Color of Law Roundtable
Created in 2007, the Color of Law Roundtable brings attorneys of color to Western New England University to share their educational, career, and personal experiences with the School of Law community.
The speakers give students an opportunity to ask candid questions about career choices, career challenges, and the decisions that the speakers made in response to those challenges. Roundtable speakers, many of whom are graduates of Western New England University School of Law, represent a wide range of practice areas and careers, giving students a firsthand look at the numerous possibilities a legal education can provide.
Details about spring events will be announced as they become available. Please join us.
Spring 2015 Speaker
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Edward Pichardo, Of Counsel to the Government Relations and Labor practices of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.
12:00 noon, Law Common
Color of Law Roundtable Directors
Professor Setty was a litigator for seven years prior to joining the School of Law, and has written in the areas of comparative constitutional law and politics as well as Title IX and women’s rights.
Professor Baldwin was a criminal and civil defense attorney in New York City and also taught in the area of criminal law and procedure before joining the School of Law. Her research interests include criminal law and procedure, welfare law, and critical race theory.
Color of Law Speakers 2013-14
January 8, 2015
Edward Pichardo is an experienced labor attorney and government affairs and public contracting specialist. The son of two immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Pichardo grew up in New York City and graduated from Norman Thomas High School. He attended Binghamton University and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Afro-American/African Studies. Pichardo later attended Marquette University Law School.
Pichardo has extensive experience as a union-side labor attorney. As a former legislative director, he is available to represent both public and private sector clients in Albany and New York City concerning legislative, regulatory, and public contracting matters.
Hector Zavala '12
Hector Zavala is a Springfield native and graduated from Springfield Central High School. He then attended Westfield State University, and interned at the Hampden County District Attorney’s office with the Victim/Witness Assistance Program. Zavala graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Multicultural and Ethnic Studies in 2005.
In January of 2005, Zavala was hired as an ongoing social worker with the Department of Social Services (now Department of Children and Families). A year and a half later, he was hired as a Victim/Witness Advocate with the Hampden County District Attorney’s office.
In August of 2008, Zavala began his studies at Western New England University School of Law, as part of their part-time evening program. After graduating in 2012, Zavala became an Assistant District Attorney (ADA), and recently started work with the Special Victims Unit.
Bernardo G. Cuadra ’10
Bernardo Cuadra practices in the area of estate planning, estate settlement and trust administration. Bernardo assists clients with the full range of planning techniques for tax-effective intergenerational and charitable transfers. He also prepares, and advises those preparing, probate documents, estate taxreturns and fiduciary income tax returns as well as represents estates before the IRS and DRS on audit.
Prior to joining Shipman & Goodwin, Bernardo was a law clerk for the Honorable Flemming L. Norcot Jr. of the Connecticut Supreme Court. In law school, Bernardo participated in the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, externed for the Honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth P. Neiman of the U.S. Federal District Court District of Massachusetts, served as President of the Family Law Association, and was Managing Editor of the Western New England Law Review.
Admitted to the Bar in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Bernardo earned his JD magna cum laude from Western New England in 2010 and a BS from Boston College in 2000.
Sarala V. Nagala is an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut, where she is assigned to the Major Crimes and National Security unit. She prosecutes cases in the areas of child exploitation, identity theft, tax fraud, intellectual property, and national security, among others. She also serves as cochair of the office's diversity committee. Prior to joining the United States Attorney's Office, Ms. Nagala practiced at the firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Susan P. Graber on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Portland, OR. Ms. Nagala is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).