Visionary Leaders Award Recipient
Linda Kelly Mejias
Linda Kelly Mejias is a recipient of the Visionary Leaders Award for Herstory's 21st gala. You can find out more about the gala here.
Linda Kelly Mejias, Esq. is active in her local community and church as a mentor and leader. Linda is passionate about helping young women understand and appreciate their full potential and guiding them in achieving that full potential through a unique approach to learning and growth in all aspects of their life. Her philosophy is one of balance. She teaches her mentees to take the time to develop and take care of themselves in the various areas of their lives – education, professional, health, spirituality, and relationships. She also works within the minority communities on Long Island through various organizations such as the Long Island Latino Teacher’s Association, Girl’s, Inc., and the Latina Moms of Long Island to teach students and parents about the value and necessity of higher learning and education, as well the importance of working hard in school and in any employment in order to achieve the “American Dream”. She has recently been recently named Chair of the Mentoring Committee (a committee she helped create) for Wellesley on Long Island.
Linda is a Past President of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association (NCWBA), and has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors, and has held the officer positions of Vice President of Membership, Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary. In addition to her service to the Nassau Women’s Bar, Linda holds the position of Secretary of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association and has previously served as President of the Nassau County Chapter of the LIHBA. She is active in the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA), and is a member of the Association Membership Committee, where she is working to develop strategies and programs to increase the diversity of the NCBA. As of April 2016, Linda serves proudly on the Board of Herstory Writers Workshop, Inc.
She has received numerous awards and citations for her achievements and activities in the legal community and the local community. Most recently she awarded the “Virginia C. Duncombe, Esq.” Award by the NCBWA for her work and committment to fostering and enahcing legal education. She has also been named a “Rising Star” by the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, wass named “Attorney of the Year” by the Cuban Civic Association, and was honored by the LIHBA for her service and empowerment of the Hispanic Community, and she was honored as one of the “Women of Distinction of 2015” in the 17th Assembly District. Most recenlty she was named one of the “Top Women in the Law” by Hofstra University School of Law.
For the past eight years, she has served as the Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward A. Maron, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Nassau County. Shegraduated from the Waldorf School of Garden City in 1997, where she later served on the Board of Trustees. She graduated magna cum laude in 2000 in the accelerated program from Wellesley College, with a double major in Psychology and Latin American Studies, and later received her Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School in 2004.
On a personal note, Linda is a First Generation American, whose Mother immigrated to the United States from Ecuador in 1963, and whose Father was exiled from Cuba in 1962 as an anti-communist leader. She is fluent in Spanish, and proficient in German and Italian. Linda is also a devoted mother to her treasured son, Davey.