Friday, April 24, 2015

2015-2016 Board Photos

2015-2016 Board

Academic Affairs Committee: Sharon (Chair), Rachel, Youzhihang

Mentoring Program Committee: Maddie, Andrea (Chair)

Marketing Committee: Carla, Arianna, Divya (Chair)

Social Events Committee: Ayo, Rebekka (Co-Chair), Eileen (Co-Chair)

Pre-Professional Committee: Renata, Daniel (Chair), Brooke

Executive Board: Korey (VP), Ashley (Treasurer), Genevieve (President), Divya (Secretary), Megan (VP)

Friday, April 17, 2015

"Good-bye and Welcome" -- a Message from our 2014-2015 Co-President, Sahng-Ah Yoo

Hello Pre-law Society,

I hope you've been well -- it's been a while since I've written to you all. It is my bittersweet privilege to be sending you my last e-mail today. As co-President of the outgoing board, I'd like to officially welcome and introduce to you the 2015-2016 Columbia University Pre-law Society Board.

But, before I do, I would like to take a moment to thank the members of the 2014-2015 board for their hard work this year. Midst all the back-to-back event planning and big-picture, future-goal discussions, I did not get to publicly thank the members for the passion and hard work they put into every single event and initiative undertaken. The board got a lot done, increasing the number of events provided to you eight-fold and reaching out to more student clubs, alumni, law firms, judges, and LSAT companies than ever before. Korey and Daniel from the Events Committee tapped into the quiet but huge interest in the intersection of law, tech, and entrepreneurship, and will continue to spearhead an initiative that will provide a platform for discussion and action on these issues next year. Chris and Eileen from the Pre-Professional Committee were cognizant from the start that there were certain legal careers that got less coverage and worked hard to bring you speakers in international, constitutional, tort, criminal, and judicial law. Megan, Ben, and Antonia tasked themselves to strengthen our relationship to the law school, bringing you more opportunities to meet students, professors, and deans so you can get a better feel for what law school is really all about. We were excited to have started a collaboration with Barnard's Athena Pre-law Society to expand the Law Mentorship program to the rest of the Columbia University, including CC, SEAS, Barnard, and GS, which will continue to be a main focus next year. Lilia and Divya have brought a professional aspect to our publicity, aiming to help you with yours by providing you LindedIn profile pictures, in addition to developing a new logo and face for Pre-law. And, finally, a huge thanks to my co-President and Treasurers, Gennie, Alice, and Ashley, for their genuine commitment in getting things done and getting them right. Thank you.

We've done a lot but there's still a lot more we can do. I have nothing but high hopes that the next board will use their collective strength to push Columbia University Pre-law Society to the next level. This board is here for you -- I entreat that if you have suggestions to please let the board know.
So, without further ado, here are your student leaders for next year. Congratulations!

President Genevieve Antono
Treasurer Ashley Lee
Vice-President Megan Kincaid
Vice-President Korey Petgrave
Marketing Chair; Secretary Divya Sundaram
Marketing Partner Arianna Smith
Marketing Partner Carla Jimenez
Social Events Co-Chair Rebekka Troychanskiy
Social Events Co-Chair Eileen Wong
Social Events Partner Ayo Osobamiro
Mentoring Program Chair Andrea Avila
Mentoring Program Partner Madeline Payne
Academic Affairs Chair Sharon Liao
Academic Affairs Partner Rachel Taratuta-Titus
Academic Affairs Partner Youzhihang Deng
Pre-Professional Chair Daniel Omachonu
Pre-Professional Partner Brooke Robbins
Pre-Professional Partner Renata Castilho

Yours truly,
Sahng-Ah Yoo
President, Columbia Pre-law Society, '14-'15
Columbia College, Class of 2015
Columbia University

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Announcement: 2015-2016 Elections

Join Us: Columbia Pre-Law Society 
2015-2016 Board Elections 

Deadline: Next Friday, April 10th 2015, 11.59PM 

Columbia Pre-Law Society 2015-2016 Board Elections 
Deadline: Next Friday, April 10th, 11.59PM

Available Positions: 
  1. Marketing Committee - Chair
  2. Marketing Committee - Partner (Photoshop/other skills required)
  3. Marketing Committee - Partner (Video skills required)
  4. Social Events Committee - Chair
  5. Social Events Committee - Partner
  6. Academic Affairs Committee - Chair
  7. Academic Affairs Committee - Partner
  8. Pre-Professional Committee - Chair
  9. Pre-Professional Committee - Partner
  10. Law School Mentoring Program - Chair
  11. Technology, Business & Law Program - Chair

Dear Pre-Law,

I joined the Columbia Pre-Law Society Executive Board two years ago, during my first semester at Columbia.It's a (short) story that I very much enjoy recounting — I was having waffles and cake with a Senior I'd just met, Jaclyn Willner CC'14, when she said, "Hey, I'm with the Pre-Law Society and we're having elections. You should apply."

And so I applied.

Being a part of the Pre-Law Society over the last two years has been an incredible experience. I've learnt a tremendous amount about law schools and the legal profession, and I've had the privilege of working with a wonderful team of high-achieving, like-minded friends. It has been really, really fun to run event after successful event with them.

We've just completed our round of internal elections, and I am thrilled to say that I'll be leading the Board again next year, together with Vice-Presidents Megan Kincaid CC'17 and Korey Petgrave SEAS'17, and Treasurer Ashley Lee GS'17. Together with our Graduating Seniors, we'll now be commencing our external elections for all other posts.

Therefore, if you're someone who is interested in law and willing to commit to making the Pre-Law Society your priority, as well as someone who works hard, works well with others and takes ownership of your responsibilities — we want you on our team.

"Hey, I'm with the Pre-Law Society and we're having elections. You should apply."

Kind regards,

Genevieve Antono
Undergraduate, Columbia University
Co-President, Columbia Pre-Law Society

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2/24 - Mentorship Dinner with Columbia Law School students - Event Photographs

Event co-sponsored by the Columbia Pre-Law Society and the Athena Pre-Law Society:

Photos by Divya Sundaram

Sunday, February 22, 2015

2/24 - Career Insight: International Law Q&A

Career Insight: International Law Q&A

What? Career Insight: International Law Q&A with Prof. Jeremiah Pam
When? 8pm on Tuesday, February 24th 2015
Where? Hamilton 304
Facebook RSVP:

Join Columbia University Pre-law Society for a Q&A session with Professor Jeremiah Pam to learn more about international law and the variety of careers available for those interested in pursuing this track in law school. His impressive bio includes a great range of work from Governance Policy Chief for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan to International Finance Lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb in New York. We look forward to hearing his advice and stories!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

2/11 LinkedIn Power Half-Hour - Event Photographs

Free LinkedIn Profile Pictures! :)
Photo of Divya Sundaram taking a picture of an event guest, by Sahng-Ah Yoo

Monday, February 9, 2015

2/11 LinkedIn Power Half-Hour

LinkedIn Power Half-Hour (+ FREE Professional Photo-taking)
What? LinkedIn Power Half-Hour
When? Wednesday, February 11th, 12.30-1.00pm
Where? Center for Career Education Conference Room

Brought to you by the Center for Career Education and Columbia Pre-Law Society:

LinkedIn is a powerful tool when you're job hunting. With 95% of companies using LinkedIn to identify intern and full time candidates, it is essential that you know how to successfully navigate this social media platform. Come to this workshop and learn how to use LinkedIn to identify job and internship postings. We will also share useful tips on how to connect with recruiters, hiring managers, Columbia alumni and industry professionals through LinkedIn.

Join us after the workshop to have a professional-style profile picture taken, courtesy of the Columbia Pre-Law Society.

Available photo shoot times:
February 11, 1 PM - 2 PM (CCE Conference Room)
February 11, 7 PM - 8 PM (Lerner 401)

Friday, February 6, 2015

2/5 LSAT Quiz Bowl - Event Photographs


Winning team received an Insomnia Cookie Cake!
Photos by Lilia Cherchari & Divya Sundaram 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

2/5 LSAT Quiz Bowl

LSAT Quiz Bowl (Free Food! Win Cookies!)

What? Columbia Pre-Law Society LSAT Quiz Bowl
When? Thursday, February 5th, 8-9.30pm
Where? Hamilton 301
Perks? $300 discount off Blueprint LSAT Prep Courses + FREE FOOD

Join the Pre-Law Society for a night of friendly competition and LSAT strategies! Blueprint LSAT instructor Jason Ethridge will host as teams work through different LSAT questions. The winning team will receive some great prizes (such as Insomnia Cookies!) and all will learn some skills to attack LSAT questions. This is a great event for students with a lot of experience to get practice, and for those with no experience to become familiar with what the LSAT tests. All students are welcome, and free food and LSAT prep discounts will be provided!
How it'll work: In teams of three, you will be led through a series of questions taken from several real past LSAT exams in the Logical Reasoning and Logic Games sections. Work with your teammates to get through the questions as quickly as you can, but with the right answer! Open for beginners and advanced students -- come as you are and prepare to have some helpful fun! (**You don't have to come in a team -- we can match you up once you arrive.)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

2/3 "Lawpreneurship" Panel - Event Photographs

Photos by Lilia Cherchari & Divya Sundaram

Friday, January 30, 2015

2/3 "Lawpreneurship" Panel

Tuesday, February 3 at 8:00pm
Columbia University Uris Hall Room 333
Lawpreneurship Panel with CORE and Pre-Law Society

Law and technology are two words that are rarely used together in a sentence. Recently however, tech companies have been attempting to disrupt the legal space at every level and from every angle. Columbia University's CORE and Pre-Law Society presents Lawpreneurship, a panel about the implications of technology in the law industry presently as well as in the future. It will feature two lawyers, David Feldman and Daniel Gershburg, and two law entrepreneurs, Nikhil Nirmel, founder of Lawdingo and Jake Heller, cofounder & CEO of Casetext. There will be delicious FOOD and moderated Q&A.


David Feldman, Partner of Richardson & Patel in NYC
David's law practice focuses on corporate and securities matters and general representation of public and private companies, investment banks, private equity firms and high net worth individuals. David’s latest book, The Entrepreneur’s Growth Startup Handbook: 7 Secrets to Venture Funding and Growth Success, was published in May 2013. David is also considered one of the country’s leading experts on alternatives to traditional initial public offerings, including reverse mergers, in which a private company becomes publicly traded through a merger with a publicly held “shell” company. David is a Wharton School graduate and had received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. 

Daniel Gershburg, founder of Gershburg Law, P.C.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Daniel Gershburg always had an entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating New York Law School, Daniel founded his own law office, hoping to change the way small attorneys are perceived. Besides being the Owner and President, Daniel is involved in various not for profit and Pro Bono initiatives including the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, and

Nikhil Nirmel, founder of Lawdingo 
Nikhil Nirmel is an NYC-based entrepreneur in the nascent virtual professional services space. Prior to starting Lawdingo, Nikhil led business intelligence at Yodle and Yelp, and is an alumnus of Y Combinator. In the winter of 2013, took Lawdingo through Y Combinator as a solo, non-technical founder, and raised a seed round of $850k. Nikhil studied Information Management and holds a BS in Economics from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. 

Jake Heller, cofounder & CEO of Casetext
Jake Heller is a Silicon Valley native who wanted to put the idea of crowdsourcing in law into reality with Castext. As an alumnus of Y Combinator, Casetext has raised $1.8 million from investors, including David Tisch's BoxGroup, Ashton Kutcher's A-Grade Investments, former Thomson Reuters CEO Tom Glocer, and Quora cofounder Charlie Cheever. Jake holds a JD from Stanford LawSchool. Prior to cofounding Casetext, he served as a law clerk for Judge Michael Boudin at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, as well as an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

11/18 "Demystifying Judgeship II" - Event Photographs

Photo Credit: Divya Sundaram

Photo Credit: Divya Sundaram

Photo Credit: Divya Sundaram

Photo Credit: Divya Sundaram

Friday, November 14, 2014

11/18 "Demystifying Judgeship II" - Panel with NYC Judges

Don't forget to RSVP for "Demystifying Judgeships II" to learn how Judge Toko Serita and Judge Robert E. Torres forged successful legal careers that led them to the judge's bench.

Judicial Biographies:

Justice Robert E. Torres
Administrative Judge
Bronx County Supreme Court, Criminal Term

Justice Robert E. Torres is presently the Administrative Judge of Bronx County Supreme Court, Criminal Term. Prior to his appointment as Administrative Judge, he served as Deputy Administrative Judge of both the Civil and Criminal Term in the Bronx County Supreme Court.

Admitted to practice law in 1978, Justice Torres first ascended to the bench in 1995. He has presided over matters in Criminal Court, Family Court and both the Criminal and Civil Terms of Supreme Court. He also sat on the Appellate Term, First Department, for several years.

In addition to his regular judicial duties, he is a member of the Franklin H. Williams Commission and a member of the Judges’ Advisory Council. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Supreme Court Justices Association of the City of New York and the Bronx County Bar Association. He has lectured at the New York State Judicial Institute, Bronx County Bar Association, Monroe College Summer Law Program, and John Jay College and City College of the City University of New York.

In 1974, he started his legal career as a paralegal for the law firm of Fotopoulos and Rosenblatt, a general practice firm specializing in personal injury. He remained with the firm once admitted to practice law. While in private practice, he appeared at every level of trial court in the State of New York, in addition to the federal District Courts. In 1981, he went to work for the New York City Department of Transportation as Associate Counsel. While there, he handled labor and contracts issues and represented the Department at inter-agency meetings on both the city and state levels. In 1984, he started working in the courts as Court Attorney to the Honorable Elbert C. Hinkson, J.S.C., where he remained until he went on the bench.

His commitment to service in the community is reflected by his involvement in a number of activities, such as serving as a founding member of The Bronx Hispanic Foundation; past Trustee, The Bronx Museum of the Arts; former member, Boy Scouts of America, Bronx Council and Executive Committee; past President, The Bronx Council of the Arts Board of Directors; past Chairperson, Community Board 9; and former member, Urban League Advisory Board for Bronx County.

He is a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and attended Brooklyn Law School for a period of time. He completed his legal education by clerking for the law firm of Fotopoulos and Rosenblatt. 

Judge Toko Serita
Acting Supreme Court Justice
New York City Criminal Court, Queens County

Toko Serita was appointed to the New York City Criminal Court in 2005 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and is the first Japanese-American Judge in New York State as well as the first Asian-American woman appointed to the Criminal Court. In January 2014 she was appointed as an Acting Supreme Court Justice. 

Judge Serita presides over the Queens Misdemeanor Treatment Court and the Queens Mental Health Recovery Court. She has also presided over the Human Trafficking Intervention Court since 2008, the first and largest court in this state solely dedicated to serving trafficking survivors and those arrested on prostitution charges by providing alternatives to incarceration through a collaborative effort with trafficking victims service organizations, the Queens DAs Office and the defense bar. 

She is the author of a law review article titled, "In Our Own Backyards: The Need for a Coordinated Judicial Response to Human Trafficking," in the NYU Review of Law and Social Change (2013) which provided the framework for the creation of eight new human trafficking intervention courts throughout New York State in an unprecedented initiative started by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman in the fall of 2013. 

Prior to her appointment, Judge Serita joined the court system in 1999 and served as the Executive Assistant to the Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court Queens County, Criminal and Civil Terms, first to the late Hon. Steven W. Fisher, and then the Hon. Leslie G. Leach, from 2002 - 2005. From 1989 - 1999, Judge Serita was an appellate attorney at the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Appeals Bureau, where she argued before the New York State Appellate Division, First and Second Departments, the New York Court of Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

She is a former co-chair of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), and was previously the Citywide Chair of the Gender Fairness Committee of the New York City Criminal Court from 2007-2010. She is currently a member of the statewide Criminal Jury Instructions Committee, the NYS Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts, the Asian American Bar Association of New York, the National Association of Women Judges, and the newly formed Asian American Judges Association of New York, which she helped found. 

Judge Serita was most recently selected as one of ten Japanese-American leaders from around the country to be part of the 2014 Japanese-American Leadership Delegation (JALD), which traveled to Japan in March to promote US-Japan relations, where they met with Japanese leaders in the business, government, academic, non‑profit and cultural sectors. 

She is a graduate of Vassar College and City University of New York School of Law and is a lifelong New Yorker.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

11/11 Panel with 1Ls from Columbia Law School - Event Photographs

Photo Credit: Divya Sundaram

Photo Credit: Divya Sundaram

Friday, November 7, 2014

11/11 Panel with 1Ls from Columbia Law School

When: 7-8pm on Tuesday, November 11
Where: Room 120, Broadway Residence Hall, 2900 Broadway (Bring CUID)

Wonder what it's like to be a law student? Come to our Panel and Q&A session and ask 1L students from Columbia Law School any questions you'd like about their law school experiences, career paths to date, law school admissions strategies and more!

This event will be sponsored by Blueprint LSAT Prep - so we'll also have FREE PIZZA and LSAT prep course discounts available!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Columbia Pre-Law has a new logo!

Our new logo:

We're super excited about our new logo, designed by our talented 
Public Relations Partner Divya Sundaram!

This is the old logo that we are retiring:

Good-bye, old logo! :-)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

10/23 Law School Admissions Workshop with Admit Advantage

It was such a pleasure having Christina Taber-Kewene (B.A. Stanford, J.D. Columbia, former Clifford Chance and Hogan Lovells lawyer) from Admit Advantage speak to us tonight! The session was extremely practical and helpful, and we received very positive feedback from the audience.

(We also had 5 types of pizza: Pepperoni & Cheese, Bacon Cheese, Buffalo Chicken, Hawaiian and Pacific Veggie. It was epic.)

*Remember that if you use our promo code CULAW, you can get 10% off services at!

Photo Credit: Divya Sundaram

Photo Credit: Divya Sundaram

Photo Credit: Divya Sundaram

Photo Credit: Divya Sundaram

Saturday, October 18, 2014

10/23 Law School Admissions Workshop with Admit Advantage

When: Thursday, October 23rd at 7pm
Where: Lerner 569

Columbia Pre-Law Society will be hosting an admissions consulting event with Admit Advantage on October 23rd.

Our guest speaker, Christina Taber-Kewene will be giving a presentation on how to create a top-notch law school application.

Students at all stages of the application process are welcome to attend. Come on the 23rd to learn more about the law school application process and enjoy free pizza with other pre-law students!

*Use the promo code CULAW to get 10% off services at!

Poster Design: Lilia Cherchari

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10/14 "Business Law" General Body Meeting

Genevieve making announcements about upcoming Pre-Law Society events: 
Columbia-Barnard Law Fair: this Thursday! Morgan Stanley Career Symposium deadline: this Friday! 
Admit Advantage Admissions Consulting event: next Thursday!

Dean Cindy Cogdill telling us about Pre-Law advising at Columbia

An engaging and hilarious speech by our main speaker for tonight — Mr. David Feldman. Here, he's telling us about his career path: his insights about law school, his experience starting his own law firm, his current corporate practice and his thoughts about entrepreneurship.

Winners of the free book raffle from tonight's event! Thanks for coming, everyone!