Welcome to the Middle Eastern and North African Law Students' Association


Yale Law School's Middle Eastern and North African Law Students' Association

Message from the 2022-2023 MENALSA Board

MENALSA is thrilled to welcome new 1Ls, transfer students, LLMs, and returning students to YLS.

MENALSA is an organization that represents law students of Middle Eastern and North African descent. We come from diverse backgrounds, representing various ancestries, religions, ethnicities, and identities.

We are excited to share that this year's MENALSA board and membership is the largest and most diverse yet. Our members hail from over thirteen different states and have ties to at least eleven different Middle Eastern and North African countries.

Our members have held leadership positions in all corners of the law school, including First Generation Professionals, Think Different, the Yale Law Christian Fellowship, the Yale Law Muslim Student Association, the American Constitution Society, and the Yale Animal Society. Our community members come from enriching professional backgrounds as well, working at financial services institutions, technology companies, the non-profit sector, NGOs, and consulting firms.

As the MENALSA Board for the 2022-2023 school year, we are all honored to serve such a vibrant and inspiring community at YLS. We are looking forward to an active and rewarding school year, and we can't wait for you to join us!

Dorrin Akbari

Professional Development  Chair

Alaa Hachem

Academic Chair

Danny Haidar

Community Development Chair

Melisa Olgun


Negin Shahiar

Admissions and Recruitment Chair

Aren Torikian


Saif Zihiri


E: menalsa@yale.edu

Middle Eastern and North African Law Students' Association

New Haven CT 06520
United States