Miguel Alexander Pozo, Esq.
Thelma Jean Grossholtz - Baccalaureate Speaker
Miguel Alexander Pozo is currently the national president-elect of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), a national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States and its territories.
Mr. Pozo is brand lawyer and litigation partner at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, a 275-lawyer, nationally recognized AmLaw 200 law firm. During his fifteen years at Lowenstein, he has represented Fortune 500 corporations, businesses, and non-profit organizations in a broad range of federal and state court matters, including business torts, contract disputes, employment litigation, and consumer fraud class actions.
He has especially deep experience representing luxury goods manufacturers and has represented some of the most recognizable names in the fashion industry. His representative clients have included LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc., TAG Heuer, Christian Dior, Hublot, and Thomas Pink, among others. He has also represented The Juilliard School and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
In 2011, Mr. Pozo received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. And, for the last four years (2010-13), he has been named a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine for his experience in business litigation.
During the 2009-10 term, he served as the 30th president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ). Additionally, in 2009, he was twice recognized as one of New Jersey's top 40 Under 40 lawyers by the New Jersey Law Journal and NJBiz magazines. Both awards recognize an elite group of the State's leading professionals. Also in 2009, he was recognized on LatinTRENDS magazine's “2009 Latino Trendsetter List,” which that year included Latin music legend Willie Colón, and author/activist/baseball wife Laura Posada, among others.
In 2008, Mr. Pozo was featured in Essence Magazine, for his community service efforts and work as a board member for the Boys & Girls Club in Newark, New Jersey, and other charities. He was the only attorney on Essence Magazine’s list of 50 men from across the country. In 2005, he was listed as one of the 50 Leading Women and Minority Attorneys in the State of New Jersey and was labeled as a Rising Star for his outstanding achievements.
He is a graduate of Hofstra University, where he served as past president of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and of Rutgers University School of Law - Newark, where he served as the managing editor of the Rutgers Race and The Law Review.
Maxine Roach graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music after having spent her high school years performing as the principal violist with NYC’s All-City High School Orchestra and as a student at the Budapest String Quartet Seminar in Buffalo, NY. She served on the Board of Directors for Chamber Music America; the Executive Board of Local 802 AF of M; and currently sits on the Board of Governors, NY Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Ms. Roach has been generous with her gifts and talents and has performed in many benefits including “On the Twentieth Century” for the Actors Fund; “Children and Art”, A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim; Katie Couric’s “Hollywood Hits Broadway Gala” aboard the inaugural launch of Queen Mary 2; and with Bobby Short, “Short & Uptown” for the Bloomfield College Scholarship Fund.
Among her awards are the Manna House Workshops Award from the East Harlem Performing Arts Center, the Tatiana Troyanos Memorial Award from The Brooklyn Music School, and a Grammy nomination for Best Original Composition for the arrangement of “Extensions” on Max Roach Presents the Uptown String Quartet.
Ms. Roach is the founder, arranger and violist with the Uptown String Quartet. The quartet performed throughout the world in prestigious halls, festivals and jazz clubs such as the Kennedy Center; the Pori Jazz Festival, Norway; the Montreux and Lugano Jazz Festivals, Switzerland; the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco; the Blue Note in NYC ; Yoshi’s in San Francisco; the Chautauqua Institution, NY; the 92nd Street Y in NYC as part of Max Roach America Series; the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; the 1997 Opening Season of NJPAC at Victoria Theater; the Herbst Theater in San Francisco; the Schwendler Auditorium at Bronx Community College; Duets with Max Roach at Castle Bari in Bari, Italy; the Miller Theater at Columbia University; and recorded by WNYC’s New Sounds with John Schaefer.
She has performed and recorded with many notable artists including the Alvin Ailey Dance Company; the Joffrey Ballet; the American Composers Orchestra; the Brooklyn Philharmonic; the Westchester Philharmonic; the Dance Theater of Harlem; the New York Pops Orchestra; Barbra Streisand; Luther Vandross; Andrea Bocelli; Oliver Lake; James Galway; Anthony Davis; Tony Bennett; Liza Minnelli; Aretha Franklin; Ray Charles; Sammy Davis, Jr.; Frank Sinatra; Savion Glover; Shirley Bassey; Sarah Vaughn; Cleo Lane; Mary J. Blige; Michael Jackson; Natalie Cole; Whitney Houston; Alicia Keys; Rod Stewart; Johnny Mathis; Britney Spears; Josh Grobin; Beyoncé; Vanessa Williams; Wyclef Jean; Barry Manilow; The Four Tenors; K.D. Lang; The Mambo Kings; Smokey Robinson; and Bloomfield College Honorary Doctorate recipient Valerie Capers. Additionally, Ms. Roach has a long history of playing for Broadway shows in hits such as Dreamgirls, Guys and Dolls, Into The Woods, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Sound of Music, La Bohème, Coram Boy, Young Frankenstein, Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical, Oklahoma!, Oh Kay!, Phantom, Ragtime, South Pacific, and Gypsy.
The Uptown String Quartet was also featured on PBS’ Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood; CBS’ Sunday Morning and NBC’s Today Show.
Dr. Thelma Jean Grossholtz is professor emerita of politics and women’s studies at Mt. Holyoke College where she taught for 40 years. An ardent feminist and social activist, Dr. Grossholtz emphasizes working at the grassroots level to bring about change necessary to improve not only the human condition, but also to properly steward the environment. Grossholtz is one of the founding members of Diverse Women for Diversity, a member of the International Advisory Board of Women and Life on Earth, and a participant in local, regional, and international networks for food security and globalization. Grossholtz has dedicated her efforts to educating the public about issues of water contamination and privatization, nuclear weapons and energy, European Union and World Trade Organization proposals, and genetically modified organisms and food.
After completing undergraduate work at Pennsylvania State University in 1956 and a Master of Arts at the University of Denver in 1957, Grossholtz went on to earn a Doctor of Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961, where she trained as a specialist in South East Asian Politics. She has been a political activist for most of her life.
When not organizing for politically-based social change, Grossholtz has devoted time to health, exercise, and the creation of feminist community. The feminist-oriented women’s softball team, “Hot Flashes,” was born in part out of her commitment to women and fun. When members of that team encouraged Grossholtz, at age 65, to participate in the 1994 Gay Games as a body-builder, she agreed and won a silver medal.
Grossholtz’s publications include Politics in the Philippines: A Country Study, Exploration of Malaysian Meanings (Asian Survey), Factors in the Malaysian and Philippine Legislatures (Comparative Politics), Politics an Unnatural Practice: Political Science Looks at Female Participation (Politics and Society) with Susan C. Bourque, and Forging Capitalist Patriarchy: The Economic and Social Transformation of Feudal Sri Lanka and Its Impact on Women.