Andrea Barrientos is a third-year law student at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.


Andrea earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University. After college, Andrea worked as a client services associate at the Medicare Rights Center and as a paralegal at the New York Civil Liberties Union. Andrea was motivated to go to law school by the current administration’s hostility towards indigent immigrants.


Outside of her role as Editor-in-Chief, Andrea is a clinical intern in the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic where she works on a variety of immigration matters. Andrea has interned at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and at the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP). After graduation, Andrea hopes to continue advocating for and supporting indigent immigrants in their pursuit for better lives in the United States.


In her spare time, Andrea enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, and spending time with her friends and family.


Managing Editor

Melissa Koppel is a 3L at Cardozo, studying to pursue a career in Family Law. She has focused her career in divorce, working at a matrimonial firm over her 2L summer and during her 3L year and participating in Cardozo’s Divorce Mediation Clinic in Fall 2020.


Prior to law school, Melissa earned her Bachelor’s degrees in both English and History, with a concentration in legal history, from Queen’s College.


In her free time, Melissa enjoys running, baking, and reading novels.


Managing Editor

Lion Song is a 3L at Cardozo Law. Prior to law school, Lion studied political science and history at the University of Michigan. During college, Lion interned at the New York City Criminal Court and the New York State Supreme Court as a judicial intern to the Honorable Gilbert C. Hong. His summer experiences in college inspired him to attend law school.


During 1L summer and throughout the 2L school year, Lion interned at Thomson Reuters (Practical Law) in the Litigation group, where he prepared first-round drafts of practice notes and legal templates pertaining to federal and state civil litigation. This past summer, Lion interned at Warshaw Burstein, LLP, where he worked on matters in various practices such as litigation, corporate, real estate, and trusts and estates. Lion is determined to pursue a career in litigation after law school.


In his spare time, Lion likes to play basketball. He is also an avid fan of the New York Knicks.


Senior Notes Editor

Jennifer Russnow is a third-year law student at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Jennifer studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked at an advertising firm, Blue 449.


Jennifer’s experience includes an internship at the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department for the Honorable John M. Leventhal, as well as an internship at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This past summer, Jennifer interned at Seelig Law Offices, LLC, where she focused on Social Security Disability and employment law matters. This fall, in addition to her role as Senior Notes Editor, Jennifer is a clinical intern for the Special Education Law and Advocacy Field Clinic. After graduation, Jennifer hopes to focus on environmental, education, or employment law matters.


Outside of law school, Jennifer enjoys exercising, cooking, trying new restaurants, and traveling.


Senior Articles Editor

Christina is a third-year student at Cardozo. She entered law school with an interest in social issues such as environmental harms and criminal justice reform. She is the president of the Cardozo Environmental Law Society and previously served as a Senator at Large for the Student Bar Association. Before law school, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Coastal Environmental Studies. Her Note about environmental justice and the practice of using Supplemental Environmental Projects will be published in the forthcoming Issue 2 of CJERSJ.


She has most recently interned at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, but also participated in a field clinic at the NYC Law Department Appellate Division and interned at the NYC Department of Environmental Conservation and the Supreme Court, New York County. She hopes to be involved in government work and policy change to make environmental laws more effective.


In her free time, she enjoys swimming and playing with her puppy, Cayda.


Annotations Editor

Amanda is a 3L at Cardozo, studying to pursue a career in Family Law. She has focused her experience in law school thus far in social justice. Amanda has interned at the Westchester Family Courthouse as well as at Martin Friedlander, PC, a boutique matrimonial firm.


Amanda was a member of the New York City Law Department Clinic where she mainly worked with children who had been involved with sexual assault. Amanda also participated in the Mainzer Bronx Defenders Field Clinic where she zealously defended parents whose children were being taken away from them.


She hopes to continue promoting justice throughout my career as a matrimonial attorney.


Articles Editor

Patrick Keogh is a third-year law student at Cardozo, with an interest in constitutional law and theory, civil liberties, and First Amendment rights in particular. Hoping to enter academia one day, he is especially committed to high-quality academic writing and publishing. Between his first and second years at Cardozo, he taught criminal law and mock trial skills to students entering high school as a Legal Teaching Fellow at Legal Outreach, where he still volunteers as a student debate coach. After finishing his second year in law school he worked for the Center for Popular Democracy and the National Lawyers Guild as a People's Justice Fellow with Harvard's Systemic Justice Initiative, continuing on in the Fall 2020 semester as an extern with the NLG.


Patrick graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's in Government in 2014, and is an avid ice hockey fan.


Symposium Editor

Tziona Breitbart is a 3L at Cardozo, focusing on family and public defense. Outside of her role as Symposium Editor, Tziona is participating in the Criminal Defense Clinic and will be a Pro Bono Scholar during the spring semester. After graduation, she hopes to continue defending indigent clients in family or criminal matters.


Prior to law school, Tziona was the Volunteer Coordinator at Covenant House New York, a non-profit organization serving youth facing homelessness and trafficking. Tziona earned her Bachelor's degree in History, with a concentration in Community Engagement and Social Change, from Smith College. She was a varsity member of Smith Crew and President of the Community Service Office.


In her spare time, Tziona enjoys baking, photography, and running.


Submissions & Online Editor 

Yifan Li is a third-year law student at Cardozo. Born and raised in Shanghai, she received her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, and Minor in Law from Fudan University. She has earned an LL.M. degree at the George Washington University Law School. During her one year of LL.M. study, she has become even more interested in the U.S. law system, and decided to pursue a J.D. degree in the States.


She has focused her experience in law school in entertainment law and art law. She has acquired experience interning with Christie’s, and Institute of Museum and Library Services (an independent federal agency). She is passionate about social justice. In her spare time, she reads and writes about LGBTQ+ rights for her Chinese readers.


She is also a producing associate at Yangtze Repertory Theatre. She frequents theatres, and occasionally produces them.

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