Our First Happy Hour Event

Tuesday April 19, 2016
8:00 pm
Amity Hall Uptown, 982 Amsterdam Ave

Want to be a public defender? Need an excuse for Columbia to buy you drinks on a Tuesday?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, you should join the Public Defender Students of Columbia Law School for their first happy hour! Open to all CLS students, especially those interested in public defense. CLS public defender alumni are also welcome.

We’ll have drink tickets, appetizers, and great discussions with some of the coolest people CLS has to offer. It’s bound to be a great time, because lets be honest: public defenders are basically real life superheroes.

Come celebrate our new board’s ascension into leadership, our 3Ls getting public defender jobs, the creation of our club, and the general awesomeness of PD work.

Hope to see you there!

2016-2017 PDSCLS Board

Please join us in congratulating the 2016-2017 Public Defender Students of Columbia Law School executive board:

Mitchell Schwartz
Shawn Ashkan Shariati

John DeBellis

Social Chair
Alex Valdez

Civil Defense Chair
Chris Helwig

3L Representative
Rebecca Azhdam

Outreach and Membership Development Chair
Joseph Payne

Appellate Defense Chair
Ted Olds

Pro Bono Outreach Chair
Ramsey Fisher

Charting your path: Becoming a Public Defender at CLS

Tuesday April 05, 2016
12:10-1:10 pm
JG 646

Join us Tuesday, April 5 at 12:10 in JG646 for a panel discussion on the steps one should take during their time at Columbia in order to chart a career toward becoming a public defender after graduation. Our panel will feature upper year students who have accepted positions at public defender offices as well as young alumni currently working as PDs. In addition to offering advice on becoming a PD, our panelists will also share their thoughts on the application process, choosing an office, the differences between different PD offices, and take questions from the audience.

The panel will include:

Nick Wiltsie, ’16, Legal Aid Society
Dan Donadio, ’16, New Hampshire Public Defender
Arielle Reid, ’15, Center for Appellate Litigation
Whitney Hayes, ’15, Bronx Defenders