New MEA Chapter: Law

MEA is delighted to announce the formation of a new chapter: LAW

Congratulations! We are delighted to welcome Diana Bracho and Tobias Zimmerman to the MEA Executive Board as representatives for the Law Chapter.

If you are interested in running for one of the leadership positions – Chapter Director, Assistant Chapter Director, and Recording Secretary – be sure to contact the office. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the fight to protect your rights! Spread the word about membership to any of your colleagues who are not members, for we are stronger in numbers.

Diana Bracho
MEA Law Chapter Director
Law Library Director
City service: 7 years

Diana Bracho is an experienced educator with five years of professional teaching experience acquired before joining the New York City Law Department in June 2018. As an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department, Diana has conducted countless social media investigations and background checks, in addition to answering numerous reference questions from the Law Department’s 16 legal divisions. Mrs. Bracho was appointed Director of New York City Law Department’s Law Library in December 2018. She has a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from St. Johns’ University, and is admitted to the New York State Bar.

Tobias E. Zimmerman
Senior Counsel/Assistant Corporation Counsel
City service:  11.5 years
Awards: Division Chief Award for Excellence Throughout the Year: 2016 & 2023
Media:  National Law Journal’s 2010 Appellate Hot List and Plaintiff and Lawyer Ordered to Reimburse New York in False-Arrest Suit (NY Times)

An attorney since 2000, Tobias Zimmerman joined the Special Federal Litigation Division of the Law Department in 2011, where he has represented the City in civil rights lawsuits brought in federal court.  Most of his cases involve false arrest claims against the NYPD, with a handful of DOC and other agencies as well.  From 2018 to 2022, Mr. Zimmerman was “on loan” to the Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS), where he headed the “PaperFree NYC Initiative” seeking to advance the goals of digitizing City record keeping. Since returning to Special Fed in 2022, he has worked mainly on the federal monitorship arising out of the Stop-Question-Frisk litigation, and also provided assistance to the attorneys representing the City in the cases arising out of the Summer 2020 Protests.  Mr. Zimmerman lives on Staten Island with his wife, son, step-child, and numerous pets.