Executive Board 2021-2022
Originally from Beijing, China, Yueting Chen went to Brandeis University and majored in Applied Mathematics and Economics. At Columbia, Ms. Chen serves as CLWA’s secretary, a staff of the Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and Student Editor for the Foundational Moot Court Program. Ms. Chen spent her 1L Summer working at White & Williams.
Originally from Battle Creek, Michigan, Stephanie Gusching is a 2L at Columbia Law School. She graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in public policy and a minor in Spanish. Before law school, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Bulgaria, where she worked as an English instructor and refugee camp volunteer. At Columbia, Stephanie is also the Pro Bono Chair of Rightslink, the law school’s human rights organization. She spent her 1L summer interning in the private sector department of Oxfam America, where she researched issues of corporate accountability and supply chain best practices.
Originally from Boca Raton, Florida, Ms. Servillas graduated from Northwestern University in 2019 with an Honors degree in Economics & Political Science. She then graduated from M.I.T. Sloan with a M.S. in Finance in 2020. At Columbia, Ms. Servillas serves as CLWA’s Private Sector Chair, is the President of the Society for Economic Analysis of Law (SEAL), and is the Professional Chair of the Gastronomy Society. Ms. Servillas spent her 1L summer at Ropes & Gray as a Summer Associate in San Francisco. She will be spending her 2L summer as a Summer Associate at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles.
Yutong (Rita) Cao is a 2L who was born and raised in Beijing, China. She graduated from Duke University in 2018 studying Economics, French, and Markets and Management. Before joining Columbia Law School, she spent time both as a legal assistant at law firms and an intern at in-house counsel teams, experiencing a wide range of legal practices, including intellectual property, litigation, and private equity. At Columbia Law, she is also the Professional Development Chair of First Generation Professionals (FGP) and is involved with the Business Law Association. Rita spent her 1L summer with Clifford Chance's Beijing office as a summer intern on the capital markets team. Besides school and work, Rita loves wine, jazz dance, all types of music, and not-too-intense hiking. She also loves travelling, having a footprint in all continents except for Antarctica.
Ofir Hadari, a 3L at Columbia Law School, was born in Israel and raised in Southern California. Ofir previously served as CLWA's Ruth Bader Ginsburg Gala Representative and will again serve on the gala committee. Before law school, Ofir attended the George Washington University, where she studied international business and sustainability. Ofir is interested in working with emerging companies and venture capital firms and is currently a summer associate at Cooley LLP in New York.
Prior to enrolling in CLS in Fall 2019, Ourania “Nia” Yancopoulos (J.D. ‘23, M.S. ‘21) graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College in 2016, with a dual-major in Statistics and Political Science, and a concentration in Modern Greek Studies. Her senior project on the lack of women leaders at the United Nations earned her the first-place prize in the 2016 Carnegie Council Student Research Conference and an opportunity to present her findings at the United Nations.
Nia then 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. Simultaneously, she worked as a contributing reporter for openDemocracy, covering women leadership at the UN. In this role, Nia interviewed former Prime Ministers and Presidents, including the current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and former New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark. Her work on the 2016 race for UN Secretary-General was quoted in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Independent, among others. She also presented at the 2017 UN Commission on the Status of Women and her work was highlighted in the 2017 award-winning documentary, My Year with Helen.
Now, Nia is a joint-degree graduate student at Columbia’s Schools of Law ( ‘23) and Journalism (‘21). Her masters project at the Journalism School was an eight-month investigation of the New York Attorney General’s Public Integrity Bureau and addressed the state’s prosecution of public corruption. At CLS, she was the Co-President of the Columbia Law Women’s Association (2020-2021), and the inaugural chair of both CLWA’s Judiciary and Historical Committees. From 2020-2021 she was a Student Editor in the Foundation Moot Court Program and is an incoming 2L Staffer on the Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems. This Fall, Nia will serve as a legal extern at the United States Attorney Office for the District of New Jersey, where she will focus on investigations.
Nia is also the Lead Researcher and Project Manager of HERstory: A Celebration of the Pioneering Women of Columbia Law School, a joint venture between CLWA, the Office of the Dean, and the Office of Alumni Affairs. To be launched on the CLS campus in Fall 2022, HERstory seeks to highlight and celebrate the legacies of the extraordinary women who broke glass ceilings and paved the way for other women at CLS and in the legal profession.
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Leena Sanka graduated from UC Berkeley in 2018 where she majored in Economics and Statistics. Before coming to law school, Leena worked as an analyst for a private wealth management startup in San Francisco for 2 years. At Columbia, she is the Inclusion & Empowerment Chair for CLWA, Treasurer for Empowering Women of Color (EWOC), Admitted Students Ambassador, and a staff member for Columbia Business Law Review. Leena spent her 1L summer as an intern for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, Criminal Law Division.
Leah Dorn is a 2L from Horse Shoe, North Carolina and serves as CLWA’s Social Chair. She graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University in 2020 with a BS in Business Finance and a BA in Political Science. Leah also serves as the International Programs Committee Chair for CSIL, Treasurer for CASLA, and VP of Events for DeVinimus. She spent her 1L summer as an intern at Sanctuary for Families Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services. Leah plans to spend her 3L year studying at Sciences Po in Paris, France to earn a Master’s in Economic Law.
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 New York, Jasmine Hakimian is a 2L 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, Jasmine worked as a legal analyst at Goldman Sachs, primarily focusing on the firm’s structured product issuances. In addition to serving as the Co-President of CLWA, she is a teaching assistant for Civil Procedure and Legal Methods. Jasmine spent her 1L summer working as a summer associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.
Originally from China, Enyu graduated from John Jay College Magna Cum Laude in 2019. Before law school, she worked as an immigration paralegal. At Columbia, Enyu served as Vice President of the Society of Immigrant & Refugee Rights and Editor-in-Chief at the Columbia Journal of Asian Law. Enyu spent her 1L summer working as an intern at PepsiCo and her 2L summer at Weil Goshal. Enyu is going to serve as a Ms.JD fellow in 2021 - 2022. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, painting and hiking.
Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, Emily graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University in 2016 with a degree in history. After college, she spent three years working for the non-profit Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, D.C. before obtaining a Master’s degree in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the University of Cambridge. At Columbia, Emily also serves on the board of the Student Public Interest Network. She spent her 1L summer interning in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
Originally from East Brunswick, New Jersey, Christine Botvinnik is a 2L 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 was an analyst in the institutional equities trading division at Bank of America Securities in New York City. In law school, she serves as a Staff Editor on the Columbia Business Law Revue and is involved in Law Revue and the Domestic Violence Project. She spent her 1L summer as a judicial intern for the Honorable Reggie B. Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Alexandra (Lexi) Valas is originally from outside of Chicago, Illinois. Lexi received her B.A. from UCLA in Political Science with an International Relations focus and a minor in Public Policy. At Columbia, Lexi serves as CLWA Co-President, an editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and the Outreach & Membership Chair for the Columbia Society of International Law. Lexi spent her 1L summer as a research assistant to Professor Anu Bradford, and as a summer associate at the Center for Public Research and Leadership.
Aditi Thakur is a 2L and CLWA's Membership Chair. She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2018 with a BA in Economics. She also recently graduated with an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business. At Columbia, Ms. Thakur also serves as the Vice President of Student Senate, Co-President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Vice President of the Society for Economic Analysis of Law. She spent her 1L summer at Lawyers Alliance for New York, a public interest organization that provides transactional legal services to nonprofits in New York. Ms. Thakur plans to pursue a career in transactional work after graduation.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Abigail Greene graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2019 with a degree in history and world languages. After graduation, she began interning at the Women’s Law Project of Western Pennsylvania. In addition to her involvement in CLWA, she is also part of the Columbia International Arbitration Association (CIAA), the Columbia Society for International Law (CSIL), the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (SIRR), and OutLaws. Ms. Greene will be an extern at the NY Attorney General’s Office this fall. She spent her 1L summer interning for Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan at the District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.