Barbara A. Landress, Director
PhD, New York University
JD, Harvard Law School
BA, Yale College

Barbara Landress joined the Office of Graduate Affairs in spring 2009. Barbara came to the Law School from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where as Director of Pre-Law Programs she worked to enhance opportunities for undergraduate students interested in law and public policy, through academic initiatives, mentoring, internship, and financial support programs and to establish Hunter’s Alumni Pre-Law Advisory Board. She also served on Hunter’s Fulbright Awards committee.

Barbara served for five years as a Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice where she investigated and litigated a wide range of employment discrimination cases. Her docket included cases involving individual employees and impact cases at multi-site facilities. She received two DOJ Special Achievement Awards for Sustained Superior Performance of Duty. Immediately after Law School, Barbara served as a Law Clerk to Judge Norma L. Shapiro of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Barbara’s PhD is in Hebrew and Comparative Literature, with a focus on modern Hebrew and comparative literature. Barbara has taught Hebrew literature at NYU’s College of Arts and Science. She has translated a memoir and literary criticism from Hebrew to English, and is the author of Her Glory All Within (Academic Studies Press 2012) on Israeli and American literary feminism.

Barbara is the recipient of NYU's Distinguished Administrator Award (DAA), the highest distinction given to administrators by the University.

She enjoys working with students from around the world.

Ivanna Bilych, Associate Director
MIA, Columbia University
LLM, NYU School of Law
LLB, LLM, Kyiv Shevchenko University

Ivanna Bilych, NYU Law ILS LLM ’06,  is Associate Director of the Office of Graduate Affairs.  Ivanna has worked in private practice, and as a human rights advocate.  She co-founded a non-profit dedicated to promoting intellectual leadership in the areas of human rights, and rule of law. Most recently, she served as a law clerk to a judge on the US Federal Court of Claims. 

Ivanna has been an involved alum,  partnering with PILC to lead pro bono projects (The Crisis in Ukraine: Its Legal Dimensions (April 2014); Human Rights on Occupied Territory: the Case of Crimea (June 2015); Humanitarian Crisis and Challenges to the Rule of Law (May 2016); Theory of Non-Recognition and its Application in the 21st Century (2017); and, Human Trafficking in  Hybrid Warfare (2018)). Ivanna has testified before the United States Helsinki Commission, and worked closely on these topics with Members of the Parliament of the European Union (EU); Council of Europe, and United Nations headquarters.

Ivanna recently joined the Law School’s Graduate Lawyering faculty to teach US legal research and writing skills to LLM students.  While at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs she was on the editorial team of  its Journal of International Affairs.

Jacob Yohay, Administrative Assistant
BA (Psychology), Haverford College
Jacob joined the Office of Graduate Affairs in fall 2011. After earning a BA in psychology, Jacob worked in the book industry for ten years in postions including managing a New York City book store, and serving as sales manager for a large retail busiess selling academic and scholarly books via catalog and internet. He left the book business to live in Beijing, China where he completed a year-long course of study in Mandarin Chinese. Upon returning to the US, Jacob joined the Continuing Education Division of the School of Visual Arts here in New York City where he provided academic advice to students, evaluated new courses and organized programs for prospective students. In 2010 Jacob again spent a year in China, continuing his language studies before returning to work advising international students and providing support to graduate and exchange students at the Law School.
He enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking.