The Team

About the Creation of the Justice Index

The NCAJ is guiding the development of the Justice Index with the support of many participants, who are contributing their time and their talent on a largely pro bono basis:
  • The Pfizer Legal Alliance (PLA) of 15 law firms is leading the research for the Justice Index.
  • Skadden Arps (a PLA law firm) attorneys and staff carried out the research to produce the first installment of the Justice Index.
  • Kirkland & Ellis (a PLA law firm) attorneys and staff helped to carry out the research for the Justice Index.
  • UBS attorneys and staff helped to carry out the research for the Justice Index.
  • Law students from Cardozo School of Law helped to carry out the research for the Justice Index.
  • Law students from University of Pennsylvania School of Law helped to carry out the research for the Justice Index.
  • Deloitte organized the data, designed the indexing methodology to analyze it, and deployed the latest visualization tools to display it in the Justice Index.
  • MSDS, the NYC web design firm, built the web site that houses the data, making the Justice Index available to the public.
National Center for Access to Justice
The NCAJ is the academically affiliated non-partisan law and policy organization dedicated exclusively to increasing access to our nation’s civil and criminal justice systems. In carrying out its reform initiatives, NCAJ works closely with the bar, the judiciary, law schools, the legal services community, and many other stakeholders including social services agencies and client groups. NCAJ’s tools include litigation, reports, public education and public advocacy, conferences, legislative drafting, and the latest data visualization tools. NCAJ makes its home at Cardozo Law School where it teaches the Access to Justice Clinic. To learn more about NCAJ, visit NCAJ’s web site or to learn more about Cardozo Law School, visit
  • David Udell, Executive Director
  • Jamie Gamble, NCAJ’s Senior Counsel and Director of the Justice Index project.
  • Laura Abel, NCAJ deputy director (2012-2013)
Pfizer Legal Alliance
Established in 2009, the PLA is a collaborative partnership between Pfizer and 15 law firms that has transformed the way legal services are delivered and valued. The cornerstones of the PLA are innovation, efficiency, relationship-building and enhanced communications between Pfizer’s in-house lawyers and outside counsel. All PLA firms work for Pfizer on a flat fee basis exclusively and together perform the vast majority of the company’s legal work across the globe.
  • Ellen Rosenthal, Chief Counsel, Pfizer Legal Alliance
  • Joshua Holzer, Chief Counsel for Global Trade
  • Steve Golembiewski, Administrative Assistant
Skadden Arps
With 22 offices, approximately 1,800 attorneys and more than 40 distinct areas of practice, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates serves clients in every major international financial center, providing the specific legal advice companies across a spectrum of industries need to compete most effectively in a global business environment.  Skadden Arps is a PLA firm.
  • William Bossin, Associate
  • Megan Bombick, Associate
  • Kristhy Peguero, Associate
  • Melinda Hightower, Associate
  • Mondi Basmenji, Associate
  • Erin Simmons, Associate
  • Patrick Gordon, Associate
  • Matthew Martino, Counsel
  • Brenna Devaney, Pro Bono Counsel
  • Edward Sittler, Legal Assistant
Kirkland & Ellis
Kirkland & Ellis has a 100-year history of providing exceptional service to clients around the world in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property, restructuring, and counseling matters. Kirkland’s principal goals are to provide the highest quality legal services available anywhere; to be an instrumental part of each client’s success; and to recruit, retain and advance the brightest legal talent. Kirkland & Ellis is a PLA member firm.
  • Oliver Bennett, Partner
  • Saunak Desai, Associate
  • Kelly Gould, Associate
  • Beatrice Hahn, Associate
  • Natasha Hwangpo, Associate
  • Lauren Kanzer, Associate
  • Loretta Lau, Associate
  • Teresa Lii, Associate
  • David MacIsaac, Associate
  • Timothy Mohan, Associate
  • Jonathan Ross, Associate
  • Jessica Silverman, Associate
UBS draws on its 150-year heritage to serve private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. Its business strategy is centered on its pre-eminent global wealth management businesses and its leading universal bank in Switzerland. Together with a client-focused Investment Bank and a strong, well-diversified Global Asset Management business, UBS will expand its premier wealth management franchise and drive further growth across the Group.  UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide. It has offices in more than 50 countries, with about 35% of its employees working in the Americas, 36% in Switzerland, 17% in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 12% in Asia Pacific. UBS employs about 61,000 people around the world. Its shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
  • Tina Bonanno, Associate Director
  • Jessica Hermo, Assistant General Counsel
  • Annie Naughton, Paralegal
  • Barbara Ruthman, Administrative Assistant
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (“Deloitte FAS”) advises clients on managing business controversy and conflict, executing deals, and maintaining regulatory compliance. Deloitte FAS helps clients address serious business concerns across a range of corporate activities, such as completing transactions and strategic investments, investigating and deterring potential fraud, managing the litigation process, and preparing for reorganization. Deloitte FAS Analytics is a fast-growth practice within Deloitte FAS that centers around several of the hottest areas of business today – analytics, forensic analysis, and litigation support – and the specialized skills that make careers in these areas both fascinating and in high-demand.
  • Jeremy Perisho, Partner
  • Susan Schumacher, Senior Manager
  • Sara Vandermark, Senior Manager
Founded in 2000, Constructive is a brand experience firm located in New York City, specializing in working with nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and game-changing companies. As an integrated branding and interactive agency, Constructive provides a combination of strategic, creative and technical expertise to help organizations deliver exceptional brand experiences and achieve greater positive impact in the world. For the Justice Index, Constructive provided branding, interactive strategy, design and development, producing the website in collaboration with NCAJ’s partners and supporters. Constructive’s project team consisted of:
  • Matthew Schwartz, Founder & Director of Strategy
  • Ryan Reynolds, Design Director & Creative Strategist
  • Ross Berenson, Senior Developer
  • Michael McKinstry, Project Manager
Cardozo School of Law
Cardozo Law is a top law school located in New York City’s Greenwich Village providing a comprehensive legal education in the midst of one of the world’s leading cities for law, business, finance, media and culture.  Cardozo Law is proud to provide a home to NCAJ and the Access to Justice Clinic in which students carry out research and advocacy initiatives, including research to help launch NCAJ’s Justice Index. A pioneer in clinical education, Cardozo Law founded the Innocence Project and has over 25 clinics and field clinics whose primary focus is to provide legal assistance to those in need. Cardozo Law supports the growth of NCAJ as part of the school’s commitment to helping to assure equal access to the nation’s justice system.
  • Jonathan Berger (class of 2014)
  • Robyn Mohr (class of 2013)
  • Ilana Shapiro (class of 2014)
University of Pennsylvania School of Law
For a quarter of a century, Penn Law has made service central to legal education through its Toll Public Interest Center. Penn Law prepares law students for careers in the constantly changing legal world by offering a wide array of pro bono opportunities to engage substantively in a broad spectrum of legal issues, while also providing resources to traditionally underserved communities. Participation in NCAJ’s Justice Index furthers Penn Law’s mission to work collaboratively across disciplines to realize the vision of access to justice for all, and supports Penn Law’s goal to instill in students a life-long commitment to service as part of their careers in whatever fields they pursue. For more information about Penn Law and its commitment to public service, please visit:
  • Daniel Kirshenbaum (class of 2014)
  • Kathy Nguyen (class of 2015)
  • Silki Patel (class of 2014)
  • Andrew Pearlman (class of 2014)
  • Alexandria Robertson (class of 2015)
  • Geraldine Rothschild (class of 2015)
  • Jane Trueper (class of 2014)
  • Joanna Visser Adjoian, Associate Director & Staff Attorney, Toll Public Interest Center