Director: David Seligman
David comes to Towards Justice from the National Consumer Law Center where he was a staff attorney working on forced arbitration and predatory auto lending. While at NCLC, he authored the Model State Consumer and Employee Justice Enforcement Act, which provides states with tools to mitigate some of the harms that forced arbitration causes low-income consumers and workers. Before joining NCLC, David clerked for Chief Judge Patti B. Saris of the District of Massachusetts and Judges Robert D. Sack and Susan L. Carney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has been passionate about issues affecting low-wage workers since law school, during which he worked for Make the Road New York and Altshuler Berzon, LLP, a labor law firm in San Francisco. David is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School. He is also a Denver native who is thrilled to return home so that his Rockies can continue breaking his heart, but now in person. David remains a contributing author for the National Consumer Law Center, where he authors NCLC's treatise on the enforceability of forced arbitration clauses and class waivers.
Director of Litigation: Alexander Hood
Alex founded Towards Justice in 2014, after three years litigating employment rights and other cases on behalf of low-income clients in the Denver metro area. Alex has been the attorney of record in over 30 cases in the Colorado state courts and over 10 cases in the federal courts, which include both class action and Fair Labor Standards Act collective action litigations. Through his work as a litigator, Alex has developed extensive knowledge of state and federal wage and hour law, including the Colorado Wage Claim Act, the Colorado Mechanic’s Lien Statute, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Agricultural Workers Protection Act. Alex decided to dedicate his career to public interest law after spending the summer of 2009 at Holland & Hart LLP in Denver and teaching history at a small private school in Southern Vermont. Alex received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and his law degree cum laude from Boston College Law School.
Of Counsel: Andrew Schmidt
Andy launched a predecessor organization to Towards Justice with Alex Hood in 2010, and developed expertise in the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Colorado Wage Act, and the Colorado Mechanics Lien Statute. Although fortunes moved him to Maine, Andy has consistently contributed ideas and expertise to Towards Justice while managing his own private law practice. Today, Andy serves as a strategic advisor to the Towards Justice impact litigation team and has been instrumental in developing creative legal strategies to protect low-wage and immigrant workers from systematic abuse. Andy received his bachelor’s degree phi beta kappa from Dartmouth, and his law degree from the University of Virginia.
Consultant: Nina DiSalvo
Nina comes to Towards Justice from Governor Cuomo’s administration in New York State, where she served as Special Counsel to the Secretary of State. In that capacity, Nina worked to create the New York State Office for New Americans, the Empire State Fellows Program, and the Regional Economic Development Councils. Nina also managed various divisions within the New York State Department of State, represented the Secretary on boards and commissions, and adjudicated administrative appeals related to occupational licensure. Prior to joining New York State government, Nina was a lawyer associated with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where she dedicated substantial time to employment law litigation. Nina has also served on the Junior Advisory Board to Her Justice in New York City, worked as a research fellow with human rights organizations in Argentina, and taught high school in rural Puerto Rico. Nina is fluent in Spanish and English, and grew up between upstate New York, Puerto Rico, and the Turks and Caicos islands. Nina received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts in government and Latin American studies from Wesleyan University. Nina is on the board of directors of the Community Resource Center and is admitted to practice law in New York and Colorado.
Legal Assistant: Deborah Schaffer
Deb comes to Towards Justice from the Littleton Immigrant Resources Center where she served as the Citizenship Program Coordinator. In that capacity, Deb helped hundreds of immigrants to become new U.S. citizens. She has also worked for Colorado non-profits including Catholic Charities, Project Worthmore, Denver Public Schools, the Center for Teaching International Relations and Denver Urban Gardens. With her background working cross-culturally and educating immigrant adults, she is passionate about access to information as a pathway to build equity. Deb received her Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College, along with a certificate in international development in the Human Needs and Global Resources Program. Born in Denver, Deb has spent time working in Brazil, Iraq and Sierra Leone. In her free time, Deb can be found tending her plants, rock climbing, and exploring CO with her pup.
Access to Justice Organizing Fellow:
Jesus joins Towards Justice from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) where he spent two years as a research fellow and then a policy analyst. While there he conducted research for the 2016 Colorado minimum wage state ballot initiative, advocated for increased access to supportive services for low-income job seekers via his work with HB18-1310, and built coalitions around asset building policies such as prize-linked savings accounts. As a part of CCLP's research and policy analysis department, he researched relevant policy issues for the development of state bills as well as publications. He brings with him a passion for advocating for low-income Coloradans, coalition building and a background in data analysis to advance Towards Justice's mission. A South Floridian by birth, he graduated from Colorado College in 2016 with a degree in Sociology.
Staff Attorney: Cat Ordoñez
Cat comes to Towards Justice from Harvard Law School, where she worked for two years as a student attorney in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, focusing her work in its housing, wage and hour, and special immigrant juvenile status practice areas. She also worked as a student attorney in Harvard Defenders, representing low-income clients in criminal show-cause hearings. Cat is passionate about racial and economic justice, with interest in both civil and criminal law. During her law school summers, Cat interned at the ACLU of Michigan in Detroit, the National Consumer Law Center in Boston, and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Cat was recognized at HLS Commencement in May 2018 for having completed more than 2,000 hours of pro bono service in law school. Prior to law school, Cat graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in English and Public Relations--Go Gators!
Strategic Advisor: Lindsay Fallon
Lindsay joins Towards Justice after earning her Masters Degree from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, where she focused on policy and organizational leadership. Prior to graduate school, Lindsay developed and directed an alumni support network at a top performing charter school in Washington, D.C. In this role, Lindsay worked with families and community organizations to help improve students’ access to higher education. Prior to that Lindsay was Program Director at City Kids Wilderness Project, an organization that facilitates Washington, D.C. area youths’ outdoor learning experiences. Lindsay graduated from Colorado College, where she also moonlighted as a ski instructor. Having grown up in Japan, Lindsay brings a unique perspective to our work at Towards Justice.
MSW Associate: Kelly Reeves
Kelly comes to Towards Justice from Indianapolis, Indiana where she served as the Youth Program Associate, a Reception & Placement Case Worker and a member of the Special Medical Case Management Team at Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc. In her roles there, Kelly helped newly arrived refugees and immigrants navigate complex American systems and co-developed a program for newly arrived youth to enroll in school, participate in cultural orientation classes, become aquatinted with their new city and prepare to join the workforce. Kelly served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Guyana and Jamaica working in Education and Community Development. She came to Colorado to earn her masters degree from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Global Practice. Kelly graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana with a bachelors degree in liberal arts as part of the Media Fellows Program and with a major in Creative Writing.
Access to Justice Intern: Daisy Fuentes
Daisy joins Towards Justice an intern during her last semester at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her passion for advocacy has led her to pursue a double major in Political Science and Chicano/a Studies. Over the past three years Daisy has worked with various educational programs such as the College Assistance Migrant Program and the Department of Migrant Education in which she’s interacted with vulnerable populations of students and worked towards bridging gaps and enable students to reach their full academic potential. Coming from a low-income family of agricultural background Daisy is passionate in creating awareness and advocating towards social change.