Michaela Rossettie Azemi, Esq. is the Director of Pro Bono Services and Externships at Cornell Law School. She is responsible for the development and oversight of Cornell’s Pro Bono Program which includes managing the NY State Pro Bono Scholars program, working with current students seeking NY State Admission to achieve the requisite 50-hours of pro bono service, and highlighting pro bono opportunities and achievements of law school alumni. Ms. Azemi also manages Cornell’s Externship Program, overseeing student experiential learning off-site, coordinating with placement organizations and agencies, and teaching a required externship course for second- and third-year students.
Ms. Azemi previously served as the Associate Director in the Office of Judicial Engagement and Professional Development where she worked with students and alumni seeking federal and state clerkship opportunities. Her background includes working as a Director of Pro Bono Services for Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY®), where she managed the private attorney involvement and law student internship programs. From 2013-2016 Ms. Azemi represented low-income clients in civil cases as a Staff Attorney for LawNY®, concentrating primarily on family law and disability advocacy.
Ms. Azemi received her B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Delaware in 2009 and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2012, and was admitted to practice in 2013. She was honored to receive the New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel Award in 2013 and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 2018. Ms. Azemi serves on the NYSBA President’s Committee on Access to Justice, the Tompkins County Access to Justice Committee, the Pro Bono Coordinator’s Network, and is the Past-President of the Finger Lakes Women’s Bar Association.