Denise Acron

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Area of Study: 
African American Studies-Literature
Student Status: 
Undergraduate alumni

Denise Acron is currently a Public Benefits Staff Attorney for Manhattan Legal Services.  In her role, she represents low income clients and litigates cases dealing with public assistance, food stamps, Medicare, and Medicaid.  She serves on the New York City Bar Public Service Committee and also on the New York County Lawyers'  Association's Minorities and the Law Committee.

She received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, graduating in 2011, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in African-American Studies with an emphasis on African-American Literature.  At Columbia, she was twice awarded the Distinction in Leadership Award and studied abroad at the University of Ghana.  While in Ghana, she taught Spanish and math at Bawaleshie Primary school. 
After Columbia, Ms. Acron attended and graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As a law student she served as a Teen Court Advisor, a student attorney for the Innocence and Justice Clinic where she represented wrongly convicted people, interned in Nigeria, West Africa working on asylum cases, and served as the President of the Black Law Students Association.

She is also the proud mother of a new baby boy.