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The Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington
Touro Law Center's Office of Development, Alumni Relations and Communications is proud to announce that Valerie Cartright ’03 has been selected as the alum of the month for May 2012. Ms. Cartright is a leader in her profession, is very committed to her volunteer work in the public service sector, was a member of the Black Law Students Association while in law school and remains engaged with the law center through her work with Touro Law students and special event committees. Her accomplished career is highlighted in the bio below. On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to Valerie Cartright.
Valerie M. Cartright is an associate at the Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington practicing primarily in the areas of civil rights litigation and criminal law. Since her admission to the Bar, Ms. Cartright has worked at several law firms, gaining additional experience in construction law, civil law, education law and family law. After receiving her undergraduate degree in International Studies from West Virginia University, Ms. Cartright received a Juris Doctorate from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. During her law school career, she served a term as President of the Black Law Students Association and earned numerous awards including the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Achievement Award, the CALI Academic Excellence Awards for Contracts I and Racism and American Law, and Touro Law Center Awards for Special Service, Exceptional Contributions to the Growth of the Law Center, and Exceptional Service to the Public and the Community. Ms. Cartright was named the 2008 Public Service Attorney of the Year by Touro Law Center and has published an article in the New York Law Journal entitled “The Integrity of the American Justice System.” Ms. Cartright is admitted to practice before the Courts of the States of New York, New Jersey and Florida; the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the Supreme Court of the United States.
While a law student at Touro Law Center, Ms. Cartright worked as a research assistant at ERASE Racism, a Long Island not-for-profit organization promoting policies and programs to address institutional and structural racism and increase racial equity in public school education, housing and healthcare; an organization for which she served as a Board Member for numerous years. Ms. Cartright gained additional legal experience as a legal assistant at various law offices on Long Island, and as a judicial clerk at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. During her law school career, Ms. Cartright also took courses at the Paris Institute on International and Comparative Law, and served as a legal intern at a corporate law firm in Paris, France.
As the first African American to receive a First Place Award and Best Oralist Award in Touro Law Center’s John S. Bainbridge Moot Court Competition, as well as be named as a Regional Finalist of the National Black Law Students’ Association Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition, Ms. Cartright remains steadfast in her commitment to mentoring and coaching Touro Law students who participate in various oral advocacy competitions. She was recently recognized as an Alumni Honoree by the Black Law Students Association of Touro Law Center for her commitment to Touro Law Center’s black law students. Ms. Cartright has also shown great interest in assisting new lawyers bridge the gap from law school to a law career. She served as the first African-American Chair of the largest section of the New York State Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Section, comprising of more than 3,200 members, including law students, newly admitted and younger attorneys.
In addition to practicing law, Ms. Cartright presently serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Law and Ethics at St. Joseph’s College in the Human Services Management and Leadership Masters Program. On occasion, she also serves as a Panelist or Guest Lecturer for Bar Association events, speaking on various issues. Furthermore, Ms. Cartright is the President-Elect of Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association and the former Chairperson of the Civil Rights Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. In addition to holding office in the local chapter of her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Ms. Cartright plays an integral role in molding the young minds of today and future leaders of tomorrow through her service as Trustee and Youth Program Coordinator of the Rosa Park Democratic Association and former Chairperson and current Vice-Chairperson of Project Hope -The New Direction, a not-for-profit organization providing recreational, social and educational activities to underprivileged children in the Southeast Queens (NY) area.
For more than 7 years, Ms. Cartright served as the Director of the Women’s Step Ministry “Steppers in Christ” at Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Queens. She is presently an active member of the House of Judah in West Sayville under the leadership of Pastor Steven and Lady Sylena Mangum. When not worshiping God through the gift of Step, she serves on various liturgical dance and drama ministries. Valerie’s passion to worship via the arts began after a sincere yearning to be a testimony of God’s favor, grace and mercy in her life. She continuously strives to stay in relationship with God and connect with God on a deeper level through praise and worship. A living testimony and breast cancer Survivor herself, Ms. Cartright also dedicates her time and effort to educating others on breast cancer survivorship support, early detection mechanisms and spiritual healing and well being.