November 8, 2007
Associate Dean Natalie Gomez-Velez is the featured personal profile in the Nov. 7, 2007 newsletter of the Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA). The story hinges on the dean’s recent appointment in academic affairs at CUNY Law and explores her journey to become a lawyer and a dean. “I hated my first semester as a student at NYU Law School and I almost quit,” Dean Gomez-Velez told the newsletter. “There was a lot of pressure to pursue a career in corporate law and I realized that my passion was not there.” She said she survived with the help of peanut butter sandwiches and the encouragement of friends in the Puerto Rican Bar Association, graduating from NYU Law in 1989. She also discusses her passion for the CUNY Law mission of training lawyers to serve in the public interest.
The PRBA has grown from a handful of attorneys since its 1957 founding to more than 500 members representing the interests of attorneys, judges, law professors and students of Latino descent.