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Woke NYC Public Law School SCRUBS profile, 29, who worked on Johnny Depp’s legal team


The City University of New York has deleted the profile of a graduate who was the youngest member of Johnny Depp’s legal team in his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard.

Yarleyn Mena, 29, a 2015 graduate of CUNY’s Hunter College and partner at Brown Rudnick LLP, was initially touted for her work helping Depp win a $10.35 million verdict in the heated lawsuit that drew attention of the nation.

The show of support for the graduate, however, was called off after CUNY said it received concerns from students and faculty about the profile piece as they issued an apology.

“We understand the strong negative emotions caused by this article and apologize for publishing the article,” the public university system said in a statement replacing the link to the Mena article.

“The article was not intended to express support for Mr. Depp, implied or otherwise, or to question any allegations made by Amber Heard,” CUNY added.

“Domestic violence is a serious problem in our society and we regret any pain this article may have caused.”

Yarleyn Mena, 29, a 2015 graduate of Hunter College at CUNY and a partner at Brown Rudnick LLP, was the youngest attorney on Johnny Depp’s legal team.

Woke NYC Public Law School SCRUBS profile, 29, who worked on Johnny Depp’s legal team

Depp (right) secured Brown Rudnick’s team, which included Camille Vasquez (left), who helped the actor win a $10.35million verdict against his ex-wife Amber Heard

Woke NYC Public Law School SCRUBS profile, 29, who worked on Johnny Depp’s legal team

Mena (third from left) shared hugs with her team as they get the verdict on June 1 in the widely publicized trial. His inclusion on the team was touted by his alma case on August 3 before CUNY deleted the story following backlash from students and faculty.

Woke NYC Public Law School SCRUBS profile, 29, who worked on Johnny Depp’s legal team

In the original article, which was published on August 3, the headline of the CUNYverse newsletter read, “This CUNY graduate was the youngest attorney to join Johnny Depp’s legal team.”

It included a glimpse of Mena, the daughter of two lawyers from the Dominican Republic, who earned her law degree from Fordham University.

In the article, she describes her role on the legal team, led by Benjamin Chew, in the Depp v. Heard.

“I worked with the team on the opening and closing and was the master of the facts of all the evidence,” Mena said. “If anyone needed photos or text messages, I would seek them out and help everyone as I went.”

She added that the legal team was incredibly focused on the trial and mostly unaware of the spectacle it had become, adding that afterwards it was exciting to know that such an important case was the first. that she was to appear at trial.

“I’m a third-year associate and I’m lucky to have worked on a trial so early in my career. Most cases do not go to trial,” she noted.

“We were focused on the case 24 hours a day and almost lived in a bubble throughout the trial, so the pressure of the spotlight didn’t affect us as much on a day-to-day basis.

‘We are a tight-knit team that has kept itself grounded and focused on the needs of our customers.’

The article also included Mena’s advice to other students on how to stand out in law school applications and avoid university pressure.

Neither CUNY nor Mena immediately responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

Woke NYC Public Law School SCRUBS profile, 29, who worked on Johnny Depp’s legal team

Pictured: Mena (center) graduating from Hunter College at CUNY in 2015 as she is accompanied by her parents, both lawyers who immigrated from the Dominican Republic

Woke NYC Public Law School SCRUBS profile, 29, who worked on Johnny Depp’s legal team

Although CUNY claimed to have received backlash over the article, the decision to withdraw it fueled its own wave of criticism, with CUNY Brooklyn College professor KC Johnson condemning the move.

“Not a good look for CUNY to put it mildly,” he tweeted.

‘A line of the institution [groveling] the apology could even be interpreted as casting doubt on the jury’s verdict in the civil case,” he added.

“CUNY’s message to talented young graduates entering law seems to be – we will only celebrate you if we institutionally endorse your client.”

Although it ended in June, the Depp v. Heard continues to be a hot issue after the Fairfax, Va. jury awarded Depp $10.35 million in damages.

The jury ultimately found that Heard defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed where she called herself a domestic abuse survivor.

The jury also awarded Heard $2 million in her countersuit that Depp and her representative defamed her following her initial claims against him.

Heard and Depp said they are appealing the verdicts.

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