Daily Life on Campus

Pursue Your Passion

Our student organizations are an important part of the Law School community and the engine behind many exciting programs. They offer an opportunity for students to explore their academic work beyond the classroom, through events that bring them together with others of similar (or different) cultural backgrounds or philosophical beliefs. These student organizations are also an effective way for you to participate in activities that will broaden your knowledge of specific areas of the law, become involved in pro bono work, and connect with the Law School's alumni and other members of the legal community.

There are more than 40 student organizations within the Law School, representing a variety of practice areas and cultural groups. Members develop substantive and informative student programs throughout the school year, as well as organize school-wide social events. Early in the academic year, the Student Bar Association conducts its annual Organization Fair when representatives from the association's various organizations are available to meet with students interested in joining.

Visit the links on this page to learn more about the Law School's student organizations.

  • Contacts: Zachary Rubin & Taier Perlman, Co-presidents; Asher Grosman & Evan Goldinger, VPs; Tyler Morris, Treasurer; Rebecca Vainer, Secretary
    Networking Chairs: Samantha Catanese and Darien Toriello
    Newsletter Chair: Max Borg
    Social Chair: Elizabeth Geddes

    The purpose of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) society is to introduce students to alternative methods of dispute resolution as opposed to the heavy focus on litigation in law school courses.
  • Contact: Victoria Medley, President; Cassye Cole, Vice President; David Goldberg, Social chair; Reuben Fuller Bennett & Amy Drever, Debate co-chairs;
    Website: http://aclu.brooklynsba.org

    The American Civil Liberties Union chapter of Brooklyn Law School (BLS ACLU) is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York State Constitution. BLS ACLU has initiated various projects and will continue to hold lectures, debates, community outreach (voter registration drives, etc), as well as other meaningful events.
  • Contacts: Mia Tomijima & Anouska Hamlin, Co-Chairs; Yana Rafailova, Secretary; Alex Hampton, Treasurer; Bryan Kolb, Webmaster; Adam Kubota & Andrew Viola, Social Coordinators;
    Website: Located on TWEN

    The Art Law Association (ALA) provides a forum for students, faculty, and practitioners, to explore and debate the wide range of legal issues associated with the creation, collection, presentation, and preservation of the visual arts. The ALA promotes these goals by organizing and publicizing art law events and networking opportunities on campus and in and out of New York City.
  • Contacts: Liana-Marie Lien, President; Julie Kwon, VP; Ona Lu, Treasurer; Phillip Kim, Secretary
    Academic Chairs: Anita Yee & Sylvia Dai
    Alumni Chairs: Jane Jeong & Maggie Poon
    Social Chairs: Sean Young & Hooney Heoh
    Website: http://apalsa.brooklynsba.org

    The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is dedicated to serving the BLS student community by providing service opportunities and events in the areas of academics, professional and career development, community service, cultural awareness, and social events. APALSA offers a variety of resources to its members, including a blue book quiz review, final exam preparation, and outline distributions. APALSA also offers several social events throughout the year including mixers, cultural nights, dinners, and happy hours. Additionally, APALSA provides valuable mentorship and guidance to the incoming 1L students, whom are paired with 2Ls and 3Ls who devote their time and effort to assisting the 1L students with their transition into law school.
  • Contacts: Emmanuel Fashakin, President;  Ebube Okoli , VP of Academic Affairs; Karume James , VP Alumni Relations; Christine Lauture , Treasury; Leanne Welds, Secretary;
    Career Development Chair: Janeen Hall
    Community Service Chair: Garynn Noel
    Public Relations: Charlette Matts
    Chair Historian: Lindsay Francis

    The purpose of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is to serve the needs of the black law student, the black attorney, and the black community. It works with local units at other law schools to promote the professional needs of minority communities, and foster and encourage political and community involvement.
  • Contact:  Peter Saba, President; Luke Marcoux, Treasurer; Cody Brown, Treasury.
    The BLS Basketball Association is a club devoted to helping BLS students play basketball. The organization will host weekly open basketball games in Brooklyn and register teams for the Law School Division of the Laywers basketball league every spring. The club will also host various fundraisers and social events throughout the year.
  • Contacts: Jared Lacertosa, Co-Chair; David Giller, Co-Chair; Greg Liss, Treasury; Sam Corman, Secretary
    Alumni Chair: Erin Ryan
    Social/Programming Chair: David Karopkin

    The Brooklyn Law School Democrats are committed to raising awareness of the effects of politics on law-making. It encourages students to become politically involved through participation in campaigns, election-day actvities, and campaign training sessions. The organization invites political speakers and organizes symposia to bring current political issues into legal debate at BLS.
  • Contacts: Michael Soleimani and Rafe Serouya, Co-presidents; Harrison Kleinman, VP; Gregory Polovin, Treasurer; Amita Saini, Secretary
  • Contacts: Mike Roosa and Maegan Fuller, Co-president
    VP: Ryan Marcus
    VP: Mike Jones
    VP: Spencer Wolfgang
    VP: Kevin Li

    The BLS Softball Organization is a club devoted to playing softball. The organization will consist of a number of softball teams who will meet for practices and scrimmage one another. The softball organization will also register teams for various law school softball tournaments including the Fordham Law School tournament, the NYU tournament, and the UVA tournament (The World Series of Law School Softball). In addition to playing softball, the BLS Softball Organization will also host various fundraisers and social events throughout the year in order to fund our entrance into aforesaid tournaments, especially the UVA Law School Softball Tournament.
  • Contacts: Alexander Hood, President; Samuel Corman, VP; Tristan Ellis, Secretary; Daniel Cooper-Vince, Treasurer
    Publicity Coordinator: Charles Harris
  • Contacts: Adam Ludemann, President; Chauncey Depew, VP and Bankruptcy Chair; Evelyn Bagdasarova, Treasurer; Jamie Maguire, Secretary;
    Finance Chair: Daria Barry
    Corporate and Securities Chair: Marija Dabovic
    Alumni Co-Chairs: Michael Piacentini & Andrew Kissner

    Primary Email: eboard.bbla@gmail.com
    Website: www.blsbbla.com.

    The Brooklyn Business Law Association (BBLA) is a student organization at Brooklyn Law School (BLS) made up of students interested in the practice of business law.  BBLA seeks to provide educational, social and networking opportunities for its members and the greater BLS community with the goals of (i) giving students an opportunity to better understand various business law practices – including but not limited to the areas of bankruptcy law, commercial law, financial law, corporate law and securities law – and (ii) providing students with opportunities to meet fellow students, BLS alumni and other practitioners interested in or involved in the practice of business law.

  • Contacts: Ashley Huddleston, President; Mark Sorenson and Spencer Wolgang, VPs; Yuliana Kletsun, Treasurer; Jennifer Johnson, Secretary
    Alumni Chairs: Hillary Wyse and John Garcia
    Newsletter Chair: Yana Rafailova
    Music Chair: Nick Guarino
    Film and Television Chairs: Rachel Schneidman and Gabe Gerbi
    Sports Chair: Jeremy Fischer
    Fashion Chair: Alexandra Caleca

    BESLS educates members on current legal issues in the entertainment industry and provides networking opportunities for members and alumni with an interest in entertainment law.
  • Contact: Vladimir Popik, President; Gregory Liss & Jared Brenner, Co-VPs; Daria Spieler, Secretary; David Ferrari, Treasurer;

    The Brooklyn Law Entrepreneurship Club (BLEC) seeks to connect our law students with start-ups, investors and attorneys who work closely with rising businesses across the spectrum. In addition to hosting events that bring together these various stakeholders, we engage in multiple discussions addressing issues facing the start-up community.
  • Contact: Elizabeth Geddes, President; Alexander Hu, VP; Rachel Weissman, Treasurer; Elana Rodman, Secretary
    Communications Director: Jose (Mike) Sevilla
    1L Liaison: Alexander Madrak
    Legal Developments Chair: Imran Ahmed

    The Brooklyn Law Immigration Society (BLIS) shall provide a forum for discussing, learning about, and seeking opportunities in immigration and nationality law for students interested in this field.  BLIS will achieve this through our educational speakers series as well as peer-to-peer social networks, networking information sessions and updates on relevant local conventions and current legal developments.
  • Contacts: Jana Hymowitz and Ashley Fertig, Co-Chairs; Rebecca Naeder, Secretary; Kenya Dillon, Treasurer
    Asst. Treasurer: Wendy Tsang
    Alumni Relations: Cristina Law
    Auction: Sara Friedman and Brendan Gibbons
    Community Development: Karume James and Johana Vesga
    Fellowship: Peter Travitsky
    Fundraising Chair: Elana Rodman
    Mentorship: Sarah Arena, Eric Eingold and Clarissa Wertman
    PT Student Liaison: Ashley Fertig
    Pro Bono: Ian Dooley
    Public Relations: Lisa Okamoto
    Webmaster: David Karopkin

    General email: info@blspi.org

    Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (BLSPI) is a student-run, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization at Brooklyn Law School that encourages and enables student participation in public interest and public service legal work.

    BLSPI provides both legal and non-legal opportunities for engagement at BLS.  We are committed to finding opportunities for students to explore public interest legal careers, which we facilitate through a mentorship program for incoming students and by bringing in lawyers and alumni to speak and interact with students about their practice through our programming.  We also provide much-needed funding through fellowships for summer internships for first- and second-year students, as well as bar course grants for graduating students pursuing public interest legal careers.

    Additionally, BLSPI offers a common tie between the many on-campus pro bono organizations and the Brooklyn community.  We organize a number of charity drives throughout the year, often working with other student groups, including: blood drives, canned food drives, clothing drives, Halloween candy drives for children living in domestic violence shelters, and voter registration drives. BLSPI will also organize a number of days of service this coming year.
  • Contact: Thomas (Min Hyeok) Lee , President; Patrick Santos, VP; Shannon Daugherty, Treasurer; Michelle Park, Secretary
    Julie Kwon - Publicity Chair
    Christina Simpson - Alumni Chair
    General Email: cls@brooklaw.edu

    The Christian Legal Society chapter provides fellowship among believers and works to increase understanding of the relationship between faith and law. Members meet weekly for Bible study and periodically with other Christian students for fellowship and community service. All students are welcome to attend.
  • Contacts: Karolina Klyuchnikova and Christina Favela, Co-Chair; Laura McKenzie, Treasurer; Kathryn Palillo, VP.

    The Eastern European Law Students Association (EELSA) provides a support and networking system for the community of law students from the former USSR and other Eastern European countries at Brooklyn Law School. EELSA also promotes Eastern European heritage throughout the Law School by sponsoring cultural events on and off campus as well as sponsoring guest speakers throughout the year. EELSA also strives to provide assistance to members of the local Eastern European community through collaboration with local community agencies.
  • Contacts: Meghann Graham and Melissa Martin, Co-Chair; Anita Yee, Pro Bono Chair

    The Education Law and Policy Society is a student-run organization that aims to raise awareness, advance dialogue and encourage advocacy in issues related to education law. We do so by connecting like-minded Brooklyn Law School students, facilitating roundtable discussions with education law professionals and organizing pro bono activities. We intend to harness the energy surrounding school reform and the burgeoning charter school movement and envision creative roles that attorneys can play in furthering the goals of education equity.
  • Contact: Jourdain Poupore, President

    The Brooklyn Law School Environmental Law Society is comprised of students and faculty members whose interests and experiences include environmental law, international law, the laws of war and bio-terrorism, real estate law, and land use and zoning laws. The ELS strives to create professional opportunities for its members by hosting events where students can meet with leading experts in a variety of fields.
  • Contacts: Alfred Falzone, President; Michael Zebrowski, Executive VP; : Eric Schmidt, VP of Communications; Randal Meyer, Treasurer; Justin Druke, Alumni Relations Chair

    The Federalist Society is a non-partisan conservative and libertarian organization dedicated to freedom, federalism, and judicial restraint. The Federalist Society seeks to educate the legal community through its programs and publications about how limited constitutional government based on the rule of law can have a positive effect on law and public policy.
  • Contacts: Veronica Jackson and Kathleen Reilly, Co-chairs; Jenny Chung, Treasurer

    The Health Law and Policy Association (HLPA) is a student-run organization that seeks to raise awareness, encourage dialogue, and increase student involvement in issues related to health law and policy. Goals of the organization include connecting students with health law professionals and volunteering opportunities, facilitating discussion of health care issues through panels, debates, and other events, and uniting students with similar interests in the field of health law.
  • Contacts: Sonal Mehta, and Joshua Wueller Co-Presidents; Oliver Bystrickyk, Alexandra Caleca, Austin Mazzella Co-VP; Christine Lauture, Treasurer; Shawn Roche, Secretary
    Social Media Chairs: Garynn Noel, Rachel Schneidmann & Cheryl Wang
    Event Coordinators: Paul Fraulo, Nick Guarino, Devon Klein & Mia Tomijima

    IPLA was established to increase BLS student body awareness of the cutting edge issues and opportunities that arise in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. IPLA accomplishes this through academic events, alumni interaction, roundtable discussions, and other events that focus specifically on the interests of our members.

  • Contacts: Maegan Fuller, President; Lauren Efman, VP; Alex Madrak, Secretary; Kempshall McAndrew, Treasurer;
    HR: Leslie Bailey
    Business Committee: Morris Zarif
    Career Liason: Saya Austin
    Prof Development: Janeen Hall
    The Bridge: Kenya Dillon

    Website: http://ils.brooklynsba.org/

    The International Law Society promotes the awareness, study, and understanding of international law and related issues. The society aims to educate students about the significance of international legal issues and publicize internships, educational, and career opportunities in this field. It holds regularly scheduled meetings and host guest speakers and panel discussions on various issues of international law.
  • Contacts: Jennifer Hickey, President; Maeve Callagy, VP; Florence Mao, Treasurer
     
    The Irish Society is dedicated to the furtherance of Irish heritage. Its goal is to increase Irish-American participation in the legal profession and to help promote relationships between its members and practicing Irish lawyers. The group will host various social activities and invite guest speakers throughout the year to help achieve these objectives.
  • Contacts: Mike Roosa and Alexandra Ghiorzi, Co-presidents; Matt Desaro and Joanna Menillo, Co-VPs; David Ferrari, Secretary; Mario Bai, Treasurer

    The Italian American Law Students Association sponsors parties in and out of school, sporting events, an annual dinner dance, and a speakers program. Its goal is social service and the encouragement of greater participation by Italian-Americans in the legal profession.
  • Contact: Hayley Cowitt, President; Josh Nulman, VP; Ed Cohen, Treasurer; Gabe Gerbi, Secretary
    Alumni Relations Chair: Scott Drucker
    Pro Bono Chair: Jonathan Jason

    The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is a cultural, social, educational, and religious organization that reflects the varied interests of the Jewish student community of Brooklyn Law School.  JLSA sponsors a variety of educational and social activities designed to increase students' knowledge of Jewish issues, customs, and holidays. It also hosts various social activities and frequently invites speakers to address current cultural, religious, and political issues.

  • Contact: Brian DeShannon, President; Kimberly Sialiano, VP; Chelsea Leyh, Treasurer; Liz Conroy, Secretary
    Co- Event Coordinators: Michael "Ben" Ward and Dana Brady
  • Contacts: Jose Landivar, President; Ian Dooley, VP; Natalia Escobar, Secretary; Elias Alarcon, Treasurer
    Social Events Chair: Massiel Ramos

    The Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) seeks to increase the awareness and performance of Latin American students at BLS through our mentoring program, workshops, and presentations on topics of current interest and importance. Members enhance communication with the local Latin American community through our established public service program, and also work to create and foster strong connections with the greater legal community.
  • ContactsChristina Rubel, President; Amanda Shapiro, VP; Kaitlyn Vidasolo, Treasury; Sheana Kleist, Secretary.

    Law Students for Reproductive Justice is dedicated to ensuring access to medically accurate, age-appropriate, culturally competent sex and sexuality education, as well as comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including prenatal care, postnatal care, contraception, abortion services, and alternative reproductive technologies for women and men, free from coercion, discrimination and violence.
  • Contact: Kaela Mahon and Kara Matejov, Co-chairs; Elizabeth Conroy, Treasurer; Samantha Weiss, Secretary;
    1L Treasurer: Nina Vershuta
    Alumni Coordinator: Taylor Dougherty
    Uncontested Divorce Chairs: Alana Weber & Arielle Comellas
    CAP co-chairs: Amy Drever, Emily Brandes & Janeen Hall

    LAW is an organization committed to mobilizing law students in action concerning issues that affect women and the law. Some of its programs and projects include: the fight against domestic and international violence against women, access to reproductive choice and family planning, pay and career equity, women-friendly workplaces, and judicial nominations.
  • Contacts: Patricia Vignolo, President

    The LL.M. Association (LLMA) serves as a resource for the LL.M., international and exchange students at Brooklyn Law School for adjusting to life at an American law school. LLMA's mission is to create a strong, global network and assist international students and lawyers who wish to pursue their legal careers within the United States. The Association hosts networking events, panel discussions and workshops and also publicizes internship and career opportunities.
  • Contact:  Saad Younus, President

    MLSA seeks to increase effective Muslim participation and representation in the legal field by providing a supportive atmosphere for incoming and current Muslim students. It aims to provide professional networking opportunities, maintain a growing network via MLSA alumni, and build a bridge between Muslims and non-Muslims through educational and cultural exchange.
  • Contacts: Justin Druke, President; Paul Van Wie and Michael Grant, Co-VPs; Michael Zebrowski, Secretary; Daniel Cooper-Vince, Treasurer
    Interim Academic Chair: Michael Grant

    The National Security Law Society is a non-partisan student organization that aims to foster interest and understanding in the area of national security law.  Our main functions include sponsoring related speakers and events, assisting members in their pursuit of a career in national security law, and providing an open forum for members to discuss the legal aspects of U.S. national security policy and foreign affairs.
  • Contacts: Loren Pani  & Summer McKee, Co-Chairs; Joseph Luhrs, Treasurer; Jose Landivar, Secretary;
    Pro Bono Coordinator: Adam Lynn
    Community Education Coordinator: Katherine Harrigan
    Alumni Relations Coordinators: Mike Zebrowski & Tim Durbin

    OUTLaws is a student organization that serves the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight allies within the BLS community. Our organization sponsors frequent educational, political and social events throughout the year as we aim to foster connections with the BLS student body, BLS alumni, and the legal profession at large. Our primary goals are to inform the Law School community about legal issues affecting LGBTQ rights, increase the visibility of LGBTQ persons within the legal profession, support BLS students who identify as LGBTQ, and raise funds to offset costs at LGBTQ-related endeavors for our members. In short, OUTLaws advocates for the inclusion of multiple perspectives within the Law School and pursues solidarity with allies within the community.
  • Contact:  Andrea “Claire” Rogers, Chair

    The Parents Association is an organization committed to the Brooklyn Law School community. It is dedicated to creating a network for Brooklyn Law School students who are parents, and for offering support in managing family life with successful careers.
  • ContactsKarolina Klyuchnikova, President; Upton Au, VP; Richard Quatrano, Treasurer
    Social Chair: Ritika Kapadia
    Historian: Devon Klein

    Website
    : http://www.phideltaphi.org (Phi Delta Phi National Organization Website)
    BLSConnect Site: Phi Delta Phi
    Phi Delta Phi is an international legal fraternity that seeks to promote the highest standard of ethics and professionalism in law schools and the legal profession. Each local chapter is required to complete community service projects and organize an annual school-wide Ethics Week.
  • Contacts: Aamir Rahman, Nutan Sewdath Co-Presidents; Hina Qureshi, Treasurer; Asha Pandya, Secretary.
    Alumni Chair: Shabri Sharma
    Social Chair: Imran Ahmed

    General email: salsa@brooklaw.edu

    SALSA's vision is to serve the cultural, religious, community, social, and professional needs of our South Asian Law Students. SALSA will continue working with the South Asian Bar Association of New York and SALSA organizations across the city to foster relationships among our peers and promote community-based projects that address the growing legal needs of underrepresented South Asians in New York.
  • Contacts: Jenny Xu Chair; David Karopkin, Vice-Chair; Justine Pelham, Treasurer; Solar Rivani, Secretary

    The Brooklyn Law School SALDF is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.
  • Contact: Elizabeth Geddes, President; Vincent Passarelli, Day Vice-President; John Werner, Evening Vice-President; Robert Raghunath, Treasurer; Jennifer Fried, Administrative Secretary; Ariela Moskowitz, Social Secretary

    BLSConnect Site: SBA

    The SBA acts as the umbrella organization for all student organizations at the Law School, and serves as the student voice to the Law School faculty and administration.  The SBA also plans, supervises, and sponsors educational and social events throughout the academic year.
  • Contact: Lena Smith, President
    VP of Finance: Alan Zhao
    VP of Finance: Leanne Welds
    VP Community Service/Vita: Jessika Wong
    VP Alumni Programming: Daniel Nelkenbaum
    VP Alumni Relations: Cali Lieberman
    VP Alumni Relations: Peter Saba
    Vice President of Career Development: Eric Greenberg
    Vice President of Career Development: Artie Tergesen
    Vice President Community Service/Vita: Yosef Gindoff
    Vice President Alumni Programming: Kevin Albertson

    The Tax Law Association was formed in order to provide networking opportunities for those interested in tax law, to encourage interest in the field of tax by hosting talks by specialized experts in the field, and to give Law School students a chance to participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sponsored by the IRS.

SBA President Mark Walsh with Vice-President Amita Saini. Listen to Mark's interview discussing his experiences at BLS.

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Mark Walsh
President
Student Bar Association
Brooklyn Law School
SBA Office, 250 Joralemon
Brooklyn, NY 11201