Cherice is the youngest child and only daughter of the late Jesse W. Vanderhall and Dorothy M. Vanderhall. Before her formal training she was educated at home by values steeped in southern roots and the A.M.E. Zion church. Her lessons learned at home proved to be the most valuable “classes” she would ever take and formed the foundation for which she would become an attorney and community advocate.
Prior to forming the Law Offices of Cherice P. Vanderhall, P.C., Cherice gained invaluable legal experience in all areas of complex civil litigation including commercial and employment disputes, professional liability, insurance defense, wills, trust, sand estates, labor and employment, and family law. She is a tough litigator who has helped clients to achieve successful resolutions in race, age, gender, and religious discrimination cases, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, wrongful termination, as well as wage and hour violations. In Family Court she considers a parental right to be a civil right and has reached many successful resolutions on behalf of parents, and their children, since her fight always included what is in the child’s best interests. Cherice thrives in competitive environments and litigates with uncompromising dedication, patience, and a relentless desire to achieve justice on behalf of the client.
Cherice graduated from Touro Law Center in 2009, cum laude, where she was the Notes and Comments Editor of the International Law Review and a CALI Excellence Award recipient. In law school she studied International Human Rights Law in China and was the recipient of the prestigious Thurgood Marshall Fellowship from the New York City Bar Association where she worked for the City Bar Justice Center’s Elder Law Project.
Before entering law school and graduating from the University at Albany where she obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Africana Studies, and a M.A. in Africana Studies with a concentration in West African History, Cherice worked as a labor union organizer for 1199/SEIU. She studied West African History, Culture, and Politics at the University of Ghana at Legon in Accra, Ghana in 2001 and 2002, and cites her extensive travel and embrace of different cultures, and ability to organize and mobilize groups as one of her greatest assets.
Cherice is committed to community and the future of the young people who will be tomorrow’s leaders. On occasion, she serves as a Panelist or Guest Lecturer for both schools and community events speaking on various legal and community issues. Cherice has been featured on Long Island News 12 Diverse Long Island and serves as a mentor at Turtle Hook Middle School, and volunteer track coach for the Uniondale H.S. Girls Track and Field team. Cherice is also member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, LI Chapter, the Board of Directors for Nassau Suffolk Law Services, and a number of bar associations including the National Bar Association, Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, and is the Executive Director of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association.