Professor Sheldon Evans Speaking at Podium


Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is evident in the range of resources available to students and other members of the St. John’s Law community.

Convened by Dean Michael A. Simons, the Dean’s Advisory Council is a diverse group of about 20 students who are leaders and advocates in the St. John’s Law and greater communities. Dean Simons meets with the Council each semester to discuss diversity and inclusion at the Law School. Sharing their diverse perspectives, the students partner meaningfully with the administration in creating an inclusive and accepting Law School environment.

Current Dean’s Advisory Council Members

  • Catherine Helde ‘21
  • Jasmine Johnson ‘21
  • Jeremy Ashton ‘21
  • Beth Do ‘21
  • Ruben Huertero ‘21
  • Rasha El Mouatassin ‘20
  • James Goodridge ‘20
  • Devin Fairrow ‘20
  • Daniel Gomez ‘20
  • Alexa Salazar ‘20
  • Fawziyah Siddiqui ‘20
  • Alexander Woo ‘20
  • Erica Zilber ‘20
  • Precious Lewis ‘20
  • David Saldomando ‘20
  • Kiah Weyman ‘20
  • Shandy Abrahams ‘19
  • Allison Cabibbo ‘19
  • Christine Kowalsar ‘19
  • Kelly Terrell Hutchins ‘19

Faculty Diversity Committee 

The Law School’s Faculty Diversity Committee brings faculty and administrators—including the Director of Diversity and Inclusion—together with Dean Michael A. Simons to discuss and take action on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, programs, and activities at, or sponsored by, St. John’s Law.  

Current Diversity Committee Members

  • Dean Michael Simons, Chair
  • Kamille Dean, Vice Chair
  • Rosa Castello
  • Elaine Chiu
  • Kimathi Gordon-Somers
  • Sarah Kelly
  • Rosemary Salomone
  • Jacob Todres
  • Margaret Turano
  • Cheryl Wade
  • Kayonia Whetstone

Career Development

The Career Development Office is active in participating in and promoting various programs designed to increase employment opportunities for minority students. 

There are a number of diversity and inclusion internships and fellowships available to St. John’s Law students.  Our students are eligible to apply to several opportunities that recruit from St. John’s Law including diversity fellowship programs with the New York City Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Long Island Hispanic Bar Association, and the Amistad Bar Association.  St. John’s Law students are often selected to participate in exclusive internships and externships in corporate, public interest, and governmental positions. 

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers conducts the Summer Fellowship Program, a highly competitive program to place first-year minority law students in summer jobs with large law firms and corporate legal departments.  The Career Development Office publicizes the program, assists first-year students in submitting their application packages and coordinates the selection process of candidates representing St. John’s.  Each year, St. John’s produces several fellowship recipients. The Career Development Office also encourages and facilitates student participation in numerous other diversity-based internship programs, as well as job fairs and conferences.

Support for First Generation Students

First-generation law students will find a strong support system at St. John’s Law designed to promote their success as law students and as practitioners. From a robust academic support program, to learning communities such as the Ronald H. Brown Scholars, our students who are first in their family to attend law school have access to the resources they need to overcome challenges they might face in pursuit of a law degree.

Student Affinity Groups 

St. John’s Law is home to several affinity group student organizations, including the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Latin American Law Students Association, OUTLaws & Allies, and the South Asian Law Students Association.

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