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

  • Matthew Tuccillo '95


    Partner, Pomerantz LLP

    New York, NY

  • Jessica Golden Cortes '98

    Vice President/University Liaison

    Partner, Davis & Gilbert LLP

    New York, NY

  • Michael Sanfilippo '05


    Associate, Kobre & Kim LLP

    New York, NY

  • Jake Sussman '96

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

    Managing Director, Justice Collaborative

    Boston, MA

  • Matthew Tannenbaum '10

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

    Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

    Washington, D.C.

  • Benjamin Nissim '08

    Mentor Chair/Connecticut Regional Point Person

    Associate, Day Pitney LLP

    Hartford, CT

  • Emilia Sicilia '95

    Governance Chair

    Staff Attorney, Urban Justice Center

    New York, NY

  • Jaime Bachrach '93

    Communications Chair

    Head of Operations, The Wine Trust

    Warren, CT

  • Richard Goldman '58

    Boston Regional Point Person

    Boston, MA

  • Ku Yoo '00

    Philadelphia Regional Point Person

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Daniel Poniatowski '08

    San Francisco Regional Point Person

    Associate, Shartsis Friese LLP

    San Francisco, CA

  • Alison Lerner '05

    Atlanta Regional Point Person

    Atlanta, GA