Caprice R. Jenerson
Director, Pro Bono & Volunteer
Caprice is NYLAG’s Director of the Pro Bono and Volunteer Unit, responsible for coordinating the agency’s extensive pro bono program. Prior to joining NYLAG, Caprice was Senior Resource Counsel with the Clemency Project 2014, where she was responsible for the recruitment and training of nearly 4,000 lawyers to provide pro bono assistance to federal inmates seeking to have their sentences commuted or reduced by the President of the United States. She is a veteran attorney with 20 years’ experience in all phases of criminal and civil litigation as well as appellate advocacy. She has worked as a legal consultant to a variety of law firms and solo practitioners and as an associate and principal at several private firms. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law.
Pro Bono Coordinator, Pro Bono and Volunteer Unit
Ruth manages the logistics of all existing law firm programming, including the monthly individual case list, limited scope clinics and extended services clinics. In her role, Ruth also develops, sustains and expands relationships with law firms and corporations, creating and implementing new pro bono projects, clinics and training events. Prior to joining NYLAG, Ruth worked as a program assistant at Kids in Need of Defense and as a Document Analyst at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Ruth has volunteered at a number of organizations focused on immigrant rights and ending violence against women, including the New York Immigration Coalition and Sanctuary for Families. Ruth received her B.A. from Columbia University.
Volunteer Coordinator, Pro Bono & Volunteer
Jaida is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Pro Bono Unit. She oversees the recruitment of volunteers from colleges and law schools. She provides support for all grants and audits by tracking in-house and offsite volunteer hours. Significantly, Jaida spearheads NYLAG’s extensive CLE program and coordinates the Summer Associate Program. She received her BA from CUNY Hunter College in 2015 with a major in English, Linguistics & Rhetoric and a minor in Media Studies. Prior to joining NYLAG, Jaida interned in the Pro Bono & Volunteer Unit and provided a broad range of administrative support for the Unit and coordinated the Language Access Volunteer program to recruit remote interpreters and translators to assist NYLAG staff as needed.
Senior Staff Attorney, Pro Bono & Volunteer
Sara supervises NYLAG’s docket of immigration cases placed with pro bono counsel. Sara also runs NYLAG’s asylum clinic in partnership with Bellevue Hospital’s Program for Survivors of Torture. She maintains a case load of undocumented victims of serious crimes and domestic violence applying for U Visas and relief under the Violence Against Women Act and represents asylum seekers fleeing persecution as well as minors applying for immigration protection under Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Previously, Sara served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow with NYLAG’s LegalHealth division. Through her fellowship project, Sara opened on-site legal clinics for undocumented humanitarian immigrants at a public hospital. She represented clients in their immigration cases and worked with such individuals to obtain state Medicaid coverage once their federal immigration cases were pending. Sara received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. Prior to law school, Sara worked as a journalist for the English nightly news on Israeli television.