Natoya L McGhie

President, Brooklyn Women's Bar Association 

President's Message

Welcome to the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association! Thank you for your support.

I am honored to serve as President for the 2020-2021 membership year.  I invite you to read about my theme for the year in my President's Message.

I encourage you to share your thoughts and suggestions on how we can continue to serve our membership during this time.

Yours Truly,

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Jillian Modzeleski

Jillian Modzeleski is a staff attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS). Ms. Modzeleski joined BDS in 2011 and became their dedicated attorney in the Human Trafficking Intervention Part. Most recently, Ms. Modzeleski created the Women’s Defense Unit, which represents cisgender and transgender women who have a history of trauma, abuse, and exploitation that has directly or indirectly led to their involvement in the criminal legal system. The Women’s Defense Unit seeks to highlight, for the Judge and Prosecutor, the significant impact that a client’s gender-specific experiences have on their current circumstances while, at the same time, addresses a client's needs, including social welfare, trauma-informed services, and caregiver responsibilities.

Ms. Modzeleski has testified in front of the New York City council, participated in numerous panels about the intersection of victims of human trafficking and the criminal justice system, as well as co-authored an op-ed piece for GQ Magazine.

Ms. Modzeleski graduated from New York Law School in 2006. After law school, she worked for Judge Michael Corriero in Manhattan Supreme Court’s Youth Part and then for the Children’s Law Center.

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