Diversity Scholars – Class of 2018

Byron BaByron Baileyiley (Texas A&M) 

Byron Bailey is a rising second-year student at Texas A&M University School of Law. He is involved on campus in the Public Law Interest Fellowship, as Treasurer of the Black Law Student Association, and a Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Management from Texas Christian University (TCU). Despite a challenging childhood, Byron graduated at the top of his high school class. Byron is also involved in the community as an Education and Mentoring Co-Chair with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and as an Organizer and Representative for local elections. In his spare time, Byron serves as a mentor to youth in various organizations, and reads books on leadership, personal development, and business. Byron plans to use his law degree to become a pillar of service and an example of excellence in his community by helping small businesses and disadvantaged individuals receive the proper aide in maximizing their potential.

 

 

Liudmyla BalkeLiudmyla Balke (Santa Clara)

Liudmyla Balke is a rising second-year student at Santa Clara University School of Law where she is a Secretary for the Federalist Society, and a member of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association and International Law Student Association. She graduated with an M.A. in Linguistics and B.A. in English from Zaporizhzhya Institute of State and Municipal Management in Ukraine. She is a first-generation college graduate, fluent in Ukranian and Russian, and intermediate in German. She aspires to use her legal and language skills to represent diverse clients in the legal field. Recently she has been volunteering for Asian Law Alliance and SCU Immigration Law Society.

 

 

 

Ruby BooneRuby Boone (Texas Tech) 

Ruby Boone is a rising 2L at Texas Tech University School of Law. Ruby completed her undergraduate degree at St. Mary’s University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Criminology. She has clerked with a family law attorney, interned with her law school’s Center for Legal and Social Justice, and worked with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, Child Support Division. She  recently received a Hispanic Law Students’ Association Scholarship for being an outstanding member. Ruby also holds a position on the Texas Tech School of Law Student Pro Bono Board. As the youngest of six siblings of a single first-generation Mexican-American mother, Ruby is the first in her family to pursue higher education and graduate from college. Ruby has a passion for helping minority students see the importance of education, and aspires to use her legal education to educate others, help alleviate poverty, and influence pervasive social justice issues.

 

Sophia CarrilloSophia Carrillo (Stanford)

Sophia Carrillo is a rising 2L at Stanford Law School where she is an Associate Editor for the Stanford Law & Policy Review. Additionally, Sophia is involved with the International Refugee Assistance Project and Three-Strikes Project. She currently represents a federal prisoner on their clemency appeal under the White House Clemency Initiative and was selected as a delegate representing the United Nations Association of the United States at the United Nation’s 60th Commission on the Status of Women. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of San Diego. She has worked at the United States Department of State, United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of California, the Executive Office of the Mayor in Washington D.C., and at the United States Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs. She hopes to utilize the practical experience gained from working in the government and law school to benefit her future clients and the legal community.

 

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David Chen (Stanford)

David Chen is a rising second-year student at Stanford Law School where he is involved with the Stanford Journal of Law Business & Finance, the Veterans Legal Assistance Program, the Tax Pro Bono Project, and the Asian and Pacific Islander Law Students’ Association. He is a first-generation college student and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of California, Davis. Previously, he has worked with the University of California Office of the President in the Sexual Violence Sexual Assault Task Force Work Group. He is a first-generation Taiwanese-American and speaks Mandarin. In his free time, David enjoys cooking Asian and Latin American cuisine.

 

Michael ChoiMichael Choi (University of San Francisco)

Michael Choi is a rising second-year student at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he is a 1L Representative for the Environmental Law Society and the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. He currently serves on the Student Board of Directors for the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California, and is an active member of the Asian American Bar Association. He graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Michael is fluent in Korean. He hopes to use his undergraduate degree, legal skills, and background to enhance minority presence in the legal field, and being a PracticePro Diversity Scholar brings him one step closer to achieving this goal. Michael is an avid musician, and to alleviate the stresses of law school, he enjoys recording cover videos for YouTube.

 

Lyndsey DavisLyndsey K. Davis (John Marshall) 

Lyndsey Davis is a rising second-year student at The John Marshall Law School. She serves as an executive board member of the Fashion Law Society and The Decisive Utterance newspaper. She is also an active member of the Corporate Law Club and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Lyndsey graduated with a B.S. in Paralegal Studies from the University of Cincinnati, where she was the President and Co-Founder of the Student Paralegal Association. Prior to law school, she worked as a paralegal intern at Luxottica Retail North America. Lyndsey strives to contribute to a diverse legal profession by mentoring relationships with young women interested in a legal career.


Miranda-Dore-2Miranda Dore (American University)

Miranda Dore is a second-year evening student at American University Washington College of Law, where she received the Highest Grade Designation in her Legal Rhetoric: Research and Writing course. She completed her M.A. in Strategic Intelligence and National Security at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. and her B.S. in Political Science and Psychology cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. She was also a Classroom Research & Writing Dean’s Fellow at American University Washington College of Law, Legal Rhetoric Department, an Intern at the Law Offices of Gregory W. Gardner, PLLC, and works full-time during the day as a Project Manager with Stephen R. Bruce Law Offices. She has also been named a 2016 Akin Gump Pro Bono Scholar and will be working this summer at the firm in Washington, DC for four weeks and then at the Children’s Law Center for seven weeks. She will re-join Akin Gump during the following summer as a regular Summer Associate. She decided to pursue a career in the legal field to help and encourage minority communities to work towards achieving legal and social equality.

 

Jessica FranklinJessica R. Franklin (DePaul University) 

Jessica Franklin is a rising second-year student at DePaul University College of Law. A first-generation college graduate, Jessica earned a B.A. cum laude in Communication Studies, Journalism, and Media Studies from DePaul University. She went on to complete her M.B.A. at Robert Morris University. She has worked as a legal intern at the Chicago Legal Clinic, and as a legal assistant at O’Connor Family Law and Valorem Law Group. Jessica is passionate about fighting social issues in the African American community and hopes to advocate for African American youth and families after law school. Her favorite book as of recently is “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson. She enjoys reading crime and mystery novels and novels about black youth overcoming adversity. Aside from becoming a lawyer, Jessica aspires to be a best selling author, using her books to inspire others.

 

Candace GoldmanCandace Goldman (Arizona Summit) 

Candace Goldman is a rising second-year student at Arizona Summit Law School. She completed her undergraduate degree at Lamar University, earning a degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology. Currently, Candace is a member of the American Bar Association, Black Law Students Association, and Sports & Entertainment Law Society. She will serve as the Arizona Black Bar Liason for the 2016-2017 school year at Arizona Summit Law School. Prior to attending law school, Candace was a legal intern at the Samuel & Sons Law Firm.  Candace hopes to use her experience from previous work experiences and the legal skills she has gained in law school to be an influential attorney that inspires young lawyers. Upon completing law school, one of the hobbies Candace looks forward to continue is playing her Double Bass.

 

Gloriana GonzalezGloriana Gonzalez (University of Houston) 

Gloriana Gonzalez is a rising second-year student at University of Houston Law Center. She is a first-generation college graduate who graduated summa cum laude from Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.A. in Public Administration. Before law school, she worked as an Administrative Assistant for a Corporate Immigration company, where she learned to prepare legal and immigration documents. Her language skills include fluency in Spanish and conversational proficiency in Portuguese. Gloriana hopes to use the resources and knowledge she gains in law school to work towards creating opportunities for others who plan to pursue a career in the legal field. As a PracticePro Diversity Scholar, Gloriana plans to use the skills acquired to create meaningful connections with the legal community in the Houston area. Gloriana will be spending her first summer with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Branch of the Panama Supreme Court.

 

Celia GuzmanCelia Guzman (UC Hastings)

Celia Guzman is a first-generation American and a proud Mexican-American.  She is a rising 2L  at UC Hastings College of the Law and an active member of the UC Hastings’ community.  She is a member of La Raza Student Association, founder of UC Hastings Fitness, and the incoming External Vice President for Associated Students of UC Hastings (student government).  In her capacity as External Vice President, she is in charge of UC Hastings’ 6@6 events, which are networking and mentorship opportunities for UC Hastings’ student body.  She graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from California State University, Long Beach and spent one semester abroad at the City University of Hong Kong.  This summer, she will extern for Justice White in the United States District Court of the Northern District of California.  She has worked as an IEP Advocate at The Special Education Law Firm and as an intern for Congressman Alan Lowenthal.  Celia is fluent in Spanish and hopes to use the skills she has gained in law school and her prior work experience to advocate for others and improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations.  Celia is also an advocate for fitness and created UC Hastings Fitness as an opportunity for students to hold each other accountable in their fitness goals.  As such, she has trained and continues to train her fellow colleagues in weight lifting to help them relieve stress and attain their fitness goals.  Celia plans to use the skills she learns through PracticePro to better herself as a professional so that she may be properly equipped to mentor incoming first-year students and help future clients.

 

Ama GyimahAma Gyimah (Loyola Chicago) 

Ama Gyimah is a rising second-year student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she is pursuing a career in health law. Ama has served as a student advocate for the Health Justice Project Clinic, is a Student Ambassador, President for Women’s Law Society, and a member of the Black Law Student Association and Health Law Society. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science. While at the University of Florida, she engaged in policy advocacy aimed at improving the health of low-income individuals. She spent her summers in college engaging in missionary work in Ghana, where her parents immigrated from. As a PracticePro Diversity Scholar, Ama hopes to promote diversity in the legal profession and help uplift underrepresented communities. In her free time, Ama likes to take long runs and enjoys cheering for the New England Patriots in the NFL.

 

Juvian HernandezJuvian Hernandez (SMU Dedman) 

Juvian Hernandez is a rising second-year student at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He completed his undergraduate degree at Baylor University with a B.A. in Psychology and was Vice-President and Treasurer of the school’s Chess Society. Juvian is currently the Dallas Bar Association Representative for Dedman’s Student Bar Association, Vice-President of the SMU Toastmaster’s International, and an active member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. He chose a career in law in order to stimulate his intellect, support his family, and enable himself to solve other people’s problems. When not studying or doing work, Juvian enjoys reading about foreign affairs as well as performing improvisational comedy.

 

 

Nehal HindiNehal Hindi (Northern Illinois) 

Nehal Hindi is a rising second-year student at Northern Illinois University College of Law. She is a member of the Arab-American Bar Association, Public Law Interest Society, Juvenile Interest Law Society and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. This past year, Nehal also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Nehal graduated with a B.A. in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to law school, she worked at the Arab American Family Services, Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center,  and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant Refuges Rights. Nehal is a first-generation Palestinian-American and is fluent in Arabic. She hopes to use her law degree to empower marginalized groups.

 

Feza Kikaya_HeadshotFeza Kikaya (University of Maryland)

Feza Kikaya is a rising 2L at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law. She is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, Black Law Students Association, International Law Students Association, and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. She is also a student campus representative for Themis Bar Review. As a 1L, Feza served as a mentor with Community Law in Action, a program aimed at exposing Baltimore City high school students to the legal profession. During the spring semester, Feza competed in the 2016 Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition hosted by the National Black Law Students Association. As a first-generation Congolese-American, Feza is passionate about advocating for the rights of underrepresented populations. She is particularly interested in the impact of globalization on indigenous populations in sub-Saharan Africa, and hopes to use her legal education to empower individuals that do not have the resources or tools to fully access their rights. Prior to entering law school, Feza spent four years gaining a wide range of experiences in knowledge management, social media, and project management while working for a global health organization. As an Economics major at Spelman College, she also gained professional experience in finance and journalism. Feza hopes to use the skills she learns in law school and her previous work and personal experiences to succeed in her legal career.

 

Sara KimSara Kim (University of Chicago)

Sara Kim is a rising second-year student at the University of Chicago Law School.  Sara completed her first year of law school at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she was involved with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Public Interest Law Society.  She was a Merit Scholar and received the CALI Awards for Legal Writing and Property Law.  Sara completed her a B.A. at the University of Chicago, where she graduated with honors as a double major in English Language & Literature and Public Policy Studies.  This summer, she is working as a judicial intern for the Honorable Joan Lefkow of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.  As a PracticePro Diversity Scholar and future litigator, Sara hopes to promote the representation of Asian-American lawyers in litigation.  In her spare time, Sara enjoys taking improv classes with the Second City and the Annoyance Theatre.

 

Lucy LiuLucy Yilan Liu (UC Davis)

Lucy Yilan Liu is a rising 2L at University of California, Davis School of Law, where she is involved with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the King Hall Intellectual Property Law Association. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and was a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship Finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship in South Africa. She has worked as a legal assistant at Hudson Legal Group, PC in Michigan, and as a legal intern at De Heng Law Office in China. She hopes to use her proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, skills from law school, and prior work experience to effectively work with a diverse group of clients.

 

Eduardo MendozaEduardo Mendoza (St. Mary’s) 

Eduardo Mendoza is a rising second-year student at St. Mary’s University School of Law. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M International University, where he served as Treasurer for the university pre-law association and as a voluntary note-taker for students with disabilities. Prior to law school, Eduardo was a legal assistant at the law office of Silverio Martinez, where he drafted legal documents, observed courtroom proceedings, and interviewed clients. He was also a Congressional Intern at the Office of U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar, where he was featured under “Intern Spotlight” in the Congressional Report. At St. Mary’s, Eduardo is a member of the Hispanic Law Student Association and Phi-Delta-Phi, the international legal honors society. To Eduardo, diversity involves the collaboration of individuals with different cultures, ideologies, and values. Eduardo strongly believes this collaboration is imperative to the growth of any team. Eduardo enjoys fitness, spending time with family, and basketball (Go Spurs Go).

 

Kwame MensahKwame Mensah (University of Texas)

Kwame Mensah is a rising second-year student at The University of Texas School of Law, where he serves as the Parliamentarian on the executive board of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society and the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. Previously, Kwame worked at the University of Oklahoma Housing and Food and the University of Oklahoma Prospective Student Services. Kwame has received the African-American Student Life Stellar Collegian Award and the University of Oklahoma Student Life Outstanding Community Service Award for his extensive involvement within the Oklahoma University community as wel as his community service involvement with the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma City. With his PracticePro Diversity Scholarship, Kwame hopes to be a valuable asset for any future employer by being able to immediately hit the ground running. As a minority, Kwame believes it is important to display a high level of excellence when entering the workforce, and believes the PracticePro Diversity Scholarship Program will be paramount in molding him into a well-rounded lawyer.

 

Joseph MontgomeryJoseph Montgomery (William & Mary)

Joseph Montgomery is a rising second-year student at William and Mary Law School, where he is a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Business Law Society, and LGBT Equality Alliance. He completed his undergraduate degree in International Affairs at James Madison University. Joseph has worked as a Social Media Manager for The St. James Group, Communications Intern with Mark Warner’s campaign in Virginia, and as a Student Aide with the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Joseph is proficient in Italian and enjoys paddle-boarding in his spare time. As an attorney, Joseph hopes to share his unique experiences in order to effect meaningful change on behalf of the LGBT community.

 

Mischa MontgomeryMischa Montgomery (Thurgood Marshall) 

Mischa Montgomery is a rising second-year student at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from DeVry University. Mischa has been a Contract Paralegal for several years, where she helps develop strategies for attorneys, serves as the firm’s primary client liaison, and drafts a variety of legal documents. She is also a member of the Houston Paralegal Association and a participant in the Law Student Division of the State Bar of Texas. Mischa will be the first in her family to obtain a law degree. She hopes to promote diversity in the legal profession by honing the diverse skillset she has developed and will continue developing throughout law school and her early years of practice. In her spare time, Mischa likes to volunteer with NALEO, an organization dedicated to helping immigrants obtain U.S. citizenship.

 

Olivia MoraOlivia Mora (University of Texas) 

Olivia Mora is a rising second-year student at the University of Texas School of Law, where she is also a member of the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association. She received a B.S. in International Relations and Politics from Carnegie Mellon University. While completing her undergraduate studies, she played for the University’s varsity women’s volleyball team and volunteered for the Coalition Against Violence Program and 1000+ Days of Service. Before starting law school, Olivia was a Parliamentary Clerk at the Texas House of Representatives.  Olivia is fluent in French and conversational in Spanish. She is an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and enjoys sampling craft beers at the many breweries in Austin, Texas. Olivia hopes to bring her understanding of different cultural identities to the legal field in order to effectively represent multi-cultural clients.

 

Mallory_MG_3450 (1)Mallory Morales (Berkeley)

Mallory Morales is a rising second-year student at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she is a 1L Representative for Women of Color Collective, a member of La Raza Law Students Association, Law Raza Law Journal, and involved in the Tenants’ Rights Workshop. She is a first-generation college student who graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in Anthropology and Religion. She has worked at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the International Institute of New England, and Economic Empowerment for Women. This summer she will be externing for the Honorable William Alsup of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. As a PracticePro Diversity Scholar, Mallory sees a need to increase diversity in the legal profession, particularly in leadership positions. She looks forward to using the skills she learns in law school to become an effective litigator and advocate for others.

 

Steven MorrisSteven Morris (University of Virginia)

Steven Morris is a rising second-year student at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he is the President of the Virginia Sports Law Society and an Articles Editor of the Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal. Steven is also an active member of the Black Law Students Association. Steven completed his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Stanford University, and is a first-generation college graduate. While at Stanford, Steven became proficient in Spanish and American Sign Language. He has worked at ESPN as a Parabolic Microphone Operator and at Alston & Bird LLP as a Recruiting Assistant. This summer he will be working as a summer associate at Venable LLP in their Baltimore office. During his collegiate studies he developed his passion for photography, which he loves to do in his spare time, while traveling to different cities in the United States and countries abroad. Steven aims to utilize his experience and determination in conjunction with the skills he is learning in law school to contribute to and enrich the legal profession, while serving underrepresented communities and groups.

 

TinaNgo-1Tina Ngo (Berkeley)

Tina Ngo is a rising second-year student at University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she is also involved as a member of the Asian American Law Journal, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law. She graduated with her B.A. in Psychology & Social Welfare from U.C. Berkeley and was on the Dean’s List for a majority of her time there. She has worked as a Clinic Counselor at East Bay Workers’ Rights Clinic, an Immigration and Citizenship Volunteer at Asian Law Alliance, and a Bilingual Paralegal at the Law Offices of Phuc Dinh Do. Tina was born in Saigon, is fluent in Vietnamese, and will be the first professional in her family. She is passionate about working in social justice and hopes to use the skills she learns in her legal career to uplift her community. In her free time, she enjoys singing, playing guitar, and performing at open mics.

 

Payal LinkedInPayal Jeni Patel (Loyola Chicago) 

Payal Patel is a rising second-year student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she received the CALI Award for Legal Writing. Payal serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society, volunteered at the Loyola Law Academy and Centre for Disability and Elder Law, and is a Student Ambassador for the Loyola Law Admissions Office. She is also an Auction Chair for the Public Interest Law Society and a member of Loyola’s Transactional LawMeets Team. Payal completed her B.A. & Sc. in Psychology and Political Science at McGill University. Prior to law school, she worked as a Special Projects Coordinator for the Ontario Heritage Trust in Toronto, Canada. Payal loves taking things that are seemingly dysfunctional and applying her knowledge and experience to make them better. Through her PracticePro Diversity Scholarship, Payal hopes to gain important practical skills to help organizations develop dynamic business practices that will encourage diversity. Outside of the law, Payal is a professionally-trained classical Indian dancer and avid Toronto sports fan. She loves spending time with her family, her friends and her Netflix account.

 

Jose RicoJose Rico (UC Hastings)

José Rico is a rising second-year student at UC Hastings College of Law. José graduated from the University of California, Davis with dual degrees in Psychology and Communication. Previously, José worked for BCFS Health and Human Services, a non-profit agency contracting with the Department of Health and Human Services.  José was hired for an entry-level position and worked his way up to Program Director, where he managed the day-to-day operations of a program of approximately 50 employees and with a 3.8 million yearly operational budget.  Moreover, José serves as a FEMA incident management team reservist. His previous deployments include emergency responses in Oklahoma and Texas. For his 2L year, José will be on the UC Hastings Moot Court team. Additionally, José was voted Co-Chair of UC Hastings La Raza student association.  José enjoys lifting weights and playing volleyball in his spare time.  José is a first-generation high school graduate and fluent Spanish speaker, and with his legal education and training provided by PracticePro, he hopes to demonstrate to others whom may have not come from ideal backgrounds or circumstances that if he is capable of succeeding, they can as well.

 

Erica-5Erica Santamaria (Georgetown)

Erica Santamaria is a second-year evening student at Georgetown University Law Center. She completed her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is fluent in Spanish, a first-generation Mexican American, and is the first in her family to seek a postgraduate degree. She is a Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) associate and enjoys giving back by mentoring college students interested in law school and volunteering to speak on student panels about her personal law school experience. While pursuing her J.D., Erica works as a Senior Paralegal in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and previously worked in the Civil Division. In January, she was selected to join the 2016 Alliance of Securities and Financial Educators (ASAFE) Securities and Finance Law Seminar Series. Most recently, Erica was selected into the 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars Program and will attend the Scholars Summit in Chicago, Illinois. To Erica, being a PracticePro Diversity Scholar means equipping herself with the tools to succeed as a legal professional and being an active participant in shaping a legal industry where men and women from diverse backgrounds can have the opportunity to succeed in unprecedented ways. In her spare time, Erica enjoys playing the alto saxophone.

 

Mashal ShahMashal Shah (George Mason)

Mashal Shah is a rising second-year student at George Mason University School of Law. She completed her undergraduate degree cum laude in Government & International Relations at Georgetown University. Mashal has previously worked as a Business Development Associate with Vorsight, a Legal Assistant with Williamson Law & Policy, and Litigation Intern at Sanford Heisler, LLP. She is fluent in Pashto and Urdu, proficient in French, and is conversational in Arabic. Mashal is originally from Pakistan, but grew up on an American compound in Saudi Arabia. Mashal’s diverse background as a Pashtun-Pakistani woman in the United States and her commitment to social justice influenced her decision to pursue a career in the legal field with the hopes of increasing diversity in the legal community. In her free time, Mashal enjoys playing soccer, running, and traveling around the world. She has traveled to over 35 countries and hopes to visit more in the future!

 

SokoyaAdedamola Sokoya (Howard)

Adedamola Sokoya is a rising second-year student at Howard University School of Law, where he is involved in the LCLD Law School Mentoring Program, serves as the 1L Representative for the Student Bar Association, and a member of the Business Law Society. Adedamola is a first-generation college student and graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Howard University. He has worked as an Organizer at Field Strategies, and as a Legal and Judiciary Intern at Arlene Gordon-Oliver, P.C. He is a first-generation Nigerian-American and is fluent in Yoruba. Adedamola aspires to use the skills he gains in his legal career in conjunction with his background in economics to influence positive change in the community.

 

 

page-0Pam Sran (University of Illinois) 

Pam Sran is a rising 2L at the University of Illinois College of Law. As a 1L, she participated in the 2015 ABA Negotiation Competition, served as the Academic Chair of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and was a member of the Corporate and Business Law Association. As a 2L, Pam will serve as the Vice President of the Education Law and Policy Student Association and as a Student Representative on the Career Services Faculty Committee at the University of Illinois College of Law. Pam completed her M.S. in Education Studies from Johns Hopkins University and has a B.A. from U.C. San Diego as a dual major in Political Science and Study of Religion. She is proficient in Punjabi and conversational in Hindi. In her spare time, Pam enjoys yoga, hiking, and running. Pam believes that education is a great equalizer in an otherwise unequal playing field. Pam hopes to utilize the education and tools provided through her PracticePro Diversity Scholarship with the goal of entering the legal profession on an equal playing field. Through this experience, she hopes to one day be a champion of diversity in the legal profession.

 

Ashley VegaAshley Vega (South Texas) 

Ashley Vega is a rising second-year student at South Texas College of Law. She completed her B.A. in Political Science magna cum laude at The University of Texas San Antonio (USTA).  Ashley also received a certificate in Legal Reasoning at UTSA’s Summer Law School Preparatory Academy. She grew up in a small town of three thousand people, was one out of five in her graduating high school class to attend college, and is a first-generation college graduate. She is a member of the Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA) at South Texas College of Law and is proficient in Spanish. Ashley hopes to be an inspiration for Hispanics and other underrepresented minorities by setting a personal example of success in the legal profession. She is excited and honored to have been selected as a PracticePro Diversity Scholar because is it exposing her to information and resources she did not have growing up. Additionally, Ashley plans to utilize the skills acquired from the PracticePro Diversity Scholarship Program and law school to assist and show others from a similar background that one’s background does not determine their path for success in any profession.

 

Samantha WilsonSamantha R. Wilson (University of Chicago) 

Samantha Wilson is a rising second-year student at the University of Chicago Law School, where she will serve as Social Chair for the Black Law Students Association and President of Spring Break of Service for the upcoming year. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy. As a PracticePro Diversity Scholar, Samantha looks forward to gaining real world experience beyond the walls of the classroom, and building relationships that will provide her with a deeper understanding of the legal profession.

 

 

 


image2-wuWinnie Wu (Berkeley
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Winnie Wu is a rising second-year student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she is actively involved with the Immigration Law Clinic SLP. Additionally, Winnie is an editor on the Berkeley Business Law Journal. Winnie graduated with dual degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Legal Studies and Political Science. Before attending law school, Winnie worked as a Paralegal Specialist with the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and was the winner of the Assistant Attorney General Team Award. Moreover, Winnie worked as a Management Consultant with Accenture specializing in energy and resources. She is a first-generation high school graduate and is conversational in Cantonese. Winnie believes that diversity in the legal profession is a fundamental component in fostering inclusion and enhancing client service. With her PracticePro Diversity Scholarship, she hopes to use her unique viewpoint to her clients’ benefit. In her free time, Winnie enjoys vinyasa yoga and international travel.

 

Jay ZhangJay Zhang (UHLC) 

Jay Zhang is a rising second-year student at the University of Houston Law Center, where he is the President for the Asian Law Students Society and International Law Society. He graduated with a B.S. from McGill University as a dual major in Liberal Biology and Political Science. Prior to law school, Jay worked as an Immigration and Real Estate paralegal in New York and as a Trade Policy/Foreign Policy and Diplomatic Services Intern at the Consulate General of Canada in China. A member of the Moot Court team, Jay is also the Director for the school’s Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition.

Jay is the first member of his family to attend law school, and he is proficient in Mandarin and French. He hopes to use his diverse experiences and language skills to help underrepresented individuals navigate our complex legal system. Jay is passionate in the areas of environmental law, intellectual property law, international law, and public interest law. Outside of school, Jay enjoys engaging with the community by volunteering with the Houston Chinese Community Center. In his spare time, Jay also enjoys traveling around the world and practicing judo.

 


zhao-2Christine Zhao (Georgetown)

Christine Zhao is a rising second-year student at Georgetown University Law Center, where she is involved in the Antitrust Club, APALSA, the Women’s Legal Alliance, and the Equal Justice Foundation. Christine has worked as an ICG Operations Management Program Analyst at Citi and as an Intern/Marketing Assistant at King and Wood LLP (now KWM). She is proficient in speaking Mandarin and Shanghainese, intermediate in Spanish, and is currently learning German. Christine hopes to use her background and the skills she learns in the legal field to promote understanding of diverse culture, as well as support her family and community.

 

 

 

Beck ZuckerBeck Zucker (George Washington)

Beck Zucker is a rising 2L at The George Washington University Law School, where he is Co-President of Lambda Law, Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations for the Student Bar Association, and a drummer with the Law Revue Band. Beck graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and Political Science from The Ohio State University. He has worked as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Judge Michael H. Watson for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Head Law Clerk for Susan Wasserman at Wasserman Law Offices, and Intern for Representative Michael Stinziano of the Ohio House of Representatives. Beck hopes to improve his understanding of the law and increase visibility of transgender people in the legal field.

 

 

Zuno_ElyEly Zuno (UC Hastings)

Ely Zuno is a rising 2L at UC Hastings College of the Law and is involved in the Intellectual Property Association and La Raza Law Students Association. Ely received her B.S. degree in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. Ely has served as a Paralegal Assistant at Myers Urbatsch P.C., and as a Litigation Intern at Morrison & Foerster. She is a Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program Fellow and will be joining Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel this summer. She is also a Hispanic National Bar Association/Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Institute Scholar. Ely is fluent in Spanish. She plans to utilize the skills she gains in law school and her prior work experience to benefit the community by promoting diversity through pipeline initiatives that help individuals have access to a legal career. Ely loves to travel. Her journeys have taken her to countries in Central America and Europe.

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