2016 - 2017 ADVANCE Executive Board

Nicole Martinez, President
A graduate of The University of Texas at El Paso, Nicole J. Martinez is the president of the ADVANCE first-generation mentoring organization, a Legal Rhetoric Dean's Fellow, and a Dean's Fellow for the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. She is interested in education and civil rights law, and worked last summer with the Healthy Together project at the Children's Law Center. This semester she is a student attorney for the Civil Advocacy Clinic. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys cooking, exploring D.C., and spending time with her pup, Oreo.

Samy Dorgham - Vice President
A graduate of Furman University, Samy Dorgham is the vice president of the ADVANCE first-generation mentoring organization. He is interested in immigration and constitutional law, and worked last summer at the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, New York Immigration Court. This year, he is a student attorney for the Immigrant Justice Clinic. In his spare time, Samy enjoys exercising, cooking, and exploring D.C.

Brishaliah Brown - Treasurer
A graduate of University of Central Florida, Brishailah Brown is the treasurer of ADVANCE first-generation mentoring organization, a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, Teachers Fellow, and Chief of Staff of the Black Law Students Association. She is interested in international trade, investment, and intellectual property. She interned last semester at the Department of Health and Human Services in their Trade and Health office. This semester she is interning at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. In her spare time, Brishailah enjoys eating, reading, and writing poetry.

Michelle Villegas - Secretary
Michelle Villegas is a 2L from California and the secretary of ADVANCE. She has a background in youth empowerment and organizing work and would like to continue to participate in the fight for social justice by practicing public interest law. Michelle is interested in the intersection between immigration and criminal law, has worked with the National Domestic Worker's Alliance, and will be clerking for the LA Federal Defender this summer. Michelle enjoys dancing, showing off her karaoke skills, writing poetry, and reading everything from sassy judicial opinions to Junot Diaz novels.

Dalal Hillou - Director of Academic Affairs
Dalal Hillou is a graduate of the University of Georgia with bachelor's degrees in International Affairs and Arabic. She is currently the ADVANCE first-generation mentoring organization's Academic Director; a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society; a junior staffer on the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law; and a case manager for International Refugee Assistance Project. She is passionate about international criminal law, refugee rights, Middle Eastern affairs, and social justice.