Executive Department

James O’Neal
Co-Founder and Executive Director
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In 1982, Mr. O’Neal received the Harvard Fellowship in Public Interest Law and co-founded Legal Outreach in 1983. He became a Columbia University Charles Revson Fellow in 1990. Mr. O’Neal attended Oxford College of Emory University, A.A., 1977; Emory College, Emory University, B.A.,1979, Political Science; and Harvard Law School, J.D.,1982.

Bethsheba Cooper
Co-Director and Managing Director of College Access
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Ms. Cooper has been with Legal Outreach for twenty-four years and has served in numerous capacities in helping to build and establish the various components of the Law-Related Education and College Bound Programs. She is a recipient of the PASEsetter Award for excellence in After-School education. She is a 1981 graduate of Southern California College with a B.A. in English. Previous to her tenure with Legal Outreach, Ms. Cooper worked in ministry with Voice of Calvary, a community development organization in Jackson, Mississippi.

Sanetta Ponton
Managing Director of Academic Programs
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Ms. Ponton graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in African American Studies from Columbia University, in 2006 with a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and in 2012 magna cum laude with a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. Ms. Ponton has worked in several positions at Legal Outreach including Law-Related Education Coordinator and Community Law and Education Coordinator. She has also worked in state government and non-profit programs and administration.

Pebbles Angella Byndloss
Director of Finance and Operations
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Ms Byndloss joined the Legal Outreach Family in Spring 2012, with over sixteen years of banking and accounting experience. She has worked in both corporate for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Ms. Byndloss believes job performance is a reflection of a person, and takes great pride in performing all tasks – menial to managerial – with diligence, pride, and efficiency. Ms. Byndloss is a graduate of CUNY York College.

Massiel Ramos
Resource and Development Coordinator
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Massiel received her B.A. from Emory University in 2011, and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2015. While in law school, Massiel was the recipient of the Edward V. Sparer Fellowship and the Equal Justice America Fellowship allowing her to work with underserved communities in New York City. As an alumnus of the Summer Law Institute and the College Bound program, Massiel has remained connected to Legal Outreach through volunteer work during college as a college access intern and as a debate coach during law school. Knowing the immense value that Legal Outreach has added to her life, Massiel is dedicated to continue to serve Legal Outreach students.


Special Initiatives Department

Tamika Edwards
Managing Director of Training and Special Initiatives
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Ms. Edwards received her B.A. in Legal Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1996 and her J.D. from New England School of Law in 1999. She worked at Legal Outreach from 1999-2009 in several capacities, including Coordinator and Director of Legal Education, Saturday Writing Program instructor, and Queens Site Director. From 2009-2012 Ms. Edwards worked at Advocates for Children as an Education Specialist and Staff Attorney before rejoining Legal Outreach in 2012.

Dwight Curwen
Community and Law Education Coordinator
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Mr. Curwen received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University at Albany in 2002. Dwight began as an instructor and eventually became the Director of Education for a Sylvan Learning Center site in the Bronx in 2005. He also taught English Language Arts and Math during a three year stint with Waterside School for Leadership Middle School in Far Rockaway, Queens. Before Joining Legal Outreach he served as a Director of Education for community-based organizations Friends of Island Academy and Phipps Neighborhoods. Dwight has a passion for Education and working with under-served communities.


Law-Related Education Department

Grace Pickering
Director of Law Related Education
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Ms. Pickering received her B.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2000; her Master of Science in History of Science, Technology and Medicine from Imperial College, London, in 2001; and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2008, graduating magna cum laude. Prior to law school, Ms. Pickering taught English in Barcelona, Spain. From 2008-2012, she was a general litigation associate at Arnold & Porter LLP.

Alysha Pizarro
Law-Related Education Coordinator
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Mrs. Pizarro graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007, with a B.A. in African American Studies and Political Science, and received her J.D. in 2010 from St. John’s University School of Law. While in law school, Mrs. Pizarro served as a Coordinator during Legal Outreach’s 2009 Summer Law Institute at St. John’s and continued to work with Legal Outreach through the remainder of her law school career. Prior to rejoining Legal Outreach, Mrs. Pizarro served for three years as an Assistant District Attorney under Robert T. Johnson in Bronx County.

Ana Apostoleris
Law-Related Education Coordinator
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Ms. Apostoleris received her B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College in 2013, and received her J.D. from Duke Law School in 2016. During law school, she worked on various criminal and juvenile cases through Duke’s Wrongful Convictions and Children’s Law clinics, and was student director of the school’s Center on Law, Race, and Politics; prior to law school, her work included public education and community affairs internships with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball’s Commissioner’s Office. Before joining LO in 2017, she was a Legal Fellow with the Fair Punishment Project at Harvard Law School.

Daniel Polonsky
Law-Related Education Associate
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Mr. Polonsky graduated cum laude generali from Vassar College in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science. He has interned with a New York State Senator, a New York Supreme Court Justice, and at a strategic communications firm. In a few years, Mr. Polonsky plans to pursue a joint degree in law and public policy.


Saturday Writing & After-School Department

Dan Bautista
Director of Writing and Academic Development
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Dr. Bautista received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1991 and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University in 2004, all in Comparative Literature. Prior to joining Legal Outreach in 2015, he taught as a Lecturer in the History and Literature program at Harvard University, as an Adjunct and Assistant Professor of English at Lehman College, CUNY, and as an Instructor for the Columbia University Summer High School Program.


Information Technology & Support Department

Alfas Miah
Director of Information Technology
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Mr. Miah began working with Legal Outreach in 2006. He manages the organization’s information technology infrastructure. He provides maintenance and development of various applications and systems, technical support, administrative support for programs. He graduated from John Jay College, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Public Administration.