Charles Robert Davidson, JD, PhD, Director
Dr. Charles Robert Davidson is the Director of the Pre-Law Institute and Center for Post-Graduate Opportunities.
Before becoming the Director of the Pre-Law Institute and the Center for Post-Graduate Opportunities, Dr. Davidson served the college as Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Prior to coming to John Jay, Dr. Davidson was an Assistant Professor of International Law at the American University in Cairo (AUC), where he taught courses in Public International Law, International Criminal Law and International Law and Development, among other courses. He has taught in numerous law, graduate, and undergraduate programs in the US and abroad in the fields of law and international relations. In addition to his classroom teaching, Dr. Davidson served in various administrative capacities including Director of Undergraduate Programs, Pre-Law Advisor, and Coordinator of International Law Programs.
Concurrent with his teaching, Dr. Davidson worked on a wide variety of law reform projects around the world, primarily in the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. He has worked with the Civic Education Project, Open Society Foundation (Budapest), the Ford Foundation, USAID, and other sponsors of international rule of law and legal and higher education support programs. Dr. Davidson was an advisor and special consultant with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative in the Middle East and North Africa, mentoring and training law professors, young lawyers, and recent law graduates. Dr. Davidson was a member of the US Department of Justice’s Honors Program and worked as an Attorney-Advisor for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In addition to his law degree (JD), Dr. Davidson also holds a BA in French, a MA in Law and Diplomacy and a PhD in International Relations.
Elizabeth Broccoli, JD, Assistant Director
Ms. Elizabeth Broccoli is the Assistant Director of the Pre-Law Institute and Center for Post-Graduate Opportunities.
Prior to joining the Pre-Law Institute and Center for Post-Graduate Opportunities, Ms. Broccoli was a staff attorney at Pisgah Legal Services in North Carolina where she represented indigent clients in civil legal matters. Ms. Broccoli graduated from Boston University in 2007 with a double major in History and Political Science and a minor in Religion. In 2010, she earned her Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law, where she served as the Senior Managing Editor of the Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality. During law school, Ms. Broccoli interned at the Innocence Project New Orleans, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont. She also studied international criminal law abroad in Amsterdam.
Ms. Broccoli works with students who are preparing for law school, graduate school and fellowship opportunities. She recently was elected to the Board of Directors for the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors.
Melanie Monzon, BA, Administrative Coordinator
Melanie Monzon is the Administrative Coordinator of the Pre-Law Institute and Center for Post-Graduate Opportunities. Ms. Monzon attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice, majoring in Criminology. In 2013, Ms. Monzon graduated with summa cum laude honors, the Alex Smith Award for Excellence in Criminology, and the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Graduation Award.
While an undergraduate, she worked at the law firm of Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP. Ms. Monzon provides administrative support to the Pre-Law Institute and Center for Post-Graduate Opportunities and assists students in making use of the office’s services. Currently, Ms. Monzon also works as an office assistant at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus, and Moverman P.C.
Elton Beckett, MFA, Pre-Law Advisor
Professor Elton Beckett specializes in voice and speech for effective communication in performance and business. Prior to his John Jay appointment, he was a principal in Vocal Solutions, LLC, a speech and media consultancy providing business professionals with speech and media preparation. He has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Speech and Theater at Long Island University – Brooklyn campus, the Collaborative Arts Project (CAP21), a studio of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and at Theater for the Handicapped.
A designated Practitioner of the Lessac Voice and Body Work by the Lessac Training and Research Institute, current interests include African-American identity in early American theater literature and performance, preservation and codification of African-American dialect in performance as well as adaptation of the Lessac Voice and Speech training to facilitate English Language Learners. These interests emerge from Professor Beckett’s life experiences as a professional actor, dancer, singer, producer, director, theater administrator, voice trainer and teacher. He was a founding member and performer of both the acclaimed Jomandi Production Company in Atlanta and New Perspectives Theater in NYC.
Professor Beckett has performed extensively in television, commercials, voice-over and on stage. He is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). Beckett teaches African-American theatre history, Voice for the Professional and Public Speaking as Civic Engagement. Professor Beckett is the 2012 recipient of the John Jay College Distinguished Teaching Prize. As a pre-law advisor, he counsels students preparing for law school.
Victoria Bond, MFA, Personal Statement Advisor
A Lecturer in the English Department, and an instructor in the Pre-Law Institute's Boot Camp program since 2011, Professor Bond has contributed to The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The New Republic, and Al Jazeera America, among other publications and outlets. Co-author of the novel for children Zora and Me, in 2011, Professor Bond won the American Library Association's Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. Zora and Me also received an Edgar nomination (The Mystery Writers of America Award) in the juvenile category. In 2016, Professor Bond will begin to serve as an advisor at The Center for Post-Graduate Opportunities.
Richard Ocejo, PhD, Graduate School and Fellowship Advisor
Dr. Richard Ocejo is an assistant professor of sociology who has been teaching at John Jay since 2009. His book, Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City, about nightlife and conflict in gentrified neighborhoods, was published by Princeton University Press in 2014. Dr. Ocejo’s work has appeared in City & Community, Poetics, Ethnography, and the European Journal of Cultural Studies. He is also the editor of Ethnography and the City: Readings on Doing Urban Fieldwork (Routledge; 2012) and a contributing editor to the journal Metropolitics. Dr. Ocejo is currently working on a monograph called The Craft of Taste: Cool Manual Labor Jobs in the New Urban Economy (working title, under contract; Princeton) about the transformation of low-status occupations to "cool," cultural taste-making jobs. His overall research and teaching interests include urban and cultural sociology, community studies, work, and research methods (especially qualitative methods).
Dainius Remeza, JD, MA, Pre-Law Advisor
Professor Dainius Remeza is a member of the New York Bar and an instructor on the English faculty since 2005. He is currently developing courses within the legal writing curriculum that will significantly expand upon current offerings for those students considering law school and law-intensive careers. As part of this initiative, he is developing a legal writing course text geared specifically for undergraduates who have no prior experience with the American judicial system or legal terminology. He has also taught writing courses for business, management and public administration, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as courses in ancient and medieval literature.
Professor Remeza holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, an MA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and a BA in English and Government from Dartmouth College.
Mike Rowan, JD, PhD, Pre-Law Advisor
Dr. Mike Rowan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, specializing in the study of crime, policing, and punishment. Dr. Rowan’s research focuses on how the “visibly poor” are policed and otherwise regulated in urban public spaces. Dr. Rowan’s other areas of interest include: urban sociology, public sociology and criminology, critical criminology, ethnography, the regulation of the poor, the causes and consequences of homelessness, policing the “post-industrial city,” the sociology and psychology of punishment, and the intersections between democratic theory, crime control, and punishment.
Dr. Rowan is the faculty sponsor for the college’s newly-minted “Social Justice Project,” a student club dedicated to learning about and fighting for social justice in John Jay, New York City, and beyond. In addition to his research, Dr. Rowan also serves on the Executive Board for the Hudson County Alliance to End Homelessness and recently founded the Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Project (“HOAP”), which will enable John Jay students and students from other CUNY colleges to use and develop their skills to provide much-needed support to homeless people in and around New York City.
Dr. Rowan attended law school at the Florida State University College of Law as a University Fellow, where he also served as senior articles editor of the FSU Law Review, was part of the moot court team, and two-time fellow with the FSU Center for The Advancement of Human Rights. Following Law School, Dr. Rowan served as a federal judicial law clerk to the Honorable John Antoon II, a federal judge in the middle district of Florida. As a pre-law advisor, Dr. Rowan aims to build on his experiences in law school and in the legal profession to help John Jay students to fulfill their dreams of attending law school and eventually becoming “fierce advocates for justice.”