Miami Law alumna Mindy Reinstein has just returned from a trip to Warsaw, where she represented the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) at Europe's largest human rights conference.
In her speech to the 57 states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) she asked they follow through on their pledge to address anti-Semitism and hate violence across the region. "Anti-Semitism and hatred is a shared problem across the OSCE region and all states, and all sectors of society in each of our countries share a stake in our collective effort to combat it." While this was not Reinstein first speech for the ADL, she still finds it hard to fathom that she is trusted with such responsibility.
Reinstein, who graduated from Miami Law in 2008, has been working at the ADL since January 2012. She is Assistant Director of Government and National Affairs. "I represent the ADL and advocate on behalf of its interests and policy concerns before Congress, the Administration, and foreign governments represented by their embassies located in Washington. My work focuses on promoting the League's involvement in Washington on a variety of international, immigration, and civil rights issues."
Her passion for public service began during her first-year fellowship with the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center. "Miami Law was one of the best times of my life and prepared me to enter the civil rights and human rights legal profession."
During her time at Miami Law, Reinstein participated in as many activities designed to give back to the community such as STREET Law, the Society of Bar and Gavel and the Children and Youth Law Clinic. "At UM Law, I made some of the best friends of my life, developed my passion for a life of social justice work, and learned to live life like Ghandi - 'to be the change you want to see.'"
Prior to the ADL, Reinstein worked as the Legislative Counsel to U.S. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (FL-23). However, as the ADL celebrates its centennial this year, Reinstein says her path to the ADL was meant to be.
"After 100 years of fighting bigotry and fostering respect, we are celebrating our successes, while at the same time recognizing that we still have a long way to go to achieve a world without hate. I am truly proud to be a part of this momentous occasion in ADL's history." Working as part of the team that organized the Centennial Summit in Washington has been a highlight of Reinstein's time at the ADL. The conference not only was the largest in the organizations' history, but also gathered more than 1,000 Jewish Community leaders and staff.
Reinstein continues to stay active with her alma mater as the Chair of the Miami Law Young Alumni in D.C. where she introduces current law students and recent grads with other Miami Law alumni in the area.
Reinstein admits she has had to learn to trust her instincts and her voice along the way and urges current law students to do the same and pursue what they love. "It wasn't easy to get my dream job right out of law school, but I was determined."