PRBA President 2013 – 2014
At the time of her presidency, Elba had worked as a New York attorney for more than fifteen years. Early in her career, Ms. Galvan worked as a litigator and appellate attorney in two private firms. Subsequently, she served as special counsel to the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (currently LatinoJustice PRLDEF) and managed a solo practice. She also served as a Law Clerk to SDNY Judge Analisa Torres and Judge Laura Johnson.
Elba serves on the board of Project Epic, a program that sponsors financially disadvantaged high school students to attend pre-college enrichment programs. She is active in the immigrants’ rights community and is one of the executive producers of a narrative feature film that advocates for immigration reform entitled “Dreamer.” She also served as a volunteer attorney for the New York Legal Assistance Group and Legal Services New York.
Elba was a panelist at the first, third and fourth annual CLE entitled “The Supreme Court Term Impact on the Latino Community Practitioners” sponsored by CUNY School of Law’s CLORE, the HNBA and the PRBA. She also lectured on the duty of prosecutors to truth and justice at a NYWBA CLE entitled “Criminal Law Issues”. She has guest lectured on public interest law at Brooklyn Law School.
She is the recipient of the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s 2011 Excellence in Advocacy Women’s Award. She formerly served as corresponding secretary and vice president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association. As a result of her work as co-chair of the New York Women’s Bar Association legislation committee, the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York issued a position statement supporting the New York State Dream Act.
Elba received her B.A. from Cornell University and J.D. from Howard University School of Law. She is a member of the New York Bar and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.