Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA)

The Middle Eastern Law Student Association is a source for Middle Eastern Law students to connect with each other and share their traditions, cultures, and values with the Law School. MELSA seeks to connect students (of Middle Eastern origin or who are interested in the Middle East in general) to resources, career opportunities, and professionals in the legal field. 

Mission Statement

Middle Eastern Law Student Association LogoMELSA focuses on the needs and goals of students of the Middle Eastern community at UConn Law. MELSA is committed to fostering and encouraging professional excellence among The Middle East attorneys and focusing on their relationships with the legal system. MELSA works to instill greater awareness of the role of students as future advocates and leaders in the Middle Eastern community. Members hold cultural events including Middle Eastern film screenings, Eid celebrations, promote networking and career opportunities among Middle Eastern attorneys in the community, and participate in events with other various minority and ethnic groups both on and off-campus to promote cultural awareness and ethnic fraternity with the legal profession. Membership is open to all students and all are encouraged to attend meetings and events.

Officers 2020-2021

President: Saman Azimi
Vice President: Sarah Cherfan
Treasurer: Nate Fox

Officers 2019-2020

President: Maryam Bitar 
Vice President: Adam Antar
Secretary: Mark Boulas 
Treasurer: Rony Chamoun

Faculty Advisor: Professor Jamelia Morgan

Officers 2018-2019

Co-Presidents: Ramy Ismail, Maryam Bitar 
Vice President: Zeynep Sasmazel 
Secretary: Zeynep Aydogan 
Treasurer: Omar Harbi 
Outreach Chair: Adam Antar