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Student Ambassadors

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 Ambassadors to tell us about their experiences here at Pace Law School. Check out their answers, and feel free to contact any of our Student Ambassadors!

Briana Costa '16 (

Hometown: Mahopac, NY / Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University
Area of Law: Environmental
Interesting Fact: I play piano & sing.
Outside Interests: reading, trying new restaurants, playing piano
Favorite MovieBoondock Saints
WHY PACE: "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."

Victoria Wagnerman '16 (

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY / Undergrad: Brooklyn College
Area of Law: Disability and Special Needs
Interesting Fact: I used to work as a Disney princess for children's parties.
Outside Interests: cooking, movies, exercise, astronomy
Favorite MovieMean Girls
WHY PACE: "I chose Pace because of the welcoming community and small school environment. Pace Law offers accessibility to professors and opportunity on an individual level."


Michael Chiaramonte '16 (

Hometown: Valley Cottage, NY / Undergrad: Fairfield University
Area of Law: Criminal Prosecution
Interesting Fact: I coach youth basketball & baseball teams.
Outside Interests: sports, movies, fiction novels, cooking
Favorite MovieShawshank Redemption
WHY PACE: "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."

W. Paul Alvarez '16 (

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 Sports Teams: Yankees, Giants, Rangers
Interesting Fact: I was born in Quito, Ecuador, and moved to the United States when I was 9 years old.
WHY PACE: "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." 


Michelle Greaux '16 (

Hometown: Highland Falls, NY / Undergrad: SUNY Binghamton
Extracurriculars: Vice President Student Bar Assoc., Pace International Law Review
Outside Interests: reading, outdoors, traveling
Favorite TV ShowHow to Get Away with Murder
Interesting Fact: I was a cadet at West Point for two years.
WHY PACE: "I chose Pace Law because I loved the campus atmosphere. The campus allows the law school to foster a tight-knit community."


Samantha Hazen '17 (

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 Sports Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Syracuse Orange

WHY PACE: "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.”  

J. Justin Woods '15 (

Hometown: Lowell, MA / Undergrad: Green Mountain College
Extracurriculars: Environmental Law Society, American Constitution Society (President)
Area of Law: Environmental & Land Use, Municipal Law & Public Administration
Interesting Fact: Our second child was born the second week of law school.
Outside Interests: rugby, ice hockey, skiing, white water rafting, and seeing live music
Favorite Sports Teams: Boston teams

WHY PACE: "Pace is consistently ranked as one of the top Environmental and Public Interest Law Schools in the country. I chose Pace because it provides an ideal location to work at progressive organizations using the law in creative ways to advance political, social, environmental, and economic justice."

Brian Bendy '17 (

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
Interesting Fact: I've gone skydiving.
WHY PACE:"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."


Wil. Lopez '17 (

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 ShowGame of Thrones/Walking Dead
Interesting Fact: I'm the youngest of 8 children, and there is a 33-year difference between me and my oldest sibling.


WHY PACE:"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.  The faculty is comprised of both nationally respected legal scholars and nationally respected attorneys with decades of practice experience.  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."

Belino Voshtina '17 (

Hometown: Waterbury, CT / Undergrad: Southern Connecticut State University
Area of Law: Criminal, Business
Outside Interests: soccer, poker, grilling, music
Favorite Team: A.C. Milan
Interesting Fact: I moved here from Albania at age 6 and am still proficient in reading, speaking, and writing the language.


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


Briana Alongi '17 (

Hometown: Pleasant Valley, NY / Undergrad: Marist College
Area of Law: Wills, Trusts, & Estates
Outside Interests: traveling
Favorite Movie: Chasing Mavericks
Interesting Fact: My dad taught me to box at the age of 5.

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


Dr. Gloria Mejia-Repp  '17 (

Hometown: Bedford Hills, NY / Undergrad: National University of San Marcos (Lima, Peru)
Outside Interests: reading, watching movies, long walks
Favorite Team: NY Giants
Interesting Fact: I was a plastic surgeon in Peru before coming to the U.S. 

WHY PACE: "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."


Justin Grant  '17 (

Hometown: White Plains, NY / Undergrad: Pace University 
Area of Law: International, Environmental
Outside Interests: golf, snowboarding 
Favorite Movies: My Cousin VinnyLucky Number Slevin, The Count of Monte Cristo

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


Emily Bendana '18 (

Hometown: Teaneck, NJ / Undergrad: Boston College
Area of Law: Immigration, Criminal Defense
Outside Interests: documentaries, music, hiking
Favorite TV Shows: Orange Is the New Black, Law & Order: SVU
Interesting Fact: I'm a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

WHY PACE: "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."