Spring 2016

Student Groups Build Bridges

Making connections is at the heart of Brooklyn Law’s student organizations.

The Law School is home to more than 40 student organizations, representing a variety of practice areas and affinity groups. Each semester, these organizations host numerous panels and events that bring back to campus alumni and legal experts who offer valuable networking opportunities and professional insights.

In March, the Brooklyn Business Law Association (BBLA) honored Roger Griesmeyer ’04, a partner at Andrews Kurth LLP in New York City, at its annual alumni dinner, where he shared his experiences as an attorney in transactional law. More than 70 students are members of BBLA, including 25 1L delegates and 12 executive board members. The dinner drew graduates who are now with major firms and companies, including Skadden Arps; Paul, Weiss; PwC; and Ernst & Young.

“Your experiences at Brooklyn Law School will serve as a bridge to your future business success,” Griesmeyer said. “How you handle both the good and the challenging parts now can translate into the kinds of skills and knowledge you’ll use later in your career.”

“Student organizations are really important because they give you a sense of ownership in your Brooklyn Law School experience,” said BBLA Student President Alexi Knock ’16. “Hearing from successful graduates definitely made me want to work harder to achieve what they had. As my classes prepared me for writing and research, being part of a student organization like BBLA prepared me for my career.”

After graduation, Knock will join Ropes & Gray as a corporate associate. She joined BBLA as a 1L delegate, then served as the bankruptcy chair in her second year, before being elected as president for 2015–16. Knock founded a new mentorship program this year that pairs 1Ls with 2Ls and 3Ls. More than 60 students are participating in the program.

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