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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BLSA

The mission of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of black law students and instill a greater awareness of commitment to the black community. We seek to promote, foster, and encourage the academic well-being of black law students. 

Faculty Advisor:  Cheryl Wade

Janelle James, President
Charles Akinboyewa, Vice President
Rosa Moore, Treasurer
Moise Andre Oge, Secretary
Shaniya Johnson, Director of Events
Danika Johnson, Director of Events
Samantha Ojo, Director of Alumni Relations

The St. John’s Law BLSA chapter regularly competes in the Thurgood Marshal Mock Trial Competition and the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition hosted by the Northeast Region of the National Black Law Students Association.  Three students from St. John’s Law served as officers on the board of the National Black Law Students Association during the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

APALSA

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The mission of APALSA is to provide a comprehensive academic, social, and professional support system to St. John's law students who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. We prioritize our members' professional development by presenting numerous opportunities in the form of internships, scholarships, and networking events, and fostering a deep sense of community through our mentorship program, volunteer work, and annual Lunar New Year reception held each spring. 

Faculty Advisor:  Elaine Chiu

Wanyu Cho, President
Artesia Tso, Co-Vice President
Alexander Woo, Co-Vice President
Patrick Lee, Co-Director of Alumni Relations
Jane Shin, Co-Director of Alumni Relations
Angela Wang, Events Coordinator
Jack Alexander, Treasurer
Alphonsus Delgra, Secretary

The St. John’s Law chapter of APALSA participates in a number of events including the Asian American Federation Conference and other events sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.  Our APALSA chapter also holds an annual Lunar New Year celebration as a time to reunite and recognize notable graduates of St. John’s.  

LALSA

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The Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) is committed to Latinx advancement in the legal profession. We strive to connect students with our broad network of Latinx lawyers and alumni, as well as promote diversity, leadership, and academic success.

Faculty Advisor:  Margaret Turano

Austin Llamas, President
Nicole Camacho Hernandez, Vice President
David Davila, Treasurer
Victoria Benalcazar, Secretary
Sharlene Disla, Street Law Coordinator
JT Burger, Street Law Coordinator
Angela Pena, LALSA-CARES Coordinator 

The National Latina/o Law Student Association was led by a St. John’s Law student during the 2018 – 2019 academic year.  In 2019, St. John’s Law will host the MetroLALSA Pa’lante Conference as led by our LALSA chapter.  St. John’s Law student members of LALSA represent the Law School at the Hispanic National Bar Association annual conference.  A St. John’s alumnae and member of the local judiciary currently serves as the president of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association.

OUTLaws

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To foster awareness and advocacy for legal issues of interest faced by the LGBTQ+ community, to promote a spirit of inclusivity and support among the SJU Law community, with the goal of identifying common ground and eliminating stigmas associated with the lgbtq+ community throughout the legal profession.

Faculty Advisor:  Larry Cunningham

Ryan Bravata, President
Drake Wilson, Treasurer
Kristopher Peters, Vice President

St. John’s Law is also a member of the Law Student Group Affiliate Program of the National LGBT Bar Association.  The St. John’s Law chapter of OUTLaws and Allies was recognized for its efforts to address the concerns of the LGBTQIA+ community by the National LGBT Bar Association.  OUTLaw members and their partners are invited to attend a number of exclusive events and activities at St. John’s to promote our diversity.  Members of St. John’s Law OUTLaws and Allies regularly attend the National LGBT Bar Association Annual Lavendar Law Conference and Career Fair.  Our OUTLaws and Allies members are also student members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association of Greater New York (LeGaL).    

SALSA

St. John's SALSA strives to provide academic, social, and professional support for diverse students, while promoting South Asian culture and values to create an inclusive multicultural law school community.

Faculty Advisor:  Anita Krishnakumar

Shandy Abraham, President
Brendon Khan, Vice President
Abir Ahmed, Treasurer
Anjana Mathew, Secretary

SALSA members regularly attends the South Asian Bar Association of North American annual conference in representing St. John’s Law.  The St. John’s Law chapter of SALSA also plans and participates in a number of events to celebrate the achievements of South Asian graduates and attorneys.  Members of SALSA are engaged in a number of diversity initiatives and activities throughout the year.