Hofstra Law

Student Organizations

APALSA offers the opportunity for Asian law students to discuss issues relevant to the Asian community. Its goals include increasing the enrollment of Asian students at Hofstra Law and encouraging greater awareness of the political, social and legal concerns affecting Asians within the legal community.

APALSA also works in conjunction with other organizations to further goals beneficial to all minority groups in the legal profession.

Email: apalsa@hofstra.edu
Advisor: Dean Ku

President: Francesca Miranda
External Vice President: Jaymark Hawlader
Internal Vice President: Jennifer Tabios
Treasurer: Jesslyn Bracco
Secretary: Sandy Wai Sze Yeung

The mission of the BLSA is to utilize the collective resources of chapter members to promote the educational, professional, political and social needs and goals of black law students; foster and encourage professional competence; and influence the legal community by bringing about meaningful legal and political change that addresses the black community.

The BLSA serves to help ease the transition of first-year law students into the law school process.

The BLSA is open to any Hofstra Law student regardless of race or color.

Email: hofstra@nblsa.org
Advisor: Judge Fisher
Advisor: Prof. Folami

President: Serena Newberry
Vice-President: Nafessa Clarke
Secretary: Dominique Emille
Treasurer: Keleisha Milton
Historian: Nana-Adwoa Otoo
Attorney General: Nicole Trotman
Academic Chair: Jakyra McLeod
Membership Chair: TBD
Community Outreach: TBD
Executive Coordinator: TBD

Advisor: Prof. Lyman (Albert)

President: Nicholas Kettell
Vice-President: Maria Famiglietti
Secretary: Nicholas LaGinestra
Treasurer: Nicholas Trotta
Membership Development Officer: Evan Murphy

The CLS is a membership organization of Christian attorneys, judges, paralegals, law students and other legal professionals dedicated to serving Jesus Christ through the practice of law, defense of religious freedom and provision of legal aid to the needy. We invite you to join our nationwide Christian legal community. Our values, visions and goals include facilitating opportunities for believers within the Law School to connect with one another, providing outreach during times of discouragement/stress to provide encouragement, facilitating opportunity for connection with other religions and encouraging one another and the greater Hofstra Law community.

Advisor: Prof. Colombo

President: Athina Giouvalakis
Vice-President: Andrea Akinbola
Secretary: Jakyra McLeod
Treasurer: Rosalie Messina

First, the CLA focuses efforts on building strong affiliations with established Columbian lawyers associations throughout the Greater New York City metro area, which presents networking and scholarship opportunities to members who may not currently be affiliated with, or represented by, existing student organizations.

Second, the CLA hopes to offer benefits to students borne from the affiliation with established associations in the form of dinners and events funded by these associations, offer workshops and job opportunities with Italian-American members of the bar, and reach a new demographic to spur student involvement in learning opportunities already existing at the Law School.

Advisor: Prof. Colombo

President: Emily Degennaro
Vice-President: Kimberly Manzi
Secretary: Perri Lembo
Treasurer: Alexandra Mafia

The Energy and Environmental Law Society is the locus for students preparing for a career in energy and environmental law. It sponsors energy and environmentally oriented programs both on and off campus.

The objectives of the EELS are to foster an understanding of energy and environmental legal and policy issues and educate students about how they can have an impact.

The organization promotes networking among students, alumni and professionals through events and employment opportunities.

Advisor: Prof. Hickey

President: Danielle Cerniello
Vice President: Abigail Reses
Treasurer: Matthew Garry
External Affairs: Navpreet Natt

Advisor: Prof. Schepard

President: Michael Silberg
Vice President Internal: Louisa Portnoy
Treasurer: Eshrat Jahan
Secretary: Christina Lamiroult
Membership Development Officer/PR: Toniann Pasqueralle
Outreach & Education Chair: Kayla Griffin
Community Service Coordinator: Jaime DeFilippis

The Federalist Society is a nonpartisan conservative/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.

Advisor: Dean Ku

President: Elise DeNatale
Vice President: Colin Sauvigne
Treasurer: Ashley Akl
Secretary: Nicholas Zotto
Public Relations Chair: Mike Bernardini
1L Liaison: Jennifer Cytryn

Advisor: Prof. Yaroshefsky

President: Kiana Calandra
Co-Vice President: Katherine Mcenroe
Co-Vice President: Mia Tyminski
Secretary: Ilana Beroff
Treasurer: Susan Pew
Social Media Chair: Alicia Talati

Advisor: Janet Dolgin

President: Alexandria Sedlak
Vice President: Srinidhi Krishnan
Treasurer: Paige Williams
Secretary: Elizabeth Stachtiaris
Social Media & Outreach Coordinator: Alexis Willis

The mission of Hillel JD: The Jewish Law Students Association is to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. This is accomplished by working with faculty, staff, and fellow students to encourage friendship and culture among our members, as well as foster a greater understanding of the law and legal institutions. Additionally, Hillel JD sponsors lectures, group discussions, social events, and holiday-related programs. Hillel JD is a program of Hofstra University Hillel.

Advisor: Prof. Bush

President: Sara Gruszcynski
Vice President: Joe Rabanipor
Treasurer: Jaime Feerst
Secretary: Carley Sternberg
3L Rep: Rachel Yakubov

The Hofstra Intellectual Property Law Association is an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging a better comprehension of the creation and utilization of intellectual property among the students, faculty and staff of Hofstra Law.

Advisor: Prof. Manta

President Christopher Romaka
Vice President Yasmine Dieudonne
Secretary Srinidhi Krishnan
Treasurer Carley Scopelliti
Social Media Chair Emma Behrens

Advisor: Prof. Sample

Co-Presidents: Lillian Lesser
Co-Presidents: Emma Behrens
Vice President: Erin Masterson
Secretary: Alexis Richer
Treasurer: Kaitlin Roberts
PR/Social Media: Carley Scopelliti

Hofstra Law Women is an organization dedicated to empowering women. While this group caters to helping 1L women adjust to the law school experience, it is open to women attending Hofstra Law of all ages and class levels.

Among its many activities, this group holds meetings, does charity events and fundraisers, holds networking events and has social events for both its members and students at Hofstra Law.

Advisor: Prof. Lyman (Albert)

President: Megan Scime
Vice President: Gabriella Ferreira
Secretary: Kristen Ferriello
Treasurer: Sabrina Chow
Social Chair: Jennifer Tabios

The Immigration Law Society facilitates the outreach and education of the Hofstra Law School community in immigration, migration and employment migration laws and practices. The ILS fosters the involvement in pro bono activities on behalf of the immigrant community. The ILS enhances the Hofstra Law community’s understanding of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. It promotes networking of Hofstra students among alumni, practitioners and politicians that deal with immigration law. The ILS assists and introduces Hofstra Law students to immigration law through engagement among experts, current practitioners and members of the international law community that deal with immigration law.

We are a professional organization seeking to pique interest in immigration law, assist students interested in careers in immigration law in expanding their skills, and provide networking opportunities by building connections with immigration attorneys in the area. We aim to do this by providing an open forum on recent immigration laws both in person during meetings and through constant Facebook and TWEN discussion, as well as hosting a career panel in the fall about various jobs in immigration law. We also seek to inspire interest in immigration by arranging educational field trips to historical places which have a strong backbone immigration.

Advisor: Prof. Wren

President: Emmanuella Camille
Vice President: Valeriya Pyatchits
Secretary: Ariadna Muniz
Treasurer: Sabrina Chow
Community Chair: TBD

The International Law Society aims to educate students about different aspects of international law. It strives to create networking opportunities and a chance for students to get actively involved, experience what jobs in the field have to offer and get a foundation on which to build a career.

Advisor: Dean Ku

President: Anam Arshad
Vice President: Gabrielle Lehotay
Treasurer: Jack Milne
Secretary: Francesca Miranda
Communications Chair: TBD

Advisor: Prof. McElroy

President: Liam Sugrue
Vice President: Christopher Woods
Treasurer: Brian Faraczek
Secretary: Megan Scime
Community Outreach: William Michetti
Social Media Chair: Zach Bawduniak
Event Coordinator: Christopher Russo

Advisor: Prof. Yaroshefsky

President: Heather Coffee
Vice President: TBD
Vice President of External Affairs: TBD
Vice President of Outreach: TBD
Vice President of Internal Affairs: TBD
Treasurer: Korinne Utting
Secretary: TBD

The Latino/a American Law Student Association is a support network founded by Justice Sallie Manzanet-Daniels ’88 more than 20 years ago for the purpose of creating a professional legal network for the Latino community. In addition, LALSA provides a voice to a typically underrepresented community in the student body.

Advisor: Prof. Lyman (Albert)

President: Andrea Sacasa
Vice President: Darling Gutierrez
Treasurer: Daniel Morote
Secretary: Darcy Guio
Planning & Development: TBD
Alum/Member Chair: TBD
Social Media/Communications: TBD
Metro LALSA: TBD
LIHBA Liasion: TBD

Advisor: Prof. Fissel

President: Zachariah Parker
Vice President: John Bancock
Treasurer: Amanda Bruchhauser
Secretary: Elise DeNatale

Advisor: Prof. Yaroshefsky

President: Zeus Smith
VP External Operations: Vanessa Guinta
VP Internal Affairs: Andrea Sacasa
VP Logistics & Treasurer: Jade Garza
VP Marketing: Brittani-Ann Campbell

OUTLaw is an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex law students, as well as their allies. Our mission is to provide a unified voice for the LGBTQI community and inspire collective action.

By promoting visibility and awareness of LGBTQI issues, OUTLaw provides a safe space to address the legal, social and political issues impacting LGBTQI and other marginalized peoples.

Through collaborative initiatives, we seek to enhance the discourse among the student body, administration, faculty and the surrounding communities.

OUTLaw stands for social justice and equality across the boundaries of gender, race, class and ability status.

Advisor: Prof. Wren

President: Jamin Enquist
Vice President: Chris Romaka
Treasurer: Marc Rosen
Secretary: Alana Ambery
Marketing Manager: TBD

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.

Advisor: Prof. Ostrow

Justice: Jason Egielski
Vice Justice: Alexandria Sedlak
Clerk: TBD
Treasurer: Christopher Romaka
Secretary: Kevin Lenahan
Marshal: Amanda Bruchhauser

Hofstra Law’s Public Justice Foundation helps to ensure that quality legal services are provided to those who would otherwise be marginalized or forgotten in justice system.

This is achieved through Public Interest Law Fellowships, which are awarded to students who devote their summers to working in an area of public interest law, such as Legal Aid, the district attorney’s office, Child Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations, among others.

All funds for these fellowships are raised in just one night, at the Gala Goods and Services Auction.

Public Justice Foundation Auction

Advisor: Office of Student Affairs

President: Matthew Bruno
Co-Vice President: Alyssa Glasshagel
Co-Vice President: Alexandria Sedlak
Secretary: Theresa Kelley
Treasurer: Jacob Warshall
Historian: Juliana Rodgers

The Real Estate Law Association’s mission is to educate students on all aspects of real estate and property law. The organization will help students interested in real estate law to network with legal professionals in this field. The organization will also provide networking opportunities between students who have similar interests.

We will accomplish these goals by hosting professional networking events, educational meetings and also providing speaker events that will educate and inform students on all aspects of real estate and property law.

The Real Estate Law Association focuses on these topics: Real Estate Transactions, Real Estate Negotiations, Landlord/Tenant, Real Estate Litigation, Zoning, Construction, and Estate Planning.

Advisor: Prof. Ostrow
Advisor: Dean Sachs

President: Meaghan Hassan
Vice President: Josh Lomuto
Treasurer: Emili Kilon
Secretary: TBD
Event Coordinator Rosalie Messina

SALSA has been founded with the goal of helping to represent the expanding South Asian population that is beginning to make a greater impact on the legal community at Hofstra Law, in New York and across the nation.

As a first-year law student in this organization, you will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact on the course that this organization takes, helping it to grow in prominence within the Hofstra Law community and allowing it to flourish alongside other South Asian law school organizations throughout the tri-state area and the rest of the country.

Advisor: Prof Gundlach

President: Sanjay Sukhdeo
Vice President: Yawar Chaudhry
Treasurer: Birju Bhatt
Secretary: Sana Ansari

The mission of SELS is to introduce students to the field of law within both the entertainment and sports industries and provide guidance in pursuing careers in these areas.

We seek to afford students the opportunity to meet and interview with several attorneys within the industries they are most interested in.

SELS will host several events in which the proceeds will be given to a charitable organization, which will also allow us to help make Hofstra Law students and alumni well known within the legal community.

Advisor: Prof. Sample

President: Jason Morrin
VP of Sports: Nicole Gentiella
VP of Entertainment: Delilah Chamlin
VP of Finance: Emma Behrens
Communications & Event Manager: Taylor Brodksy

Office: Room 029P
Advisor: Office of Student Affairs

President: John Margolies
Vice President: Andrew Clay
Treasurer: Andrew Schuman
Secretary: Emily Degennaro
ABA Rep: Zeus Smith
3L Senators:TBD
2L Senators: Nicole Case
2L Senators: Vincent Ferry
2L Senators: Christopher Russo
1L Senators: Section A: TBD
1L Senators: Section B: TBD
1L Senator: Section C: TBD

The Tax Law Society enables future attorneys who are interested in financially related legal fields to network with current professionals, as well as one another, in order to gain insight and promote career development.

The Tax Law Society accomplishes this through professional mixers where students can meet future employers.

Group meetings also allow students to share experiences and advice with one another.

Additionally, the Tax Law Society assists the community through such initiatives as the IRS-sponsored VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Association) program, where students help prepare tax returns for low-income individuals in a pro bono capacity.

Advisor: Prof. Campagna
Advisor: Prof. Galler
VITA Advisor: Dean Sachs

President: Sierra Anderson
Vice President: Andrew Schuman
Treasurer: Deandra Denton
Secretary: Chris Picciano

Advisor: TBD

President: Laura Fallick
Vice President: Bryanna Corbett
Secretary: Christina Fratangelo
Treasurer: Sarette Hassid

The Veterans Law Student Association is an inclusive organization for service members and students, families, friends, faculty and associates interested in issues affecting veterans.

The VLSA is committed to providing general fellowship, professional and academic mentorship and veterans advocacy.

The VLSA hosts a number of JAG and career panels, as well as professional networking events, to assist students with professional development.

VLSA members also collaborate with local legal professionals, firms, judges and the Nassau County Bar Association to broaden Hofstra Law’s Veterans Advocacy Program (VAP).

Through VAP, law students participate as mentors for veteran-defendants who are charged with nonviolent misdemeanor crimes at the Nassau County Veterans Treatment Court.

VAP also offers students opportunities to assist veterans, under the supervision of other attorneys, through the pro bono Veterans Legal Assistance Project (VLAP). VLAP focuses on assisting veterans initiate VA claims and improving overall access to free civil legal services to veterans in Nassau County.

Room 038U
Advisor: Prof. Gundlach
VLAP Advisor: Dean Sachs

Co-President: Kayla Knight
Co-President: Keating Gribbon
Vice President: Zachariah Parker
Treasurer: Thomas Crowley
Secretary: Heather Callaghan
Community Coordinator: Kevin O'Connor

Advisor: Prof. Franzella

Co-Presidents: Sierra Sanchez
Co-Presidents: Deandra Denton
Vice President Internal: Maria Read
Vice President External: Nancy Coulverson
Secretary: Alisha Talati
Treasurer: Nickeysha Brown-Edouard
Membership Development Chair: Cariana Salvatierra
Professional Development Chair: Twinkle Patel
Social Media Chair: Tiffany Wakeham

Journals

The ACTEC Law Journal is peer-reviewed and is published under the auspices of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Room: Roosevelt 023
Email: ACTEC @hofstra.edu
Advisor: Prof. Gans
Phone: (516) 463-6048

Editor in Chief: Julie Van Westendorp
Managing Editor of Staff: Maria Gorman
Head Articles Editor: Matthew Shooshtary
Managing Editor of Articles: Angela Criscuolo
Business Editor: Alicia Lai

Family Court Review (FCR) is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal published under the auspices of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). Family Court Review is an international, interdisciplinary family law journal -- a forum for the exchange of ideas, programs, research, legislation, case law and reforms. The journal's editorial staff is based at the Law School. Its fundamental premise is that productive discussion of family law is facilitated by a dialogue between the judiciary, lawyers, mediators, mental health and social services communities. AFCC is an interdisciplinary, international association of judges, counselors, evaluators, mediators, attorneys and others concerned with the constructive resolution of family conflict.

Room: Roosevelt 024
Email: FCR@hofstra.edu
Advisor: TBD
Phone: (516) 463-5926

Managing Editor: Delilah Chamlin
Managing Ed. Notes/Comm: Shiddhartha Uddin
Managing Ed. Of Articles: Elizabeth Doty
Business Administrator: Daria Sidoruk

 

The LELS provides students with an interest in labor and employment law the opportunity to become more involved in and learn more about the fields of labor and employment law.

Room: Roosevelt 017
Email: laborlaw@hofstra.edu
Advisor: Prof. Fernbach
Phone: (516) 463-6317

Editor in Chief: Alexia Willis
Managing Editor of Articles: Andrew Schuman
Managing Editor of Staff: Kelly Fitzgerald

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Room: Roosevelt 020
Email: lawrev@hofstra.edu
Advisor: Prof. Freedman
Phone: (516) 463-5910

Editor in Chief: Nicole Donadio
Managing Editor of Staff: Victoria Pepe
Managing Editor of Articles: Jason Egielski
Business Editor: Shlomo Amar

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Room: Roosevelt 025
Email: jibl@hofstra.edu
Advisor: Dean Ku
Phone: (516) 463-6188

Editor in Chief: Carlee Litt
Managing Editor of Staff: Adam Gomes-Abreu
Managing Editor of Articles: Emily Fallon
Sr. Research Editor: Sean Zvi

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Advocacy Organizations

The Hofstra Law Dispute Resolution Society is an organization which aims to advance students’ ability to negotiate, arbitrate and mediate through seminars and competition. With the DRS, students can learn essential skills that will most certainly be utilized when they enter the workforce. Because the DRS has little to do with court proceedings, it allows law students to work actively with the opposing party to come to an equitable solution. It drives students to use their ingenuity to resolve problems in unique, creative and original fashion. The DRS not only teaches students critical lawyering skills, but it also enhances the value of their legal education.

Room: Roosevelt 011
Advisor: Prof. Barron
External Coach: Tony Farina
External Coach: Morgan Gieser
External Coach: Cliff LaFemina
External Coach: Christopher Milazzo

President: Brice Wilkerson
VP Internal: Srinidhi Krishnan
VP External: Conner Quinn
Training: TBD
Marketing/Treasurer: Keating Gribbon
Social Media Coordinator: TBD
Internal Editor: Andrea Sacasa
Competitions Coordinator: TBD

The Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association (HTAA) is a student-run organization devoted to the development of students’ trial advocacy skills. Such skills include conducting direct and cross examinations of witnesses, as well as performing opening statements and closing arguments in front of a jury. HTAA members compete and represent Hofstra Law at mock trial competitions.

HTAA holds an intramural trial advocacy competition each semester, which is open to all members of the Hofstra Law community. These mock trial competitions are judged by HTAA executive board members and faculty advisors. Guest judges comprising sitting judges and practicing attorneys with trial experience judge the final rounds.

To become a member of HTAA, students must compete in an intramural competition and demonstrate impressive skills in the art of trial advocacy. The most impressive competitors are invited to join the organization each semester.

HTAA members may then try out for interscholastic competitions. Each team is coached by practicing attorneys, most of whom are Hofstra Law alumni. The competitors may earn course credit through participation on one of these interscholastic mock trial teams.

Room: Roosevelt 011
Advisor: Prof. Barron
External Coach: Jared Rosenblatt

President: Julia Iacono
Vice President: Danielle Ebbighausen
Business Administrator: Alyssa Glasshagel
Competition Managers: John Margolies
Competition Managers: Nicole Case
Secretary: Moxi Szodfridt
Fact Pattern Writer: John Babcock
Fact Pattern Writer: Jesslyn Bracco

The Moot Court Board is a student-run organization that is dedicated to the development of students’ written and oral appellate advocacy skills.

The board administers two intramural competitions each year, through which members of the board are selected. The fall semester competition is open to upper-class students and transfer students; the spring semester competition is open to first-year students.

Board members help prepare competitors for oral argument and conduct practice rounds leading up to the competition; board members also serve as judges for the preliminary rounds of the competitions. The final round of each competition is adjudicated by a panel of distinguished judges and appellate practitioners.

The board also plays an important part in Hofstra Law’s interscholastic moot court competition program. The board helps organize tryouts each fall for the selection of students to represent Hofstra Law in regional, national and international moot court competitions against other law schools.

Board members also assist in the faculty-taught Advanced Appellate Skills seminar, which is designed exclusively for students who are selected from those tryouts — largely from board membership — to represent Hofstra Law in interscholastic competitions.

Room: Roosevelt 011
Email: mootcourt@hofstra.edu
Advisor: Prof. Barron
External Coach: Adam Kahn

President/EIC: Stacie Nadel
Vice President: Peter Wilms
Managing Editor: Aaron Rhodebeck
Director of Competition: Elisabeth Palmieri
Director of Staff: Jaime DeFilippis
Director of Business Affairs: Janine Santorelli
Director of Alumni Affairs: Kiran Ahmad

 

Credits: 2

The Hofstra International Moot Arbitration Team (IMAT) is a group of students devoted to the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes. The increasing preference of the business community for arbitration to resolve international commercial disputes is the reason this method of dispute resolution is used as a clinical tool to train law students.

The students work together in teams to prepare for the Willem C. Vis Moot International Moot Arbitration Competition, held each spring in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong. The competition has two phases: the writing of memoranda for claimant and respondent, and the hearing of oral arguments based upon the memoranda. Thus, the training involves forensic and written exercises required to determine questions of contract, and oral advocacy exercises to effectively advocate for a side in the arbitration. The oral competition in Vienna and Hong Kong is judged by some of the leading practitioners of arbitration in the world.

The Vis Moot competition trains law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Advisor: Dean Ku

Team Captain: TBD
Student Coach: TBD

Pro-Bono Groups

CAP’s mission is to advocate for victims of domestic violence in New York family courts while also educating the Hofstra Law community on issues of domestic violence.

Advisor: Dean Sachs

Senior Coordinator: Nicole Adler
Senior Coordinator: Rosalie Messina
Junior Coordinator: TBD

The Unemployment Action Center helps safeguard the equitable administration of labor law by providing representation and guidance through the unemployment insurance appeals process.

Advisor: Dean Sachs
Advisor: Prof. Fernbach

Senior Coordinator: TBD