Law

The Wesleyan Lawyers Association (WLA) is an organization of alumni/ae who have graduated from law school. It provides a forum for networking, learning about pro bono opportunities and current developments in the law, and mentoring Wesleyan students and graduates with an interest in the law.


Founded in 2009, the WLA has grown its membership and expanded its activities in lockstep with Wesleyan’s renewed focus on Professional Networks (WPNs), most recently by adding regional presences in Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Atlanta and by sponsoring networking and CLE events in those cities and in New York. Members mentor Wesleyan undergraduates and alumni interested in the law, including by hosting summer interns and WEShadow experiences. 

After an initial period overseen by Core and Steering Committees, the WLA is now run by its Executive Board, consisting of our elected officersPresident, Vice President and Secretaryand the Chairs of our Committees (Mentoring, Governance, Communications and University Relations). We hold regular monthly Board calls, on which participants include our regional WLA point persons (not an elected position) and Wesleyan staff. 

 

Key Volunteers

  • Jessica Golden Cortes '98

    President

    Partner, Davis & Gilbert LLP

    New York, NY

  • Richard Goldman '58

    Vice President/University Liaison

    Boston, MA

  • Michael Sanfilippo '05

    Secretary

    Associate, Kobre & Kim LLP

    New York, NY

  • Rebecca Broches '08

    At-Large Member (11 or more years past graduation)

    Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society

    New York, NY

  • Meg Vasu '12

    At-Large Member (10 or fewer years past graduation)

    Associate, Morvillo Abramowitz Iason Grand & Anello

    New York, NY

  • Ivy Johnson '13

    At-Large Member (10 or fewer years past graduation)

    Staff Attorney, Center for Death Penalty Litigation

    Durham, NC

  • Morgan Webber-Ottey '16

    At-Large Member (10 or fewer years past graduation)

    Assistant Corporation Counsel, Labor & Employment Law Division of the NYC Law Department

    New York, NY

  • Benjamin Nissim '08

    Mentor Chair/Connecticut Regional Point Person

    Associate, Murtha Cullina LLP

    Stamford, CT

  • Emilia Sicilia '95

    Governance Chair

    Staff Attorney, Empire Justice Center

    New York, NY

  • Jaime Bachrach '93

    Communications Chair

    Head of Operations, The Wine Trust

    Warren, CT

  • Ku Yoo '00

    Philadelphia Regional Point Person

    Axenfield Law Group

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Daniel Poniatowski '08

    San Francisco Regional Point Person

    Associate, Shartsis Friese LLP

    San Francisco, CA

  • Alison Lerner '05

    Atlanta Regional Point Person

    Administrative Office of the Courts

    Atlanta, GA

  • Jessica Seidman '15

    CT Regional Point Person

    Associate, Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen LLC

    New Haven, CT

  • Jordan Fletcher

    Member

    Fletcher Law, PLLC

    New York, NY

  • Matthew Tuccillo '95

    Former President

    Pomerantz, LLC

    New York, NY