Carmen R. Torrent, Esq., PRBA President 1998 – 1999
Carmen Rita Torrent has been an Assistant Attorney General since 1994 in both the Labor and Litigation Bureaus of the New York State Department of Law. She is currently assigned to the Labor Bureau. As a member of the Labor Bureau, Carmen investigates and, in appropriate cases, prosecutes violations of the labor laws. In addition, she provides labor advice to workers thorough out the state. Carmen brings extensive years of public service to her role as Assistant Attorney General.
Hon. Nelson S. Roman, PRBA President 1997 – 1998
Complete devotion to public service. This best describes Nelson Román’s career. From his early years as a New York City Police Officer to his rapid ascension within the court system, Nelson Román has never wavered in his belief that he who serves the public provides a much needed and invaluable service.
In 1982, a very young Nelson Román joined the New York City Police Department, where he dutifully served his Bronx community for almost eight years. While working full-time, he concomitantly attended Brooklyn Law School, graduating in 1989.
Ramón Cintrón, PRBA President 1994 – 1996
Mr. Cintrón, a native of Puerto Rico, grew up in New York City and graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1977. After law school, he worked for the law firm of Jose Rivera & Associates, specializing civil rights and employment law. He later joined the Office of the Solicitor, U. S. Department of Labor as a trial attorney. He also served as General Counsel to the NYC Department of Employment and to the NY State Workers Compensation Board, and was a commissioner on the NY City Tax Appeals Tribunal.
Sandra B. Otero-Velez, Esq., PRBA President 1993 – 1994
Sandra Otero obtained her JD from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, her MA from New York University Graduate School of Education, and her BFA from New York University School of Performing Arts. She practiced Real Estate Law with the private sector, at the firms of Dreyer and Traub and Fogelson, Fogelson and Babbitt before joining the Law Department of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1986. She has over 20 years of experience with the Port Authority practicing real estate, finance and public securities, corporate governance, taxation, federal aid and procurement. She has taught the Real Estate Salesperson class at New York University’s Real Estate Institute, and as a law student she worked for the New York State Attorney General Real Estate Division, and the United States Judge Advocate General at Fort Dix.
Hon. Mary Ann Brigantti Hughes, PRBA President 1991 – 1993
Mary Ann Brigantti Hughes, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, was born in Utuado Puerto Rico on September 5, 1959. She grew up in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, was an ASPIRAnte in Cathedral High School, graduated from Fordham University in 1981 where she served as a legislative intern to the Assembly Majority Whip during Governor Carey’s tenure. As a Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Fellow she attended Suffolk Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her J.D. from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1985, where she also studied abroad in Tel Aviv University Law School in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Roberto Laracuente, Esq., PRBA President 1990 – 1991
Roberto Laracuente has been President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association (New York); Parliamentarian of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association; Officer of Bronx Bar Association; Of Counsel to Fuchsberg and Fuchsberg; Of Counsel to Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C.. Mr. Laracuente represents those injured though negligence including premises, motor vehicle and construction site accidents. Mr. Laracuente’s clients have included victims of accidents at work, in the home and in public places such as sidewalks and streets. Mr. Laracuente has represented victims of medical malpractice and children poisoned by lead and other toxic substances.