Adreanne Stephenson is a second year law student at the University of Notre Dame. Hailing from Suffolk, Virginia, she attended the College of William and Mary, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2011. Currently, Andreanne is the President of the Notre Dame Chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), a member of the Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy, Assistant Rector for Badin Hall and a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. She hopes to become a criminal defense attorney and a judge.
Charlyn Stanberry is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and her Master’s degree in Public Administration. At UCF, she was the Chairwoman of the UCF President’s Leadership Council, graduated from College Leadership Florida, and named an AKA National Leadership Fellow. Ms. Stanberry is currently a third year law student at Florida International University College of Law in Miami, FL. She currently serves as the Southern Regional Chair of the National Black Law Students Association. Upon graduation, Ms. Stanberry plans to pursue a career in health law and policy.
Originally from Charleston, SC, China Dickerson aspires to be an advocate for the marginalized and underserved. As a high school senior, Ms. Dickerson worked for her Congressman as a case worker assisting the constituents of her home state. As an undergraduate at Howard University, Ms. Dickerson worked at the U.S. Department of Justice where she assisted attorneys in advocating for the human right to a clean living environment. Upon graduating from Howard, Ms. Dickerson served in the U.S. Peace Corps in El Salvador where for two years she assisted community members by organizing and facilitating leadership and women’s rights workshops, and teaching English as a second language at the local high school. Currently, Ms. Dickerson is a law student at Howard University School of Law and law clerk at The White House, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the General Counsel.
Chris EllisChris Ellis is a third year evening student at Rutgers School of Law – Newark. Mr. Ellis attended St. John’s University in New York where he majored in Television and Film Studies and minored in Business Administration, graduating magna cum laude in 2009. Mr. Ellis currently works at the CBS Law Department as the Intellectual Property Enforcement Clerk. He is an Associate Editor on the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal, and a member of the Association of Black Law Students and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity at Rutgers. He currently serves as the NEBLSA Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition Regional Director.
Clais Daniels-Edwards is a 2L at Seton Hall University School of Law. She is originally from Oakland, Ca. She earned her bachelors in philosophy, law and society and political science from the University of California, Riverside in 2008. Before starting law school, she was the legislative director for the University of California Student Association. She currently works as a legal intern for New Jersey Law & Education Empowerment Program (NJ LEEP), a local non-profit working with inter-city high school students. As a 2L, she is the regional treasurer for the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), Northeast Region.
Jayniece HigginsJayniece Higgins received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis, where she graduated magna cum laude. As an undergraduate student, she was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society as well as Black Scholars Unlimited. Jayniece is now a 2L at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. As a 1L, she actively participated in The Black Law Students Association as the 1L Representative where she served as the liaison between her peers and the other board members. During the SRBLSA convention, she was elected to the Regional Board as the Sub-Regional Director of Tennessee and Arkansas.
Jenee GaskinJenee Gaskin is a JD/MBA student at Loyola University Chicago. She received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from Agnes Scott College. She is also an LCLD Scholar (2011). Jenee currently serves as the Regional Secretary for the Midwest Black Law Students Association and has held leadership positions on both the local and regional levels of NBLSA. Jenee was Big Law summer associate in Chicago and clerked during her 2L year. She is a of BWLA, WBAI, and ALPFA Law. She served as a brief writer for the Vis Moot International Commercial Arbitration Team and was an instructor in Street Law and Loyola Law’s Cook County Juvenile Detention Center program.
Kingdar Prussien is a member of the Stanford Law class of 2014. Raised in Philadelphia, he earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Philosophy, Politics and Economics with a concentration in Distributive Justice. Kingdar spent the 2012 summer working at the San Francisco City Attorney’s office. During the 2012-2013 academic year, he will serve as a Co-President of Stanford’s Black Law Students Association, Vice President of Speakers & Social Affairs for the Stanford Law Democrats, and a Senior Editor for the Stanford Law & Policy Review. His interests include playing volleyball, working with children, watching The Wire, and rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Lauren DuncanLauren J. Duncan is a 3L at the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, GA. Originally from Long Island, New York by way of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Ms. Duncan attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in undergrad, where she played soccer for the Lady Volunteers. After graduating, Ms. Duncan became a certified paralegal at New York University and worked as a Real Estate paralegal, until she decided to attend law school full time in 2010. At Mercer, Ms. Duncan has served the Black Law Students Association chapter in various capacities, including Correspondence Secretary and 3L representative. Additionally, Ms. Duncan serves as the Communications Specialist for the Southern Region of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA). Ms. Duncan is also the mother of an energetic three year old son.
Lavell O. Payne
Lavell O. Payne is a native of Martinsville, VA. A 2L at the University of Akron School of Law, Lavell holds undergraduate degrees in English African-American Studies from the University of Virginia. Lavell serves as Vice-President of the Akron Black Law Students Association as well as the 2L Full Time Class President at Akron Law. She is also active in the greater legal community serving as the Law Student Liaison to the TIPS section of the ABA and as the Chief of Staff of the Midwest Region of BLSA. Lavell spent her 1L summer as a legal intern in the Cleveland Regional Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. She currently works in the Akron Law Legal Clinic’s Inmate Assistance Program and Appellate Review clinics. Lavell is also a Thurgood Marshall Associate with the Council for Legal Educational Opportunity, and a Pupil in the Charles F. Scanlon and Judge Samuel H. Bell American Inn of Court.
Tiffany Fountaine is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. Tiffany earned a BA in Communication from the University of Maryland, College Park, an MS in Communications Management from Towson University, and a PhD in Higher Education from Morgan State University. Currently, Tiffany is a 2L at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She serves on the executive boards of the University’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) chapter and the Mid-Atlantic BLSA. Tiffany aspires to practice higher education law. Specifically, she seeks to address and resolve the contemporary legal issues relative to access, participation, and success of minorities in postsecondary settings.