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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 & Tyler Morris, Co-presidents; Yuliana Kletsun and Asha Pandya, VPs; Daniel Tarantola, Treasurer; Andrew Fine, Secretary
    Tryout Chair: Alexandria Todd
    Networking Chairs: Sara Dejam and Jared Lacertosa
    1L Delegate: Jessica Soricelli
    Social Chair: Sean Young

    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.
  • Contacts: TBD
    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: Tess Bonoli & Mary Ellen Stanley, Co-Chairs; Yana Rafailova, Secretary;
    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: President: Angela Jun
    Vice President: Kai Yang Gao
    Secretary: Evaline Cho
    Treasurer: Joyce Ma
    Academic Chairs: Jia Jia Shi and Michelle Vella
    Alumni Chairs: Dan Tarantola and Elisa Zheng
    Social Chair: Maggie Hu
    Career Development Chair: Kwok Kei Ng
    Publicity Chair:  Edward Kim
    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: President: Janeen Hall
    VP of Academic Affairs: Garynn Noel 
    VP of Alumni Relations:  Eric Carter
    Secretary: Galen Reeves-Darby
    Treasurer : Adeneiki Williams
    Career Development Chair: Desiree Alexander
    Community Service Chair : David Craft
    Public Relations Chair: Tahir Boykins
    Historian: Vanessa Domenichelli

    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.
  • Contacts:
    President: Peter Saba
    Vice President: Max Borg
    Treasurer: Alex Orchowski

    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:
    Co-Chair: Jared Lacertosa
    Co-Chair: Devin Horzempa
    Treasurer: Greg Liss
    Secretary: Sam Corman
    Alumni Co-Chairs: Peter Pottier and Ben Schachter
    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:
    Co-President: Amita Saini
    Co-President: Antonis (Tony) Tsenesidis
    Co-VP: Gabriel Gerbi
    Co-VP: Rodianna Katasaros
    Treasurer: Elise Balaban
    Secretary: Gillian Serby

  • Contacts:
    Co-President: Spencer Wolfgang
    Co-President: Kevin Li
    3L Co-VP: David Trompeter
    3L Co-VP: Erica Carter
    2L Co-VP: Aaron Kurtzer
    2L Co-VP: Chloe Rommes
    2L Co-VP: Seth Nirenberg

    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:
    President: Samuel Corman
    Vice President: Joseph Rozovsky
    Secretary: Tristan Ellis
    Treasurer: Jerehme Bamberger
    Publicity Chair: Stephanie Michael

  • Contacts: President: Evelyn Bagdasarova
    Vice President: Kristyn Fields
    Treasurer: Allen Abraham
    Secretary: Brian White
    Business & Finance Chair: Morgan Barry
    Assistant Business & Finance Chair: Elise Balaban
    Bankruptcy Chair: Alexi Knock
    Corporate & Securities Chair: Tyler Morris
    Assistant Corporate & Securities Chair: Andrew Fleming
    Alumni Chair: Michael Piacentini
    Public Relations Chair: Palak Patel

    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: President: Keith Bloyd
    Vice Presidents: Mark Sorensen and Kelly Grushka
    Secretary: Melissa Yermes
    Treasurer: Spencer Wolfgang
    Alumni Chairs: Sophia Heopeastou and Jonathan Suser
    Newsletter Chair: Leah Norod
    Music Chair: Nick Guarino and James Murphy
    Film and Television Chairs: Rachel Schneidman and Jose Landivar
    Sports Chair: Chris Mull
    Fashion Chair: Alexandra Caleca and Mimi Kavalerchik

    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.
  • Contacts:
    President: Vladimir Popik
    Vice Presidents: Gregory Liss and Jared Brenner
    Treasurer: Galen Reeves-Darby
    Secretary: Daniel Chertok
    Events Chairs: Nicholas DeLisa and Robert Rose
    Alumni Chairs: Daria Spieler and Benjamin Brash
    Outreach Coordinator: Amir Kadri

    The Brooklyn Law Entrepreneurs (BLE) 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.
  • Contacts:
    President: Yasmin Malek
    VP:  Michelle Grecco
    Treasurer: Alex Hu
    Secretary: Molly Kammien
    Almuni Chair: Liz Geddes

    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:
    Co-chair:  Ashley Fertig (Calendar Year 2014)
    Co-chair: Clarissa Wertman (2014-2015)
    Treasurer: Jill Rudge
    Assistant Treasurer: Sarah Warburg-Johnson
    Secretary: Lillian Smith
    Alumni & Fundraising Chair: Paula Collins
    Auction co-chairs: Taylor Dougherty & Emma Carlson
    Community Development:  Kristopher Tyndall & Caitrin Coccoma
    Fellowship Chair: David Karopkin
    Mentorship: Mihal Ansik & Lauren Price
    Part-Time Liaison: Zamira Djabarova
    Pro Bono: Zachary Kaufman & Meghan Walsh
    Webmaster/Public Relations: Claire Gavin

    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.
  • Contacts:
    President:  Patrick Santos
    Vice President: Andy Flemming
    Secretary:  Maribeth Smith
    Treasurer:  Shannon Daugherty
    Alumni Chair: Christina Simpson
    Service Chair: Tess Bonoli
    Fellowship Chair: Julie Kwon
    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:
    Co-President: Andrew Bershtein
    Co-President: Nina Vershuta
    Treasurer: Brian White

    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:
    Co-Chair: Anita Yee
    Pro Bono Chair: TBD

    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.
  • Contacts:
    President: Meghan Boland
    Vice President: Amanda Longo
    Secretary:  Kathryn Rumbles
    Treasurer: Maria Ryden
    Land Use Chair:  Jason Cohen
    Natural Resources Chair:  Jessica Downes

    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:
    Co-President:  Michael Zebrowski
    Co-President:  Andrew Flemming 
    Co-Vice President:  Sarah Hernandez
    Co-Vice President:  Maribeth Smith
    Secretary:  Eric Schmidt
    Treasurer: Jon Jason
    Upper-Class Delegate: Ronnie Weinstein

    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:
    Co-Chair: Kathleen Reilly
    Co-Chair: Benjamin Edlin
    Treasurer: Ariana Palaban
    Secretary: Erica DiMarco

    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:
    Co-Presidents: Oliver Bystricky
    Co-President: Alexandra Caleca
    Vice President: Robin Warren
    Secretary: Brandon Einstein
    Treasurer: Patrick Bannon:
    Social Media Chair: Rachel Schneidman:
    Alumni Chair: Nick DeLisa
    Event Coordinator: Nick Guarino

    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:
    President: TBD

    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:
    President: TBD
     
    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:
    Co-President: Mario Bai
    Co-President: Joanna Menillo
    VP: Davide Ferrari
    Treasurer: Greg Matryba
    Secretary: Justin Ruffini

    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.
  • Contacts:
    President: Daniel Goldenberg
    Vice President: Eliezer Gewirtz
    Secretary: Peter Feher
    Treasurer: Andrew Smith
    Alumni Relations: Sara Horowitz

    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.

  • Contacts:
    President: Brian DeShannon
    VP: Courtney Osborn
    Treasurer: Desiree Gustafson   
    Secretary: Sam Corman    
    Event Chairs: Jessica Apter & Liz Conroy
    Alumni Chairs: Timothy Durbin and Charlette Matts
    Academic Chair: Kat Arango
  • Contacts:
    Co-Chairs: Jose Landivar and Massiel Ramos
    VP: Ian Dooley
    Secretary: Katherine Arango
    Treasurers: Rob Raghunath and Richard Quatrano
    Academic Chair: Serenna McCloud
    Alumni Chair: Ginna Barrios Aguero
    Social Chair: Herberth Melendez
    Community Action Chair: Ellen Ogwaro

    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.
  • Contacts:
    Co-Chair: Amanda Shapiro
    Co-Chair:  Claire Gavin 
    Secretary: Ellen Ogwaro
    Treasurer:  Meghan Walsh

    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.
  • Contacts:
    Co-Chair: Kaela Mahon
    Co-Chair: Kara Matejov
    Secretary: TBD
    Treasurer: TBD
    1L Treasurer: TBD
    Alumni Coordinator:  TBD
    Social Co-Chairs: TBD
    Uncontested divorce:  TBD
    CAP co-chairs: TBD
    Educational Program Coordinator: TBD

    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:
    President: Laura Espinossas

    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.
  • Contacts:
    President: Sarah Khan

    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:
    President: Paul Van Wie 
    VP: David Mazzuca
    Treasurer:  Jason Mizrahi
    Academic and Events Chairs: Julianne Scarpino and Dwayne Crispell
    Social Media and Internet Chair: Daniel DCosta
    Secretary : Lisa Totino

    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:
    Co-Chair: Loren Pani
    Co-Chair: Katherine Harrigan
    Treasurer: Joseph Luhrs
    Alumni-Co-Chair: Timothy 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.
  • Contacts:
    TBD

    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.
  • Contacts:
    President: Ellen Cho
    Vice President: Alexandria (Lexi) Todd
    Social Chair: Devin Horzempa
    Treasurer: Nina Vershuta
    Secretary: Jasmine Weg

    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:
    Co-Presidents: Hina Qureshi & Shaunak Shah
    Treasurer: Daniel D’Costa
    Secretary: Prianka Patel
    Alumni Chair: Alysha Sabarwal
    Academic Chair: Nicole Persaud
    Social Chair:  Zarah Naqvi
    Senior Advisor: Aamir Rahman

    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:
    Chair: David Karopkin
    Vice Chair: Emma Carlson
    Treasurer: Stephanie McCarthy
    Secretary: Ellie Pinto
    Social Chair: James Henning

    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.
  • Contacts: 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.
  • Contacts:
    President/VP Finance: Lena Smith
    VPs of Community Service/VITA Coordinators: Yosef Gindoff and Jennifer Collines
    VPs of Career Developments: Jonathan Saltzman and David Mazzuca
    VPs of Alumni Programming: Kevin Murphy and Cali Lieberman

    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.
Elizabeth Geddes '15

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Elizabeth Geddes
President
Student Bar Association
Brooklyn Law School
SBA Office, 250 Joralemon
Brooklyn, NY 11201