Student Organizations

The vibrant campus life at the UConn School of Law includes four student-run law journals and dozens of other student-run organizations that encompass the rich diversity of the student body and enhance virtually every aspect of student life. Student organizations sponsor panel discussions and conferences, undertake charitable projects and provide academic and social support for their members.

Student Bar Association

Founded in 1959, the Student Bar Association (SBA) is the student government of the University of Connecticut School of Law. Membership consists of students elected annually by the Day, Evening, and LLM Divisions of the Law School. The SBA manages a budget derived from student activities fees to support various student organizations, fund community activities, and to promote the quality of student life. In addition, the SBA selects students to serve on faculty committees, provides feedback to the administration, and is active in a multitude of issues affecting students at the Law School.

Mission

We, the students of The University of Connecticut School of Law, do hereby establish the Student Bar Association and its governing Board, whose purposes shall include:

  1. The promotion of such activities as may be of interest to the student body;
  2. The promotion of cordial and effective relations among students, faculty and administration of the Law School, and with the University at large, other law schools and the community; and
  3. The expression and representation of student opinion on matters pertaining to the law, to the Law School and to the Student Bar Association.

Executive Board 2020-2021

President: Ridhika Kartan
Vice President: Cirilla Anderson
Chief Administrative Officer: Angelica Matos Jenning
Chief Financial Officer: Heide Hernandez Jimenez
Parliamentarian: James Motes
ABA Representative: Jacqueline Bashaw

Staff Advisor: Deb King

Law Review & Journals

Connecticut Law Review

The Connecticut Law Review publishes approximately 1,000 pages of critical legal discussion each year. It is managed entirely by a student Board of Editors who solicit, edit and publish articles and book reviews written by scholars, judges and practicing attorneys. In addition, nearly half the content of the Law Review is written by students. Its subscribers include law offices and law libraries throughout the country and abroad. The Law Review is often cited in briefs, court opinions and legal texts. Membership on the Connecticut Law Review provides students an opportunity to work together to achieve a high level of analytical and writing skill, to contribute to the professional literature and to influence the development of the law. Election to the Law Review's Board of Editors is one of the highest honors a law student can achieve.

Editorial Board 2021-2022

Editor-in-chief: Marla Katz
Managing Editor: Kaylee Navarra
Assistant Managing Editor: Katie McKeon
Membership Manager: Danielle Palmieri
Executive Editors: Sam Laurencelle, Emily Scace, Caitlyn Pesavento, Ryan Coleman, Mariah Fleming, Emma Avery
Symposium Editors: Joan Bosma, Abby Booth
Notes & Comments Editors: Ridhika Kartan, Meghan Buckley, Kaitlin Fitzgerald, Tom Bransfield
Articles Editors: Joe Miller, Rick Joslyn, Tori Larson, Karina Salazar, Saman Azimi
External Competition Editor: Francine Klarsfeld
Internal Competition Editor: Olivia Pesce
Business, Technology & Circulation Manager: Mike Lanza
Online Publication Editor: Ray Laguerre
Alumni Affairs Editor: Sarah Wylie
Associate Editors: Ali Walker, Jessica Thomas

Advisor: Michael Fischl

Contact Information
Connecticut Law Review
UConn School of Law
65 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105-2290
(860) 570-5331
connlrev@uconn.edu

Website
https://www.connecticutlawreview.org

Connecticut Insurance Law Journal

The Connecticut Insurance Law Journal provides a forum for professional and academic writing in all areas of insurance law practice, from coverage disputes to conflicts of interest, as well as areas of special interest to the industry, such as taxation and regulation of insurance companies. It also explores theoretical and conceptual issues and alternatives to insurance. It is managed entirely by a student editorial board that solicits, edits and publishes articles and book reviews written by scholars, judges and practicing attorneys.

Editorial Board 2021-2022

Editor in Chief: Kendra McGuire
Managing Editors: Lauren Elia, Patti Garwood
Assistant Managing Editor: Adam Zwick
Administrative Editor: Ahmir Glover
Executive Editors: Sarah Cherfan, Patrick Conway, Wyatt McGowan, Leah Smith
Articles Editors: Brendan Liberati, Carl Skaats
SRP Editor: Colin Wrinn
Write on Competition/Symposium Editor: Marc Bernatchez
Technology Editor: Robert Eagan
Research Editor: Matt Fratamico
Associate Editors: Jeff Beck, Collin Cowdery, Devon Michaelis, Hanna Webb, Wojciech Zak

Advisor: Brendan Maher

Contact Information
65 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105
Phone: (860) 570-5308
cilj.eic@gmail.com

Website
https://cilj.law.uconn.edu/

Connecticut Journal of International Law

The Connecticut Journal of International Law is a student-run organization that publishes two issues every academic year. Founded in 1985, the journal publishes articles that cover a wide range of topics in international law, comparative law and the extraterritorial effect of United States law and policy. While articles, book reviews and commentary by internationally recognized scholars and practitioners comprise a substantial portion of the Connecticut Journal of International Law, student notes are published as well.

UConn Law students handle all tasks related to managing the Connecticut Journal of International Law, serving on the Editorial Board and as associate members. The Editorial Board selects articles and notes for publication, communicates with the authors, edits drafts and manages the journal's administrative and financial affairs. Associate members source, edit and verify assignments. Additionally, associate members write a student note on international law.

The Connecticut Journal of International Law leads discussion and debate on international law at UConn Law by hosting speakers and organizing an annual symposium. Past symposia topics range from the Cambodian War Crimes Tribunals to the effect of Wal-Mart in an international economy.

Editorial Board 2021-2022

Editor-in-Chief: Sydney Geer
Managing Editor: Victoria Damore
Assistant Managing Editors: Sara Bigman, Aleksandr Friedman
Lead Articles Editor: Daniel Barrack
Articles Editors: Gulrukh Haroon, Jacob Riley
Symposium Editors: Abigail Bicknell, Zachary Sipala
Administrative Editor: Shangqing Liu
Note & Comment Editors: Hallie Tingstad, Stephen Kennedy
Lead Executive Editor: Julie Ludwig
Executive Editors: Heide Hernandez Jimenez, Victoria James, Geoffrey Young, Richard Kirby

Contact Information
Connecticut Journal of International Law
UConn School of Law
65 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105-2290

Phone: (860) 570-5297
Fax: (860) 570-5299
General Email: cjil@uconn.edu
Article Submissions: cjil.articles@gmail.com

Website
https://cjil.law.uconn.edu/

Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal

The Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal is a student-run, scholarly journal that publishes works by professors, judges, practitioners and students. Its publications are subjected to a rigorous editorial process designed to sharpen and strengthen substance, tone, and accuracy.

The journal's primary purpose is to further the discussion of the legal aspects of public interest issues, and especially those confronting under-represented individuals. The Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal is a forum for such intellectual discussion and is a force for change and progress.

The Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal was recently named one of the top five civil rights law journals in the United States by ExpressO, a leading law review submission organization operated by the Berkeley Electronic Press.

Editorial Board 2021-2022

Editor-in-Chief: Morgen Barroso
Managing Editor: Lindsey Heiman
Assistant Managing Editor: Julia Audibert
Administrative Editor: Alison McHorney
Senior Articles Editor: Isabella De Lisi
Articles Editors: Alexandra Bostick, Sharmy Dhaliwal, Emily Klawitter
Symposium Editors: Luke Reynolds, William Weishaupt
Membership Editor: Nathan Genest
Lead Executive Editor: Jack Ludtke
Executive Editors: Amy Browen, James Hamilton, Margaret O'Neil, Tess Shaw, Cole von Richthofen

Advisor: Susan R. Schmeiser

Contact Information
Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal
UConn School of Law
65 Elizabeth Street
Hartford, CT 06105-2290
cpilj@uconn.edu

Website
https://cpilj.law.uconn.edu

Affinity

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association

The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is an organization for Asian as well as non-Asian law students who are interested in cultural, economic and political aspects of the Far East. This group also hopes to establish a network with graduates and Asian practitioners in the greater Hartford area to learn about career opportunities and obstacles they have encountered and overcome.

Officers 2020-2021

President: Yvonne Kang
Vice President: Shangqing Liu
Treasurer: Carlene Felix
Secretary: Constance Chien

Advisor: James Kwak

For more information contact apalsa@uconn.edu

Black Law Students Association

Mission

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) articulates and promotes the professional needs and goals of black law students. Our mission is to provide a comfortable environment and support system where students can share ideas, help each other during their law school experience, and ensure that our voice is heard on the law school campus. The main focus of BLSA is to promote the success of people of color in the legal community, on the law school campus, and in society as a whole.

Our organization works to instill in black law students a greater awareness of their role as lawyers in the black community. BLSA is committed to fostering and encouraging professional excellence among black attorneys and the American legal profession as a whole. Members also work to encourage law schools, legal fraternities, and associations to use their expertise and influence to bring about change in the legal system in order to make it responsive to the needs of the black community.

Like many student groups on campus, we serve as a social support system as well as a political machine that seeks to continue dialog on issues revolving around race and the law and to prevent and fight racism in all sectors of society.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Geoffrey Young
Secretary: Shantel Doss
Parliamentarian: Seraphin Tala
Community Service Chair: Mumina Egal
Academic Chair: Bryce Simmons
Social Media Coordinator: Yvonne Kang

Advisor: Willajeanne McLean

Inquiries
Please direct any questions to blsa@uconn.edu

Like UConn Law BLSA on Facebook.

Connecticut Alliance of International Lawyers

Mission

The Connecticut Alliance of International Lawyers (CAIL) was founded on September 24, 1999 with the aim of demonstrating the international diversity at UConn Law school. CAIL’s executive board consists of international LLM and exchange students who organize and host a range of informative, fun and engaging events for all of the UConn community including faculty and JD students. Events will be focused around international themes and  all those who wish to learn about other cultures, discover what international law entails or meet other students of the UConn community are encouraged to participate in CAIL's events.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Paolita Ampadu
Vice President: Kristina Qerama
Treasurer: Kiara Mati
Secretary: Nagina Nawaz

Advisor: Carrianna Field

For More Information

For more information contact cail@uconn.edu

Diversity Alliance

The Diversity Alliance, an independent student-led organization, acts both proactively and reactively to promote, ensure and protect the open and inclusive nature of our law school community. The organization acts proactively to promote diversity and create an open and inclusive community by encouraging administrators to provide diversity training for students during orientation; by encouraging faculty to consider diversity workshops as personal development; by sponsoring events for the community—such as, but not limited to, Diversity Month—throughout the school year that bring all members of our community together for thought-provoking debate and discussion on the creation and maintenance of an inclusive community; and with students by supporting the existing affinity groups. The organization acts reactively when an event on campus enhances or challenges our belief in an open and inclusive community. The alliance will act as a facilitator of discussion for events that happen on campus or within the law school community.

Diversity Month

Diversity Month is a campus-wide series of events that showcases the UConn School of Law's commitment to offering a safe and diverse environment. First organized in 2011 and subsequently expanded from Diversity Week to Diversity Month, the series of activities offers community members a chance to celebrate all the differences that make each of us unique. Throughout the month, student organizations host a variety of events that encourage community members to take pause and appreciate how each member contributes to the law school's campus culture. Community members are encouraged to continue these conversations in their lives outside of the law school.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Ahmir Glover
Vice President: Ashley Basnight
Secretary / Treasurer: Zoe Russell
Events Coordinator: Patti Garwood
Outreach Coordinator: Saman Azimi

Advisor: Tanya Johnson, Reference Librarian

For More Information

For more information contact: uconnlawdiversity@uconn.edu.

First-Generation Students Association

The First-Generation Students Association was created to serve the interests of students who are first-generation college students and first-generation Americans by creating an organization that is united by the common bond of being the first member(s) of their family to attend college or live in the United States.

Mission Statement

The mission of the First-Generation Students Association is to (1) establish connections and create a community among first-generation students on campus, especially between 1Ls/LLM students and upperclass students; (2) provide resources and support for first-generation students; (3) provide leadership opportunities for first-generation students; (4) provide an opportunity for future students and alumni of the Association in the legal profession to connect and interact; and (5) sponsor events, host speakers, and coordinate activities furthering the Association’s goals and interests.

2020-2021 E-Board

President: Marc Bernatchez
Vice-President: Zachery Peters
Secretary: Isabella De Lisi
Treasurer: Robert Eagan
Events Coordinator: Adam Zwick

Advisor: Lauren Majchrowski

For More Information

For more information please contact marc.bernatchez@uconn.edu.

Italian American Law Students Association

The Italian American Law Students Association (ITALSA) is a UConn Law organization promoting awareness of the achievements of all Italian descent peoples in the historical, cultural, and, most importantly, legal fields. Additionally, it serves as a forum for discussion of issues affecting Italian-Americans in both a social and professional context in the legal field.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Isabella de Lisi
Vice President: Stephen Falcigno
Treasurer: Jared Mikulski
Secretary: Brendan Liberati

Advisor: Professor Jessica Rubin

For More Information

For more information please contact Anthony.Zucaro@uconn.edu.

Jewish Law Students Association

Jewish Law Students' Association (JLSA) celebrates and studies Jewish law, history, traditions & customs, and culture with the student body of the University of Connecticut School of Law. The Jewish Law Students' Association sponsors activities and events of interest to the Jewish legal community. All members of UConn Law are welcomed and encouraged to participate and attend.

Mission

The Jewish Law Students' Association will support educational endeavors which will further the Association's collective interest. The Jewish Law Students' Association will sponsor educational programs, legal seminars, luncheons, and host lectures expounding on prevalent legal and political issues and additional topics of interest. In the past, these functions have allowed students, faculty and community leaders a chance to meet and discuss contemporary issues. The Jewish Law Students' Association will foster community participation in all events. The Jewish Law Students' Association will also organize and sponsor social get-togethers, cultural events, volunteer activities, and other events of interest to the members of the UConn Law student body.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Rebecca Oestreicher
Vice President: Matthew Epstein
Secretary: Keren Blaunstein
Treasurer: Zachary Kranc

For More Information

For more information contact jlsa@uconn.edu

Lambda Law Society

Lambda Law Society is open to all students at the Law School. Lambda's mission includes but is not limited to: developing awareness of challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and communities through academic events, advocacy, and outreach; providing a support network and representing the interests of LGBT students on campus; and working to eliminate all forms of discrimination for the LGBT community.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Mariah Fleming
Vice President: Zoe Heard
Secretary: Jeffrey Higgins
Treasurer: Riley Breakell
Professional Outreach Coordinator: Emma Beman
Social Justice Chair: Anna Everett
Program Coordinator: Emily Karr

For More Information

For more information contact lambda@uconn.edu

Latinx Law Students Association

Our organization offers programs that focus on academic and professional development.  Through peer mentoring, group study sessions, and mock interviews, LLSA intends to provide students with a structure that promotes success.  Also, LLSA social events are an integral component of our organization.  We host potluck dinners, social gatherings, and alumni mixers in an attempt to build community and familiarity amongst Latinx and non-Latinx friends and classmates.  The entire student body of the Law School is welcome to become a part of LLSA and is encouraged to attend its functions.

Mission Statement

The purpose of Latinx Law Students Association (LLSA) is to create an academic, professional, and social support network in an effort to help students adapt to the rigors of law school and excel.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Angelica Matos Jennings
Vice President: Julia Ramirez
Treasurer: Jayda Cruz
Secretary: Laura David
HNBA Liaison: ​Emily Collins
CHBA Liaison: Gabby Rios
Community Service Chair: Santanna Rocha
Events Coordinator: Laura David

For More Information

For more information contact llsa@uconn.edu

Middle Eastern Law Student Association

The Middle Eastern Law Student Association is a source for Middle Eastern Law students to connect with each other and share their traditions, cultures, and values with the Law School. MELSA seeks to connect students (of Middle Eastern origin or who are interested in the Middle East in general) to resources, career opportunities, and professionals in the legal field.

Mission Statement

MELSA focuses on the needs and goals of students of the Middle Eastern community at UConn Law. MELSA is committed to fostering and encouraging professional excellence among The Middle East attorneys and focusing on their relationships with the legal system. MELSA works to instill greater awareness of the role of students as future advocates and leaders in the Middle Eastern community. Members hold cultural events including Middle Eastern film screenings, Eid celebrations, promote networking and career opportunities among Middle Eastern attorneys in the community, and participate in events with other various minority and ethnic groups both on and off-campus to promote cultural awareness and ethnic fraternity with the legal profession. Membership is open to all students and all are encouraged to attend meetings and events.

Officers 2020-2021

President: Nardeen El-Guindy
Vice President: Sarah Cherfan
Treasurer: Saman Azimi

Native American Law Students Association

The National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA) was founded in 1970 to support law students who are interested in the study of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and traditional forms of governance. Through NNALSA, we increase the Native American law student population and promote indigenous legal issues that affect Native communities. We encourage Native Americans to pursue a legal education and advocate for tribal communities.

Mission

NNALSA was founded in 1970 to promote the study and development of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and traditional forms of governance. Additionally, NNALSA supports Native Americans in law school, both in their own personal academic and life achievements, and in their efforts to educate their peers and communities about Indian law issues.

Officers 2020-2021

President: Jeff Beck
Vice President: Sydney Fernandez
Secretary: Jacob Riley
Treasurer: Collin Cowdery

Advisor: Professor Bethany Berger

For More Information

Please contact Kathryn Ledwith at kathryn.ledwith@uconn.edu.

South Asian Law Students Association

Mission Statement

The South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) focuses on the needs and goals of students of the South Asian community at UConn Law. SALSA is committed to fostering and encouraging professional excellence among South Asian attorneys and focusing on their relationships with the legal system. SALSA works to instill greater awareness of the role of students as future advocates and leaders in the South Asian community. Members hold cultural events including a tea tasting event and a Diwali/Eid event, promote networking and career opportunities among South Asian attorneys in the community, and participate in events with other various minority and ethnic groups both on and off-campus to promote cultural awareness and ethnic fraternity with the legal profession. Membership is open to all students and all are encouraged to attend meetings and events.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Pooja Singh
Vice President: Priyal Bhargava
Treasurer: Sanya Rashad
Secretary: Rayeed Hossain

Faculty Advisor: Sachin Pandya

For More Information

For more information contact Ridhika.Kartan@uconn.edu

Veterans and Armed Forces Legal Out Reach Society

The Veterans and Armed Forces Legal Out Reach Society promotes scholarly discussion of law regarding Veteran and Military related topics; and builds social ties between interested students, the law school, and the local community to promote professional development.  VALOR does not require military membership. The Society is open to all students who wish to study the interface between the military, the government, and the wider legal system.

The VALOR Bunker lounge is open to all Veterans, Military Servicemembers, and VALOR members at the School of Law; located in the basement of Hosmer Hall.  Please stop by and introduce yourself!

Mission Statement

To promote knowledge and awareness of military law issues affecting students, law professionals, and members of America’s armed forces.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Sarah Cherfan
Executive Officer (a.k.a. Vice President): Jill Flanigan
Events and Membership Officer: Jeffery Temple
Finance Officer: Joseph Messina
Sergeant of the Guard: Julián Quiñones

For More Information

For more information contact patrick.greenhalgh@uconn.edu

Women Law Students Association

Women Law Students' Association (WLSA) is dedicated to raising awareness of gender-related issues. Participation from the entire Law School community is encouraged, including all students, faculty, administrators and staff. Speakers, brown-bag lunch discussions, movie nights and informal gatherings that are sponsored by WLSA are exciting, provocative, and educational. WLSA welcomes new ideas and fresh approaches to the exploration of sex discrimination, cultural attitudes, and male-female relations.

Mission Statement

The UConn Women Law Students' Association is an inclusive organization aiming to promote an environment of academic, professional, and legal equality.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Emiko Buerger
Vice President: Danielle Erickson
Secretary: Kristen Skrajewski
Treasurer: Juliette Taylor
Outreach and Events Chair: Emma Beman

For More Information

For more information contact wlsa@uconn.edu

Athletics and Social

Soccer Club

The UConn Law Soccer Club’s mission is to promote good physical and mental health on campus by providing students with an opportunity to play soccer and socialize outside of class. We invite alumni as a means to network and interact with attorney’s while on the field. The club is open to everyone and anyone regardless of skill level.

2021-2022 Executive Board

President: Juan Gutierrez
VP: Geoffrey Young
Secretary: Devon Michaels
Treasurer: Prabisha Bhandari
Event coordinator: Lindsay Alfano
Outreach coordinator: Margaret O’Neal
Director of Football: Michael Lanza

Softball Club

UConn Law Softball Club is a co-ed slow-pitch softball organization, which plays pick-up slow-pitch softball games locally and participates in a few tournaments throughout the year.

Mission Statement

UConn Law Softball Club’s mission is to bring students together, get outside, de-stress, exercise, and participate in friendly competition—all while networking and building connections with other law school students and lawyers.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Patrick Conway
Vice President: Francine Klarsfeld
Secretary: Brayson Grant
Treasurer: Alex Mercier
Management Director: Sam Gagnon
Events Coordinator: Kelly Crowley
Equipment Manager: Molly O'Connor

For More Information

Contact: paige.owens@uconn.edu

Civic and Policy

American Constitution Society

American Constitution Society (ACS) is the "left-leaning equivalent of the Federalist Society." ACS believes that law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media; by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges, and policymakers, dedicated to those ideas; and by countering the activist conservative legal movement that has sought to erode our enduring constitutional values.

Mission

ACS presents a compelling vision of core constitutional values such as genuine equality, liberty, justice, and the rule of law. It is quickly debunking conservative buzzwords such as “originalism,” "textualism," and “strict construction,” that use neutral-sounding language, but all too often lead to conservative policy outcomes. One of ACS’s principal missions is nurturing the next generation of progressive lawyers, judges, policy experts, legislators, and academics. In addition, ACS has led the charge to promote up-or-down votes on judicial nominations by engaging key decision makers.

Officers 2020-2021

Co-Presidents: Ree Morrow & Danielle Palmieri
Secretary: Amy Boggan
Treasurer: Morgan Barroso
Chair of Diversity & Inclusion: Heide Hernandez Jimenez
Outreach & Social Media Coordinator:Jared Mikulski
Events Coordinator: Steve Kennedy

For More Information

For more information contact lawacs@uconn.edu

Campus Democrats at UConn Law

Mission

Campus Democrats at UConn Law seeks to mobilize students around Democratic principles and to engage with the community as a whole. We host events including candidate forums, guest speakers, voter registration tables, in addition to volunteering on local Democratic campaigns.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Nicole Zatserkovniy
Secretary: Hannah Lauer
Treasurer: Stevie Della-Giustina

For More Information

For more information, contact campusdems@gmail.com.

Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

The Federalist Society at UConn Law helps add to the on-campus discussion of legal and policy issues. The local chapter hosts speaker events and debates to help promote a well-rounded legal education where multiple perspectives are explored in order to promote academic and intellectual diversity.

The Federalist Society is a 501(c)(3) organization which is non-partisan and not for profit; The Federalist Society does not endorse political candidates, policy initiatives, or policies in general.

Mission Statement

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order.  It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.  The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law.  It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students and professors.  In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Brendan Liberati & Victoria James
Executive Vice-President: Kristen Perry
VP of Finance: Jed Messina
VP of Membership: Aaron Katz

Advisor: Professor Douglas M Spencer

For More Information

For more information please contact federalistsociety@uconn.edu

International Refugee Assistance Project

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid, litigation, and systemic advocacy, IRAP serves the world's most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

Since its founding in 2008, IRAP has helped resettle over 4000 refugees and their families to 18 different countries and has trained over 2000 law students and lawyers in the process.  The University of Connecticut School of Law is one of IRAP's 30 student chapters across the United States and Canada.

Officers 2021-2022

Chapter Director - Devon Fray
Project Directors - Grace Denny and Stefanie Orn
Policy Director - Stephen Kennedy

For More Information

For more information contact irap@uconn.edu

Mental Health Committee

The goal of the Mental Health Committee (formerly a committee under the Student Bar Association) is to raise awareness about mental health issues in the legal field.  The committee aims to act proactively by opening a dialogue on campus about caring for our own mental health, reducing negative stigmas concerning mental health issues, and promoting healthy minds in the UConn Law community.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Alexandra Smith
Vice President: Melisa Tupkusic
Secretary: Danielle Erickson

Advisor: Yvonne Tafuto, LCSW

National Lawyers Guild

National Lawyers Guild was founded in 1933 as a national, progressive association of lawyers dedicated to using the law as a tool for social and economic change. The Guild Charter values the rights of persons over property rights and its work reflects this focus on human rights. The Law School chapter of the Guild is joined with the Hartford chapter, giving a diverse organization of students and attorneys to plan Guild events for the Hartford area. National Lawyers Guild sponsors speakers on campus and co-sponsors events with other student groups also. The Guild chapter at the Law School is open to all and becomes what the members make it. It looks forward to welcoming new members and to sharing its events with the Law School community.

Officers 2021-2022

Co-Chairs: Jenna Pepe & Riley Breakell
Secretary: Sarah Freeman
Treasurer: Sanya Rashad
Community Outreach Coordinator: Mumina Egal

Advisor: Professor Jamelia Morgan

For More Information

For more information contact nlg@uconn.edu

People’s Parity Project

The People's Parity Project at UConn Law takes advantage of the school's location at the heart of Connecticut's state government to provide students with opportunities to engage in policy and legislative advocacy with the General Assembly and executive agencies. Previous projects include legislation providing gig workers employment protections and benefits, fighting forced arbitration, ending prison gerrymandering, and police accountability, with many more in the works!

Mission Statement

Our mission is to advance equality for all workers and immigrants, fight corruption and harassment, and advocate for historically marginalized people while also providing opportunities for UConn Law students to gain experience in organizing and policy advocacy.

Executive Board

President: Steve Kennedy
Vice President: Tom Anderson
Treasurer: Sydney Geer
Policy Director: Elizabeth Tress
Events and Outreach Coordinator: Zachary Mazza
LLM Representative: Jessica Zaccagnino

Faculty Advisor: Jon Bauer

For More Information

For more information, contact: lawppp@uconn.edu

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is dedicated to promoting the awareness of animal rights and educating the law school community about the legal protection of animal welfare. Our goal is to assist animal rights organizations such as the ASPCA and local animal shelters. SALDF strives to provide opportunities for students to learn more about and explore the field of animal law through panel discussions on campus and community volunteering.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Gwen Pastor
Vice President: Zach Miraz
Treasurer: Zoe Heard

Advisor: Jessica Rubin

For More Information

For more information contact saldf@uconn.edu

Competitions

Connecticut Moot Court Board

The Connecticut Moot Court Board members consist of the most promising oral advocates at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Selection for the Board arises through exemplary performance in the William H. Hastie and Alva P. Loiselle intramural competitions, held in the fall and spring semesters, respectively. Membership is also extended to students with outstanding performances in client counseling competitions or through participation on an interscholastic competition team.

Board membership provides students the chance to hone their advocacy skills by competing in moot court competitions across the country, including the National Moot Court Competition and the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Members also assist with the first-year interterm moot court program by judging practice arguments.

The Board strives to promote the development of oral and written advocacy skills, to enhance the reputation of the University of Connecticut School of Law by maintaining a high level of quality and prestige, and to augment the legal education of members and the student body by introducing students to, and providing them with the opportunity to debate, emerging jurisprudential issues.

Officers 2021-2022

Executive Director: Abby Booth
Director of Judging: Abigail Bicknell
Intramural Director: Ray Laguerre
Interscholastic Director: Sarah Wylie
Executive Brief Writer: Maggie O’Neil
Secretary: Briana Fernald
Treasurer: Elena Boushee
Events Coordinator: Jayda Cruz

For More Information

For more information contact mootcourtboard@uconn.edu

Mock Trial Society

Mock Trial Society is a student organization that provides students with the opportunity to compete in the William R. Davis '55 Mock Trial Competition, an intramural competition held at UConn Law every fall semester, as well as also facilitating UConn Law’s participation in a number of nationwide intermural competitions which occur in both the fall and spring semesters. The Mock Trial Society produces events throughout the year.

Officers 2021-2022
President: Zach Mazza
Vice President: Emily Karr
Interscholastic Competition Director: Will Weishaupt
Intramural Director: Katherine Doyle
Judging Director: Stephen Falcigno
Events Director: Grace Denny
Treasurer: James Broderick
Secretary: Liz Tress

For More Information

For more information contact mocktrialsociety@uconn.edu

Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Society

The Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Society is a student organization that provides students with the opportunity to develop negotiation, mediation, and arbitration skills.  Through competitions, training sessions, workshops, networking and speaking events members will have the opportunity to explore these essential areas of practicing law today.  The Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Society will sponsor events throughout the year to encourage UCONN Law Students to enjoy sharpening their practical skills for the future.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Jack Ludtke
Vice President: Stephen Falcigno
Secretary: Lily Muzzarelli
Treasurer: Keren Blaunstein
Intramural Director: Christa Calabretta
Interscholastic Director: Magdalena Klin
Fundraising & Outreach Director: Emily Collins
Skills Development Director: Bron Tamulis

Faculty Advisor: Professor Jessica Rubin

For More Information

For more information please contact lawnegotiation@uconn.edu

Practice Area

Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law Society

The Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law Society (AESLS) is an organization dedicated to establishing connections between the UConn Law community and arts, entertainment, and sports law practitioners, facilitating students' access to resources and opportunities in this diverse and evolving field, and assisting students in honing pertinent practical skills.

Mission

The Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law Society (AESLS) is an organization dedicated to establishing connections between the UConn Law community and arts, entertainment and sports law practitioners in the industry and to fostering discussions about current topics in arts, entertainment and sports law on campus. Through networking events, brown-bag lunch discussions, pro bono initiatives, participation in regional negotiation competitions, and a variety of other events and activities driven by the interests of its members and the UConn community, the organization strives to facilitate students' access to resources and opportunities in this diverse and evolving field and to assist students in honing pertinent practical skills.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Jacqueline Cushing
Vice President: Charles Gaglione
Secretary: Chris Wiezbicki
Treasurer: Juliette Taylor
Outreach Chair: Zach Miraz

Advisor: Lewis Kurlantzick

For More Information

For more information contact aesls@uconn.edu

Business and Transactional Law Society

The Business and Transactional Law Society (“BTLS”) is an organization dedicated to establishing connections between the UConn Law community and business and transactional law practitioners, facilitating students' access to resources and opportunities in this fundamental field, and assisting students in honing pertinent practical skills. BTLS seeks to provide a forum for students to hone their corporate and transactional law skills, to learn transactional research and drafting, and to further develop their negotiation techniques.  BTLS members have the opportunity to enhance their negotiation skills and learn how to draft and interpret business documents through workshops and lectures on the intricacies of business law and practice.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Meghan McDermott
Vice President: Judy Chicoine
Treasurer: Sarah Melanson
Secretary: Zoe Russell
Events Director: Zach Miraz

Advisor: Diane Covello

Compliance and Ethics Law Association

The Compliance and Ethics Law Association hosts panel discussions and activities to educate UConn Law students and the greater community on the growing legal field of compliance practice. CELA provides a forum for students, practitioners, and faculty to explore issues surrounding public integrity, anti-bribery, transparency, regulatory compliance, white collar crime, and more. In order to improve UConn Law students' career options, CELA offers excellent networking opportunities with current practitioners in the compliance field.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Shawn Pilares
Vice President: Banjamin Frascarelli
Treasurer: Emily Pierce
Secretary: Ian Fignon

Corporate and Securities Law Society

The Corporate and Securities Law Society ("CSLS") is a coalition of students dedicated to learning business legal practices, networking with business, corporate, and securities law professionals, fostering relevant discussion, and seeking business-minded opportunities for its members.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Catherine DePino
Vice President: William Columbia
Secretary: Kristen Skrajewski
Treasurer: Jess Tang
Events Coordinators: Sarah Melanson & Meghan Diamond

Advisor: James Kwak

For More Information

For more information contact csls@uconn.edu.

Energy and Environmental Law Society

Energy and Environmental Law Society (EELS) provides students with information on current topics in the fields of energy and environmental law to encourage increased awareness. EELS provides information on the career opportunities in both fields and serves as a social organization. The Energy and Environmental Law Society, in coordination with the Center for Energy and Environmental Law, sponsors social events for the Law School community, organizes speakers and panel discussions on issues concerning energy and the environment, organizes awareness programs on campus, and participates in regional and national conferences.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Christa Calabretta
Vice President: Emily Muzyka
Secretary: Magdalena Klin
Treasurer: Joseph Messina
Trivia Chair: Liana Feinn
Outreach Coordinator: Julia Suesser
Events Coordinator: Zachary Miraz

For More Information

For more information contact eels@uconn.edu

Family Law Association

The Family Law Association (FLA) is an organization meant to foster discussions on topics in family law and create connections within the UConn Law community between students, staff, and practitioners interested in family law.  FLA hosts panels and discussions to educate all UConn Law students on issues related to family law. FLA also provides opportunities to network with current practitioners in the field and provide information about internships and career opportunities for current students who are interested in going into family law.

2021-2022 Executive Board Officers

President: Danielle Erickson
Vice President: Emily Karr
Treasurer: Melisa Tupkusic
Secretary: Rachel Kupec
Events Coordinator: Sydney Fernandez

Faculty Advisor: Susan Schmeiser

For More Information

For more information, contact: fla@uconn.edu

Health Law Interest Group

Mission

The mission of the Health Law Interest Group is to provide an opportunity for communication and information exchange among law students with an interest in health care.  This group stimulates increased awareness of health law issues within the student body by sponsoring related programs that benefit members of the law school community, and serves as a social organization that provides information on career opportunities within the field of health law.  The Health Law Interest Group coordinates programs to increase the wellness and health of the law students by sponsoring social events for the law school community, organizing speakers and panel discussions on issues concerning health law, organizing health awareness programs and activities on campus, and participating in curricular reform to expand health law course and clinic offerings on campus.

Officers 2020-2021

President: Katie McKeon
Vice President: Tori Larson
Treasurer: Francine Klarsfeld
Secretary: Julie Ludwig

For More Information

For more information contact hlig@uconn.edu

Human Rights Law Association

Mission

Human Rights Law Association (HRLA) is a group of students committed to cultivating student and community awareness and involvement in domestic and international human rights issues, and fostering professional development opportunities for its members.

Goals

  • Providing a forum for students and the broader community to discuss current human rights issues.
  • Encouraging respect for and an understanding of human rights law.
  • Being a focal point for disseminating information regarding internships, jobs, and other opportunities in the field of human rights.
  • Sponsoring and coordinating human rights events such as panels, conferences, and fundraisers and collaborating with other student groups on campus.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Karina Salazar
Vice President: Molly Desrochers
Secretary: Cassandra Devaney
Treasurer: Zachary Kranc
1L Representative: Shae Heitz
LLM Representative: Oriana Araque Bueno

Faculty Advisor: Richard Wilson

Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society

Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society offers students the opportunity to learn about legal issues concerning technology. Speakers, information and debate on the broad range of technology law and the role of computers in legal research and writing are presented throughout the year. Attention is focused on the intellectual property laws governing the protection of technology.

Mission

Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society offers students the opportunity to learn about legal issues concerning intangible assets, such as brand names and designs; discoveries and inventions; and musical, literary, and artistic works. This group is dedicated to providing a network with graduates and intellectual property law practitioners, as well as sponsoring relevant luncheons and lectures.

Officers 2021-2022

President: Sarah Melanson
Vice President: Charles Gaglione
Treasurer: Adam Burns
Secretary: Mumina Egal
Outreach Director: Meghan McDermott

Advisors: Hillary Greene & Steven Wilf

For More Information

For more information contact iptls@uconn.edu

Public Interest Law Group

The Public Interest Law Group (PILG) is a student organization developed to encourage UConn Law students to perform work in the public interest field during their education and into their professional careers. We have three primary focuses.  First, PILG sponsors speakers and debates on campus regarding  public interest-related topics to engage with students' intellectual curiosity and to provide them with a picture of how they can build a career by working in the public interest. Second, the organization affords students the opportunity to serve the Greater Hartford community and gain valuable experience. PILG, in connection with outside organizations, helps to arrange pro bono and service opportunities for students to work on real cases and projects. Third, PILG manages a fellowship program that provides grants to students who perform unpaid internships in the public interest. PILG raises funds through our annual auction and the proceeds of the event go directly to providing legal services to underrepresented communities.

Annual PILG Auction

Every year, members of the Public Interest Law Group organize an auction to help fund fellowships for students who choose to pursue public interest work during their summers. Typically, student volunteers organize a silent and live auction that includes donations from alumni, faculty, staff, local businesses and beyond.

PILG Summer Fellowships

The Public Interest Law Group's Summer Fellowships provide a limited number of stipends to matriculated UConn School of Law students who secure summer positions that serve the public interest. Interested students should visit Symplicity for more information.

Officers 2020-2021

President: Emily Leen
Vice President: Emiko Buerger
Secretary: Zoe (Ze) Heard
Treasurer: Ashley Basnight
Auction Chairs: Emma Beman & Hannah Lauer

1L Chairs: Kim Luciano, Megan Phillips, Kendall Kirk & Shae Heitz

For More Information

For more information contact pilg@uconn.edu

Tax Law Society

The Tax Law Society is a student-run organization that strives to improve its members understanding of tax law, highlight trending issues within the practice area, and provide networking opportunities between law students and tax professionals.

Officers 2020-2021

President: Meghan McDermott
Vice President: Judy Chicoine
Secretary: Zoe Russell
Treasurer: Sarah Melanson
Events Director: Zach Miraz

Advisor: Richard Pomp

For More Information

For more information contact taxlawsociety@uconn.edu

GameSA

GameSA provides a space for students to get together and play board games. Playing games allows for students, faculty, and staff members to socialize outside of the normal school setting. We offer a variety of gaming opportunities including Dungeons and Dragons, instructional events, and game nights. In addition all GameSA games are available for check out at the Uconn Law Library. Overall GameSA hopes to provide all students with a space to relax and have fun.

Mission Statement

GameSA aims to create a space where students can unwind and socialize while playing board games.

Officers 2020-2021

Tactical Commander: Mike Preato
Keeper of the Scrolls: Daisy Garrett
Coin Master: Evin Bell

Advisor: Adam Mackie

Muslim Law Students Association

The Muslim Law Students' Association (MLSA) is dedicated to raising awareness about Islamic issues, crushing stereotypes, and bridging gaps. We achieve these goals by hosting events such as panels with Muslim attorneys, networking opportunities with legal professionals, and brown-bag lunches. We are also dedicated to giving back to the greater community by hosting clothing drives and food drives. MLSA welcomes new ideas and encourages discussions about topics, especially current events.

Officers 2020-2021

President - Gulrukh Haroon
Vice President - Semir Dervisi

Advisor: Professor Jessica de Perio Wittman

For More Information

Contact: mlsa@uconn.edu