ACS's Executive Board not only works diligently to plan and manage events on critical and compelling legal issues, but the Board also seeks to be a voice for progressive legal values on campus. The Board is comprised of passionate law students who are active members of the Columbia Law School community - and beyond. In line with ACS's mission, the Executive Board values community building, open dialogue, and - most of all - respect.
Current Executive Board, 2016-17
President | Zach Piaker '19
Zach is passionate about voting rights, campaign finance reform, and redistricting. A New York City native, he received a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Before starting law school, Zach worked at the Partnership for Public Service in Washington, D.C., helping launch their Center for Presidential Transition. At Columbia, he is a Staff Editor on the Columbia Law Review, Public Interest Chair of the D.C. Law Students Association, and member of the Environmental Law Clinic. He spent his 1L summer at the Campaign Legal Center, supporting election law and government ethics litigation.
Vice President for Development | Clara Kent '19
Clara is particularly interested in racial and economic justice. Hailing from Memphis, TN, she received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Wheaton College. Prior to law school, Clara worked on the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ Fair Housing Project. At Columbia, she is an active member of the High School Law Institute and First Generation Professionals. She spent the previous summer at the Civil Rights Bureau in the New York Attorney General’s office. Clara loves Broadway shows.
Vice President for Operations | Zachary Morrison '19
Zach cares deeply about voting rights and campaign finance reform. He received a B.A. in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College. Originally from Sarasota, FL, Zach worked in a number of roles before starting law school, including as a warehouse employee at Target, press secretary intern at the Department of Homeland Security, field organizer for Mark Begich’s U.S. Senate campaign, and campaign manager for a Sarasota City Commission race. At Columbia, Zach is a participant in the Adolescent Representation Clinic and member of the Squash and Softball Clubs. He spent his 1L summer working for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Voting Rights Project in Washington, D.C. Zach loves golf.
Advocacy and Outreach Chair | David Alpert '20
David is passionate about the death penalty, police reform, and civil and voting rights. Originally from Los Angeles, he graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in Government and Religious Studies. He spent the next three years working at Deloitte Consulting, the Middle East Institute, and USA Today College. At Columbia, David is dual-enrolled at Columbia Business School, where he will receive his M.B.A. He also participated in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition and is active with the Guantanamo Military Commission Defense Organization. David split his 1L summer between the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California and the Special Litigation Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. He loves running, historical non-fiction, and ghost tours.
3L Board Representative | Shane Grannum '18
Originally from northern Virginia, Shane is passionate about voting rights, campaign finance reform, and electing officeholders who want to restore transparency and trust in our government. He graduated from Brown University with an A.B. in Public Policy & American Institutions and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Formerly the Co-President of Columbia's ACS chapter, Shane spent the past two summers as a summer associate in the Political Law Group at Perkins Coie LLP in Washington, D.C. During the spring 2017 semester, he also was an extern in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. A diehard Washington Nationals fan, Shane loves karaoke and legal TV dramas.
3L Board Representative | Samuel Ferenc '18
Sam is particularly interested in gun violence prevention, access to justice, and voting rights. Originally from Moretown, VT, Sam received a B.A. in Government and Linguistics from Cornell University. He worked as a Legal & Policy Assistant at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence before beginning law school. At Columbia, Sam is the former Co-President of both ACS and the D.C. Law Students Association, as well as the Online Operations Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Sam spent his 1L summer at the Consumer Protection Branch of the Civil Division at the Department of Justice, and his 2L summer at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer in Washington, D.C. During the spring 2017 semester, he completed an externship in the chambers of Judge Gerard E. Lynch for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After law school, Sam plans to clerk for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2018-19 and Judge George J. Hazel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in 2019-20. Sam loves hiking, baseball, and politics.
1L Board Representative | Nicandro Iannacci '20
Nicandro is passionate about voting rights, campaign finance, public defense, and press freedom. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard University. After graduating, he worked at the American Constitution Society in Washington, D.C. and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nicandro is involved with the Public Defender Students and the National Lawyers Guild, and he sings with the New Amsterdam Singers. He enjoys politics, movies, and baseball.
1L Board Representative | Brandon Joseph '20
A Brooklyn, New York native, Brandon received an A.B. in History, with certificates in African-American and American Studies, from Princeton University. Brandon comes to Columbia Law from the Office of the Counsel to the Mayor of New York City. At the Mayor's office, Brandon worked as a policy analyst on issues related to government transparency, human rights, equity, and broadband internet deployment in New York City. Prior to working at the Office of the Mayor, Brandon spent two years as a court representative at CASES, a non-profit organization focusing on alternatives to incarceration. He advocated for the release and rehabilitation of 16-24 year old defendants facing felony charges. At Columbia, he is an active member of the Black Law Students Association, First Generation Professionals, and the High School Law Institute. Brandon is especially passionate about broadband internet access, racial justice, and economic justice. He is a diehard Knicks, Yankees, and Giants fan.
1L Board Representative | Mary Marshall '20
Mary is passionate about criminal justice reform, voting rights, and racial justice. Originally from Macon, Georgia, she holds an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and an M.A. in Education from Hunter College. Prior to law school, Mary spent three years teaching at South Bronx Classical Charter School through Teach for America; and then moved to Harlem Prep Elementary. After completing a year-long leadership fellowship with Democracy Prep, she returned to Harlem Prep Elementary for another two years. At Columbia, Mary coaches mock trial and mentors students through the High School Law Institute and is a representative with the Suspension Representation Project. She enjoys cooking, reading, running, cycling, and hiking.
1L Board Representative | Martin McSherry '20
A Bronx, New York native, Martin graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Communication and Criminal Justice, where he was Campaign Director of the College Democrats and President of the Pre-Law Students Association. Martin is especially passionate about voting rights, money in politics, and criminal justice reform. While at GWU, he interned for Democratic members of Congress on the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi; in the Office of the Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice; and at the Brennan Center for Justice. After graduating, he worked as a legal assistant for a criminal defense attorney. He enjoys dancing, hiking, television, and reading.
1L Board Representative | Chelsea Mihelich '20
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Chelsea attented Vanderbilt University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and English Literature. Prior to law school, Chelsea worked in campaigns as Deputy Training Director for Hillary for America; a field organizer for Hillary for America in Iowa and Kansas; and a field organizer for the 2014 North Carolina Coordinated Campaign. At Columbia, she is a 1L Advocate for the Human Rights Institute (HRI) and a research assistant for HRI's Human Rights Accountability in the U.S. project. She is especially interested in voting rights, criminal justice reform, and reproductive justice. She likes politics, literature, and yoga.
1L Board Representative | Thea Raymond-Sidel '20
Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Thea is especially passionate about voting rights and criminal justice reform. She received a B.A. in History and Economics from Columbia University. Prior to starting law school, she worked in digital strategy for progressive campaigns and organizations, helpin them fundraise, recruit volunteers, and hone their voices online. She loves figure skating, dogs, and the Iowa Caucus.
1L Board Representative | Will Wilder '20
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Will graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Political Science, minoring in Environmental Science and Economics. Before coming to Columbia, he was a Coro Mellow in Public Affairs in St. Louis, Missouri; Special Assistant to Jason Kander at Missourians for Kander and Let America Vote; and co-founder of the Yellowhammer Learning Program in Greensboro, Alabama. At law school, he is active in the CLS Democrats and the Frederick Douglass Moot Court team. Will is especially passionate about voting rights, education, and criminal justice reform. He enjoys running and fitness, watching sports (especially college football), and playing guitar.
Executive Board, 2016-17
Co-Presidents | Shane Grannum '18 and Sam Ferenc '18
Vice President | Jackson Dartez '18
Treasurer | Lauren Nickoloff '18
Student Outreach Co-Chairs | Christine J. Chen '18 and Benjamin Lash '18
Media Outreach Chair | Emily Kline '18
Board Representatives | Sam Gelb '19, Clara Kent '19, Andrew McWhorter '19, and Zachary Piaker '19
Democracy Coordinator | Zachary Morrison '19