networking events and panels, and spearheading fundraising for the BALLSA Scholarship as vice chair from 2012 to 2016. The first award of the BALLSA Scholarship was made during her leadership. Most recently, Parvin became co-chair of Cardozo Women.
2018 BALLSA* Alumni Dinner Committee
Marion A. Julmis ’10
Sun Ah (Michelle) Park ’12
Kori M. Clanton ’15
Andrew G. Hannibal ’12
Kazarae Lowe ’16
Vivien G. Naim ’88
Candice M. Weatherly ’08
Diana Wong ’12
Yusuf T. Yusuf ’14
BALLSA Alumni Executive Committee
Lee V. Pham ’10, Chair
Jon M. English ’13,Vice-Chair
Yusuf T. Yusuf ’14, Secretary
Kori M. Clanton ’15
Stephanie S. Spangler ’10
Shannon Zhu ’14
BALLSA Alumni Board of Advisors
Wesley G. Cheng ’08
Timothy M. Gladden ’01
Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy ’92
Robert A. Osuna ’94
Hon. Dianne T. Renwick ’86
Randall N. Toure ’90
Noel L. C. Williams ’87
* Black Asian Latino Law Students Association
For more information, please call Erin Handler, Associate Director of Alumni Affairs, at 212.790.0419.