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
President | Shane Grannum '18
Shane is a 2L who 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.
Vice 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.
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.
Events Chair | 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.
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 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.