Graduate Affairs for LLM and Exchange Students

OGA Staff Biographies

Barbara A. Landress

Senior Director of Graduate Affairs and Global Programs

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.

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.

Calvin Tsang

Administrative Assistant

BA (Dance), University of California, San Diego

Calvin joined the Office of Graduate Affairs in Spring of 2019. After earning a BA in dance, Calvin moved to New York City to pursue a dance and performing career. Since 2011, Calvin has performed all over NYC with companies including Naganuma Dance, Morgan Kate Creative, MMDC/Mari Meade, Beth Liebowitz and Artists, Brendan Drake Choreography, Chris Herde and Dancers, Tiny Trip, and Linked Dance Theatre. While performing and choreographing, Calvin most recently also served as the Program Director at Dancing Classrooms, a nonprofit social and emotional learning residency program for elementary and middle schools around New York City. In hopes to build upon his experience working in education and with students, Calvin is excited to join the Office of Graduate Affairs and providing support to graduate and exchange students at the Law School.