Press Release: Access Justice Brooklyn Announces the Election of New Young Professionals Board Leadership and Appointment of New Member


Wednesday, May 3, 2023


Brooklyn, New York –– Access Justice Brooklyn announces a change in leadership of the organization’s Young Professionals Board (YPB), with the elections of Michelle D. Tuma, Associate at Winston & Strawn LLP and Lisa V. Zivkovic, Ph.D, Associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP as co-chairs and Anita Rojas Carroll, Associate at Rower LLC as vice chair following the YPB meeting held on February 22, 2023 along with the appointment of one new member, Keren Goldshlager, at the organization’s Board meeting held on April 18, 2023.

Upon election, Michelle and Lisa shared, “We are both thrilled to be stepping into the role of co-chairs of the Young Professionals Board at Access Justice Brooklyn. As members of the YPB for a few years now and both litigators with active pro bono practices, we are particularly excited to expand the membership to include young professionals across a variety of industries. We believe that recruiting from a diverse pool will further the mission of the YPB and Access Justice Brooklyn and are eager to assist with the expansion of new volunteer opportunities. We expect this to be a year of growth and cannot wait to get started.”

Additionally, Anita shared the following, “I am honored and excited to serve as vice chair of the Young Professionals Board. Access Justice Brooklyn’s mission is very close to my heart; I am a fourth generation Brooklynite and started my career in nonprofit legal services in Brooklyn. Throughout my transition into private practice, my ties to the public interest community have remained front and center. I am fortunate to have been able to collaborate with Access Justice Brooklyn’s family law team to provide pro bono services through my firm, and look forward to what this year has in store for the organization.”

Joining Access Justice Brooklyn’s YPB is Keren Goldshlager, Strategic Response at Meta. Upon appointment, Karen said the following:

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Young Professionals Board of Access Justice Brooklyn, and excited to help advance its mission to support our neighbors and ensure a more equitable Brooklyn.”

Access Justice Brooklyn’s YPB was established to support the organization’s Board of Directors and its goal of making the legal system more accessible and equitable for low-income Brooklyn residents. The YPB unites rising talent professionals across the legal and non-legal sectors who are motivated to utilize their time, experience, and diverse skill sets in service of Access Justice Brooklyn’s mission. The YPB serves as an advisor to and agent of the full Board, driving an array of activities including community outreach and program expansion, event planning and fundraising, and providing strategic guidance to the organization. 

Keren joins a 6-member Young Professionals Board including: Michelle D. Tuma, Winston & Strawn LLP, co-chair; Lisa V. Zivkovic, Ph.D, Morrison & Foerster LLP, co-chair; Anita Rojas Carroll, Rower LLC, vice chair; Ryan Buffkin, SiriusPoint, secretary; Jacob Godshall, GIC; and Wendy Li, BSE Global.

About Access Justice Brooklyn:

Access Justice Brooklyn partners with compassionate pro bono attorneys to provide high-quality, civil legal services that help ensure equal access to the legal system. The organization’s approach prioritizes the most basic, essential elements and experiences of human life, including housing, family stability, and subsistence income. Its proven pro bono model—recruit, train, supervise, and support—also provides flexibility to address new legal issues as they emerge. Everyone, whether an attorney or not, has a role to play in expanding access to justice. Visit or email to volunteer, donate, or find other ways to get involved.

Press Contact:
Melissa Starr | Senior Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives | 718-473-9209 |


by Development Team