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SHAREEMA ABEL

Board Member 

Shareema, she/her/hers, currently serves as Special Counsel to the Inspector General of the MTA. She identifies risks, opportunities for improvement, ensures high ethical standards, and tracks issues that affect significant operations. She served in the gubernatorial appointed position of Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk & Compliance for Civil Rights, and oversaw Risk Management at three New York State agencies. Shareema began her career in public service with the City of New York where she served in two key capacities for over 16 years; first as an Assistant District Attorney for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, then as a Senior Litigation Attorney with the New York City Department of Education. She has been an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for over ten years, teaching trial and deposition skills across the country. In 2015, she was designated NITA’s Next Generation Faculty for up and coming young faculty members, and in collaboration with Lawyers Without Borders, trained Kenyan prosecutors and assisted with establishing a Prosecutor’s Training Institute. Shareema is an Adjunct Professor at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies teaching negotiations and labor law and guest lectures at New York University on Ethical Leadership and Team Building. Shareema holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY Binghamton, where she now lectures annually, as well as a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law, where she subsequently served as an Adjunct Professor for trial advocacy. Shareema serves on the NITA Advisory Council and Harpur Law Council, is a member of the National Black Prosecutors Association and the Association of Black Women Attorneys, and volunteers with many organizations centered on uplifting young people.

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