Mindy Reinstein, JD ’08, is a natural leader who has long sought to pursue a career in public service. In her current position as the Anti-Defamation League’s Associate Director of Government & National Affairs, Reinstein represents the ADL and advocates on behalf of its interests and policy concerns on a variety of international, immigration, and civil rights issues before Congress, the Administration, and foreign governments represented by their embassies located in Washington.
In her role, Reinstein has represented the ADL at Europe’s largest human rights conference in Warsaw, Poland, presenting recommendations to the 56 countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation for robust action officials can take against anti-Semitism, hate crime, and discrimination. She is also Project Manager for an ADL pilot program in Greece and Hungary called Partners Against Anti-Semitism.
She has travelled to Europe on several occasions, “energized by the NGOs on the ground operating under such difficult circumstances,” to lead trainings created to launch diverse coalitions and mutually supportive advocacy campaigns, bringing together members of vulnerable and often-marginalized communities to fight against anti-Semitism, anti-Roma, anti-LGBTI, anti-migrant, and other forms of bigotry.
“Working with our European partners, our goal is to help increase public awareness and to use advocacy to demand a broader, more effective, societal response to anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry,” said Reinstein. “The vision, drive, and commitment to these ambitious goals are very much linked to my time at Miami Law working at HOPE with Marni Lennon,” said Reinstein. “Having a supportive mentor like Dean Lennon gave me the confidence I needed to believe in myself and take risks.” Her favorite part of the job, she states, is working to fulfill the ADL’s century-old dual mission, which she feels is akin to her own mission in life: “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment for all.”
Reinstein reflects back fondly on her time at Miami Law, where she was inducted into the prestigious Iron Arrow Society, served as President of the Society of Bar & Gavel, and participated in the Children & Youth Law Clinic and Miami STREET Law.
“I cannot overstate the value of legal training, especially at Miami Law. Courses such as Professors Bruce Winick and Bernie Perlmutter’s Preventative Lawyering and Professor Mahoney’s Social Justice Elective helped give me the tools I needed to dive right in and thrive in the professional world. It was during my first-year fellowship with the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center that I realized public interest law was the avenue I wanted to pursue professionally.”
Additionally, in recognition of her time and service to the advancement of Miami Law and the greater Miami community, Reinstein received the Roger Sorino Award, the 2008 Exemplary Service to the Poor Award, and was the first Senior Fellow at the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center.
Prior to working at the ADL, Reinstein served as Legislative Counsel for U.S. Representative Alcee L. Hastings, where she was responsible for working on legislative issues including foreign policy, judiciary issues, homelessness, human trafficking, labor, and others. She moved to DC right after passing the Florida Bar, specifically with the “goal of taking HOPE’s mission of serving the underserved to a more global scale.”
To current law students interested in pursuing a career in public interest, Reinstein advises to work hard (really hard), keep an open mind (anything is possible!), reach out to alumni, and bring as much humility to the table as possible (“getting coffee and making copies can help you land your dream job”). “Do what you love and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise,” she said. “You have to be aggressive if you want your dream job. Networking with fellow ‘Canes can make all the difference. Miami Hurricane love can be found all over the world. Going to Miami Law, in an environment so supportive of public service, is such an incredible gift. My time there made me hungry to do more, to try to “be the change I wish to see” and I will always be grateful to the U for that.”