Executive Board 2020-2021
Suzi Kondic graduated from Tulane University in 2016 with a double major in Economics and Environmental Studies. Before law school, Ms. Kondic completed a fellowship in Egypt at the American University in Cairo and worked for an international development organization. At Columbia, she is CLWA’s Public Service Chair, a coach for the Environmental Moot Court team, Co-President of Rightslink, a staffer on the Human Rights Law Review, and part of the Environmental Law Clinic.
Originally from New York, Susannah Cohen graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College/Columbia University in 2017 with a B.A. in American Studies with honors. In college, she interned at the National Center for Access to Justice and for Senator Charles Schumer in his New York and D.C. offices. Before law school, Ms. Cohen worked on federal legislative advocacy for gender and economic justice as a Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Public Policy and Research Assistant at the American Association of University Women in Washington, D.C. At Columbia, she serves as CLWA’s Advocacy Chair, is a Public Interest/Public Service fellow, currently serves on the Columbia Law Review, and participated in the Williams Institute Moot Court as a 1L. Ms. Cohen spent her 1L Summer interning in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York Attorney General's Office.
Originally from Miami, Florida, Paula Zampietro graduated cum laude from New York University in 2016 with a degree in Politics. Before law school, Ms. Zampietro worked as an analyst in Debt Capital Markets at Bank of America, where she was Secretary of the Women's Leadership Council. At Columbia, she serves as the Co-President of CLWA and is a Staffer on the Columbia Business & Law Review. As a 1L, Ms. Zampietro served as a Representative for Empowering Women of Color (EWOC), a Professional Development Representative for Latinx Law Students Association (LaLSA), and a Representative for the Columbia Business & Law Association (CBLA). She spent her 1L Summer interning at Morrison & Foerster as Litigation Summer Associate as well as doing pro-bono work for Bolder Advocacy, a voting rights non-profit.
Originally from New York, Ourania S. Yancopoulos graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College/Columbia University in 2016, with a dual-major in Statistics and Political Science, and a concentration in Modern Greek Studies. At Columbia, Ms. Yancopoulos is a joint degree candidate in Journalism and Law, serves as CLWA Co-President and Chair of the organization’s Historical Committee, and is a Student Editor in the Foundational Moot Court Program. As a 1L she served on CLWA’s Myra Bradwell Banquet Committee and spent her 1L Summer interning for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW),a government ethics watchdog and nonprofit organization.
Before law school, Ms. Yancopoulos served as the Senior Adviser to the United Nations Group of Friends for Gender Parity and as the Lead Researcher, Project Manager, and Curator of the Group’s initiative, HERstory: A Celebration of Leading Women in the United Nations. She is also a former journalist with openDemocracy, writing on women leadership in the United Nations. In this role she interviewed former Prime Ministers and Presidents, including the current UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and former head of UNDP, Helen Clark. Her work on the 2016 race for UN Secretary-General was quoted in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Independent, and elsewhere. She appeared in the 2017 award-winning documentary by renowned director Gaylene Preston, My Year with Helen, and presented at the 2017 UN Commission on the Status of Women. In addition to her work on women’s leadership, Ms. Yancopoulos was awarded the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s International Woman of Steel in 2013 for her national advocacy work on the Athletic Energy Disorder and related injuries in adolescent athletes.
Originally from Washington, DC, Nora Brodnitz graduated from Vassar College in 2015 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Women’s Studies. Before law school, Ms. Brodnitz worked at a boutique nonprofit consulting firm, where she worked with a wide range of nonprofits focused on environmental issues, women’s health, veterans issues, and more. At Columbia, she is part of the Education Law and Policy Society and a member of the Journal of Environmental Law. Ms. Brodnitz spent her 1L Summer working for the New York City Department of Education.
Nanette (“Nani”) G. Liu graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2018 with a dual-degree in Global Studies and Chinese. At Columbia, Ms. Liu serves as CLWA’s Public Interest Chair and is also an editor of the Journal of Gender and Law. During her 1L summer, she worked at the NYC Department of Social Services, where she analyzed Fair Hearings decisions and prepared reconsideration letters.
Mary Jean Whitsell is originally from Portland, Oregon, and in 2018, she graduated from the University of Southern California magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in History. After graduation, Mary Jean spent a year working in corporate fundraising at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since starting at Columbia, Mary Jean has been involved with the Women’s Association and Columbia Business Law Review. Mary Jean is spending her first law school summer in the Enforcement Division at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s New York office.
Born across the street, Katia Bogomolova has spent an alarming amount of time at Columbia University. Ms. Bogomolova graduated cum laude from Columbia College/Columbia University in 2019 with a degree in Political Science and Hispanic Studies. She started at CLS just six months later, retaining her involvement with the Columbia Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race. As a 1L, Ms. Bogomolova participated in the UC Davis Asylum & Refugee Law Moot Court. She then spent her 1L Summer at the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights. At Columbia, Ms. Bogomolova is a Student Editor for the Foundational Moot Court Program, a Law Revue Music Director, a Preceptor for Professor Bobbitt's Legal Methods and Terror & Consent classes, and of course, CLWA’s Myra Bradwell co-chair and Social Media Chair.
As an undergraduate, Ms. Bogomolova was a Summer paralegal at Harris, St. Laurent & Chaudhry, where she assisted trial counsel with commercial and white collar crime litigation. Prior to CLS, she ran an independent branding consulting agency, advising businesses in the healthcare, restaurant, energy and manufacturing spaces.
Originally from Cupertino, California, Jenny Zhou also lived six years abroad in Shanghai, China, attending the international middle and high school, Shanghai American School. Ms. Zhou graduated from Emory University in 2017 with a degree in English & Creative Writing. Before law school, she spent two years working in the law and tech industry in Atlanta, Georgia. At Columbia, Ms. Zhou is pursuing a joint degree in law and business. She also serves as CLWA’s Private Sector Chair, on the Columbia Business Law Association (CBLA) board, is TexSoc’s Director/Vice-President of Programming, and an editor for the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review (STLR). Ms. Zhou spent her 1L summer at Baker McKenzie as a Summer Associate, worked on the Covid-19 EvictionLab.org pro bono project with Professor Benfer, and mentored students applying for law school.
Originally from New York, Jasmine Hakimian is a 1L at Columbia Law School. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in May 2018 with a degree in Government. At Harvard, she was a John Harvard Scholar as well as a recipient of the Charles Joseph Bonaparte Prize for Excellence in Government and the Detur Prize for high academic standing. Before law school, Ms. Hakimian worked as a legal analyst at Goldman Sachs, primarily working on the firm’s structured product issuances.
Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Isabella Masiello graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 2016 with a dual-degree in International and Comparative Politics and Architectural Studies. Ms. Masiello also received honors for her thesis on the politicization and corruption of the post-civil war reconstruction plan for Beirut, Lebanon. Before law school, Ms. Masiello worked at a boutique immigration firm in Brooklyn, NY that specialized in assisting Middle Eastern immigrants. She also worked as a Foreign Affairs and Immigration intern in Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s New York City Office, helping Senator Gillibrand’s constituents with a wide variety of immigration needs. At Columbia, Ms. Masiello serves as CLWA’s inaugural Judiciary Chair, as well as a CLS Peer Mentor, a 1L Preceptor for Professor Philip Bobbitt’s Legal Methods course, and a Civil Procedure Teaching Assistant for Professor Olatunde Johnson. She is also involved with the Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MESLA) and First Generation Professionals (FGP). Ms. Masiello spent her 1L Summer interning in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
Originally from Athens, Greece, Iris Aikaterini Frangou is a 1L at Columbia Law School. Ms. Frangou graduated from Columbia College/Columbia University with a major in Political Science in 2019. Her thesis, a cleavage-based approach to National Party Positioning in the European Union, earned her Graduating Honors and a membership to Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. As an undergraduate, Ms. Frangou also established Columbia’s United Nations Association Chapter and served as the Lead Web Editor of Columbia’s Political Review. Before law school, Ms. Frangou worked as a legal assistant in Mergers & Acquisitions at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.
Originally from Metro Detroit, Elizabeth Sun graduated from Harvard with a degree in Government and a minor in Psychology in 2019. At Harvard, Ms. Sun studied abroad in Kyoto and in London and spent her summers interning at Congressman Sander Levin's office, Heartland Alliance, and the Center for American Progress. Before law school, she enjoyed a summer of post-graduation travels. At Columbia, Ms. Sun serves as CLWA’s Social Chair and Mental Health Committee Chair, and also serves as the Mock Trial chair from the Columbia Justice Action Network and is part of the Columbia Journal of Tax Law. She spent her 1L summer serving as an intern at Manhattan Legal Services' Housing Department.
Originally from Blandon, Pennsylvania, Elaine Huang graduated from New York University in 2019 with a degree in Economics and International Relations. At Columbia, Ms. Huang serves as CLWA’s Myra Bradwell Co-Chair, a staffer of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the Vice President of Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), and Student Editor for the Foundational Moot Court Program. Ms. Huang spent her 1L Summer working at PathFinders, a nonprofit that aims to protect foreign domestic workers and their children.
Originally from East Brunswick, New Jersey, Christine Botvinnik is a 1L at Columbia Law School. Ms. Botvinnik graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University in 2019 with a B.S in Finance and a B.A. in Economics. Before law school, she spent several summers working in the financial industry, supporting the financial data acquisition group at S&P Global and the Global Markets Sales & Trading division at Bank of America Securities. She also worked as an analyst in institutional equities trading at Bank of America Securities in New York City.
Originally from California, Abby graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.S. in Diplomacy and International Relations in 2017. Before law school, she worked as a paralegal at U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in the Civil Frauds Unit. Outside of CLWA, Abby is the President of the Domestic Violence Project. She spent her 1L summer as an intern at the Securities and Exchange Commission's New York Regional Office. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, going to museums, and cooking.