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Ethan Felder

Alumni Profile: Ethan Felder '09

Ethan Felder is an associate at the labor law firm Koehler & Isaacs LLP.  Ethan represents public and private sector labor unions and their members in all aspects of their employment. He handles contract grievances, unfair labor practices cases, disability hearings, federal litigations in New York City and across the metropolitan area. Ethan completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University (major: Government) and his graduate studies in law and business at Washington University in St. Louis.  When not on the job, Ethan is also a community activist having organized a half dozen solidarity rallies in his hometown of Forest Hills, Queens.

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“The leadership experience I was afforded as co-editor of the Cornell Progressive and president of the Cornell Democrats helped me,” he said. “I was getting people to feel like they were a part of something and had a common cause, and motivating people to work when there were a whole lot of other things they could be doing on campus.”