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Board Of Trustees

  • Richard Marsico, Chair
  • Jack Callahan, Vice-Chair
  • Linnet Tse, Treasurer
  • Katherine Smelas, Secretary
  • Janine Azriliant
  • Charles Flynn


Richard Marsico is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Justice Action Center at New York Law School.  He is a graduate of Fordham College and Harvard Law School.  After law school, Marsico worked as a clerk to a federal district court judge and then in the Bronx Neighborhood Office of the Legal Aid Society, where he specialized in representing tenant associations.  Currently, Marsico teachers education law courses at New York Law School and is publishing a book on special education law in 2014.  He served as a trustee on the Mamaroneck Union Free School District Board of Education from 2005-2011.
Jennifer LaMarsh is an attorney in New York State. Following college, Jennifer spent several years providing Applied Behavior Analysis services to children with autism in clinic, home, and school settings. Her passion for education continued into law school where she focused much of her studies on education law and policy. Jennifer holds a B.A., cum laude, in Psychology and American Sign Language from the University of Rochester and a J.D., cum laude, from New York Law School. 
Linnet Tse served as trustee on the Mamaroneck Union Free School District’s Board of Education from 2003-2012, two of those as president. She was formerly a financial executive at PepsiCo, responsible for business planning and analysis. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.  
Katherine Smelas is an attorney and is the graduate fellow of the Justice Action Center at New York Law School.  She ran the Center’s Street Law program at Middle School 22 in the Bronx in 2011 and 2012.     

Janine Azriliant is an attorney and Administrative Law Judge for New York City's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH).  She is also a mediator for the Southern District of New York and an arbitrator in the State court system, as well as a volunteer counselor for the City Bar's Monday Night Law program where she provides individuals with free legal consultations.  Ms. Azriliant received her B.A., cum laude, from Lehigh University and a J.D. from New York Law School, where she was also a member of its Law Review.


Dr. Charles L. Flynn, Jr., is the President of the College of Mount Saint Vincent.  He received a B.A. from Hamilton College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University.  An historian, Dr. Flynn is the author of White Land, Black Labor: Caste and Class in Late Nineteenth Century Georgia. He is also a co-editor of an award-winning volume entitled Race, Class, and Politics in Southern History.  Currently he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of the State of New York (CICU) and a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

Lawrence M. Grosberg is a Professor of Law Emeritus at New York Law School.  J.D. Columbia Univ; B.A. Univ. of Southern Calif.  He recently completed 35 years in academia and 10 years as a practicing lawyer.  At NYLS, he directed the clinical and skills curriculum for more than 20 years.  In addition to teaching, he developed various experiential pedagogical techniques, including standardized clients, interactive electronic teaching tools and performance tests.  He has lectured and published articles on civil procedure, clinical teaching, bar exams and methods of evaluating lawyering competence. For 3 years he served as Chair of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.