2013 - 2014 ADVANCE Executive Board
Gabriela Baca, President
Gabriela Baca is a 2L at American University Washington College of Law. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Gaby was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and graduated from Georgetown University in 2008. Between undergraduate and law school, Gaby worked for the 2008 Obama Campaign, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). At DHS, Gaby worked for the Director of ICE and led ICE's human trafficking initiative. Gaby also served as a Fulbright Scholar in Curitiba, Brazil.
In addition to serving as President of ADVANCE, Gaby is also a junior staff member of the American University Law Review and a Dean's Fellow for Professor Frost. This summer Gaby served as a summer law clerk at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and as a judicial intern for Judge Broderick in the D.C. Superior Court. She also served as Professor Rathod's research assistant. Gaby is interested in immigration, administrative, and regulatory law. She is also interested in trade law and international arbitration.
Outside of law school, Gaby loves to run full and half marathons, practice capoeira, and cook for her friends.
Michelle Ramos Domingue, Vice President
Michelle is a third year law student at WCL. She is a participant in the JD/MBA dual degree program where she is also earning an MBA through the Kogod School of Business. This summer, Michelle clerked for a firm in Colorado where she focused on business and real estate issues, including securities offerings, employee incentive programs, water rights, zoning, land use, development and financing. While in law school, Michelle has interned with the Senate's Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship under former ranking member Senator Olympia Snowe and for the Federal Communications Commission in the Wireline Competition Bureau's Pricing Policy Division.
Prior to attending law school, Michelle was Senior Paralegal for one of the largest luxury destination clubs in the world where she focused primarily on real estate transactions, including real estate finance, development, acquisition, and sale and leasing. Additionally, Michelle co-founded Children's Hope Fund in 2009, a Denver based non-profit that provides scholarships to impoverished primary school students in the Philippines. Michelle received her BA in Political Science, with academic honors, from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2007.
Michelle and her husband Scott, a Navy veteran, live in Crystal City with their two dogs Sadie and Charlie. Michelle's primary interests include real estate, business and corporate law (including M&A).
Jeanna Lee, Secretary
Jeanna Lee is a 2L at American University Washington College of Law. The first in her family to graduate from college and attend law school, Jeanna was born and raised in Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in psychology and a Spanish minor. Before enrolling into law school, she received her TEFL certificate and taught in Seoul, South Korea for a year.
In addition to serving as the secretary of ADVANCE, she has interned at the DC Employment Justice and served as a research assistant for Professor Corr. She is also the SBA Groups and Organizations chairperson and serves as a junior staffer for The Modern American publication.
Jeanna's primary interests include immigration, criminal, international, and IP Law. Outside of law school, she loves to read mystery novels, travel, experience new cuisine, and swim.
Danisbel Avello, Treasurer & SBA Liaison
Danisbel was born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Fla. She attended the University of Florida for her undergrad education, where she obtained a double major in Criminology and Public Relations. Dani is now a 3rd year law student interested in Criminal law, but has also focused in areas like; Immigration, Communications, Litigation and Arbitration. Besides her involvement in ADVANCE, she has been a part of the Latino/a Student Association, where she currently serves as the Vice-President. In addition, she is also Senior Managing Editor of The Modern American, a publication that strives for diversity in the law. She is currently also an intern at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and a Dean's Fellow for the Center of International Commercial Arbitration. She is most excited about being a part of the General Practice clinical program in the spring semester.
Farrah Champagne, Board Member
Farrah Champagne is a 3L. She is interested in corporate law and currently serves as a student attorney in the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic at WCL. She is also an executive editor for the Labor and Employment Law Forum and works as a Dean's Fellow in the News and Public Relations Office. She has published several of her writings while in law school including one about issues of homeless youth and education. Before law school, she studied broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, and worked as a radio and television news reporter. She enjoys exercising, reading, writing and cooking.