Current Executive Board 2020-21
William Leo is a 1L with a passionate commitment to democratic governance, economic disparity, and climate law. He studied philosophy and English literature at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Before attending law school, Will was an assistant on Capitol Hill and then worked in local electoral politics. His experiences instilled in him a deep interest in the democratic process, constitutional interpretation, and ecological practice. Will was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and the Willamette Valley, and spent his first year of college at the University of Oregon.
Tyler is a 1L from Madison, Wisconsin. He holds a B.A. in History from Vanderbilt University and an M.A. in History from Brandeis University. He is interested in voting rights and criminal justice reform. Before law school, Tyler spent eight years as a high school teacher at an independent school in Milwaukee teaching U.S. history and U.S. government. At Columbia, Tyler is a Public Interest/Public Service Fellow and participates in the High School Law Institute.
Tom was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Classics from the University of Michigan in 2017. After college, he worked at the 22nd Circuit Court of Michigan as an intern in the chambers of the Honorable Carol Kuhnke and as a law clerk at the firm Barr, Anhut & Associates, P.C. As a law student, Tom is fascinated by government law, administrative law, antitrust, and the law of contracts. He also maintains an active interest in moral philosophy. Tom is particularly passionate about political questions involving the sources and scope of political authority, punishment, war, and free speech.
Sankeerth is originally from Hyderabad, India, and graduated from the University of Chicago with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. After college, he taught high school math and physics for three years in the Bronx neighborhood of Allerton as a New York City Teaching Fellow while getting his M.S. in Education from Pace University. At Columbia, Sankeerth is involved with the Immigrants' Rights Clinic, the Columbia Law Review, Queer and Trans PoC (QTPOC), and the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). He is interested in criminal justice reform, immigrant and refugee rights, and racial justice, and enjoys movies/TV, video games, and reading.
Polina is a 1L who studied business journalism at Washington and Lee University. Prior to law school, she was a reporter and editor at Bloomberg News, where she covered credit markets, automotive industry and breaking markets news, leading to a deep interest in First Amendment and media law. On campus, Polina serves at 1L rep for the Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Society, the Columbia Health Law Association, and the Gastronomy Society.
Parker, a 1L, is originally from Los Angeles, California. He studied history and English literature at the University of Chicago, developing interests in antitrust, labor law, and constitutional interpretation. Prior to entering law school he spent a year working as an in-house corporate paralegal in New York City. On campus, he is a competitor on the Native American Law moot court team. Elsewhere, he enjoys sci-fi, long distance running, and breakfast food.
Nina is a 2L originally from NYC. She attended McGill University where she received a B.A. in Political Science and minored in Hispanic Literature and Culture. After university she worked as a research assistant for a Professor of International Relations and then at a nonprofit that organizes a biannual international conference on issues at the intersection of law and mental health. At Columbia, Nina is a Submissions Editor for the Journal of Gender & Law and an Extern at the Labor Bureau in the NY Attorney General’s Office. In her 1L summer, she interned at The Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice working on family court and juvenile delinquency cases. She is passionate about racial justice and gender equality, labor rights, and voting rights. In her free time, Nina enjoys reading, yoga and visiting museums.
Maya is originally from Connecticut, and graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. She is interested in progressive policymaking at the state and local level, intersectionality and accessibility within the legal system, comparative law, LGBTQ+ rights, disability rights, and racial justice. At Columbia, Maya is a staff editor on the Columbia Law Review, co-president of the American Constitution Society, Pro Bono Chair of OutLaws (Columbia’s LGBTQ+ society), and involved in various other student societies and pro bono activities. She spent her 1L summer at the New York City Commission on Human Rights, where she worked in their policy team on discrimination on the basis of immigration status, age, religion, gender and sexuality, disability, and race. Before law school, she worked as a paralegal with a focus on general litigation and employment law. In her free time, Maya enjoys tabletop and board games, painting, and cooking.
A native Brooklynite, Matt holds a B.A. in international relations and Hispanic studies from Brown University, and an M.Sc. in contemporary democracy studies from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He has worked in the green housing sector, fundraised for a top-rated veteran support organization, and advocated for Catalans' right to self-determination as a communications officer of the Government of Catalonia. On campus, Matt is an articles editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and a 3L member of the Columbia Law Squash Club. He spent his 1L summer at Public Citizen, where he worked on civil justice and consumer protection issues, and his 2L summer with the Public Justice, where he worked on a variety of public interest civil litigation projects. Outside of Columbia, Matthew serves as an advisory board member of the Catalonia America Council, and enjoys cooking and practicing classical Japanese martial arts.
Matt is originally from Saratoga Springs, New York, and received a degree in Political Science from Boston College, where he was a member of the Men's Varsity Rowing Team. After college, he worked as a staffer at the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence in the Obama Administration; a Policy Fellow at the Center for Data Innovation; a speechwriter for Governor Martin O'Malley; and as a research assistant at a DC lobbying firm. Prior to this, he interned on the Martin O'Malley for President campaign. Matt is interested in voting rights, economic rights, data in government, and financial reform. At Columbia, Matt is a Tony Patiño Leadership Fellow and involved in the International Refugee Assistance Project.
Leslie Andrew Ridings, from Los Angeles, California, had an unorthodox journey to the law. Leslie was born to working-class immigrant parents from Costa Rica and Mexico of mixed Indigenous and European descent and was the first in his family to attend college. After graduating with honors from the Roski School of Fine Art at the University of Southern California in 2005, Leslie worked in animation, music, photography, and film for over a decade, eventually serving as the Founder and Creative Director of his own digital studio, Black Noise Industries. In 2017, he began working as an adjunct professor at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at his alma mater, USC, teaching critical media theory and content creation. In Leslie’s class, undergraduate students dissected narratives propagated in art, culture, and society, learning to question their biases and analyze socio-cultural constructs as they built issue-focused advocacy campaigns. Leslie’s time in the classroom ignited his desire to leverage his skills and experience to broaden his impact by pursuing a legal career.
Jacob is a 1L who studied German literature and linguistics at Boston College. After graduating, he spent a year in Berlin researching the history of German colonialism on a Fulbright grant. He is particularly interested in the intersection of law and international affairs. Originally from Colorado, in his free time he enjoys outdoor recreation.
Originally from Enid, Oklahoma, Gage graduated from Columbia College in 2019 with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science. He is passionate about domestic civil liberties, access to the vote for all people, police accountability, and postcolonial civil and political rights. Gage spent his 1L summer with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics. Outside of law school, Gage enjoys cooking, playing guitar, and walking in Central Park.
Damonta is orginally from Clarksdale, Mississippi, and received his bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 2017. After graduating, Damonta moved to New York City to work as a Data Analyst at the Department of Education, while also getting a Master's in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. At CLS, Damonta is involved with the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), First Generation Professional (FGP), and serves as a 2L Class Senator and Staff Editor on the Columbia Human Rights Law Review (HRLR). In his free time, Damonta enjoys karaoke, horseback riding, and discussions about politics and policy.
Calvin is a 1L from Orange County, California. He received his B.A. from Wheaton College (IL) and his M.St. from the University of Oxford, where he wrote his master's thesis on the political thought of Reinhold Niebuhr. Prior to law school, he worked as a financial analyst at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and as a field organizer for Tom Steyer 2020. At Columbia, he is also involved with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) and the Christian Legal Society. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing tennis and reading political biographies.
Anna is passionate about issues of reproductive justice, corporate accountability, and voting rights. Originally from California, she graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration and a background working in Silicon Valley. Throughout her time at Columbia Law, Anna has been involved with the Legal Aid Society, Journal of Gender & Law, and the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. She has also previously worked as a law clerk at the Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland Attorney General's Office and as a summer associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Outside of class and work, Anna loves trying new foods and walking tours in new cities.
Adaeze is a 2L who studied U.S. foreign policy at Georgetown University. During her undergraduate years, she interned at various governmental and political organizations that deepened her interest in progressive advocacy, foreign policy, and national security, and Adaeze hopes to work in the policymaking space upon graduation. On campus, Adaeze serves as Vice President of the National Security Law Society, a staffer on the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and a member of Columbia Law's inaugural Public Interest/Public Service Fellows cohort.
This summer, Adaeze interned at the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC), a constitutional litigation firm and think tank that takes an originalist approach to progressive advocacy in its work filing briefs in the Supreme Court and lower federal courts. Her work heavily involved questions of separation of powers and limits on presidential power. Adaeze has spent much of quarantine revamping her Spotify playlists and is always open to music suggestions.
Maya Ghose and Damonta Morgan
Vice President of Operations
Tom St. Henry
Vice President of Development
Vice President of Communications
Advocacy & Outreach Chair
Leslie Andrew Ridings