2020-2021 Executive Board

2020-2021 EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • Yana Kogan is Co-President of CBLA. She is also a staff member on the Columbia Business Law Review and President of the Jewish Law Students Association. During her 1L summer, she worked as a legal intern at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

    Yana is from Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Global Studies.

  • Sue (Yifan) Su is VP of Membership of CBLA.  She serves as a staff editor on the Human Rights Law Review and is Co-President of Columbia Society of International Law.

    During her 1L summer, Sue worked as a Summer Clerk at the Institute for Justice in Texas, a national libertarian litigation firm.

    Sue grew up in DC and Shanghai.  She graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2019 with a B.A. in Government and Philosophy.

  • Sami Kattan is one of the VPs of Programming of CBLA. He serves on the staff of the Columbia Business Law Review and will spend his 2L year in residence at Columbia Business School as part of the 3-year JD/MBA Program.

    During his 1L summer, Sami worked for the Office of Credit Ratings of the Securities and Exchange Commission in New York. He also served as a Research Assistant to Professor Eric Talley at Columbia Law School.

    Sami grew up in London, England and graduated from McGill University in 2018 with a BCom. in International Management.

  • Robert Mandel is Co-President of CBLA. He is also a staff member on the Columbia Business Law Review. During his 1L summer, he worked as a research assistant at the law school.

    Robert is from Long Island, NY. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management.

  • Moliang Jiang is one of the VPs of Programming of CBLA. She serves as a staff editor on the Columbia Business Law Review and International Refugee Assistance Project Co-Chair of Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

    During her 1L summer, Moliang worked (remotely) as a Summer Law Clerk at Fried Frank’s New York Office. Prior to attending law school, Moliang worked at a multinational food company and a venture capital firm.

    Moliang grew up in Beijing, China. She graduated from Carleton College in 2018 with a B.A. in Political Science.

  • Michael Brunetti is Co-President of CBLA. He is also a staff editor on the Columbia Law Review, President of the Columbia Law Texas Society, and Alumni Chair of the Federalist Society at Columbia Law School. During his 1L summer, Michael worked as a judicial intern for Hon. Richard J. Sullivan on the U.S. Second Circuit.

    Michael is from Long Island, NY. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Duke University in 2019.

  • Mary Zhu is one of the VPs of Programming of CBLA. She also serves as a staff member on the Columbia Business Law Review.

    During her 1L summer, Mary interned at the NYC Department of Social Services in the Health and Community Services Litigation and Program Counselling Unit. 

    Mary grew up in Toronto, Canada and graduated from McGill University in 2018 with a degree in History and Economics. She worked in software product management before attending law school.

     

  • Luke Porcari is one of the VPs of Programming of CBLA. He is a staff editor on the Columbia Business Law Review. During his 1L summer, Luke was a research assistant for Professors Joshua Mitts and Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci. 

    Luke is from Long Island, NY. He earned a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy from Baruch College, CUNY in 2019.

  • Lily Zhou is a Programming VP of CBLA. She serves as a staff editor on the Columbia Business Law Review.

    During her 1L summer, Lily worked as a Summer Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and interned at Comcast in Philadelphia (virtually). 

    Lily grew up in Ningbo, China. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2019 with a B.A. in Economics and in History.

  • Lawrence Garafola is VP of Finance of CBLA. During his 1L summer, he worked as a legal intern at the New York State Department of Financial Services. He will spend his 2L year in residence at Columbia Business School as part of the 4-year JD/MBA program.

    Lawrence is from Long Island, NY. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics.

     

  • Kathryn Benvenuti is one of the VPs of Programming of CBLA. She is in the 3-year JD/MBA Program. During her 1L summer, Katie interned at The WNET Group. Prior to graduate school, Kathryn worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles in book-scouting, talent representation, and television development.

     

    Kathryn is originally from Concord Massachusetts. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in American Studies.

  • Joshua Kolb is a VP of Programming at CBLA. He is also a staff editor on the Journal of Law and Social Problems. During his 1L summer, Joshua worked as a judicial intern for Hon. Debra Ann Livingston on the U.S. Second Circuit and as a research assistant for Professor Mark Barenberg.

    Joshua is from New York, NY. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University, and a Master of Philosophy in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge.

  • Jiyoon Kim is one of the VPs of Communications. During her 1L summer, she worked as a summer associate at Simpson Thacher. Before Columbia Law School, she was a paralegal at Davis Polk in their Structured Products group. She will spend her 2L year in residence at Columbia Business School as part of the 3-Year JD/MBA Program.

    Jiyoon was born in New York City but grew up in Tokyo, where she attended international schools. She graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with an A.B. in East Asian Studies and a Certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication.

  • Jenny Zhou a 2L from Cupertino, California. She has also lived abroad in Shanghai, China for 6 years, attending an international school in middle and high school before moving to Atlanta, Georgia where she attended Emory University. She graduated undergrad in 2017 with a joint degree in English & Creative Writing, and then spent two years working in the law and tech industry in Atlanta before moving to New York to pursue a 3-year JD/MBA joint degree at Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School. Jenny spent her 1L (remote) summer at Baker McKenzie as a Summer Associate, working on a Covid-19 EvictionLab.org pro bono project with Professor Benfer, and case prepping for MBB recruiting. When she is not working or studying, she loves to karaoke, ice skate, enjoy omakase, watch Grey’s Anatomy and SVU, and window shop for real estate she cannot yet afford.

  • Jenna Shin is a VP of Communications for CBLA. She also serves as a staff member of the Columbia Business Law Review and VP of Communications for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. During her 1L summer, Jenna worked as a summer associate at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston. Before law school, she was a legal assistant at Davis Polk in New York.

    Jenna grew up in Dallas, Texas, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2018 with a B.A. in History.

     

  • Jeffrey Fu is one of the VPs of Programming of CBLA. He works part-time as a fellow at The Cohen Group. During his 1L summer, Jeffrey interned for Judge Drain in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, he interned at Pamir Law Group and MWE China Law Offices.

    Jeffrey is from Shanghai, China. He graduated from Yale University in 2020 with a B.A. in Economics and Global Affairs.

  • Jay Gao is a VP of Communications of CBLA. He is a staff member on the Columbia Journal of Tax Law and also serves on the board of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Society for Chinese Law. During his 1L summer, he interned at Haiwen & Partners in Beijing and also worked as a research assistant at the law school.

    Jay is from Hubei, China. He graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, and received a Master’s degree in economics from Columbia University prior to law school.

  • Jasmine Fong is VP of Membership of CBLA. She is also involved with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Columbia Law Women's Association, Environmental Law Society, and Society for Economic Analysis of Law. During her 1L summer, Jasmine worked as a summer associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in New York. Prior to law school, she interned at the Kern County District Attorney's Office in the Criminal Division.

    Jasmine is from Bakersfield, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Economics.

  • Jacob Freund is one of the VPs of Programming of CBLA. He is a staff editor for the Columbia Law Review and a Contracts Teaching Assistant to Professor Eric Talley. During his 1L summer, Jacob worked for the Trial Unit in the Enforcement Division at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Before law school, he worked for two years as a legal analyst at Goldman Sachs.

    Jacob is from Long Island, New York. He graduated from Brown University in 2018 with an A.B. in Political Science.

  • Ingrid Li is Co-President of CBLA. She is also a Moot Court Student Editor and Member of Devinimus. During her 1L summer, Ingrid worked as a Summer Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and did her corporate in-house externship at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. 

    Ingrid earned a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Economics and a secondary in Psychology from Harvard University.

     

  • Hyeon Jeong is a VP of Communications of CBLA. He is also a staff member on the Columbia Business Law Review. During his 1L summer, he worked at Steptoe & Johnson. Before law school, Hyeon served as an infantry sergeant in the Korean Army.

    Hyeon is from Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated from Colgate University with an A.B. in Mathematical Economics.

  • Ethan Kovar is one of the VPs of Programming of CBLA. He is also a staff member on the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, a board member of the Society for Law, Science and Technology, and a TA for Professor Balganesh. During his 1L summer, he was a summer associate at Fish & Richardson. Before law school, Ethan worked as a Chemical Engineer for three years at BP.

    Ethan is from Cypress, Texas. He graduated from Notre Dame with a B.S. in both Chemical Engineering and watching the Irish lose big games.

  • David Giordano is the Vice President of Mentorship for CBLA. Elsewhere at Columbia Law School, he is involved in the Harlem Tutor Project, serves on the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and is the Treasurer of Columbia OutLaws. During his 1L Summer, David was an intern at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance. Prior to law school, David worked as a Corporate Paralegal at the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

    David is from Montgomery, New Jersey and attended The George Washington University where he obtained a B.A. in psychology.

  • Dan Daskal is VP of Finance of CBLA. He also serves as a staff member on the Columbia Business Law Review.

    During his 1L summer, Dan worked as a legal intern at the Volunteers of Legal Service Microenterprise Project.

    Dan grew up in California’s Bay Area. He graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2019 with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science.

  • Charlene (Zheyan) Ni is a VP of Mentorship of CBLA. She is also a staff editor on the Columbia Business Law Review, Co-chair of CSIL's Friedmann Conference Committee, and Moot Court Student Editor. During her 1L summer, Charlene worked at SDNY as a judicial intern for Hon. Ona T. Wang. Prior to attending law school, she also worked as a legal assistant at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Hong Kong office on Princeton in Asia Fellowship.

    Charlene grew up in Ningbo, China. She earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2015 (College of Social Studies) and an M.A. in history from the University of Chicago in 2017. She is also a part-time podcast host and producer.

  • Andrew Nassar is one of the VPs of Programming of CBLA. He is also a staff editor of the Columbia Law Review and a member of OutLaws and the Middle Eastern Law Students Association. During his 1L summer, Andrew interned for Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Before law school, Andrew worked at Analysis Group, an economics consulting firm.

  • Alex Hohl is one of the VPs of Programming of CBLA. He is also a staff member on the Columbia Business Law Review. During his 1L summer, he worked in the corporate department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Before law school, Alex worked in consulting and tech for four years, with two year stints at JLL and Google. Prior to 1L, Alex was an SEO Fellow at Wachtell, Lipton.

    Alex is from outside of Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from The College of Wooster with a B.A. in Urban Planning.

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