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Student Mentors

At Pace Law School, we know that the more you learn about our community, program, and students, the more confident you will feel that this is the right place for you to receive your legal education. We asked our Student Mentors to tell us about their experiences here at Pace Law School. Check out their answers, and feel free to contact any of our Student Mentors!


Brieanne Scully '17 (bscully@law.pace.edu)
Student Assistant for Admissions

“Pace was a great choice! I knew I would be able to tailor my experience toward a career in Sport & Entertainment Law. Additionally, the location brings the front offices of the major sports and entertainment companies within reach for an internship. I have been able to take so many classes that relate to my interest, and I have even had the opportunity to intern with the WWE, Inc."

Hometown Stamford, CT
Undergrad UCONN
Area of Law Sport & Entertainment Law
Extracurriculars Pace Law Review, SEALS, IPSO, PIPSELF
Outside Interests sports, watching documentaries, trying new restaurants
Favorite Movie Billy Madison
Michelle Greaux '16 (mgreaux@law.pace.edu)

"I chose Pace Law because I loved the campus atmosphere. The campus allows the law school to foster a tight-knit community."
 

Hometown Highland Falls, NY
Undergrad SUNY Binghamton
Extracurriculars Student Bar Assoc. (Vice President), Pace International Law Review
Outside Interests reading, outdoors, traveling
Favorite TV Show How to Get Away with Murder
W. Paul Alvarez '16 (walvarez@law.pace.edu)

"I chose Pace because I grew up in Westchester, and White Plains is an amazing city. You can find so much to do here and are still only a 40-minute train ride from NYC. The Pace Law Admissions office was so friendly and very helpful." 

Hometown Pleasantville, NY 
Undergrad SUNY College at Oneonta
Area of Law Immigration, Criminal
Extracurriculars Latin American Law Students Association, Family Law Society
Outside Interests soccer, kickball, movies
Favorite Teams Yankees, Giants, Rangers
Briana Costa '16 (bcosta@law.pace.edu)

"I chose Pace because it is #4 in the country for Environmental Law. In addition, everyone at Pace is very welcoming and willing to help you. I found this an amazing change from some of the other campuses I've been to."

Hometown Mahopac, NY
Undergrad Johns Hopkins University
Area of Law Environmental
Outside Interests reading, trying new restaurants, playing piano
Favorite Movie Boondock Saints
Victoria Wagnerman '16 (vwagnerman@law.pace.edu)

"I chose Pace because of the welcoming community and small school environment. Pace Law offers accessibility to professors and opportunity on an individual level."

Hometown Brooklyn, NY
Undergrad Brooklyn College
Area of Law Disability and Special Needs
Outside Interests cooking, movies, exercise, astronomy
Favorite Movie Mean Girls
Michael Chiaramonte '16 (mchiaramonte@law.pace.edu)

"I wanted a law school that would let me develop close relationships with both my colleagues and professors, as well as allow me to explore various areas of law. I also wanted to be at a school that would expose me to a great networking system. Being at the heart of the Tri-state area, Pace Law has provided me with all of these desires."

Hometown Valley Cottage, NY
Undergrad Fairfield University
Area of Law Criminal Prosecution
Outside Interests sports, movies, fiction novels, cooking
Favorite Movie Shawshank Redemption
Sydney Finkelstein '17 (sfinkelstein@law.pace.edu)

"Being a top 10 public interest school really sparked my interest as well as the availability of the Disability Rights clinic, which I hope to pursue next year."

Hometown Linwood, NJ
Undergrad University of Delaware
Area of Law Public Interest
Extracurriculars Public Interest Law Student Organization (PILSO) (President), Jewish Law Student Organization (JLSA) (President) 
Outside Interests dancing, yoga, reading, movies
Favorite TV Show One Tree Hill
Samantha Hazen '17 (shazen@law.pace.edu)

"When I toured the campus, I immediately felt like I could see myself joining the Pace family and exploring the school’s externship programs and student organizations. The professors have also been so welcoming and helpful.”  

Hometown Dunmore, PA
Undergrad Syracuse University
Extracurriculars Pace Law Review, Federal Judicial Honors Program, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (Treasurer)
Outside Interests horseback riding, skiing, spending time with my dog, Sunny
Favorite Teams Philadelphia Eagles, Syracuse Orange
Brian Bendy '17 (bbendy@law.pace.edu)

"I chose Pace because of the strength of its Land Use and Environmental Program, and because of its unrivaled faculty and closely connected student body."

Hometown Stony Brook, NY
Undergrad SUNY ESF in association with Syracuse 
Area of Law Land Use and Real Estate
Outside Interests basketball, baseball, music, traveling
Favorite TV Show Breaking Bad
Wil. Lopez '17 (wlopez@law.pace.edu)

"I wanted to attend a school where I could 'choose my own adventure.' A school that offered a variety of legal subjects for me to explore, but yet had a set of programs directed at making me practice ready in a field of my choosing. Pace law met all those criteria. This balance affords me the opportunity to gain the theoretical as well as the practical knowledge needed to succeed as a professional in today’s legal environment."

Hometown Jersey City, NJ
Undergrad College of the Holy Cross
Area of Law Public Interest
Extracurriculars Latin American Law Student Association, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, National Lawyers Guild, Pace Intramural Soccer Team
Favorite TV Show Game of Thrones
Belino Voshtina '17 (bvoshtina@law.pace.edu)

"I chose Pace because of its convenience, accomplished faculty, and welcoming student body."

 

Hometown Waterbury, CT
Undergrad Southern Connecticut State University
Area of Law Criminal, Business
Extracurriculars Latin American Law Student Association, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, National Lawyers Guild, Pace Intramural Soccer Team
Outside Interests soccer, poker, grilling, music
Favorite Team A.C. Milan
Briana Alongi '17 (balongi@law.pace.edu)

"Location! White Plains is a great place to begin your job hunt, and it is only a short distance from NYC."

 

Hometown Pleasant Valley, NY
Undergrad Marist College
Area of Law Wills, Trusts, & Estates
Outside Interests traveling
Favorite Movie Chasing Mavericks
Dr. Gloria Mejia-Repp  '17 (gmejiarepp@law.pace.edu)

"I chose Pace for several reasons including: strength in areas of the law that are of interest me, the faculty's open-door policy, welcoming environment, and extremely convenient location."

Hometown Bedford Hills, NY
Undergrad National University of San Marcos (Lima, Peru)
Outside Interests reading, watching movies, long walks
Favorite Team NY Giants
Justin Grant  '17 (ggrant2@law.pace.edu)

"I chose Pace because it made be feel at home. Also: location, location, location!"

Hometown White Plains, NY
Undergrad Pace University 
Area of Law International, Environmental
Outside Interests golf, snowboarding 
Favorite Movie My Cousin Vinny
Bryan Kelly '17 (bkelly@law.pace.edu)

"I chose Pace Law because of its location to the city, and the community of Pace Law. Coming from a smaller undergraduate school, I found that I wanted to continue going to a smaller school to study law, so that I could further my understanding of law, and have guidance with professors."

Hometown Warwick, NY
Undergrad Sage College of Albany
Area of Law Sports & Entertainment
Extracurriculars PIPSELF, Trial Arbitration Team, Sports Arbitration Team
Emily Bendana '18 (ebendana@law.pace.edu)

"I like the community here. The faculty and staff are always willing to help in any way possible. I also enjoy the hands-on learning opportunities through Moot Court and John Jay Legal Services' Immigration Justice Clinic."

Hometown Teaneck, NJ
Undergrad Boston College
Outside Interests documentaries, music, hiking
Favorite TV Show Orange Is the New Black
Christina Oddo '17 (coddo@law.pace.edu)

"I love to write. Why not research, learn, and THEN write? That's one of the reasons I chose law school after college. Along the way, I met faculty and students who introduced me to family law. I am passionate about helping those in need, and I have been molding my legal career to hopefully help families and children in desperate situations."

Hometown Cross River, NY
Undergrad Bucknell University
Area of Law Family
Extracurriculars Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (Intern)
Joe Moravec '17 (jmoravec@law.pace.edu)

"I came to Pace for the strong environmental law program, the proximity to New York City, and all the opportunities available here to develop a diverse legal background."

Hometown Normal, IL
Undergrad Washington & Lee University
Area of Law International, Environmental, Criminal
Extracurriculars PELR, ILS, ELS, NLG
Outside Interests whitewater kayaking, football
Melissa Ryan Reitberg '17 (mreitberg@law.pace.edu)

"The location is ideal. From campus, I have access into NYC and PA, so I can still dance and teach while in school. Dorming is very convenient, and has allowed me to feel like a part of the campus community and family, as well as engage with the surrounding area."

Hometown Bedminster, NJ
Undergrad Muhlenberg College
Area of Law Entertainment; Corporate and Commercial 
Extracurriculars Sports Negotiation Team, LAMBDA Law Society (President), Sports, Entertainment & Arts Law Society
Andrew Gruna '17 (agruna@law.pace.edu)

"I decided to come to Pace because of the Environmental and public interest programs. I wanted practical experience as soon as possible, so the ability to work at the Land Use Center as a 1L really stood out for me."

 

Hometown Brick, New Jersey
Undergrad Rutgers University-Newark Campus
Areas of Law Employment, Labor, Environmental
Extracurriculars Environmental Law Society (President)
Outside Interests politics, soccer, reading
Favorite Teams New York Red Bulls, Manchester United
Michael Viteritto '18 (mviteritto@law.pace.edu)

"I initially chose Pace because of its outstanding environmental law program and the many unique opportunities that affords. The staff is so kind and accommodating, and the professors are always available and really looking to help you succeed. Also, Pace has a great campus, and White Plains is in a great location."

Hometown North Caldwell, NJ
Undergrad Laffayette College
Area of Law Environmental
Outside Interests playing & writing music, model making, fencing, fishing
Favorite Teams New Jersey Devils, New York Yankees, Manchester United
Ancy Thomas '16 (athomas2@law.pace.edu)  

“The best features about Pace Law for me are the close proximity to NYC, small class sizes, great career counselors, excellent faculty, clinics & externships, affordable tuition, Moot court/mock trial teams that compete nationally & internationally, being in the heart of White plains, and friendly classmates."

Hometown Rockland County, NY
Undergrad Stony Brook University
Area of Law Public Interest 
Extracurriculars Westlaw Student Rep, Pace International Law Review
Outside Interests art, music, food
Favorite TV Show any Real Housewives franchise