2015-2016 BLSA EXECUTIVE BOARD
President - Mark Anthony Dunham, Jr.
My name is Mark Anthony Dunham, Jr., and I have the honor of serving as President of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). I am blessed to serve with an amazing group of leaders this year!
I am a 2L in the evening student division. During the day, I work at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) as its Manager of Legal Affairs. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, I came to Washington, DC in 2008 to attend American University, graduating in 2012.
My legal interests include appellate trial advocacy, corporate appellate litigation, corporate law, corporate governance, corporate compliance, and advising businesses on appellate strategy and administrative/regulatory interaction and engagement.
Outside of BLSA, I serve in the Student Bar Association Senate as President Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Committee on Academic Affairs. I am also a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.
Fun fact about me: President William J. Clinton, Emmitt Smith, Rep. John Lewis and I are allfraternity brothers. We are all members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. – a historically Black Greek-lettered organization.
Vice President - Tiana J. Cherry
My name is Tiana J. Cherry and I am delighted to serve as the Vice President of the Black Law Students Association at American University Washington College of Law. I am originally from Dallas, Texas and I am a 2014 graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. At Wittenberg, I triple majored in Spanish, Political Science, and International Studies.
I am currently a second year law student and I am dedicated to service. Outside of the Black Law Students Association, I serve as the 2L Representative of the Student Bar Association and the Founder’s Day Coordinator of the Women’s Law Association. I am also a member of the Business Law Review and the Moot Court Honor Society.
I am interested in corporate law and litigation, but I have also had the opportunity to assist immigration attorneys doing pro-bono work. Upon completion of my second year of law school, I will practice both litigation and corporate law as a Summer Associate at Linklaters LLP in New York City.
Treasurer - Dara N. Smith
Dara N. Smith is a second year law student from New York city. She is a graduate of The George Washington University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Dara is a member of the Mock Trial Honor Society and the Black Law Students Association. Dara is interested in commercial litigation and she aspires to hold an in-house counsel position as her career advances.
Secretary - Darelee Hamilton
I am Darelee Hamilton born and raised in Belize City, Belize but has resided in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania for the past decade or so. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree from Cedar Crest College with a major in Criminal Justice. At WCL, apart from my role in BLSA, I am also the Administrative Chair of the International Trade and Investment Law Society and a member of The Modern American Brief. My current interest is International Trade Law.
Director of Social Activities - Calvin Walker
Calvin Walker is a second year law student originally from Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from James Madison University where he double majored in Political Science and Philosophy. Calvin is a member of the Mock Trial Honor Society, the Criminal Law Practitioner, and the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. Calvin is interested in practicing criminal law, with special attention to hate crimes and police brutality.
Director of the BLSA Mentorship Program - Nakuma Wani-Kenyi
My name is Nakuma Wani-Kenyi. I amoriginallyfrom South Sudan but I’ve lived in Roanoke, Virginia since coming to the States. I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 with a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology. I am interested in international law specifically in development within the African continent. I am a junior staffer with The American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law. I am also aWest Law Student Representative, andthe Vice President of African JusticeInitiative.
Co-Director of Community Service Initiatives - Janie Williams
Janie Williams is a New York City native, with a heart as big as her city's population.After graduating from SUNY Buffalo in 2012 with degrees in Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Religious Studies, she went on to teach English to street children in India as well as participated in 4,206 mile bike ride across the country from Baltimore to San Diego in order to raise money for young adults impacted by cancer. Upon arrival back to normal forms of transportation, she went on to work for the New York City Department of Education where she researched and implemented best practices for increasing universal pre-kindergarten registration across the city with a special concentration on underrepresented minority populations. She also dedicated her summer prior to law school to teaching at an orphanage in Accra, Ghana. While at WCL, she continues to work with projects such as the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, and with organizations such as Amnesty International Washington College of Law Chapter and the Human Rights Brief in order to further enhance her interest in addressing underrepresented populations with a special interest in injustices impacting women and children. She also continues to dive into the study of international human rights law with hopes of finding solutions to many of the issues that negatively impact the human experience.
Co-Director of Community Service Initiatives - Rudy Williams
Rudy Williams is a second year law student from Los Angeles, California. He graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Rudy is very interested in Civil Rights and spent his summer interning at the Employment Justice Center in Washington, DC. Rudy is now working for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in the Fair Housing and Community Development department. Rudy would like to practice as a Civil Rights attorney, and continue fighting the Man!
Director of National and Regional Outreach - Tiffany Reid-Collazo
My name is Tiffany Reid-Collazo, and I am from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Ireceived my Bachelor of Artsfrom the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where I majored in English and designed a minor in African Diasporic History. I also received my Master of Artsin African Diasporic History fromHoward University. Prior to coming to WCL, I worked as an internationalprogram coordinator at a direct service non-profit, and an editor for a professional association.As for as my campus involvement,in addition to serving onthisExecutive Board, I am also a junior staff member on the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, a Teaching Fellowin the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, a Classroom Dean's Fellow for the Legal Rhetoric Program, and am currently interning at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. I am interested inindigent criminal defense,as well as juvenile and family law.
Director of Programming - Sekoia D. Rogers
Sekoia D. Rogers is a second year law student originally from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Sekoia attended American University where she majored in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in communications, law, economics, and government. In addition to serving as a member of the Black Law Students Association, Sekoia is involved in the Intellectual Property Law Society, the Sports & Entertainment Law Society, and the Marshall-Brennan Constituional Literacy Project as a 2015-2016 Fellow. Sekoia is interested in intellectual property law, entertainment law, technology law, communications law, and education law.
Director of Social Advocacy and Community Affairs - Whitney Washington
Hello, my name is Whitney Washington and I am the Director of social advocacy and community affairs. I am originally from Lynnfield, Massachusetts but I attended the University of Redlands in Southern California for university. At the University of Redlands I took part in the Johnston Center for Integrated studies through which I created my own major. I entitled my major Creating Change: Non Profit Development and Programming. I am currently a JD/MA student and I'm concentrating in law, justice, and development with a focus on women. In addition to BLSA I am also on the board of the African Justice Initiative, and am a member of the women in the law program.
Director of Faculty Relations and Alumni Affairs - Chauna Pervis
Chauna Pervis is a second year student from Long Island, New York. She graduated from Dartmouth College in the spring of 2014 with a B.A. in Government and Sociology with Honors. Here, at Washington College of Law, Chauna is junior staff on the American University Business Law Review and is a Dean’s Fellow for the Legal Rhetoric Program, and she has an interest in business law. More specifically, Chauna is passionate about labor and employment law.
Director of Public Relations - Sydney L. Ross
Sydney Ross is a second year JD/MA student from Malibu, California. She graduated fem Brandeis University where she triple majored in Politics, Anthropology, and International Global Studies. Sydney is an At- Large Senator for the Student Bar Association, an member of the Sustainable Development Law and Policy Brief’s editing team, and a Junior Blogger with the Intellectual Property Brief. She has also studied international criminal law at Leiden University and international labor standards in the ILO’s Geneva headquarters. Her work experience includes the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague, the Boston Office of Senator Edward J. Markey, PSI Family Services, Inc., and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in the Chambers of the Honorable Judith Bartnoff. She is interested in the domestic application of international law, sustainable energy development, and the human rights implications from national security measures.
Historian - Eli Daniels
My name is Eli Daniels and I am from Dallas, Texas. I attended the University of Houston where I received my Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and a minor in International Business. I am currently a first year law student interested in corporate law.
1L Representative - Nana Y. Amoo
My name is Nana Y. Amoo and I am from Accra, Ghana. I graduated from Boston College in 2014 with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in African Studies with a concentration on African Political Systems and Development. I am currently a first year law student and I am pleased to serve as a 1L Representative on the Black Law Students Association this year. At the moment, I am interested in International Human Rights Law. However, my dream is to see Africa rise to the forefront of socio-economic development and become a global business powerhouse, so my legal interest may shift as I find new ways to turn this dream into a reality.
1L Representative - Brandon Gaskew
Brandon Gaskew is a first year law student originally from Chicago, IL. Brandon received his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He majored in Political Science and minored in Criminology Law & Justice. He wants to pursue a career in International Diplomacy. Currently, Brandon serves as a 1L Representative of the Black Law Students Association.
1L Representative - Haddy Jatou Gassama
Haddy Jatou Gassama is from The Gambia, but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Armstrong Atlantic State University where she majored in Political Science and International Studies. She is the 1L Representative for BLSA and a member of the African Justice Initiative. She is interested in perusing a career in International Law and Human Rights as it pertains to the rights of women and children
1L Representative - Joshua Morris
Joshua Morris is from Chicago, IL. Josh graduated from Colgate University in 2012 where he majored in Political Science and minored in Writing and Rhetoric. Following undergrad, he lived in New York City for three years working at the Columbia University Law School Law Clinics as a paralegal. Josh's legal interests include civil litigation, cyber security law, trade secret law, sports law, and employment law.