Briana Cummings is a Social Justice Fellow from Columbia Law School for 2012-2013 and graduated from law school in 2012. Her interests lie at the intersection of economic justice, corporate accountability, education, youth and family law, immigration, and criminal justice. While in law school, Briana served on the board of Columbia’s chapter of the Unemployment Action Center, where she represented unemployment insurance claimants in their administrative hearings; worked on civil rights and labor class actions as an intern at Goldstein Demchak Baller Borgen & Dardarian; and published a Columbia Law Review Note on corporate accountability. She co-founded Columbia’s Education Law and Policy Society, worked at Children’s Rights on class actions challenging state foster care systems, volunteered on a pro bono asylum petition for a battered woman from Guatemala, and prosecuted domestic violence cases at the Queens County District Attorney's Office in New York.
On the criminal defense side, Briana worked at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center on habeas petitions for California's indigent death row inmates, helped to edit Columbia Law School's Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual, and collaborated with fellow students to help the nonprofit College Initiative incorporate social networking as a strategy to help individuals formerly involved in the criminal justice system to transition to and thrive in higher education.
Briana interned for Judge Elizabeth Stong of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York and for Judge Raymond Lohier of the U.S. Second Circuit. She served as an Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review, won the first-year prize for best moot court brief, and was awarded highest honors as a James Kent Scholar.
Briana holds a Masters in Quantitative Methods in Developmental Research from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also pursued doctoral studies in Human Development and Psychology for five years. Before law school, Briana did education policy research at a number of nonprofits and consulted with inner-city high schools and the Massachusetts Department of Education. Her publications include "Defining Literacy and Citizenship in the United States and France" (2011) and "Benefit Corporations: How to Enforce a Mandate to Pursue the Public Interest?" (2012).
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