Kara M. Nelson received her bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology with a concentration in United States Political and Social History from SUNY Albany in 2014. Ms. Nelson then went on to receive her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 2017, where she was an avid participant in the school’s Moot Court program. While earning her degree, she worked in conjunction with Corporate Counsel for the City of Schenectady and Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy to address urban blight in the Capital Region by identifying methods of legal intervention and data-driven solutions for vacant properties that plague the area. Ms. Nelson was the first person to successfully commence an abandonment proceeding pursuant to RPAPL Article 19-A, while mapping the entire process to present to elected officials and policymakers as a blueprint to use int he future. She was subsequently nominated to sit on several expert panels on implementing her research in City planning to combat Urban Blight.  Prior to joining Baxter Smith & Shapiro, Ms. Nelson worked for plaintiff’s personal injury firm handling premises liability, automobile negligence, municipal liability, and general negligence litigation.