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Student Organizations

Student organizations are an integral part of the School of Law experience. Our diverse clubs, associations, societies, boards and activities provide students an opportunity to contribute time and talent in ways that are both personally and professionally gratifying.

Many students are involved in more than one organization, and even with a rigorous academic schedule, participation becomes a vital avenue of self-expression and socializing.

To participate in any of the organizations listed below, contact any of the individuals listed below.

Planning an Event: The Office of Student Life Office helps student organizations with event planning. The "Event Date and Notification Form" must be submitted prior to scheduling an event planning. 

Student Organizations

Alternative Dispute Resolution Society (ADR)

Alternative dispute resolution is an increasingly popular form of case resolution in the legal community. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Society concentrates mainly on mediation and provides multiple opportunities for students to become involved with and learn about the mediation process. Each year the ADR Society hosts a Representation in Mediation Competition, which allows students to enhance their skills and provides them with an opportunity to participate in mediation.

President: Julia Rose
Vice President: Eric Klementowski
Secretary: Victoria Yim-Grant

Advisor: Steve Sugarman

Contact: 404 O’Brian Hall, law-adr@buffalo.edu

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS)

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy, and the rule of law. ACS chapters offer platforms for debate and discussion about both enduring principles and the issues of the day, as well as provide opportunities for networking, mentoring and organizing around matters of both local and national significance. Every year ACS holds a national convention in DC and provides scholarships to members of the student chapters. Past speakers including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former Senator Wendy Davis, and former Attorney General  Eric Holder.

President: Kurt Snuszka
Vice-President:
Grace Golabek
Membership Chair:
Susanna Klose
Treasure:
Marc Gull
Secretary:
Scott Fogel
Diversity and Inclusion Chair:
Thraptthi Perumal
Outreach Chair:
Ron LaPort
Historian:
Romana Afroze

Advisor: Michael Boucai

Asian Law Students Association (ALSA)

The Asian Law Students Association (ALSA) supports students of Asian descent, facilitates Asian law students’ interaction in the Law School community and provides a forum for discussions on legal issues concerning Asians. ALSA hosts regular academic and social events of Asian interest for its members. The organization also hosts events to provide Asian students with a support network of resources to help and provide significant guidance in acing their career path in the legal fraternity.

President: Thraptthi Perumal
Vice-President: Jianan Chen
Treasurer: Kristen Crow
Secretary:  Shamira Nawz
Social Media Coordinator: Asma Bawla

Contact: law-alsa@buffalo.edu

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is a professional, nationally affiliated organization of black law students dedicated to improving opportunities and diversity in legal education. At the University at Buffalo School of Law chapter of BLSA, our goal is to articulate and promote the educational, professional, political and social needs of our black law students while also giving back to our communities.

President: Qui'Essence Harris
Vice-President: Shelbi Molin
Secretary: Alicia Artis
Parliamentarian: Petra Holness
DEI Representative: Glenae Garlock
Pre Law Director: Jela Paul
Treasurer: Ariyana DeWitz

Co-Advisors: Heather Abraham and Luis Chiesa

Buffalo Environmental Law Society (BELS)

The Buffalo Environmental Law Society (“BELS”) is a student organization that cultivates a community of like-minded peers and professionals. BELS aims to be the liaison between students and environmental opportunities by creating networking opportunities and academic forums. In addition, BELS aims to broaden its peers’ understanding of the environmental legal field by creating opportunities to learn about issues professionals face on international and domestic levels.

President: TJ Bullock
Vice-President:
Andoni Garza
Treasurer:
Brenden Diaz
Secretary/Historian
:  Brittania Smead

Buffalo Health Law Society

The purpose of the Buffalo Health Law Society is to encourage medical students and law students to explore the intersection of medical and legal issues to facilitate interprofessional collaboration and holistic patient care.  The Buffalo Health Law Society will provide opportunities for the entire JSMBS and UB Law student bodies to cultivate an understanding of the synergistic nature of law and medicine and provide tangible examples of how doctors and lawyers can collaborate and use their collective knowledge to advance health justice.

Law Student Co-Directors: Peter Evancho and Paige Roseman
Medical Student Co-Directors
: Alyssa Reese and Eylon Arbel

Buffalo Public Interest Law Program

The Buffalo Public Interest Law Program raises money to support students who work in the public interest each summer during law school. BPILP also hosts networking events for students to meet public-interest employers from neighboring communities. The organization is affiliated with Lawyers for Learning and participates in the Student Bar Association’s Volunteer Service Days.

Co-Chairs: Kirsten Sherman and Maura Kutnyak-Smalley
Communications Chairs: Lydia Rodriguez and Elizabeth Hughes
Social Chairs: Haley Muehlbauer and Amy Crosier
Service Chairs: Alexis DiCarlo and Ryan Hughes
Fundraising Chairs: Anna Lawrence, Jenna Wojdan, Steven Burke
Liaison to Student Groups: Ron LaPort
At-Large Members: Lindsay Bailey, Madelyn Storms, Sydney Brason

Staff Advisor: Lisa Patterson and assisted by the School of Law’s Clinical Legal Education Program

Contact: Room 607 O’Brian Hall, law-bpilp@buffalo.edu

Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Law Society (BSELS)

The Buffalo Sports & Entertainment Law Society (BSELS) is a community of law students, alumni, faculty and friends who are interested in sports and entertainment law in all of its many facets. To that end, they have created a student group as well as an online forum to provide a space for publication of articles addressing sports and entertainment law topics, discussion of current issues and most importantly, facilitation of interaction among our growing community of sports and entertainment law enthusiasts.

President: Connor Johnson
Co-Vice President:
Mike Perlo
Co-Vice President:
Joe O’Bryan
Treasurer:
Andrew LaTona
Secretary
: Jason Delmont
Marketing/Events:
Candace Sena
Outreach Coordinators
: Emily Maziarz, CJ Kolber, Donnett Hickson
Social Media Coordinator
: Simon Honig
2L Class Representatives:
Ian Wojcik & Shelley Payne

Faculty Advisor: Nellie Drew

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DEI Council)

The purpose of the DEI Council shall be to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging among law students, as well as transparency within the administration and its procedures at the University at Buffalo School of Law (hereinafter referred as “law school”). The DEI Council aims to ensure all diverse law students not only have a presence within the law school community, but to ensure that students truly feel a part of the law school community where their voices are valued and where they can receive the support necessary to succeed. The goals of the DEI Council are to:

  1. Promote pride in the students of color and other minority students at the law school,
  2. Facilitate communication and solidarity between affinity groups at the law school, and
  3. Provide a space for easier communication between affinity groups and administration at the law school regarding issues that affect all affinity groups as a collective.

Chair: Qui’Essence Harris
Vice Chair
: Giovanni Gaglianese
Marketing Director:
Deja Graham
Secretary
: Ariyana DeWitz
Fundraising & Events Director
: Glenae Garlock
BLSA Rep
: Glenae Garlock
ALSA Rep
: Thraptthi Perumal
First Gen Rep
: Chanel Powell
OUTLaw Rep
: Lindsey Hornung
ILSA Rep
: Bami Adeyanju
LALSA Rep
: Jodaliza Gloder

Contact: law-deic@buffalo.edu

Domestic Violence Task Force

The Domestic Violence Task Force strives to raise awareness and educate students, Law School staff and community members about domestic violence through various activities such as panel nights and information dissemination at events. Our organization holds an annual "Dress for What's Next" spring event for survivors of domestic violence. It is a relaxing day for survivors, filled with shopping, makeup lessons, resume drafting and practice interviews. This empowering day encourage domestic violence survivors to remember their worth and improve their self-esteem.

President: Shelby Mueller
Vice-President:
Shelby Majda
Treasurer:
Mykala Pierce
Outreach Coordinator:
Jake Giovati
Events Coordinator:
Krista Deantonis

Advisors: Lisa Patterson and Judith Olin

Contact Us: Room 607 O'Brian Hall, law-dvtf@buffalo.edu

First-Generation Law Students Association (FGLSA)

First-Generation Law Students Association (FGLSA) offers support to students who identify as first-generation law students. This includes law students who are the first in their family to attend college or first to attend professional school. We strive to provide a safe and inclusive community for UB Law students who lack access to generational knowledge of the legal field. We aim to facilitate discussions surrounding common questions first-generation students may have through workshops and events designed and led by our fellow FGLSA peers. More than anything, FGLSA aims to show you, a first-generation law student, that there are others who have felt the same things you are feeling and found success in law school. We are a community dedicated to support each other in life and career.

President: Chanel Powell
Vice-President:
Ariyana Dewitz
Treasurer: Racquel Bozzelli
Secretary: Jela Paul
Social Media Director: Jillian Gately
Events and Training Coordinator: Romana Afroze

Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS)

The Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) offers interested law students a forum in which to discuss issues arising in the field of intellectual property law, to learn more about the practice of IP law, and to engage with faculty and attorneys familiar with this specialized field. In addition to organizing both speaking and networking events for law students on campus, IPLS also strives to connect law students with the intellectual property legal community WNY area by promoting off-campus events related to IP. No science or technical background required! IP law encompasses copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets in addition to patents. IPLS is a great opportunity for law students to pursue their interests beyond the classroom and interact with their like-minded students.

President: Steve Arias
Vice-President:
Ann Marie Jones
Treasurer: TBD
Secretary/ Parliamentarian: TBD

Contactlaw-ipls@buffalo.edu

International Law Students Association (ILSA)

President: Lakshika Sachdev
Vice President:
Bamisope Adeyanju
Parliamentarian: Christian Soto
Treasurer: Blessing Ikwunze
Events Coordinator: Noemi Bekteshi

Advisors: Meredith Lewis and Tara Melish

Jessup International Moot Court Board

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

Team Members: Julia Merante, Scott Fogel, Alec Herbert, Jack Weisbeck, Chloe Moorlag

Coaches: Jon Dominik and Matthew Hoffman

Advisor: Lucinda Finley

Contact: Room 404 O’Brian

Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA)

The Latin American Law Students Association (“LALSA”) supports a wide variety of members, including but not limited to Latino/a law students. LALSA is committed to the advancement of minorities in the legal profession, especially Latinos. Minority representation in the legal profession has been a social concern for years and the shortage of Latino lawyers continues to be grave. LALSA seeks to create a local network for students of color, a partnership between the legal community and the Latin community, and the academic success of its members. We welcome students of all backgrounds to help create a more diverse forum and to integrate individuals with different perspectives into the conversation. Most importantly, LALSA is dedicated to creating a support group for those who take interest in uplifting diversity initiatives.

President: Yomaris Sanchez-Orona
Vice-President:
Glenae Garlock
Treasurer:
Andoni Garza Austrich
Secretary:
Juliette Miranda
Social Media Chair/DEI Council
: Jodaliza Gloder

Contact Us: lalsa.ub@gmail.com, Facebook

Law & Business Association

The Law & Business Association (LBA) will provide a platform for scholarship and professional development for law students interested in working at the intersection of law and business issues, whether in corporate law firms, academia, regulatory agencies, and in-house legal departments of corporations. LBA will seek to achieve this mission by among others, keying into the extant Law and Business offerings of the Law School, particularly the NYC Finance Program and the JD/MBA offering.

President: Geoffrey Adonu
Vice-President:
Ashley Asanjarani
Secretary:
Juliette Miranda
Treasurer/Director of Finance
: Andoni Garza Austrich
Sponsorship and Partnerships:
Steven Arias
Publicity:
David Ross

Contact:  lba.ublaw@gmail.com

National Lawyers Guild (NLG)

Co-Presidents: Margaret Vassar, Eric Klementowski, Carolyn Duttweiler, Jenelle Senske, Micah Coons

Advisor: Matthew Dimick

Native Indigenous Law Student Association (NILSA)

NILSA seeks to support and provide community to all Indigenous law students across Turtle Island and beyond throughout their law school and legal careers. NILSA's primary goal is to provide academic support, professional opportunities, and social events to all Indigenous and allied students, faculty, and staff interested in issues affecting Indigenous communities. NILSA also works to promote law school discussions and study of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and traditional forms of governance. NILSA hopes to recruit Indigenous students to School of Law, and provide continuous systems of support to those students.

Each board member is a Co-President in addition to serving these specific roles:

Main Contact: Sara Zaprowski
Events Coordinator:
Glenae Garlock
Community Outreach
: Matthew Gabalski
Treasurer and Fundraising Chair
:
Secretarial Chair
: Jodaliza Gloder

Contact: ub.nalsa@gmail.com

OUTLaw

OUTLaw promotes a positive atmosphere at School of Law for LGBT students and their allies. Our primary objective is to educate our colleagues about the legal issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. OUTLaw sponsors activities, panels, social events and service projects that build a network for members and supporters of the LGBT legal community.

President: Daniel Kahl (they/them)
Vice-President: Oliver Collins (they/them)
Treasurer: Lindsey Hornung (they/them)
Secretary: Deja Graham (she/her)
Social Media Chair/ Community Liaison: Ron LaPort (they/them)
DEI Council: Glenae Garlock (she/her)
Events Coordinator: David Sell (they/them)

Advisors: Michael Boucai and Lisa Patterson

Contact Us: law-outlaw@buffalo.edu

Parents and Law Students (PALS)

Parents and Law Students (PALS) was created to articulate the needs of and provide assistance to parents attending law school.  PALS hosts regular social events with the intent of creating a support network of resources and to foster an environment centered on mental & physical health and educational growth.

President: Jenna Wojdan
Organizer Advocate: Glenae Garlock 
Secretary: Sydnee Pearson 
Treasurer: Mathew Biondolillo

Contactlaw-pals@buffalo.edu

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)

Phi Alpha Delta, the largest professional coed law fraternity in the nation, is open to all students. PAD hosts academic, community service, professional and social events each semester, including its own national mock trial competition. Additional benefits include lifetime membership and a nationwide alumni networking system.

Justice: Meg Vassar
Vice-Justice
: Olivia Binda
Secretary: Caitlin Mudra
Marshall: Nate Lent

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)

As a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, SALDF's purpose is to educate the law school and surrounding community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse, and engage in projects that combat that abuse. SALDF is equally dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interest of animals through the legal system and expanding the field of animal law.

President: Olivia Proia
Vice President: Shelby Majda
Treasurer: Sydney Brason
Secretary: Lauren Baker

Student Bar Association (SBA)

The Student Bar Association is the elected body that represents student interests at the School of Law. SBA provides information for current students, organizations, alumni and general audiences seeking a glimpse into life at the law school.

Visit the SBA website for guidelines, resources, and handy forms for your student organization.

President: Olivia Binda
Vice-President:
Aliza Berger
Co-Treasurers: Sydnee Pearson and Jessica Petteys
Parliamentarian: Grace Golabek
Events/Fundraising: Hannah Davis

Contact: Room 207, O’Brian 716-645-2748, law-sba@buffalo.edu

Student Wellness Society (SWS)

The Student Wellness Society (SWS) empowers law students to address and conquer issues related to their mental health and well-being by engaging in collaborative discussions and organized events focused on establishing a sound work-life balance.

Via an online forum, we provide students with a safe place to ask, answer, and share experiences on a purely peer-to-peer basis with respect to student’s mental health. In an endeavor to ensure privacy, all postings on the forum will be anonymous so that students may engage in a non-judgmental atmosphere.

SWS is a unique and innovative movement determined to end the stigma and create hope for those affected by mental illness in the University of Buffalo School of Law community.

President: Jamie Englerth
Vice-President:
Olivia Binda
Treasurer: Ron Oakes
Secretary: Mackenzie Vergason
Events Planner: Ally Stasio

Advisor: Bernadette Gargano

Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Board (previously Frederick Douglas)

Administered by the National Black Law Students Association, the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Board is the premier civil rights moot court competition in the nation. Each year, over 125 teams from schools from six regions compete at regional conventions for the chance to compete at the national level. The School of Law has been a top contender and has won various awards such as Best Oral Advocate, Best Petitioner/Respondent Brief, and Second Runner-Up for the entire Northeast Region.

Chief Justice: Ariyana DeWitz
Parliamentarian:
Petra Holness

Contact: Room 404 O’Brian Hall