Road Less Traveled III Panelist Bios
Road Less Traveled III, Public Interest as a Path to a Satisfying Legal Career
Friday, October 4, 2013
Syracuse University College of Law
Panel Program, Room 200, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Networking Reception, Heritage Alumni Lounge, Room 366, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Adam Leitman Bailey, L’95
Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., New York, NY
Adam Leitman Bailey received his B.A. with honors from Rutgers University in 1992. He received his J.D., cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1995. Mr. Bailey is the managing partner of the firm he founded, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. He handles residential and commercial real estate law cases in both New York and New Jersey. Mr. Bailey has been identified among the top five percent of attorneys in the New York area, named a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine and honored with a Martindale-Hubbell “AV” preeminent rating.
Mr. Bailey’s advocacy has prevailed in numerous important trials and cases before various courts and trial venues including Housing, Civil, and New York State Supreme Court as well as various New York Appellate tribunals. In addition to this success, he and his firm give back to the local community in many ways by participating in youth mentoring, contributing to local charities, taking on pro bono work, and awarding college scholarships –amongst other things. Mr. Bailey also established Building Foundations Inc., a not-for-profit that provides financing, scholarships, education, internships and real-life experience to help children reach their personal and professional dreams.
In October 2012, during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Mr. Bailey and his staff brought supplies to meetings and counseled clients on understanding the danger flooding presented, particularly in the form of mold and damage to electrical systems. The firm counseled thousands of homeowners on short terms solutions. Not limiting relief efforts to their own clientele, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. provided assistance to the entire City by publishing white papers instructing citizens on their legal rights.
Edward Jayetileke, L’07
New York County District Attorney's Office, New York, NY
Edward A. Jayetileke received a B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Sociology, from The George Washington University in 2000. He graduated cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 2007. Prior to attending the College of Law, Mr. Jayetileke worked for four years as a legal assistant in the antitrust and intellectual property practice groups in the Washington, D.C. office of Arnold & Porter.
Mr. Jayetileke has spent his entire legal career serving the public sector. His public service began while at the College of Law, where he completed internships with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York, the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
In September 2007, Mr. Jayetileke was sworn in as an assistant district attorney by the Hon. Robert M. Morgenthau, the then New York County District Attorney. September 2013 marks Mr. Jayetileke’s seventh year in the Office.
Mr. Jayetileke began his career as an assistant district attorney in the Appeals Bureau, where he submitted and argued numerous briefs before the Appellate Term and Appellate Division, First Department. Presently, Mr. Jayetileke is a felony assistant assigned to the Trial Division, where he has been since June 2009. He has handled a wide array of cases ranging from criminal mischief, and theft of services to violent robberies, assaults, weapons possession, and shootings. Mr. Jayetileke also participates in the Office’s diversity committee and has represented the Office at various recruitment events.
Mr. Jayetileke is honored to serve the people of New York County and to continue a family tradition of work in public service. In that regard, he follows in the footsteps of his father, a former Solicitor General, and his great-grandfather, a former Attorney General, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.
Gretal Kinney, L’09
U.S. Coast Guard, Portsmouth, VA
Gretal Kinney was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida) with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Classical Studies. Post-graduation, Lt. Kinney worked as a paralegal for a family law firm in Gainesville, Florida before entering law school. In 2009, Lt. Kinney graduated cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law. During law school, she worked as a law clerk at the New York State Attorney General's Office in the Charities Bureau, helping to protect charitable organizations against fraud. She also participated in the College of Law’s Community Development Law Clinic, where she assisted low-income clients in incorporating their businesses and applying for trademarks. Lt. Kinney was also the form and accuracy editor for the Syracuse Science and Technology Law Reporter.
After completing the New York bar exam, Lt. Kinney was commissioned as a Lieutenant in July 2010. She reported to officer training at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and then proceeded to receive legal training at the Naval Justice School in Newport, RI. Upon completion of Naval Justice School, Lt. Kinney checked into the Coast Guard Legal Service Command – East located in Norfolk, Virginia. In her first year at the Legal Service Command, Lt. Kinney worked in the Claims and Litigation Division where she negotiated and settled claims on behalf of the Coast Guard. Lt. Kinney was then assigned as a trial attorney at the Navy Region Legal Service Office Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginal for a period of 17 months. While there, Lt. Kinney worked on approximately 40 cases, prosecuting approximately 14 of those cases. She is currently detailed to the Coast Guard Fifth District Legal Office, where she works as a staff attorney.
Lt. Kinney and her husband Todd currently reside in Portsmouth, Virginia with their two sons, Dexter Grey and Dorian Lane. In her free time, Lt. Kinney enjoys cooking, running, traveling, and most importantly, spending time with her family.
Melissa Mitchell, L’01
Electric Power Supply Association, Washington, D.C.
Melissa Mitchell has a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and an LL.M. in Law & Government from American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Mitchell has worked as a staff attorney at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the Division of Market Oversight where she provided oversight for the various compliance programs of each of the U.S. Futures Exchanges. Before working at the CFTC, Ms. Mitchell was a staff attorney with the Office of the General Counsel – Energy Markets Division at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). While at this position, she drafted Commission orders on wholesale energy issues relating to market power, antitrust issues and market-based electric energy rates. Ms. Mitchell also authored several rulemakings and provided legal and technical support to Commissioners and staff members.
Ms. Mitchell now works with the Electric Power Supply Association, a national trade association representing competitive power suppliers active in U.S. and global power markets. She serves as the director of regulatory affairs and counsel.
Eric Moll, L’11
Maryland Legal Aid, Baltimore, MD
Eric Moll received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Special Education from the University of Arizona in May 2005. He graduated cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 2011 where he completed both an Estate Planning Certificate and a Disability Law Certificate. Mr. Moll was also conferred a M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education as part of a Joint Degree Program between the College of Law and the College of Education.
Mr. Moll joined Maryland Legal Aid as a staff attorney in 2012 and currently handles cases for the Montgomery County office located in Rockville, Maryland. He practices in the general unit, but specifically focuses on representing clients in public benefits cases including Social Security, temporary cash assistance, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, daycare vouchers, and mobility services.
In addition to public benefits cases Mr. Moll also represents clients in employment related matters such as unemployment insurance and wage claims. Further, he provides representation and advice to clients concerning landlord-tenant matters.
Mr. Moll is also an electric car advocate and works part-time for Tesla Motors.
Michael Sampson, L’10
U.S. Social Security Administration, Washington, D.C.
Michael Sampson graduated from the University of California, San Diego, in 2005 with a B.A. in Political Science. He was awarded his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 2010. He participated in the Securities Arbitration & Consumer Law Clinic and was a research assistant for the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. Mr. Sampson was also the executive editor of Syracuse Law Review and managing editor of Impunity Watch. In addition, he obtained his M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School and an LL.M. in National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law from the George Washington University Law School. Mr. Sampson also received an Executive Certificate in Counter-Terrorism Studies from the Lauder School of Government in Herzliya, Israel. During law school, he interned for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of New York, Welch Allyn (Singapore) and Sidney Cominsky Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Sampson is currently an attorney-advisor for the Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, where he advises Appellate Administrative Law Judges on disability cases. He previously worked in a variety of other areas including mortgage banking, immigration, and clinical drug development.
Melissa Schreiber-Stahl, L’10
1000 Friends of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Melissa Schreiber-Stahl graduated from Dickinson College in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science. She received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 2010. While at the College of Law, Melissa was a student attorney with the Community Development Law Clinic, an assistant to Professor Robin Paul Malloy and an associate editor of Syracuse Law Review.
Ms. Schreiber-Stahl is currently a policy associate with 1000 Friends of Maryland, a non-profit dedicated to fostering smart growth in Maryland. Her work includes assisting with state-level policy reform before and during the Maryland legislative session and implementing smart growth initiatives at the state and local levels. Prior to joining 1000 Friends, Melissa completed a government affairs fellowship with Smart Growth America in Washington, D.C., and worked in community development for several years, including a year of Americorps VISTA service with the Northside Urban Partnership in Syracuse.
Melissa currently lives in Baltimore with her husband and young daughter.
William Tansey, L’03
Essex County Public Defender's Office, Elizabethtown, NY
William Tansey graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and became a U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer. Following his three tours of duty, Mr. Tansey earned his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 2003. While at the College of Law, Mr. Tansey was a member of the National Trial Team and the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce.
Upon graduation from the College of Law, Mr. Tansey returned to the U.S. Navy as a member of the Judge Advocate General Corp (JAG). He was first stationed in Norfolk, Virginia to provide legal assistance to sailors and their families. In that role, he drafted wills, marital separation agreements, and mediated landlord-tenant disputes. Mr. Tansey then served as a military defense attorney defending sailors at Special and General Courts Martials.
Next, Mr. Tansey served as a Staff Judge Advocate for Commander Naval Surface Forces Atlantic. In this role, Mr. Tansey twice deployed in support of the Global War on Terrorism, one of which was to the Iraqi Central Criminal Court in Baghdad, Iraq where he prosecuted insurgents captured by American Forces. Mr. Tansey then rotated to Mayport, Florida to be the Officer-in-Charge of the Military Prosecution Office. He prosecuted sailors at General Courts Martial and advised local Commanding Officers based in Mayport Naval Station.
Immediately following his time in the Navy, Mr. Tansey practiced maritime law in the New York City office of Blank Rome, LLP.
Mr. Tansey currently works as a public defense attorney in Essex County, New York, home of the Adirondack High Peaks.
Mr. Tansey and his wife Stephani have two children, Sarah and William.