NYSBA’s Annual Meeting and Bar Leaders Breakfast

By: Ligia Alvarenga

I joined the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) as a student member as soon as I started my Fall 2015 semester at Cardozo, after my Startup Law classmate at Cardozo, Arthur Shalagin, told me about the awesome opportunities that the organization provided for leadership and networking. As a practicing attorney coming from Brazil, we are not really used to the “networking culture”. So when I started my Intellectual Property LL.M. here, it came as a shock to me the power of networking. I had to start all over again as a professional, so the NYSBA so far has given me many opportunities to be involved in the networking environment.

Recently, I attended the 12th Annual Edith I. Spivack Symposium, sponsored by NYSBA’s Committee on Women in the Law. In the morning, I heard Sarah Feingold, Etsy’s Senior IP and Privacy Counsel, share her experiences and role at Etsy.

Being a Law Student Member, I felt extremely honored to sit in the front row as my fellow Cardozo Law School classmate, Arthur Shalagin, received Pathway to the Profession Awards.

I also felt honored to meet the members of the Hispanic National Bar Association, who did an amazing job empowering the Latino community and advocating for solutions on issues that affect the Latino community and, therefore, were also recipients of the award.

The experience I had was one that I will not forget. Getting to meet such amazing, interesting and innovative people and getting to improve my networking experience only made me grow professionally and personally.

-Ligia Alvarenga, LL.M. Candidate at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law