Erica Edwards-O’Neal, Esq.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Senior Career Counselor, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Erica Edwards-O’Neal is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and a Senior Career Counselor at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She provides leadership and training on matters relating to valuing diversity, cultural competence, and the embedding of effective diversity and inclusion practices for the law school. Erica organizes pipeline programming with high school and college students, coordinates diversity internships and fellowships, and collaborates with affinity groups, the law school community and legal employers to promote diversity. She has also conducted a great deal of research on, provided training in and presented on cultural competence and diversity related matters across the country.
Prior to joining Touro Law, Erica served as the Director of a legislative advocacy coalition in Nassau County, where she developed and carried out advocacy strategies related to the Nassau County and New York State Budget process on behalf of Nassau’s youth, mental health, substance abuse and child care agencies and the people they serve. Additionally, as a Legal Mentor and Community Development Liaison with the Time Dollar Organization in Washington, D.C., she was instrumental in the establishment of the District’s first Youth Court Diversion Program. As an Americorp VISTA, she also advocated for housing rights legislation and established a New Home Ownership Program for low-moderate income families.
Erica is a member of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association, National Association of Law Placement Professionals, Suffolk County Women’s Bar, The National Coalition of Black Women, New York City Bar’s Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers, The Metropolitan Black Bar Association, The National Bar Association and is a newly appointment member of both the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the New York City Bar Association’s Diversity Pipeline Initiatives Committee. She has also served on the Boards of several organizations, including Girls Inc., Urban League/Dowling College GEARUP College Preparatory Program, and Suffolk County Community Council.
Erica received her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and her Juris Doctor from Touro Law Center.