PRBA President 2012 – 2013
Elena Goldberg Velazquez, Esq. resides in Bronx County. Presently, Elena is a Court Attorney in the Law Department, of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department.
Previously, Elena worked at Soto, Sanchez and Negron, LLP. At Soto, Sanchez, Negron, LLP, Elena handled civil litigation.
Elena is an active member in the Puerto Rican Bar Association (“PRBA”), and is the immediate Past-President. Elena has served the PRBA in various capacities: President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Committee and Chair of the Women’s Committee. Elena is a member of the New York State Bar Diversity Committee. In addition, Elena is on the Board of Visitors for CUNY School of Law.
In 2011 and 2012, Elena was a lecturer at the Summer Justice Academy, held at the Judicial Institute at Pace University School of Law. Elena has also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the South Bronx Charter School for International Cultures and the Arts, and a member of the Yonkers Puerto Rican Hispanic Day Parade.
Elena earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Syracuse University where she graduated Pi Sigma Alpha. While at Syracuse Elena was on the Dean’s List, a member of the nationally ranked Mock Trial Team, and a member of the Syracuse University Union Speakers Board. Elena earned her Juris Doctor from City University of New York School of Law Queens College, where she was the Managing Editor of the New York City Law Review. While in law school, Elena was also a member of the New York City Bar Association, American Bar Association, International Law Organization and Phi Alpha Delta. Elena is admitted to practice law in New York State, Connecticut and the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York.
During law school, Elena clerked and successfully completed the summer associate program at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman and Dicker, LLP. Thereafter, Elena accepted an associate position at Wilson, Elser, et al. Elena also worked in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in the Superior Court Trial Division where she monitored the cold case project.
Elena was the recipient of the Bronx/Manhattan Times 2012 Women of Distinction Award, 2012 New York League of Puerto Rican Women – Woman of the Year Award, Puerto Rican Bar Association’s 2009 Young Lawyer Women’s Award, 2007 Entre Nosotras Award and 2006 Latyn Scholarship Award.