Yolanda Melville Elected National President of NAACP NextGen

ATLANTIC CITY — Yolanda Melville, Esquire, the Legal Redress Officer for the Atlantic City NAACP Branch and National NAACP Legal Committee member, was elected national president of the NAACP’s Next Generation Alumni Leadership Council.

Melville, an attorney at Cooper Levenson in Atlantic City, was selected at the recent NAACP national convention in Detroit this summer. Melville was a member of the inaugural NAACP NextGen Young Professional Leadership Program comprised of 68 leaders ages 21 through 35, from 29 states.

The NextGen Leadership Program is designed to train and develop future leaders to serve the NAACP.

READ: Ashley Bennett, Samantha Whitfield Among 2019 NAACP NextGen Class

“Yolanda is an intelligent, compassionate, and focused leader who uses her legal talents to strive for equality and justice for all people,” Kaleem Shabazz, president of the Atlantic City NAACP and a city council with Atlantic City.

“The Atlantic City Branch has realized what Yolanda’s peers from across the nation have come to learn.  Yolanda is a sure bet for a leader who is energetic and goal-oriented,” he added.

Melville will serve a two-year term as an elected officer.

READ: Yolanda Melville Establishes Roots, Activism in Atlantic City

Participants complete a rigorous training program, including classroom trainings, webinar trainings, case studies, group assignments and special projects on leadership fundamentals, political action, economic empowerment, criminal justice, environmental justice, health advocacy, budgeting, fundraising, technology and direct action.

The NAACP said that NextGen participants are civically engaged young professionals committed to equality and social justice.

Alexandra rigden joins cooper levenson.

Atlantic City, N.J. April 29, 2016 – Attorney Alexandra Rigden has joined the Family Law Practice Group at Cooper Levenson. Based in the firm’s Cherry Hill office, Rigden is an associate who will practice all aspects of family law including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, DCPP (DYFS) and other matters.


“Alexandra is both knowledgeable and passionate about family law,” said Kenneth J. Calemmo, chief operating officer of Cooper Levenson.


Prior to joining the firm, she spent more than three years practicing exclusively family law at a South Jersey firm.


Rigden previously clerked for The Honorable M. Patricia Richmond, J.S.C., Superior Court of New Jersey, Burlington County. In addition to her duties as a law clerk, Alexandra mediated landlord/tenant and small claims cases. She also completed a Domestic Violence Training Clinic and formerly volunteered as a pro bono attorney for New Jersey Legal Services. Rigden serves as an Associate Editor of the New Jersey Family Lawyer.


She is active in the community and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She resides in Burlington County, N.J.


Cooper Levenson is a full service law firm since 1957, with 70 attorneys and New Jersey offices in Atlantic City and Cherry Hill. The firm has regional offices in Bear, Del., and Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, visit www.cooperlevenson.com