A Message from the Columbia Affinity Groups

Dear Columbia Law School Community, As Halloween approaches, we want to pause briefly to consider an issue of ongoing importance: cultural respect. Each year, some Halloween partygoers choose to dress in disrespectful and downright offensive costumes. This year, we appreciate the efforts of all in the Columbia Law School community to celebrate the right way. Making good…

The panel

Affinity Groups Host 1L Jobs Panel

Last Wednesday, LaLSA, BLSA, SALSA, and EWOC joined forces to discuss the application process for and experiences in applying for 1L diversity firm programs, public interest programs, government internships, judicial internships, and Columbia’s HRIP program (which allows students to spend their summer doing human rights work abroad).

Board with Honorees

10th Annual LaLSA Awards Banquet a Success!

Last Thursday, October, 16, 2014 marked LaLSA’s 10th Annual Awards Banquet, featuring this year’s honorees: Edgar Rios ’77 and Hon. Dora Irizarry ’79. The night celebrated the illustrious careers of two distinguished alum who have worked tirelessly to build and strengthen Latino communities in institutions of higher learning and beyond. The event was held in…

Tanya and the panel

City College Academy of the Arts Visits CLS

LaLSA hosted a panel for 70 visiting high school seniors from City College Academy of the Arts (in Washington Heights). The panel included information about applying to law school and college, more generally. These students are near and dear to Community Outreach Chair, Tanya Martinez‘s heart; she taught them when they were in 8th grade!

1Ls!

Salsa with LaLSA

  Last Friday, LaLSA headed down to the West Village to Sounds of Brazil for salsa lessons, live music, mojitos, and great company! 1Ls got the opportunity to meet 2L and 3L members of LaLSA and explore a vibrant part of NYC and its Latino/a community.

Every 28 hours, a black person is extrajudicially killed by a police officer, security guard, or vigilante. Over the past 7 years, police officers have killed two black people a week. The protests taking place in Ferguson, MO and around the country represent more than just frustration about the routine criminalization of black and brown bodies; they represent frustration about police violating core values and constitutional rights.

LaLSA and BLSA spearheaded an effort to get members of the larger Columbia Law School to stand in solidarity with those protesting in Ferguson, MO and throughout the country. On Monday, August 18, 2014, CLS came together to take a stand.

Don’t Shoot!: CLS Stands in Solidarity with Ferguson

Every 28 hours, a black person is extrajudicially killed by a police officer, security guard, or vigilante. Over the past 7 years, police officers have killed two black people a week. The protests taking place in Ferguson, MO and around the country represent more than just frustration about the routine criminalization of black and brown bodies; they…

The Grads

First Annual BLSA/LaLSA Graduation

  Please join LaLSA in congratulating the BLSA and LaLSA 2014 Graduating Class!  May 20, 2014 marked the first annual BLSA/LaLSA graduation. Members of the graduating class were joined by 1Ls and 2Ls in JG Annex, where the graduating class was presented with stoles representing their respective membership. Dinah Manning ’14 spoke to the class…