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
Co-President | Shane Grannum '18
Shane is passionate about voting rights, campaign finance reform, and electing officeholders who will protect and strengthen progressive legal values. Originally from Northern Virginia, Shane received his A.B. in Public Policy & American Institutions and Latin American & Caribbean Studies from Brown University. While at Brown, Shane grew passionate about election law after doing research on the Voting Rights Act and spending summers at the Campaign Legal Center and The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights in Washington, D.C. At Columbia, Shane is an Assistant Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Race and Law; active member of affinity organizations like the Black Law Students Association, D.C. Law Students Association, and Outlaws; and competitor on the Frederick Douglass Moot Court team. After his 1L year, Shane was a summer associate with the Political Law Group at Perkins Coie in Washington, D.C. Shane loves legal TV dramas (The Good Wife and Suits are faves), karaoke, and the Washington Nationals.
Co-President | Samuel Ferenc '18
Sam is interested in Second Amendment and gun control issues, voting rights, and access to justice. Originally from Moretown, Vermont, Sam received his B.A. in Government and Linguistics from Cornell University. While at Cornell, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Progressive. At Columbia, Sam is a staff editor for the Columbia Law Review and co-president of the D.C. Law Students Association. He served as a legal and policy assistant for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence between college and law school. After his 1L year, Sam was a legal intern with the Consumer Protection Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division. Sam loves hiking, baseball, politics, and music.
Vice President | Jackson Dartez '18
Jackson is passionate about immigration, voting rights, and issues affecting members of the LGBTQ community. He received his B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. Originally from Lumberton, Texas, Jackson worked at a boutique litigation law firm and interned with the U.S. State Department before coming to Columbia Law School. He is currently a staff editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and an active member of Outlaws. After his 1L year, Jackson was a summer associate with Spears & Imes LLP here in New York City. In his spare time, Jackson enjoys podcasts, catching up on the news, and live music.
Treasurer, Lauren Nickoloff '18
Lauren is eager to work on issues related to mass incarceration and prisoners' rights. She is from Tampa, Florida and received her B.A. in Political Science and Economics at the University of Florida - go Gators! Before coming to law school, Lauren interned in Vice President Joe Biden's office at the White House and with U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (FL-14). At Columbia, she is also part of the Columbia Law Democrats and Columbia Law Women's Association. Lauren spent her 1L summer in the Enforcement Division of the New York Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission. This fall, she is externing with the Hon. Lorna Schofield in the Southern District of New York. Lauren enjoys group fitness classes, playing the cello, and reading biographies.
Student Outreach Co-Chair | Benjamin Lash '18
Originally from Miami, Florida, Ben is passionate about issues at the intersection of education and law. He received his B.A. in History from Washington University in St. Louis where he was an editor on the Washington University Political Review. After college, Ben was a legislative intern for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and a clinician for students with learning disabilities. At Columbia, he is also the Membership and Recruitment Chair for the Harlem Tutorial Project, which offers young students in Harlem individualized tutoring. After his 1L summer, Ben was a legal intern with the National Basketball Association (NBA) in New York City.
Student Outreach Co-Chair | Christine J. Chen '18
Christine is interested in gun control, voting rights, reproductive rights, environmental justice, and other progressive legal issues. She is an active member of the Environmental Law Society and Law Revue at Columbia Law. Christine received her B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was design editor of The Daily Pennsylvanian. After college, Christine was a paralegal at an immigration law firm.During her 1L summer, Christine was a legal intern with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in New York City. Christine loves scuba diving (especially in Hawaii!) and likes to read historical fiction.
Media and Social Chair | Emily Kline '18
Emily is passionate about drug policy reform, environmental protection, and women's rights. At Columbia, she is an active member of the Suspension Representation Project, Running from the Law, and DeVinimus. This year, she has been a judicial intern for a judge on the Eastern District of New York. Emily received her B.A. in History and Spanish from Northwestern University. Before coming to law school, shewas a teacher with the Teach for America program and received a teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University. Emily loves traveling and is originally from Bethesda, Maryland.
Board Representative | Sam Gelb '19
Sam is a 1L from Yonkers, New York interested in criminal justice reform and human rights. Before coming to law school, Sam was a volunteer intern with the Council on Foreign Relations' Civil Society Markets and Democracy Initiative; associate in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence; and corporate legal assistant at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. He received his B.A. from Columbia College right down the street in International Relations, concentrating on 20th Century American History. Sam plays tennis and is a former member of the Columbia Tennis team. He enjoys running and looking for the best tacos in the city.
Board Representative | Clara Kent '19
Clara is a 1L from Memphis, Tennessee who comes to Columbia from the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, where she worked on fair housing issues. She is passionate about diversifying centers of power in national institutions and advancing access to legal systems regardless of race and class. Clara received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Wheaton College in Illinois. At Columbia, she teaches criminal law with the High School Law Institute and is a competitor on the Native American Law Students Association Moot Court. She loves reading and Isabel Allende is her favorite author.
Board Representative | Andrew McWhorter '19
Andrew is a 1L interested in voting rights, criminal justice reform, and freedom of speech issues. He is from Birmingham, Alabama and received his B.A. in English and History from the University of Alabama, where he was the editor-in-chief of the daily student newspaper, The Crimson White. Andrew has written for a number of Birmingham-area magazines and newspapers and is a fellow with the Blackburn Institute, an organization created to foster ethical leadership. Outside of school, he loves Alabama football (Roll Tide!), cooking, and watching movies.
Board Representative | Zach Piaker '19
Zach is a 1L passionate about voting rights, campaign finance reform, and climate change. He returned home to New York, New York to attend law school here at Columbia, where he is also active in the Environmental Law Society, National Security Law Society, and D.C. Law Students Association. Zach received his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where he tutored local students as part of the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. Before law school, he worked with the Partnership for Public Service - a nonprofit specializing in good government - as an associate manager with the Center for Presidential Transition. Zach is a New York Yankees fan and loves watching The Office.