Who We Are

Who We Are

Charles DavidsonCharles 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 BroccoliElizabeth Broccoli, JD, Associate Director

Ms. Elizabeth Broccoli is the Associate 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. 

Rael Almonte, BA, Research Assistant

Rael AlmonteMr. Rael Almonte is the Research Assistant for the Pre-Law Institute and Center for Post-Graduate Opportunities. Mr. Almonte graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2018 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Public Administration. For his capstone project, Mr. Almonte analyzed the relationship between neo-liberal economic policies and the human rights development in Latin America. During his collegiate career, Mr. Almonte interned at various political institutions, including City Council District 08 and the Permanent Dominican Mission to the United Nations. Mr. Almonte has shown a strong interest in international affairs, specifically in the realm of international development.

Elton BeckettElton 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 BondVictoria 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 GuardianThe 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 OcejoRichard 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

Remeza's educational and professional diversity contribute to the cross- disciplinary focus of the Writing Program. 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.

Erin ThompsonErin Thompson, JD, PhD, Pre-Law Advisor

As America’s only full-time professor of art crime, Erin Thompson studies the damage done to humanity’s shared heritage through looting, theft, and the deliberate destruction of art. She has discussed art crime topics in The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and even Comedy Central. Her book, Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors (Yale University Press), covers the history of private collecting of Greek and Roman antiquities, examining collectors’ writings to determine their self-conceptions of their collecting behavior. Currently, she is researching the ways in which terrorist groups both sell and destroy art to support their genocidal campaigns, as well as the legalities and ethics of digital reproductions of cultural heritage.

Michael Yarbrough, JD, Phd, Pre-Law Advisor

Michael W. Yarbrough is an interdisciplinary social scientist who studies the intersection of law, culture, and family. He is especially interested in how people define their relationships to each other, and in the ways these definitions reflect and shape struggles for power. At John Jay, Yarbrough's teaching focuses on the Law & Society major and received a Distinguished Teaching Prize in 2015. Outside of John Jay, Yarbrough serves as a Senior Research Associate of the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg, and is a former member of the Board of Directors for CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.