Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs)

The Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDR) program is designed to open avenues of communication between students and faculty. UDRs serve as student representatives and provide feedback to the program.

2017–2018 Representatives

Jacob Edelman ’18Jacob Edelman


Jacob Edelman '18 is a Legal Studies minor, and a double major in Politics and History. He is very excited to be joining the department as a Legal Studies UDR. Some of his hopes as a UDR include facilitating conversations among LGLS minors, strengthening the departmental community, and hosting informative and fun events for members of the Legal Studies Program. In addition to his UDR activities, Jacob will serve as the President of the Undergraduate Student Union for the 2017-2018 year.

Laura Garcia ’18


Laura GarciaLaura is a junior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Legal Studies. She is passionate about giving back to the community and works hard as a Hunger and Homelessness Coordinator to bring awareness to the prominent issues of food and housing insecurity in Middlesex County. When she is not advocating for social justice issues or contributing to the Legal Studies Program, she is welcoming new students to the Brandeis family as a Community Advisor and helping first-years find their way on campus. Laura is so thrilled to be a part of the UDR team and immensely excited to get to know you this year!

Lilly Hecht ’18Lily Hecht


Lilly is a senior majoring in English and minoring in Legal Studies. This year, in addition to her many extracurricular involvements, she is honored to be serving as Chief Justice of the Student Union Judiciary, the branch of the student government that interprets Brandeis' Constitution and By-Laws to neutrally arbitrate disputes. This past summer, she worked as a student researcher for Brandeis' Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and conducted archival research and analysis for Professor Michael Willrich. She has also worked for two semesters at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office as a Criminal Bureau intern as well as for a firm specializing in environmental law. She is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the LGLS community as a UDR and is looking forward to talking to you!

Sam Sano ’19Sam Sano


I am a sophomore (rising junior, class of '19) majoring in Politics and minoring in Legal Studies and History of Ideas. Two summers ago, I worked at Prince Lobel Tye, a Boston law firm. The summer before that, I interned in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. I am looking forward to working with everybody as a UDR for Legal Studies!