The Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA) was created to promote a better understanding of the cultures, politics, and legal institutions of the Middle East, and to encourage students connected with the region to meet and exchange views. Our membership roster hopes to include students who are American, Armenian, Iranian, Israeli, Kurdish, Arab, and Turkish. Students from all countries are warmly welcomed. MELSA's activities range from political discussion groups and lectures, to dinners and parties, to films and other cultural activities. We show films from around the region, and dine on a variety of Middle Eastern foods. No matter what the event or the issue, MELSA provides a valuable forum in which members can freely interact with one another The upcoming year promises to be exciting. MELSA looks forward to annual events, and seeks suggestions for new programs. We rely on the ideas and participation of all of our members, new and old, to plan and carry out activities.