Welcome Anthony, Nathan, and Nirali!

We are pleased to welcome Nirali Vyas, Nathan Ford, and Anthony Damelio to Kakalec Law for the summer.

Nathan Ford is a rising 3L from the University of Iowa College of Law. After graduating with a degree in Applied Linguistics from Grinnell College in 2017, Nathan spent three years as a paralegal in Denver, Colorado and Omaha, Nebraska, working for law firms that specialize in representing clients in Civil Rights and Immigration cases. At Iowa Law, Nathan works as a research assistant for Professor César F. Rosado Marzán, an eminent scholar in international labor law. Nathan is the Vice President of Iowa Law’s newly formed Labor and Employment Law Student Association. Last summer, Nathan interned with the Denver Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, working primarily on disability discrimination and sexual harassment cases. Nathan is extremely passionate about civil and human rights law, particularly in advocating for workers’ rights. After receiving his J.D., Nathan hopes to continue his advocacy for people who are discriminated against and mistreated in the workplace. Nathan is fluent in English and Spanish. In his free time, Nathan enjoys hiking, exploring new places to eat, reading books, and cultivating tropical plants.

Nirali Vyas (she/her) is a third-year J.D. Candidate at Vanderbilt University. She is passionate about racial and economic justice, workers’ rights, and structural democracy reform. Nirali recently interned at the AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly, where she aided D.C.-area indigent and elderly clients to navigate public housing, social security, and other public benefits. She has also worked with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, creating public education materials and supporting formal investigations to enforce the state Law Against Discrimination. In 2021, Nirali interned at the University of Georgia First Amendment Clinic and was a Fellow with the Initiative for a Representative First Amendment project at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Prior to law school, Nirali was a Research and Program Associate within the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, where she conducted quantitative research to support advocacy for public campaign financing and other electoral reforms at the New York state and federal level. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and Economics from The College of New Jersey.

Anthony Damelio is a 2022 graduate of Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Stein Scholar for the Public Interest, a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal, and a Pro Bono Scholar. During his time in law school, he interned with the National Center for Law & Economic Justice (NCLEJ), Fordham’s Federal Litigation Clinic, the Immigrant Workers’ Rights Project at Catholic Migration Services, the Housing and Worker Protection Bureau at the Queens District Attorney, and Kakalec Law PLLC. In January 2022, the Urban Law Journal published his student note about the ways attorneys general and district attorneys can combat the wage theft epidemic by enforcing workers’ rights laws in partnership with worker advocates.

In fall 2022, Anthony will begin his time as a Skadden Fellow at Catholic Migration Services. Prior to law school, he served as the Deputy Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), an immigrant worker center in New York City. His previous work includes non-profit management and religious leadership.

Anthony holds a B.A. from Fordham University at Rose Hill and a M.Div. from Yale University. He lives in Jackson Heights, the culinary capital of the world, with his wife and French bulldog.