Elena  Cassinelli
Lead Ambassador

Home State

Ohio

Undergraduate Institution and Graduation Year

The University of Alabama, May 2020

Legal Interests

Corporate and Real Estate

Hobbies

I enjoy being involved in the Birmingham community through community service. I also enjoy traveling, long walks with my dogs, working out, and spending time with friends and family.

What do you think is the best thing about Cumberland School of Law?

The best thing about Cumberland is the community. Cumberland’s community is engaged and welcoming, and our faculty and staff go above and beyond to ensure that every student can achieve their goals during their time at Cumberland.

Why did you choose Cumberland School of Law?

I chose Cumberland because of the community and the opportunities to be involved. I knew that I would be encouraged and pushed to excel here. I felt that I would have the opportunity to pursue the various things that I was interested in and would be supported by the school and the people in it.

What do you most enjoy about studying law in Birmingham? What do you like to do in Birmingham?

Birmingham has a very close-knit legal community and, by studying law here, I have had the opportunity to build important connections and seek out opportunities through networking. Also, because Birmingham is quickly growing, I enjoy trying new restaurants and supporting our various sports teams in my free time.

Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities

Currently: Trial Advocacy Board, Associate Judge of Public Relations, National Negotiation Team, Traveling Member; Career Development Advisory Board (CDAB), Chair; Christian Legal Society; Women in Law; Grace House Ministries, Mentor and Junior Board Member; Reed GI Cancer Research Foundation, Junior Board Member; and Pancreatic Cancer Team Co-Chair

Previously: Student Bar Association (SBA), Secretary (2021-22) and 1L Representative (2020-21); Christian Legal Society, Treasurer (2021-22)

If you could give any advice to your pre-law school self, what would you say? 

Don’t be afraid to fail. Some of my best results have come from failing first. It’s uncomfortable and upsetting at the time, but something good will come out of it.

Also, figure out the things that you like and think about how you can use those interests in your legal career. The practice of law does not look the same for everyone, and a law degree can be used in so many ways.

What do you plan to do after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to use my J.D./M.B.A. to practice law in a business-related capacity.