The executive Board
Patrice Oseni is a JD/MIA student at City University of New York School of Law and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. Patrice is currently a visiting student at Columbia Law School under CPRL and works to use the law as a meaningful lever for pursuing racial equity. Patrice received her bachelor’s from Clarkson University, majoring in Political Science and Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and helped to create the first Black Student Union on her campus. At CUNY School of Law, Patrice has served on the Student Government as 1L Rep and sat on the Curriculum and GSA Committee. Patrice has also served as Director of Membership Operations and the NY Metro Sub-Regional Director to NEBLSA. Additionally, Patrice serves as the Vice-Chair on the Year Up New York | New Jersey Board, a highly acclaimed career development program focused on closing the opportunity divide between corporate America and city youth. She is the recipient of the 2020 Jana Springer Behe Corporate Counsel Section Fellowship and the 2021 Kenneth G. Standard Corporate Counsel Section Internship. This year, Patrice aims to focus on upholding NEBLSA's legacy, fellowship, collaboration, continuous improvement, and sustainability.
Fontaine Chambers is a part-time 2L at Quinnipiac University School of Law. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s in Political Science. Fontaine serves as the 2021-2022 Connecticut Sub-Regional Director of the Northeastern region of the National Black Law Student Association. During her 1L year, she served as the Community Engagement Chair for Quinnipiac’s Christian Legal Society and as a BARBI representative. Fontaine works full-time as an analyst for Travelers Insurance Company and plans to participate part-time in their 1L Claim Legal Internship Program. Outside of work and school, Fontaine enjoys all things luxury, from vacationing across the world (she has visited 21 countries) to fine dining to fashion. She is passionate about creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive experiences for communities of opportunity. She hopes that she will not only be remembered for the works she done, but to be missed because of her impact on the lives of many. This year, her goal as a sub-regional director is to unify her sub-region focusing on networking, establish fruitful connections amongst the chapters, wellness, and mental health.
Langie Cadesca is from Brooklyn, NY, and is a rising 2L at Northeastern University. For
the 2022 academic term, she will serve as the Co-Chair of Northeastern’s Black Law Students Association (“BLSA”). Previously, she served as a Student Representative on the Admissions Committee, and a member of the First- Generation Law Students Association. Prior to law school, Langie attended the University at Albany and holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice. After her undergraduate career she worked at the New York State Senate Democratic Conference for two years. While she is still exploring different areas of the law, this summer, through the Law in Technology Collaborative, she will spend half of her time at a big law firm and the other half in-house with a Tech Company. Outside of law school she enjoys singing, styling hair, doing make-up, and roller-skating.
Nataly Brown is a 2L at Quinnipiac University School of Law. At Quinnipiac Law School she currently serves as treasurer for BLSA. She also is apart of QU's Women’s Law Society Treasurer, Student Bar Association Senator ,and a member of the Human Trafficking Prevention Project. Her goal in this position is to help advise the board to stay above par with the Constitution and Bylaws so this chapter can continue to excel. In her spare time she enjoys reading books, going to the movies, and traveling around the world.
Habib-Emmanuel Abraham is a JD student at Columbia Law School, where he serves as an editor on the Columbia Law Review. Habib served as the 2021-2022 Vice President of Columbia’s BLSA and was a participant in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. Before law school, he was a math teacher through Teach For America in Washington, DC, and a faculty representative at the Prince George’s County Education Association in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He was also a recruitment manager at Teach For America.
Habib is passionate about addressing education inequity, prison abolition, and solving socio-economic issues of the 21st century.
As NEBLSA Attorney General, Habib aims at supporting local-chapter attorney generals with advocating for law students and highlighting issues that concern NEBLSA members.
In his spare time, Habib loves eating Asian food and biking across New York City.
CHIEF OF STAFF
Norma Hamilton is a 3L at Touro Law Center. She is serving as the 2021-2022 Chief of Staff for NEBLSA. She is also the 2020-2021 Secretary for the Touro Law BLSA Chapter. She formerly served as the 1L Representative for her BLSA chapter’s e-board. As the Chief of Staff, she is looking forward to implementing new ideas that will help further NEBLSA’s greatness and increase membership engagement. More specifically, she hopes to use her position to mentor the next generation of Black law student members in their pursuit of a legal career. As for hobbies, she enjoys dancing, going for occasional walks, and spending time with her loved ones.
DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT
Jahi Liburd '22 is a rising 3L at Brooklyn Law School and a diagnosed soccer junkie. He is the outgoing President of the Brooklyn Law School BLSA chapter and a member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Honor Society.
As Director of Corporate Engagement, Jahi intends to continue the great work of his predecessor and engage firms to find out what they want and expect from their sponsorship dollars. Jahi intends to market NEBLSA to a broad spectrum of potential corporate sponsors, underscore the benefit of sponsoring NEBLSA, highlight the firms that do sponsor NEBLSA on multiple platforms and finds innovative ways to allow these firms to connect with our members. His aim is for all parties involved to benefit from sponsorship.
DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS
Cory Provost is a 3L at City University of New York School of Law and will serve as the Director of Alumni Relations for NEBLSA. This year his primary goal is to facilitate alumni connections that foster access to opportunity and mentorship for a new wave of professionals. Outside of law school, Cory serves his community as an executive member for the Kings County Democratic Party. During his free time, Cory enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and being outdoors.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS
N. Delali Madison is a native New Yorker of Ghanaian descent. Delali is a 3L at New York Law School. She serves as the 2021-2022 Assistant Director of Alumni Relations following her former position as the Director of Alumni Relations. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and African Studies from Binghamton University in 2015. She is currently the Director of Social Impact for the Black Law Students Association. She joined BLSA because of the unconditional love and support she received from members that shared similar interest and goals. Delali plans to start her legal career in the public sector as a judicial law clerk and eventually become a civil rights attorney. Outside of law school she enjoys spending time with her family, thrifting, taking adventurous bike rides, and running.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Shelby Mitchell is a 3L at Rutgers Law School. She currently serves as the VP of Community Affairs for the Association of Black Law Students at Rutgers. As Director of Communications, Shelby hopes to increase NEBLSA's ability to reach members in person and virtually, and create more social media engagement. Shelby enjoys photography, videography, and cooking in her spare time.
CONNECTICUT SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Gabrielle Petrie is a 2L at Quinnipiac School of Law. Some goals for her position are to increase the number of Pre-Law chapters, as well as, strengthen relations with Pre-Law chapters and students. Also, a hobby of her's is writing poetry.
Combined Northern New England
Douglas Clemons, MBA was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. He still currently resides in Connecticut with his wife (Rosemary) and their three daughters (Maisey, Margot, and Marlie). Douglas graduated from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut. While pursuing his degree in history, Douglas played NCAA division three intercollegiate lacrosse for the Colonials. Before completing his undergraduate degree, Douglas served in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman. Upon completion of his military service, Douglas returned to Connecticut where he gained experience in the healthcare and worked toward his Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management at Southern New Hampshire University.
Currently Douglas is a rising 2L at Roger Williams University School of Law. He serves as the 2022-2023 Combined Northern New England Sub-Regional Director. Douglas works as an intern at The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in their corporate legal department, and he is also a student attorney in various clinics. Outside of the legal field, Douglas has many different interests that keep him busy. He is a certified high school basketball and lacrosse official, a self-described “bad” golfer, an amateur chef, and , most importantly, a girl dad. Douglas is passionate about racial equality, healthcare legislation, and women’s rights. This year, his goal as a sub-regional director is to be the best to ever do it, facilitate fellowship amongst the chapters in his sub-region, and launch initiatives to embolden the next generation of socially cognizant and proactive black attorneys.
NY METRO SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Azalea Capers is a 2L at City University of New York School of Law in Long Island City, NY. Azalea is fiercely dedicated to economic justice work and the economic well-being of black communities. Outside of law school she is an avid thrifter who loves a good find and uses her creativity to style and create sustainable fashion looks. Her family is her universe and her niece is at the center of it. In her role as the NY Metro Sub-Regional Director, she hopes to create an inviting environment for all chapters in her region that will increase engagement and help black law students thrive.
UPSTATE NY SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR
My name is Zebedayo Masongo and I'm a 2L at Syracuse University. My interests are in media and intellectual property. I currently run a media company called The Grnwood, which is what I plan on doing once I graduate. I have a master's in physiology and a bachelor's in biology. The array of academic experiences has taught me to see things from different angles. In my time as Upstate Subregional Director of NEBLSA, I plan on doing more to build bridges amongst the law schools in the upstate region. As a Black student, meeting other Black students is paramount to success and I plan on doing as much as I can to further those relationships.
New Jersey Sub-Regional Director
Samira Barnes is a Jersey Girl, born and raised in Essex County. Samira is a rising 33L at Rutgers Law School - Newark where she served as the President and 1L Representative of the Association of Black Law Students (ABLS). She received her Bachelor’s degree from Towson University in Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice with an English minor. Samira serves as a Child Advocacy Fellow in the Child Advocacy Clinic representing children and young adults in immigration, custody and disability cases while also helping young adults transition out of foster care and hosting educational events and panels. She prides herself on being accessible to other aspiring lawyers and loves connecting with new people. Additionally, she is Head Representative with Kaplan Bar Studies and a member of the Association of Black Women Lawyers. She previously interned with United States District Judge Sherry R. Fallon in Delaware, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Schenck, Price, Smith & King LLP, and Legal Services of New Jersey. She enjoys watching 90s movies, exploring new restaurants, and of course brunch! She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP OPERATIONS
Kiefer is from the Bronx, New York. She currently is a 3L at Elisabeth Haub School of Law – Pace University. Kiefer is the President of the PACE BLSA and currently serves as the Director of Membership Operations for the 2020-2021 Northeast Regional Executive Board. In her position as Director of Membership, Kiefer hopes to increase NEBLSA’s membership. On her downtime, she is a serious TV show binger and writes a blog titled ‘love the screen’ where she suggests TV shows to others. After graduation, she plans to pursue a legal career as a criminal defense attorney, in order to help reform a system that is clearly broken.
DIRECTOR OF MOOT COURT
As black law students in 2022, I must say formost: I love our collegiality and I want to extend the devotion and power from within me as a new Board Member of the Noteworthy Northeast! I am faithful that NEBLSA’s cup will never be empty because I will work to return the energy back into every life that this organization touches after I was touched by NEBLSA’s presence too. Born and raised in the City of New York, all the boroughs know me. I know virtually every school, highway, street, road, bus route, subway station and unused tunnel known to the MTA.I know all the professors (almost) and I work with them to make this school better for us. I have been in the meetings and dinners with Dean’s, many other leaders of the CUNY Law community and beyond! I love it! My experience through BLSA has helped me to understand the cultures and the spaces I am in and how my talents are useful to all the things that we can and want to do for the future of CUNY LAW, NEBLSA, NBLSA and the world! People see the light in me to build bridges across multiple barriers in education, professions, and communities and I too, am beginning to truly see the light in me and the spaces I bring it to affect positive change as well.
Although is an honor to have also been educated here in this city, I particularly come from Columbia and CUNY prior, and I am from Bayside High School’s Academy of Music in Queens. All institutions I have matriculated into to include leaders like our current and former Mayor and City Council Speaker(s), Presidents, Judges, City Council members and Congressional leaders among other executives and offices of our nation. Given my background and true personality, I can make this into an even more exciting experience, fun and educational for all because I know I too am on my way up the ranks to follow in the steps of those before me. I am keen on using my intuition to solve problems, but I also am well versed to listen to the parties and acknowledge the various ways we can work together to reach a formidable solution. I love that I am currently in mediation seminar because I know mediation is a useful and necessary component to being a part of the Black community, especially among black law students. I aim to use such skills taught from my coursework and life experience to excel academically, in diplomacy and in legal work as I am rising into my third and final year of Law School and I am the first in my family to do so. Now all I must do is what I have been doing: continue to work through the law and apply it to human services for human needs. I may be able to graduate in December, given that I will have the credits to do so, but I am willing to stay because if I do, I will have less courses and more time to give back to BLSA and organizations that involve the betterment of the Black law student experience. It is an honor to be a part of the Noteworthy Northeast
DIRECTOR OF MOCK TRIAL
Mumina Egal is a 2L at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Therein, she serves as the Community Service Chair of the Black Law Student Association and the Secretary of the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society. She is excited to serve as this year's Northeast Regional Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition Director of NBLSA. She aims to involve as many chapters in the Northeast region as she can in the competition. Outside of law school, Mumina enjoys reading, yoga, hiking, and fashion.
DIRECTOR OF CAREER &
Stephanie Sabino is a rising 2L at the University of Massachusetts School of Law. She serves as the 2021-2022 Director of Career and Professional Development of NEBLSA. At UMass Law, Stephanie serves as a graduate student representative in the UMass Dartmouth Police Department Oversight Committee and student representative for the American Bar Association. She is also an active member of her local BLSA and LALSA. During her 1L summer, Stephanie worked as a legal intern at Sanofi working in the Legal, Ethics & Business Integrity department. As the Job Fair Coordinator, she hopes to establish and coordinate a network for diverse young legal professionals. Stephanie is a Brazilian immigrant, first generation college and law student. In her spare time, she enjoys podcasting and reading.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Rev. William Dean Merriweather III is a first-generation, first-year law student at New England Law | Boston. He is still learning exactly where his passions, abilities, and available opportunities intersect but is eager to learn how he fits into this world designed while his ancestors were still property. Prior to law school, Will taught 5th-grade math and science in Dallas, TX before working all sorts of odd jobs, writing "Poetry and Prose: from a growing boy", and starting Monarch Fashion Co. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Bethel College (now Bethel University). Through his intentional service programming and outreach, he hopes to fill all the seats of the next NEBLSA convention with beautiful black faces. I am my kinfolk's keeper and together we will rise
DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY &
Brian is a rising 3L at Fordham Law School. Hailing from the Bronx, Brian completed his BA at Columbia University in Urban Studies with a Concentration in African American Studies. Brian then went on to complete his Master’s in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. Prior to law school, Brian taught high school World History and coached. Brian hopes to use his legal education to equip disenfranchised and marginalized communities with tools for self-sufficiency, self-governance, and defense.
At Fordham Law, Brian has served as the Community Service Chair of BLSA and as the Director of the Student Representation Project. Brian was also a Fordham Professionalism Fellow and the Feerick Center for Social Justice - Amanda Rose Laura Education Law Fellow. Brian is also a member of the Education Law Collaborative, Dispute Resolution Society, and Moot Court. Brian returns to the NEBLSA board again as the Director of Advocacy and External Initiatives.
Aasiyah is a 3L at Brooklyn Law. During the 2020-2021 term, she served as the Public Relations chair for her local chapter. Aasiyah is a member of the Brooklyn Journal of international Law. As historian, she hopes to create an accessible archive of NEBLSA’s legacy. In her free time, Aasiyah enjoys watching anime and playing animal crossing on her switch!
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
Alecia Mobley is a Rising 2L Weekend student at Seton Hall Law and a LEO Fellow. She earned her undergraduate degree from Seton Hall University, where she studied TV production. Currently, she works as a Master Control Operator at NBCUniversal. As a 1L, Alecia served as the Event Coordinator and Weekend Liaison for her BLSA Chapter during the 2021-2022 academic year. Having just experienced her 1L year, Alecia's goal is to develop regional programming that prevents the demise of minority 1L students by creating spaces that promote
mental health and prioritize academic success. It is also her intention to build a relationship between NBCUniversal and NEBLSA. Some of her hobbies include roller-skating, kickboxing, and playing board games.