Diversity Scholars – Class of 2019

Fordham HeadshotAbdul Hafiz, Fordham University School of Law

Abdul M. Hafiz is a rising 2L at Fordham University School of Law. Abdul was born and raised in Staten Island, New York and is the son of Ghanaian immigrants. Since an early age, Abdul developed a passion for giving back to his underprivileged community of Park Hill. He has worked on community cleanups, legislative issues, grant writing, and served on executive youth boards. At Fordham, Abdul is an active member of the Black Law Students Association and the Muslim Law Students Association.
Abdul graduated from Northeastern University as a Torch Scholar with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and Political Science. While at Northeastern, Abdul was elected to the Grand Board of Directors of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, and also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Achievement Academy. As a PracticePro Diversity Scholar, Abdul hopes to promote diversity in the legal profession and inspire underrepresented youth to maximize their full potential.

 

Ariana HernandesAriana Hernandes, UC Davis School of Law

Ariana Hernandes is a rising second-year student at the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she is involved with La Raza Law student association and the Business Law Journal. Ariana graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in Spanish Literature and Legal Studies. Prior to law school, Ariana was a volunteer coordinator at Centro Legal de La Raza and a litigation assistant at a personal injury firm. Ariana is a first-generation student and a fluent Spanish speaker. As an attorney, Ariana hopes to promote diversity in the legal profession and encourage first-generation students to pursue a legal career.

 

DSC_8281Bacilio Mendez II, Golden Gate University School of Law

Bacilio Mendez II is a rising second-year student at the Golden Gate University (GGU) School of Law and the Edward S. Ageno School of Business where he is pursuing a joint JD/MBA as part of the GGU Honors Lawyering Program. Bacilio earned his Bachelor of Arts in Modern Dance from Oberlin College and his Master of Science from Pratt Institute’s School of Library and Information Science. In addition to being a GGU Law Student Ambassador, Bacilio serves on the board of Folsom Street Events and the National AIDS Memorial Grove. In his spare time, Bacilio also plays rugby for the San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club and is a union actor with both the Actors’ Equity Association (stage) and the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (film/tv/radio). In the past, Bacilio has served as a National Lawyers Guild (NLG) W. Haywood Burns Memorial Fellow for Social and Economic Justice, the 2013 NLG Legal Worker of the Year, a LeGaL – LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York Law & Technology Fellow, and a Nathan R. Sobel Law Library Fellow for the Kings County (Brooklyn) Supreme Court. He is very proud to have been welcomed into the PracticePro Diversity Scholar family and looks forward to helping the face of the legal profession more closely resemble the face of the electorate.

 

Billie SIUBillie Saunders, Southern Illinois University School of Law

Billie Saunders is a rising second-year student at Southern Illinois University School of Law. She is involved with Women’s Law Forum, Women of Diversity, Hispanic Law Student Association, Street Law, Phi Delta Pi, Military Law Society, and the Parents as Law Students on campus groups. Despite being a non-traditional student with numerous other responsibilities, Billie received her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies from Bowling Green State University with a solid GPA. She spends her free time studying, working on the various service projects and fundraisers of the student groups, and volunteering as a tutor with the Boys and Girls Club. Billie plans to use her law degree to become a voice for those who cannot clearly see their purpose, direction, or future. I want to prevent the pigeon holes we are so often left in.

 

BINQUAN ZHUANGBinquan Zhuang, Stanford Law School

BinQuan Zhuang is a rising 2L at Stanford Law School where he is involved with the Stanford Technology Law Review, the Tax Pro Bono Project, the Stanford Intellectual Property Association, and the Asian and Pacific Islander Law Students Association.

Bin is a first-generation college student and graduated with a BS in Biotechnology from Peking University, China. After moving to the United States by himself, he studied at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and obtained a PhD in Neuroscience. Then, as a recipient of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Individual Research Grant, he investigated the future cures of spinal cord injuries at the California Institute of Technology.

Previously, Bin worked at Nixon Peabody LLP as a patent agent. There, he advised clients on patent strategies, prosecuted patent applications, conducted IP due diligence in M&A transactions, and performed freedom-to-operate and infringement analysis. Also, leveraging his international background, he assisted foreign clients in corporate transactions and contract negotiations. During his time at Stanford, Bin hopes to further his legal skills in areas such as IP litigation and corporate transactions. Eventually, he wishes to become a trusted counsel for technology companies in corporate law as well as IP law.

 

brittaBritta Johnson, University of Illinois College of Law

Britta Johnson is a rising second-year student at the University of Illinois, College of law. Britta obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies with a concentration in human rights from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she graduated with high distinction due to her project on systemic racism of her hometown, Peoria, IL. She changed from a Mathematics major after a summer teaching English with Tibetan monks at H.H. Dalai Lama’s Temple. She later went on to study sexism and racism in various political regimes such as the West Bank of Israel, Guatemala, and Ecuador. As a first-generation graduate student, Britta wishes to use the PracticePro Diversity Scholar program to learn how to apply her global knowledge in human rights with her legal education to help people in her community facing sexism and racism in Peoria.

 

Brittany Lok HeadshotBrittany Lok, University of Houston Law Center

Brittany Lok is a rising 2L at the University of Houston Law Center. She currently serves as a student representative for the Asian Law Student Association (ALSA) and is a member of the Student Bar Association. Brittany graduated with honors from the University of North Texas, earning her B.A. in anthropology and a minor in both chemistry and biology. During her undergraduate career, she held multiple leadership positions such as Panhellenic President and Vice-President of Dance Relations for Eaglethon (Dance Marathon). In addition, Brittany was a Rising Leaders Fellow through Teach for America and formed a free workshop program, called Creative Craniums, for elementary students. Through different personal and volunteer experiences, Brittany has a fostered an unwavering passion for health care, education, and child welfare. Brittany is excited to participate in the PracticePro Diversity Program and is eager to contribute to promoting diversity and inclusion within the legal community.

 

HeadshotCarina Tenaglia, George Washington University Law School

Carina Tenaglia is a rising 2L Presidential Scholar at The George Washington University Law School, where she is an active member of the Government Contracts Student Association, Anti-Corruption and Compliance Association, and Corporate Business Law Society. Carina is also a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board anda BARBRI Representative. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and International Affairs. She will be working at the Department of Commerce this summer, and has formerly interned for the Florida Office of the Attorney General and the Department of State. Carina is a first-generation immigrant who speaks conversational Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish, and hopes to work on projects regarding Latin America in the future. In her free time, she enjoys painting, swimming, and trying new food. Carina hopes to transfer the knowledge and skills she acquires from the PracticePro Diversity Program and apply them to her future diversity efforts in law school, and in her professional capacity.

 

catherine KimCatherine Kim, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Catherine Kim is a rising 2L at Chicago-Kent College of Law where she aims to pursue a legal career in corporate and real estate law. To better serve the student body and forge meaningful relationships with students and alumni, she serves on the mentorship committee for Chicago-Kent’s Society of Women in Law. She is also a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), Corporate Law Society, Real Estate Land Use Society, and Tax Law Society. Prior to law school, she taught English as a second language to primary students in South Korea. She then moved back to the United States to follow her passion for languages. She worked at a translation company where she proofread Korean patents that were translated into English. She is a second-generation Korean American who is proficient in Korean. Catherine graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice from University of Richmond.

 

Daniel WeiDaniel Wei, Emory University School of Law

Daniel Wei is a rising 2L at Emory University School of Law where he is enrolled in the transactional certificate program. He will be serving in the upcoming 2017-2018 year as the VP of Academics for the Asian American Law Students Association as well as the 2L Representative for the Student Bar Association. Also, he is a student ambassador for the Office of Admissions. Daniel graduated from the University of Rochester with a double major in Business and Economics. He is a first-generation Asian-Canadian with fluency in Mandarin Chinese and is a current Chartered Financial Analyst Level 2 candidate. Through the PracticePro Diversity Scholarship Program, Daniel is excited to get the opportunity to network and receive valuable mentorship from practicing attorneys and hopes to give back to the program and future law students.

 

David SandovalDavid Sandoval, Loyola Law School

David Sandoval is a rising second-year student at Loyola Law School (LLS), where he serves as Section Representative of the Public Interest Law Foundation, the American Civil Liberty Union Club of LLS, and the Immigration Law Society of LLS. A first-generation college student, he graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. During his senior year of college, David interned at the County of Santa Barbra District Attorney’s Office as an Investigative Assistant Intern. David strives to use his legal degree to assist underrepresented communities and blue-collar workers. He will spend this upcoming summer interning at a northern California non-profit organization that provides legal services meant to empower the less fortunate and defeat poverty. David believes that everyone, regardless of race or income, deserves quality legal assistance. As a PracticePro Diversity Scholar, David will use the tools at his disposal to become the best attorney he can be for his future clientele.

 

Deanna Rafla-YuanDeanna Rafla Yuan, USC Gould School of Law

Deanna Rafla-Yuan is a rising 2L at USC Gould School of Law where she is involved in the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Women’s Law Association, and the First-Generation Professionals group. Deanna completed her undergraduate studies at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a double major in Global Studies and Environmental Studies. Deanna was a leader and co-founder of UCLA’s first Mixed Student Union where she brought together and represented students of mixed race and mixed heritage to raise awareness about cultural and societal issues that such students face. Deanna is a first-generation Egyptian-Chinese American. Deanna has lived, studied, volunteered, and worked abroad and she hopes to use her experience to work in international law. When not studying, Deanna spends her time swimming or playing volleyball at the beach. Deanna will be spending her first summer externing for the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington DC.

 

Page 10_Diana Campbell copyDiana Campbell, UC Hastings College of Law

Diana Campbell is a rising 2L at UC Hastings. She is currently a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and is a 1L Representative for both Ms. JD and the Hastings Health Law Organization. She was also elected to be a 2L Representative for the Associated Students of UC Hastings, the elected student government of UC Hastings. Diana graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Global Studies. While at UCLA, she interned with the LA County Bar Association and UCLA’s Sports Medicine Internship Program. Diana worked as a corporate paralegal at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati before attending UC Hastings. She hopes to use her PracticePro Diversity Scholarship to help inspire and mentor other young diverse women interested in law.

 

Page 10_Enrica Martey copyEnrica Martey, Texas A&M University

Enrica Martey is a rising second-year student at Texas A&M University School of Law. She is involved in the Black Law Student Association and Criminal Law Society. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a B.A. in Communications and a concentration in Public Relations. She has been involved in mentorship programs with local elementary schools since high school and continues to participate in community volunteer activities. She plans to dedicate her legal career to servicing underrepresented communities and individuals while helping promote diversity within the legal field. As a PracticePro Diversity Scholar, she hopes to gain valuable skills to become a well-rounded attorney.

 

0M2A8100Ernan Kiselica, UC Berkeley School of Law

Ernan Kiselica is a rising second-year student at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he is an Associate Editor of the Berkeley Business Law Journal and Member of the First-Generation Professionals group. He is a first-generation American who graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Justice Studies. He has worked in the criminal justice system for several years before receiving his M.A. from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in Austria. While in Vienna, Ernan worked on criminal justice reform at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and on human rights reform at the Ludwig Bolztmann Institute of Human Rights. This summer he will be joining Perkins Coie as a Diversity Fellow. Ernan hopes to increase diversity in the legal profession and looks forward to becoming an effective litigator and devoted advocate for his clients.

 

IMG_1711Fallon Griffin, UC Berkeley School of Law

Fallon Griffin is a rising 2L at Berkeley Law where she is a member of Law Students of African Descent and Christians at Boalt. She is a first-generation college graduate. In 2011, Fallon graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Philosophy at the age of nineteen. Since graduating from Berkeley, Fallon has worked at several law firms, including Fenwick & West LLP and Jones Day. At a young age, she developed a passion for serving others and engaging with her community. As an attorney, Fallon will continue to embody those values that are the foundation of who she is today. She plans to pursue big law, while maintaining a thriving pro bono practice. Fallon also plans to hold board positions for organizations that promote diversity in the legal profession, and serve as a mentor for students of color. In her free time, Fallon enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, crafting and reading.

 

Iris Chiu - HeadshotIris Chiu, Santa Clara University School of Law

Iris Chiu is a rising second-year student at Santa Clara University School of Law with an interest in civil litigation and intellectual property. She received a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Asian American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently in the Social Committee of Student Bar Association, and a 1L Representative of Student Bar Association, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and Privacy Law Student Organization. She is also a member of Women & Law and Student Intellectual Property Law Association. She is currently volunteering at Asian Law Alliance. Iris is the co-President of Asian Pacific American Law Student Association for the academic year 2017-2018 and has a judicial externship with Hon. Nathan D. Mihara in the Sixth District of the California Courts of Appeal this summer.

 

IMG_2764Jacqueline Del Villar, University of Houston Law Center

Jacqueline Del Villar is a rising second-year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She is a first-generation graduate  from The University of Texas at El Paso where she graduated with a B.A. in English Literature. Before law school, she worked in Houston for four years as a high school English teacher. Concurrently, she worked for the non-profit group Writers in the Schools where she piloted a program which partnered video game creation and creative writing with children from the Boys & Girls Club, The Fifth Ward Enrichment Center, and the YMCA at Pershing Middle School. Her language skills include fluency in Spanish and English. Jacqueline hopes to use the resources and knowledge she gains in law school to work towards creating a successful law career to serve as an example to her former students and for others who plan to pursue a career in the legal field. As a PracticePro Diversity Scholar, Jacqueline plans to use the skills acquired to create meaningful connections with the legal community in the Houston area. Jacqueline will be spending her first summer as an intern with District Judge Al Bennett in the Southern District of Texas then interning with the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City.

 

32748138223_4b063ccee3_zJihad Komis, George Washington University School of Law

Jihad Komis is a rising second-year student at the George Washington (GW) University School of Law. He currently serves as an Associate Judge on the Student Bar Association Supreme Court and is on the executive board for the GW branch of the Equal Justice Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and International Studies from the University of Michigan and is an avid Wolverines fan. Jihad comes from a family of immigrants and is proficient in Arabic and Spanish. Jihad is a first-generation college student and worked with the American Bar Association Racial Justice Improvement Program for a few years to help address inequities in the justice system across the country. Jihad hopes to utilize his legal education to continue to promote social justice issues and work to create a fairer and more efficient system of justice. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, going for a swim, and competing in trivia competitions with his friends. This summer, Jihad will be interning at the Department of Justice.

 

JLA HeadshotJonathan Allen, Boston University School of Law

Jonathan L. Allen is a rising second-year student at Boston University School of Law. He is an advocate for racial justice and equality, with a special interest in entrepreneurship and public service. Prior to law school, Jonathan worked at the United States Congress, serving as a legislative policy intern for Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL). Jonathan holds a Master of Theological Studies from Southern Methodist University | Perkins School of Theology. His areas of interest are political and liberation theologies, which inspired his final thesis: The Political Spiritualities of Young Activists of Faith in Post-Civil Rights America and Post-Apartheid South Africa. He has held countless leadership positions including Student Body President of Grambling State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing. During college, Jonathan advised the offices of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health on initiatives to establish 100% Tobacco-Free policies on college campuses across the nation. Jonathan is the founder and CEO of Dream Again Empire, a consulting business that offers leadership trainings to student organizations and small businesses. He has spoken at numerous conferences and facilitated  workshops on professionalism, leadership, diversity, and community engagement. Jonathan is originally from Texas.

 

Skipper ProfileKatherine Skipper, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Katherine Skipper is a rising 2L at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. At Northwestern, Katherine participates in the Women’s Leadership Coalition’s External Mentorship Program, Latino Law Students Association, and the Federalist Society. This summer, she will be clerking for the State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago. Prior to law school, she worked for the French Ministry of Education and later for the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Katherine is a graduate of Harvard College.

 

Page 11_Kaylan ThackerKaylan Thacker, TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Kaylan Thacker is currently a JD/MBA Candidate at Texas Southern University expecting to graduate in 2019 from Jesse H. Jones School of Business and Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Kaylan grew up in Alto, a small rural Texas town. After graduating from high school, she moved to Houston and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The University of Houston in 2013. She aspires to practice in-house corporate law and eventually become an executive within the corporation. She is passionate about justice, children, and community building.

 

GMUCHIKelly Yin, University of Chicago Law School

Kelly Yin is a rising 2L at The University of Chicago Law School where she is a 1L representative for the Law Women’s Caucus, Human Rights Law Society, The Domestic and Sexual Violence Project, and Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. This summer, she will be an extern for Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court. She is a first-generation college student and graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles. Previously, Kelly worked as a Graduate Fellow under JusticeCorps, an AmeriCorps program aimed at providing services for pro per litigants involved in housing and family law. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys cooking, reading, and sampling stouts and porters.

 

Kevin Shin_HeadshotKevin Shin, Georgetown University Law Center

Kevin is a rising second-year law student at Georgetown University Law Center where he is involved with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (“APALSA”) as a Social Chair and the International Law Society as a 1L Representative. Prior to law school, Kevin worked at a major public accounting firm in Chicago for three years advising multinational companies comply with the rules and regulations governing their intercompany transactions. Kevin graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in Economics and Psychology, with a minor in Business. As an immigrant himself, Kevin aspires to help enhance and promote diversity within the legal industry.

 

IMG_20160902_102720Manda Brefo, William & Mary Law School

Manda Brefo is a rising 2L at William & Mary Law School where she is an active member of the Immigration Law and Service Society and the Black Law Student Association. Outside of school, she is a young professional board member of Tarkwa Breman Community Alliance, an organization using a model of agriculture and community involvement to sustain a school and hospital in rural Ghana. Manda is a first-generation Ghanaian-American. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science from the University of Rochester. After undergrad, she worked as an AmeriCorps Vista for Big Brothers Big Sisters for a summer and worked at the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division for about two years. Manda hopes to use her work experience and law school to benefit her future clients. Furthermore, she hopes to mentor diverse students interested in the legal field.

 

Marissa BoulangerMarissa Boulanger, SMU Dedman School of Law

Marissa Boulanger is a rising second-year student at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She is an active member and 1L Representative for the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association as well as a representative for Barbri. Marissa graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Asian Languages and Literature. She has a passion for diversity issues, especially those concerning multi-racial and mixed heritage individuals, and believes the legal community should be committed to creating inclusive environments where diverse perspectives are not simply tolerated but appreciated. Through her PracticePro diversity scholarship, Marissa hopes to strengthen her networking skills and connect with other legal minds committed to diversity.

 

Editted HeadshotMichelle Sosa-Acosta, UC Berkeley School of Law

Michelle Sosa-Acosta is a rising second-year student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She is a member of Queer Caucus, First Generation Professionals, La Raza Law Students Association, La Raza Law Journal, and involved in the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project. She is fluent in Spanish and the first in her family to pursue both a college and graduate degree. Michelle completed her B.A. at the University of Redlands, where she graduated magna cum laude as a double major in Public Policy and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Most recently, she was selected into the 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholars Program and will be working with the civil appellate litigation firm Horvitz & Levy. In her path to becoming a vigorous litigator, Michelle seeks to help bridge the gap between the Latina/o community and the legal profession.

 

Business photo - colorMmeli Obi, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Mmeli Obi is a rising second-year student at Loyola University School of Law. She graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.S. in Sociology and Statistical Analysis and Research. She interned at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and obtained several years of professional work experience before returning to school to pursue her legal career. She is a member of the American Bar Association and was awarded a judicial clerkship this summer through the Business Law Division. She is also a member of the Black Women Lawyers Association. Mmeli is passionate about fighting for justice and equal opportunity. She enjoys the corporate work environment and will seek opportunities to be involved in pro bono work. She enjoys jazz music, theater, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

 

Natalia MarteNatalia Marte, University at Buffalo School of Law

Natalia Marte is a rising second-year student at the University at Buffalo School of Law and an active member of the UB Law and Buffalo community. She is a member of the Black Law Student Association, Latin American Law Student Association, Buffalo Human Rights Center, Student Bar Association, and the Buffalo Public Interest Law Program. In addition, she is the Co-founder and Vice-President of the Intersectional Activism Alliance and the UB Student Chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild. Before entering law school, she worked as the Assistant Director of the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program (RHB) housed in the Latino/a and Latin American Studies Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The RHB Program is focused on bridging the gap of underrepresented communities in the legal profession by providing law school simulated courses, LSAT prep courses, one on one advising, and other programs geared to the academic success and pipeline of these communities into law school. Natalia graduated from Roger Williams University with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and has a Masters in Arts in Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

This summer, Natalia will be an intern with the American Civil Liberties Union of Puerto Rico working on their End Mass Incarceration Campaign Project. She hopes to use her law degree to advocate for the rights of marginalized communities whether that is through criminal defense work or human rights work. As a PracticePro Diversity Scholar, Natalia seeks to promote diversity in the legal profession, mentor underrepresented law students, and learn the skills necessary to maintain an effective network.

 

Nneka AdibeNneka Adibe, University of Maryland School of Law

Nneka Adibe is a rising second-year student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she is a Health Law Certificate Candidate. She is a member of the Black Law Students Association, Business Law Society, and Student Health Law Organization. She graduated cum laude and completed her B.A. in Sociology, B.S. in Psychology, and minor in Communications at the University of Georgia. Nneka hopes to utilize her diverse and legal background to help encourage a legal culture conducive to the success of diverse individuals and be an advocate for others.

 

NcubePrecious HeadshotPrecious Ncube, UC Davis School of Law

Precious Ncube is a rising second-year student at the University of California, Davis School of Law. Precious is currently a member of the Black Law Students Association, King Hall Lambda Law Students Association, and UCD Business Law Journal. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley where she designed her studies around the economic and political development of the third world. During college, she was a language consultant, tutored various courses, played intercollegiate tennis, and led the African Students Association. When not reading the law, Precious enjoys learning about pre-colonial African history, playing the Mbira, and following geoeconomics and geopolitics.

 

pmosqueda-mediumPriscila Mosqueda, University of Texas School School of Law

Priscila Mosqueda is a rising second-year student at the University of Texas Schol of Law. Pricila grew up in San Antonio before moving to Austin to attend the University of Texas. After graduating with a degree in journalism with high honors, she worked as a reporter covering energy and the environment, immigration, labor, crime and various other topics around Texas. While working on a story about environmental justice involving a civil rights complaint against a state agency, Priscila decided she wanted to do more than write about injustice—she wanted to do her part to help those suffering injustices. She applied to the University of Texas School of Law and is a proud member of the class of 2019 and the Presidential Scholarship recipient. Priscila interns for Texas Law’s Center for Women in Law and is an active member of Women’s Law Caucus and Chicago/Hispanic Law Students Association.

 

Priyank PhotoPriyank Patel, UC Hastings College of the Law

Priyank Patel is currently a rising 2L at UC Hastings College of the Law. He graduated from the University of California, UCLA with highest honors with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology. Prior to law school, Priyank worked in legal operations for several law firms, Apple, and Google. He was also a Fraud Analyst for the San Francisco 49rs, and writes grants, and lobbies for funds for natural area restoration projects. Priyank is motivated to use his background in science and experience working for high tech companies to study Intellectual Property law. He has 5+ years of experience in intellectual property, contracts, litigation, data analysis, brand protection, and workflow enhancement.

 

HeadshotQuenDesmond Kellum, Howard University School of Law

QuenDesmond Kellum is a rising second-year student at Howard University School of Law. He is involved on campus in the Business Law Society, Langston Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, Howard Public Interest Law Society, and the Howard University School of Law Gospel Choir. He Received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Tuskegee University. Though growing up in an under-privileged neighborhood, QuenDesmond graduated with honors from his high school. QuenDesmond is also involved in the community as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and as a mentor in Alpha Elites Organization. QuenDesmond plans to use his law degree to become a community leader by helping the youth and future leaders receive proper education and leadership skills.

 

Roberto's headshotRoberto Rodriguez-Orozco, University of California, Los Angeles

Roberto Rodriguez-Orozco is a rising second-year law student at UCLA School of Law, where he currently serves as the 1L Representative of La Raza Student Association. He is interested in providing legal counsel in the areas of technology, employment, and education.

Roberto is a first-generation Mexican-American who was born and raised in Indio, California. He graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Chicana/o Studies. Roberto found an interest in law when he saw the need of a role model and legal assistance in the Coachella Valley when he interned for Congressman Raul Ruiz and Assemblymember Manuel Perez. During his time as an undergraduate, he was an active member and participant in the UCLA Law Fellows Program, MECHA de UCLA, and IDEAS de UCLA. He was also a California Bar Foundation scholar and Microsoft scholar. After graduation, Roberto worked as an Outreach Specialist at College of the Desert where he helped hundreds of first generation high school seniors enroll in college. Roberto hopes to use his previous work experiences and the legal skills he is gaining in law school to be an influential attorney that inspires young lawyers.

 

Kato_HeadshotSakura Kato, Stanford Law School

Sakura Kato is a rising 2L at Stanford Law School. Sakura is a member of Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association and participates in naturalization and immigration pro bono matters. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in History from the University of Southern California. Prior to law school, she worked with various Asian American non-profit organizations including the Japanese American National Museum and Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance. She hopes that her identity as a 1.5-generation Asian American can lend sensitivity and commitment for immigrant rights advocacy.

 

Page 10_Sarah KimSarah Kim, South Texas College of Law

Sarah Kim is a rising second-year student at South Texas College of Law. She is a Fred Parks Scholarship recipient, 68th Annual Oil & Gas Conference scholarship recipient, 29th Annual International Law Institute Scholarship recipient, and was accepted into the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program (JIOP). She has worked at several Houston law firms such as Olsen & Olsen, Thomas J. Henry Law, The Weaver Law Firm, Abraham Watkins, and most recently Gregg and Valby.

Sarah graduated cum laude from University of Houston Honors College with a degree in political science and Phronesis honors minor. She won the Senior 27 award as one of twenty-seven in her graduating class to be recognized for her overall undergraduate performance. Her freshman year, she founded a nonprofit organization and subsequently was one of ten in the nation to win a scholarship for bringing free music lessons to underprivileged students. During her undergraduate studies, she also sought to understand Houston’s greatest struggles and began working as a research and teaching assistant under Dr. Larry Hill at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social work. She published an article in the Houston Chronicle for examining low-income neighborhoods fuel area’s healthcare enrollment and was a member of an award-winning student newspaper board.

 

Shana MarksShana Marks, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Shana Marks is a rising 2L at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ohio State, with a specialization in Marketing and a minor in Women’s Studies. She is a 1L Clerk on the Moot Court Governing Board, the secretary of Beyond the Law, a trained mediator in the Truancy Mediation Project, and a member of the Business Law Society. This summer, Shana will work as a summer associate at Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter in Columbus, OH. She is a fourth-generation Buckeye and loves all things Ohio State. In her free time, Shana likes to travel internationally and play soccer.

 

Prabhu_Headshot copyShruthi Prabhu, University of Virginia School of Law

Shruthi Prabhu is a rising second-year student at the University of Virginia School of Law. She is involved with several organizations, including Virginia Law Women, UVA Law Women of Color, the National Trial Advocacy Team, the Intramural Ultimate Frisbee team, and serving as the 1L Representative for the South Asian Law Students Association and the Student Life Admissions Panel. She graduated with a B.A. in Plan II Honors and a double minor in microbiology and government from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an immigrant from India and the first in her family to attend law school. In addition, Shruthi is fluent in Tamil, proficient in French, and learning Korean and Hindi. She plans to use her law education to work in a firm setting and become highly involved in their pro bono program, helping especially in the field of immigration.

 

Sophia HeadshotSophia Cai, Stanford Law School

Sophia Cai is a rising 2L at Stanford Law School. She is a member editor for the Stanford Technology Law Review; a volunteer with the Immigration Pro Bono, which helps provide direct services at the Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto; and a board member of the Asian and Pacific Islander Law Students Association. She graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in Neuroscience. Before returning to law school, she worked in science journalism in Washington, D.C., where she edited articles for a chemistry magazine, contributed to podcasts, and hosted science videos. She hopes to use her science background to better serve the public in her legal career. This summer, she’ll be interning with the Enforcement Section of the United States Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division.

 

Stella Oyalabu Photo copyStella Oyalabu, Boston University School of Law

Stella Oyalabu is a rising second-year student at Boston University School of Law, where she is the Co-President of the Black Law Student Association. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Amherst College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in both Black Studies and Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought. During her time at Amherst, Stella studied abroad in South Africa where she developed a passion and desire to practice law internationally. As a first-generation Nigerian-American, Stella desires to foster better interactions and relationships between nations and foreign businesses. Stella aspires to use the skills she learns in her legal career to impact communities and businesses within the United States and internationally.

 

Tristin BrownTristin Brown, Georgetown University Law Center

Tristin Brown is a rising 2L at Georgetown University Law Center. She completed her B.S. in Public Relations summa cum laude at Florida A&M University (FAMU). While at FAMU, Tristin was named the 2014-2015 Public Relations Student of the Year. During her tenure at FAMU, Tristin became well known as “DJ Tris B”, a radio personality on WANM 90.5 FM, who interviewed celebrities, locals, and alumni. In addition to broadcasting live weekly, Tristin was also the weather anchor for FAMU TV-20, a Presidential Ambassador, and an associate for the student-run PR firm, Prodigy. She has interned for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and two U.S. senators. At Georgetown, she is currently a Student Ambassador, Public Interest Fellow, and active within the Black Law Students Association. She plans to use her prior work experience as well as skills she acquires in law school to promote fairness and equality within our electoral system and campaign finance reform.

 

DHS3 copyWesley Nash, TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Wesley Nash is a rising second-year student at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Wesley graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Government with a minor in African & African Diaspora Studies in 2015. For almost two years during his undergraduate years, he managed the South African American Brotherhood, the largest organization of Black men at the University of Texas at Austin. Wesley was named the African American Male President of the Year and the Kuhn Intellectual Entrepreneur Scholar. Wesley hopes to one day be a monumental advocate for the community and his future clients.

 

Page 8_Wevine Fidelis copyWevine Fidelis, University of San Francisco School of Law

Wevine Fidelis is a rising second-year student at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she participates in the Technology, Entrepreneurship, Start-up Law Association, serves as a 1L representative for the Labor and Employment Law Association and is a USF Law Student Liaison for Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California. Wevine is a first generation Nigerian- American and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Medical Anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before law school, she worked for two nonprofit organizations, Year Up and BUILD, as well as a tech-startup before starting law school. She hopes to use her law degree to help individuals with similar backgrounds to navigate systems that they may perceive as foreign, from the professional workplace to courtroom.

 

Whitney WilliamsWhitney Williams, American University Washington College of Law

Whitney Williams is a rising second-year evening student at American University, Washington College of Law. Whitney serves on the American University Washington College of Law Student Bar Association Executive Committee and Senate. She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and the Black Law Student’s Association.

During the day, Whitney works to provide postgraduate legal fellowships to public interest lawyers committed to removing employment and economic barriers for individuals seeking re-entry to the job market, and victims of disasters. She received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology (AA) from Blinn College; and Sociology (BA) with a minor in Values, Law, and Policy from University of Houston. Whitney maintains an active academic and extracurricular schedule while raising her five-year-old daughter, Gabrielle. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys singing, acting, spending time with her daughter, and eating deep-dish pizza. She plans to use her law degree to become a trailblazer in the private sector by promoting diversity in the workplace and setting an example to all first-generation students and parents pursuing law.

 

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