2014-2015 BLSA EXECUTIVE BOARD
President - Monique Nettleford-Bruce
Monique Nettleford-Bruce is a 2L at the Washington College of Law. She received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona. An Arizona native, Monique's legal interests include civil rights with an emphasis on race and gender. Monique is also a junior staffer for the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Most recently, Monique worked as a Washington Bar Association Judicial Intern at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Vice President - Jameel Odom
Jameel Odom is a 2L at the Washington College of Law. He received his Bachelor’s degree in English from Morehouse College. Originally from Los Angeles,California, Jameel's legal interests include Intellectual Property, Art, and Museum Law. Jameel also serves as the Treasurer for WCL’s Transactional Law Society. Most recently, Jameel served as a Legal Intern with California Lawyers for the Arts and the Sacramento Mediation Center in Sacramento, California.
Secretary - Aurelie Mathieu
Aurelie Mathieu is a 2L originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She lived in Florida in many different cities and graduated from Florida State University with a BA in English. She loves to bake, blog, and be social. Through law school, Aurelie worked hard to stay in touch with her creative side and took yoga classes and created some artistic works. She is a JD/MA student and plans to focus on International Security. Aurelie's goal is to combine Intellectual Property, International, and Criminal law in her career with an overall theme of security. This summer she did a Judicial Internship and went to the Geneva Program on Intellectual Property.
Treasurer - Janissia Orgill
Janissia Orgill is a 2L at American University - Washington College of Law. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2011, she worked as a legal secretary at Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft, LLC and as a paralegal at Haworth, Coleman, and Gerstman, LLC. She is passionate about criminal law and civil rights activism and hopes to translate that passion into a career post graduation from law school. Currently, she serves as a Publications Editor on the on the Criminal Law Practitioner, is a member of the Mock Trial Honors Society. The summer of her 1L year, she worked at the Department of Homeland Security ICE ERO as a Summer Associate in charge of custody programs for criminal detainees.
Historian - Whitley Granberry
Whitley Granberry is a 2L at American University Washington College of Law. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English Literature, and went onto serve in the US Peace Corps for 2.5 years in Romania. Whitley originally hails from southeastern Michigan and is interested in the law’s intersection with community development. She is excited to serve on the BLSA E-Board as the Historian, and is thankful for the community that the organization provides. She is a Junior Staff member of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, as well as the President of the Women’s Law Association. In addition to reading, writing, cooking and talking, Whitley loves great conversation and looks forward to serving as well as getting to know you this year!
Public Relations Chair - Jacqueline Youm
Jacqueline "Jackie" Youm is a 2L from Senegal and graduated with a B.A. in both Psychology and Modern Languages (focusing on French & Spanish) from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada. She is a 2L at WCL and is thrilled to be BLSA's Public Relations Chair, a Senator-at-large with the SBA (Student Bar Association), and an international team member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honors Society. Jackie loves people, fun, langauges, cooking, movies, acting, theatre, good books, and the list goes on. She is interested in both International Trade Law and the transplant of U.S. law to other countries.
Social Chair - Ebunola Aniyikaiye
Ebunola “Ebby” Aniyikaiye is a 2L and a native to the DMV area, graduating from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a B.A. in Policy Studies and from George Mason University with a Masters in Public Policy. Prior to law school, Ebby supported policy and advocacy initiatives for state and local public health associations. She looks forward to serving the WCL community and creating social events that enlarge networks.
Community Service Co-Chair - Adjua Adjei-Danso
Adjua Adjei-Danso is a 2L at the Washington College of Law and an MA candidate at the School of International Service, and received her Bachelors degree from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. A Ghanaian native, Adjua’s interests include International Human Rights Law and Development. She is a Marshall-Brennan Teaching Fellow and most recently participated in the International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy study abroad program in Geneva, Switzerland and worked as an intern with the Human Rights Advocacy Centre in Accra, Ghana.
Community Service Co-Chair - Kurt Vinson
Kurt Vinson is a 2L at the Washington College of Law. He received his Bachelor’s degree in History and Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh. Kurt is a native of the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his legal interests include Antitrust Law. This past spring semester, Kurt worked as a volunteer tax preparer for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Most recently, Kurt worked as an intern with the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in Washington, D.C.
1L Resource Coordinator - Makia Weaver
Makia Weaver is a 2L at the Washington College of Law. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Virginia. Prior to law school, she attended the prestigious and resourceful Charles Hamilton Houston Pre-law Institute at Georgetown Law School. She’s originally from DC, and she is interested primarily in Criminal Law, though she likes to keep her options open for other fields. She is currently a staffer for the Criminal Law Practitioner, and is working her first summer job as a legal intern at Harden & Pinckney Law Firm in Washington, DC. Some of her best qualities are serving as a source of motivation for others, being an excellent mentor, learning quickly, having a great sense of humor, and always being prepared for good food.
Regional Chair - Abinmbola Ojo-Uyi
Abinmbola "Abi" Ojo-Uyi is a 2L at the Washington College of law. She is a first generation Nigerian-American and will be the first lawyer in her family. Abi is also in the JD/MBA dual degree program. She is originally from the south side of Washington D.C. and grew up in Kentland, MD (P.G. County). She is a fun-loving, outgoing, and outspoken person who loves to cook. Abi graduated from the University of Maryland with a double degree in Government/Politics and Philosophy, with a minor in Rhetoric. Abi is interested in Corporate law, Entertainment law, and Sports law. This upcoming year, Abi will also be serving as an SBA Senator and as the Vice President of the JD/MBA Club.