As the Assistant Director for Student Programs, Andrea Irizarry Brown spends most of her day coordinating student-focused programs and making sure that the students have everything that they need to do well in law school. During finals, this includes organizing “Stress Fest” activities such as free chair massages, a coffee station and plenty of food, an idea originated by Yaasha Sabba '13 when he was still a student.
“The Law School really is a relatively small community, and we do our best to cultivate a rich, positive experience for all of the students,” said Irizarry Brown, who has been at Albany Law School for 14 years.
The Office of Student Affairs, led by Associate Dean Rosemary Queenan, oversees the law school’s pro bono and professionalism efforts, as well as its health, wellness and counseling services. Each year, Student Affairs also takes charge in organizing Orientation and Commencement.
Irizarry Brown and the Office of Student Affairs are already busily preparing for the next Commencement, to be held May 16, 2014, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
“Without fail, Commencement is the highlight of my spring semester,” said Irizarry Brown. “The students work so hard, and to see how happy they – and their families and friends – are when they graduate in May is immensely rewarding.”
Each year, Albany Law welcomes students from a wide variety of backgrounds into its community. The Office of Student Affairs strives to meet the needs of every student, offering special services for nontraditional students, students with disabilities, veterans, multicultural students, parents and students of all faiths.