Monday, October 8, 2012

Democrats Name LaShann DeArcy To Ethics Panel


Commissioner LaShann M. DeArcyLaShann M. DeArcy
LaShann M. DeArcy is a member of Morrison & Foerster’s Litigation Department.  Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation representing Fortune 500 companies, among others, in a wide range of accountant liability, antitrust, contract, tort, and securities matters.  Ms. DeArcy’s experience includes numerous successful representations in state and federal trials, as well as alternative dispute resolution tribunals.  She has authored several successful appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuits and the New York State Appellate Division.
In addition, Ms. DeArcy has volunteered her time to numerous pro bono efforts.  She successfully represented a woman on death row, winning a reversal by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals of her client’s death sentence.  She also negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of an inmate seeking redress of First Amendment violations in a Section 1983 action, among other matters.  Ms. DeArcy has worked directly with programs aimed at introducing minority youth to the law, such as Sponsors for Education Opportunity (SEO), Constitutional Works, and the High School of Law and Justice.  For her work in promoting diversity in the legal profession, Ms. DeArcy was honored by the New York City Bar Association as a recipient of its 2009 Diversity Champion Award.
Ms. DeArcy serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Neighborhood Defenders Service of Harlem. Ms. DeArcy is also an executive member of the Council of Urban Professionals, and is a member of the Metro Manhattan Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Ms. DeArcy earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Howard University School of Law in 2000.  At Howard University, Ms. DeArcy was a member of the Howard Law Journal.  She was also captain of the national championship Huver L. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team and was individually honored as the “Best Advocate” in the Allegheny Trial Lawyers’ Association Trial Advocacy Competition.  Ms. DeArcy earned her undergraduate degree from Antioch College in 1992, where she was a Chatergee Merit Scholar.  She was also a member of the United States Air Force from 1995 to 1997.


Democrats name LaShann DeArcy to replace Ravi Batra on state ethics panel 

Senate Minority Leader John Sampson names Taxi & Limousine Commission lawyer DeArcy to Joint Commission on Public Integrity


Senate Minority Leader John Sampson taps LaShann DeArcy to join ethics panel as it probes sex harassment accusations against Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

ALBANY — State Senate Democrats have appointed a replacement on the state ethics commission for Ravi Batra, who resigned after complaining about leaks and outside pressure during the Vito Lopez investigation.

Senate Minority Leader John Sampson has appointed LaShann DeArcy, a Manhattan lawyer who Mayor Bloomberg named to the city Taxi and Limousine Commission, as his sole appointment to the Joint Commission on Public Integrity, a top Senate Dem said.
DeArcy once served as a scheduler for Queens Rep. Floyd Flake. She has been of counsel to Morrison & Foerster LLP since October 2010. Before that, she worked for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a senior litigate associate.
DeArcy joins JCOPE in the midst of a high-profile probe into the handling of sexual harassment allegations against Lopez, a Brooklyn Democratic Assemblyman.
klovett@nydailynews.com




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