Class of 2018

Meet 12 Outstanding Members of the Class of 2018

Aiman Tariq '18

Aiman Tariq

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Career Plans: Dechert, LLP

Recipient of the Lisle Scholarship, the Dean’s Merit Award and the Robert Kaufman Book Prize


What is the most surprising thing you learned at Brooklyn Law School?
Not all lawyers are the same. Everyone comes with different backgrounds and experiences and we all learn from each other. I haven’t taken a single class at Brooklyn where I didn’t learn something from another student.

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Lara Gonzalez Fortes '18

Lara Gonzalez Fortes

Hometown: Maputo, Mozambique
Career Plans: International Commercial Arbitration

Recipient of the Graduate Study Merit Scholarship


Why did you decide to come to Brooklyn Law School?
Brooklyn Law School’s Clinical and Externships program. Practical experience has always been important to me so I was excited for the opportunity to participate in clinics such as the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic (BLIP), a full-service practice that represents startups, entrepreneurs and innovators, and Safe Harbor, a clinic in which students are able to represent individuals in a range of cases affecting their immigration status.

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Michael Kumar '18

Michael Kumar

Hometown: Staten Island, New York
Career Plans: Finance & Technology Law

Recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Prince Scholarship, and William Randolph Hearst Scholarship


Who’s your favorite professor and why?
One of my favorite professors would be Professor Sabeel Rahman because we’re both interested in the intersection of law and politics, particularly in areas like antitrust. He has been a great mentor and advisor during my time here at Brooklyn Law. My other favorite would be Professor Marjorie White from the BLIP  Clinic because I got to work with amazing clients and gain real, transactional experience with one of the nicest professors ever.

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Giancarlo Martinez '18

Giancarlo Martinez

Hometown: Wayne, New Jersey
Career Plans: New York City Law Department, Assistant Corporation Counsel

Recipient of the Sara Robbins Memorial Scholarship


Why did you decide to come to Brooklyn Law School?
Both my grandfather (’56) and my father (’90) attended Brooklyn Law School, but that was not my only motivating factor. I always wanted to practice law in the public sector. Because Brooklyn Law School has an immense alumni network in government and the public sector, I thought that this school was a perfect fit. What sealed the deal was being in the heart of Brooklyn and New York City, since there is so much opportunity and things to do in this area.

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Jamila Moore '18

Jamila Moore

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA.
Career Plans: Counsel, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation

Recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and a Dean’s Merit Scholarship


Why did you decide to come to Brooklyn Law School?
I chose to attend Brooklyn Law School because it offered an opportunity for me to continue my career in education while attending school at night.


What is the most surprising thing you learned at Brooklyn Law School?
The most surprising thing I learned in my Evidence Workshop. The application of objections and motions to strike in practice is a learned skill that takes a great deal of practice.

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Claire Wasserman '18

Claire Wasserman

Hometown: Miami, FL
Career Plans: Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Recipient of the Lisle and Kanter Kornblau scholarships


Why did you decide to come to Brooklyn Law School?
I was changing careers, and really drawn to the accelerated 2-year program. I was also really impressed with the clinical offerings, since I knew I wanted a school that had the equivalent to “learning on the job,” especially if I was going to be ready to enter the legal world a year early.

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James Allen '18

James A. Allen

Hometown: Washington, D.C. 
Career Plans: New York Court of Appeals Central Legal Research Staff

Recipient of the Richardson Scholarship, the Lark-Barranco Scholarship, the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, and the Nathan Dechter Memorial Endowed Scholar Scholarship


Why did you decide to come to Brooklyn Law School?
My grandfather was a Brooklyn Law School graduate (Class of 1951), and he was always a major role model. I had always wanted to follow in his footsteps, so when I started looking at schools Brooklyn Law was always number one on the list. I was swayed even more when I learned about the Law School’s commitment to public service.

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Jaime Freilich '18

Jaime Freilich

Hometown: Woodmere, New York
Career Plans: Debevoise & Plimpton

Recipient of the Martha Prince Scholarship


What is the most surprising thing you learned at Brooklyn Law School?
How teamwork-oriented this law school can be. Oftentimes, law school is associated with intense competition and a lack of camaraderie, but at Brooklyn Law School, students are encouraged to work with their peers. I truly believe that students here are so successful because of how we have worked together throughout our time at the Law School.

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Eric Orsini '18

Eric A. Orsini

Hometown: West Babylon, New York
Career Plans:  Politics, Business Law

Recipient of the Lisle & Dean’s Recognition Scholarships


What law school accomplishment are you most proud of?
Aside from earing my J.D., I am most proud of being selected to participate in the Federal Prosecutor Clinic. This clinic provided me with tangible courtroom experience with real people and real cases. As a student prosecutor I was involved in all facets of cases, from inception to disposition.

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Asmika Dangol '18

Asmika R. Dangol

Hometown: Queens, NY
Career Plans: Legal Aid Society


Why did you decide to come to Brooklyn Law School?
The part-time program and connections within the local New York City community made it very attractive. I wanted to keep working full time as a paralegal with the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice and the part-time program made this possible. The alumni are in every sector of the legal field in New York City, and I knew I would have connections regardless of the sector I want to practice in.

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Marvin Espana '18

Marvin España

Hometown: Queens, New York
Career Plans: Immigration Attorney with the Bronx Defenders


Why did you decide to come to Brooklyn Law School?
I decided to attend the Law School for its large student-led organization, Brooklyn Law Students for the Public Interest (BLSPI), and for the Sparer Fellowship Program. Both programs support public interest careers by providing vast networks that connected me to opportunities and lasting friendships, mentors for when I wanted to discuss decisions, and summer funding that allowed me to live as I pursue my goal to provide justice for the community.

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Paul Jang '18

Paul Jang

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Career Plans: Intellectual Property law, technology and privacy law, international, and policy

Recipient of the I. Leo Glasser Scholarship


Why did you decide to come to Brooklyn Law School?
I knew it was a public service oriented school and that I would meet like-minded people focused on helping communities and the greater good.


What is the most surprising thing you learned at Brooklyn Law School?
I was most surprised by the amount of support Brooklyn Law School gives all of its students, even though it’s a small school without a larger university system. The kind of close-knit and focused help you can get from faculty, administration, and other students proves that law school doesn’t have to be this hyper-competitive, draining experience.

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