Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Leonard Sansanowicz--Consumer Attorneys Law Student Member of the Month

Leonard Sansanowicz is a graduating 3L at Loyola Law School and has been the person most responsible for the creation of Loyola's successful Consumer Attorney Law Student Chapter.

Under his stewardship, the chapter has grown in only one semester into the largest of the five Law Student chapters organized by Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles.

Lenny has proven to be an invaluable resource for Consumer Attorneys Membership Manager Liz Hagan as she creates the Law Student program throughout Southern California.

Although he is a Senior Articles Editor on the Loyola Law Review of Los Angeles and a member of the Byrne trial advocacy team, Lenny has worked closely with Hagan to create programs and activities that have been adopted by other Law Student chapters.

"Lenny has worked so hard to develop a successful program, I don't know how he has had time for his studies," said Hagan. "Our only regret is that he is graduating and will be turning over the reins to other students next year."

Sansanowicz is a born leader with diverse interests as evidenced by the officer positions he has held in such varied student groups as the Public Interest Law Foundation, the Entertainment and Sports Law Society, La Raza and the Jewish Students Law Association.

He has externed at the District Attorneys office and the U.S. Attorneys office, where he made many appearances in state and federal court, including winning a misdemeanor bench trial in front of a U.S. Magistrate.

While in law school, Sansanowicz has participated in many pro bono activities, including assisting low-income wage earners recover lost wages, aiding welfare recipients in receiving their benefits, counseling tenants in disputes with landlords, monitoring elections for the NAACP and helping low-income earners prepare tax returns.

Because he speaks Spanish, Lenny has also participated in LAFLA's "Know Your Rights" Campaign, teaching immigrant workers about what rights they are entitled to in the workplace.

If you think Sansanowicz' activities and accomplishments describe an overachiever without a sense of humor, you would be mistaken. Prior to law school, he was a professional actor and standup comedian. Using those skills, he found time to produce the Loyola Law School Variety Show in his first year, which he has hosted for three years now, reviving a defunct tradition at the school.

The Law Student program is an important piece of Consumer Attorneys' membership mission, and because of his contributions to the program and his support of other Consumer Attorney programs, Leonard Sansanowicz is recognized as Consumer Attorneys Law Student Member of the Month.

--Stuart Zanville