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 is a rising 3L at Quinnipiac University School of Law. She is originally from Northern New Jersey and completed her undergraduate studies in 2017 from Montclair State University where she majored in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. She went on to work in the finance industry until going to law school in 2020.
Nataly is currently on NEBLSA’s executive board as their Treasurer. At Quinnipiac Law, she is the VP of the Black Law Student Association and President of the Women’s Law Society. She is also a senator of the Student Bar Association; and member of the Human Trafficking Prevention Project, and of Moot Court. Lastly, she is pursuing a tax law concentration here at QU Law. Outside of law school Nataly is a film enthusiast, loves reading, and hopes to continue her love for traveling soon.
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.
My name is Aaron Hinds. I’m currently a rising 3L at Boston University School of Law, and the current Parliamentarian for NEBLSA. Being from the Caribbean, I’ve always been proud of my heritage. Yet, simultaneously, I have come to learn what being a person of color in modern America entails. Coming to law school, I sought to champion diversity initiatives and creating space for marginalized voices to be heard where they are most needed to. Consequently, I will focus to leverage my legal education and the resources of my network to work toward equity and equality in the workplace and society as a whole. I’m very excited to being working alongside the brightest minds the legal industry has to offer.
CHIEF OF STAFF
My name is Shaniece Hunter and I am a 2L at Albany Law School. I currently serve as the Chief of Staff for NEBLSA and as the President for my local BLSA chapter. I am interested in property law and will be working with a judge through the NY Bar Foundation’s 2022 Trusts and Estates Fellowship this summer. In my spare time, I enjoy walking my dog Jaxxon and hanging out with my friends.
DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT
Aristide Bishop was born in the city of Monrovia, Liberia. He attends Albany Law School in the capital city of NY. Aristide is interested in the areas of Corporate and Intellectual Property law with a growing interest in Commercial Litigation. He holds the position of Albany Law’s SBA first Diversity Senator and is a member of various clubs. Aristide’s mission within each of his roles is to promote community and togetherness. He is a mentor and an individual that seeks to motivate those around him.
As NEBLSA’s Director of Corporate Relations, Aristide aims to connect with firms, and seek out mutually beneficial sponsorships and partnerships that will allow NEBLSA to continue its mission. In his spare time, Aristide loves to cook, eat, workout and teach himself about the stock market.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE
Angeliza Franco is currently a third-year law student at St. John’s University School of Law and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Corporate Engagement for NEBLSA. A proud Bronx native, she earned her bachelor’s degree from CUNY- Lehman College. Before enrolling in law school, she worked in the non-profit sector providing legal services to Central American Refugee Children. During her law school career, Angie received the Long Island Legal Diversity Fellowship (LILDFP) and was placed at Farrell Fritz P.C. This summer, she is a Summer Associate at DLA Piper, a position she acquired through the NEBLSA Job Fair. Outside of law school, she enjoys spending time in nature, going to brunch and spending time with those she loves.
DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS
Ashley Weaver is a rising 2L at the City University of New York, where the motto is Law in the Service of Human Need. Prior to returning to law school, Ashley served in the philanthropic sector for a decade working closely with the nonprofit and social sector to advance racial equity and early childhood quality of life.
She is originally from Texas and has a Master’s Degree from Brown University in Urban Education Policy, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education from Texas State University. She is a proud member of Metropolitan Black Bar Association. She also currently serves on the Education Law Committee for the New York City Bar Association. She is a proud member of BLSA, Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Illustrious Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Brianna Gordon is a 2L at Columbia Law School. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Brianna now resides in Long Island, NY. She attended Temple University where she received a B.A in Political Science with a Certificate in Political Economy. At her law school, she was a participant in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. She currently serves as the Career Chair for the Society for Law, Science & Technology, Moot Court Director for the High School Law Institute and Editor for the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team at Columbia. As Director of Communications, Brianna hopes to increase NEBLSA member and alumni engagement while streamlining access to the region.
Brianna is interested in pursuing a career in Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT) Law. She enjoys traveling, brunching and anything Jamaican!
CONNECTICUT SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Gabrielle is a rising 3L at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut. She is originally from Long Island, New York, and completed her undergraduate studies in 2020 from Sacred Heart University, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Psychology. In addition, she has studied abroad in London for part of her political science degree at CIEE Global Institute of London. Gabrielle is currently pursuing a health law concentration at school and has worked for hospitals and medical malpractice firms during her summers, as well as, working as QU’s BLSA Treasurer.
Gabrielle works for mental health sites, environmentally conscious companies, and works as a vegan mentor in her spare time. She also runs a Black female anime group on Facebook and spends time dog training.
Gabrielle’s goal as Conneticut Sub-Regional Director is to unify her sub-region, network and create lasting connections and opportunities for law students, implement efficient mental health programs, and focus on increasing community aid and participation.
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
Grace is currently a 2L at Cornell Law School. While in law school, she serves as the secretary of Cornell's BLSA chapter, the officer-at-large for Cornell's Lawyer Without Borders, a LexisNexis representative, and liaison on the Cornell Faculty Communications Committee. She is the recipient of the New York State Bar Foundation Catalyst Fellowship and The Corporate Counsel Women of Color's “My Life as a Lawyer" Scholarship Award. She received her bachelor's from Cornell University, majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations. She has continued pursuing her interest in Labor and Employment Law while in law school by interning for the Cornell Labor Law Clinic and participating in the Campus Mediation Practicum. After law school, she hopes to lean on her experiential experiences and academic expertise to help ameliorate private sector labor relations. Outside of law school, Grace loves to sing, dance, and act. She is active within the local Ithacan arts community, having recently participated in the staged reading of Walking on Water Productions' Onward & Upward.
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
Jamila Nicholas is currently a 3L at New York Law School. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Buffalo where she majored in Social Sciences with a concentration in Legal Studies and she minored in Sociology and Political Science. At NYLS she serves as the Secretary for their BLSA chapter and a Junior Editor for the Family Law Quarterly. During her 2L year, she served as a Student Mediator in the Mediation Clinic. Jamila has an interest in Matrimonial/Family Law and Juvenile Justice. She hopes that no matter where she goes in her legal career, she is able to be a positive influence to others and to make a difference.
DIRECTOR OF MOOT COURT
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Washington is a rising 3L at Fordham University School of Law. Ryan attended Morehouse College during his undergraduate studies. From there he found three passions: coaching, writing, and chess. In his spare time, Ryan is an avid gym goer dedicated to achieving unrealistic lifting results. His hobbies include chess, weightlifting, cooking, creative writing, and podcasting. His area of interest in law is general litigation in technology. He will be graduating with the class of 2023 and is a summer associate at Connell Foley LLP.
DIRECTOR OF MOCK TRIAL
Mumina Egal is currently a 3L at the University of Connecticut School of Law where alongside her JD, she is obtaining two certificates: one in Intellectual Property and one in Transactional Practice. Therein, she serves as the Vice President of the Black Law Student Association and the Chief Administrative Officer of the Student Bar Association. 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 hiking, fashion, and reading.
DIRECTOR OF CAREER &
Marly Meus is currently a third-year student at New York Law School and currently serves as the Director of Career and Professional Development for NEBLSA. She received her bachelors degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2018. At NYLS she currently serves as the Vice President of the Black Law Students Association and Senior Editor for the Family Law Quarterly. During her 2L year, she externed with Staten Island Legal Services in the Education Law Unit where she advocated for students with special needs and students facing suspension. This summer, she is interning with Richmond County District Attorneys Office in the Immigrant Affairs Unit. She works with the vulnerable population of immigrants who have been victims of crime and assists them in applying for temporary citizenship. Marly hopes that wherever she lands after law school she will be making a difference in the justice system and creating an opportunity for more people of color to have a seat at the table in our legal system.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Jamayrah “Jammy” Moore is a long-time community activist and advocate. Having attended Saint Elizabeth University for undergrad, Jamayrah will be a third-year law student at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. Jamayrah has received a number of honors from Rutgers Law School, including the 2023 Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics Graduate Fellowship, NJSB Justice Marie L. Garibaldi Scholarship, ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship, Association of Black Women Lawyers (NJ), and Rutgers Law Scholarship. She also serves as a Managing Editor of the Rutgers Religion and Law Journal and the Director of Advocacy and External Affairs for the Northeast Region of the National Black Law Student Association. Jamayrah is also an affiliate of Rutgers Law School’s Minority Student Program, Street Law, the American Bar Association, the Association of Black Women in Law, and the Garden State Bar Association.
Since 2013, Jamayrah has served as CEO and Founder of My Life Movement in Trenton, NJ, a 501(c)3 non-profit, where she has curated partnerships with the NJ Corrections Department, YMCA, Age-out Angels, Children’s Home Society, Aids Resource Foundation, and secured $3000 annually through grant writing and fundraising campaigns.
Jamayrah has held various internships, including for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office Department of Criminal Justice, the Honorable Siobhan A. Teare, J.S.C., and the District Office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. She also served as a research assistant for the Rutgers Law School Civil Justice Clinic, where she performed legal research surrounding the COVID-19 Eviction Crisis on how it affected Black and Brown impoverished families in NJ and MI, as well as assisted with client interactions for an eviction case on the basis of discrimination. Jamayrah also worked as a Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (NJ). During her time there, she serves as the legal assistant for VLJ's Re-entry Legal Services Program, Children's Representation Program, and the South Ward Promise Neighborhood Program.
Jamayrah has participated in several certificate programs, including the Council on Legal Education (CLEO) Pre-Law Summer Institute (2019), the Fairleigh Dickenson Paralegal Studies Programs (2019), the Seton Hall Law Summer Institute for Pre-Legal Studies (2017), and the Bianchi Law Group (2017).
dIRECTOR OF PRE-LAW AFFAIRS
Hadiyah Cummings is a current second year law student at Yale Law School. At Yale, Hadiyah is a student attorney with the Criminal Justice Clinic, a research assistant for the Dean Heather Gerken and an active member of the Black Law Students Association and the Women of Color of Collective. Hadiyah has centered her law school career around gaining experience in the appellate field. She has interned for the MacArthur Justice Center and its Supreme Court and Appellate Program and was a mentee in The Appellate Project. Hadiyah is also a proud, Sumna Cumma Laude Graduate of Howard University with degrees in Political Science and Criminology.
As the Pre-Law Director for NEBLSA, Hadiyah hopes to establish 50 pre-law chapters, create a mentorship pipeline and increase the amount of attendees at the pre-law conference.
aSSISTANT dIRECTOR OF PRE-LAW AFFAIRS
Hello everyone, my name is Shateisha Foy, and I’m a first generation law student, born in Brooklyn,New York. I’m currently approaching my third year at Touro Law Center where I will serve as the President of BLSA. Aspiring to perusing a career in criminal law and personal injury. I am very excited to serve and be apart of NEBLSA this school year.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING & EVENTS
Onid Larosilière is a rising 3L at Boston University School of Law. Onid is from Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY with proud Haitian roots. She graduated from NYU in 2016 with a BS in applied psychology. After graduation, she served a year in AmeriCorps working with a non-profit aimed towards breaking the cycle of poverty in the South Bronx community. Then Onid worked for former NYC Mayor de Blasio to help launch the first citywide professional development program to empower public service employees in their career tracks and sustain long-term retention in the City workforce.
Onid previously served as 2021-2022 NEBSLA 54 Attorney General. She currently serves as the 2022-2023 Convention Coordinator. At BU Law, She is a 3:03 Certified Student Practitioner for the Individual Rights Litigation Clinic. Outside of school, Onid is learning how to rest because our ancestors couldn’t.
“My advice to Black girls everywhere: whenever you find yourself in a room where there aren't a lot of people who look like you — be it a classroom, or a boardroom, or a courtroom — remember that you have an entire community in that room with you, all of us cheering you on.” Kamaala Harris
DIRECTOR OF MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS
Taylor Moore is a rising 3L at New York Law School. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she received her undergraduate degree in International Security, Norms, and Cooperation with double minors in American Culture and the Sociology of Law, Justice, and Social Change. She is currently the President of New York Law School's Black Law Student Association, a Student Organization Liaison for the Legal Association of Women, and will soon be a student affiliate with NYLS's Center for International Law and James Tricarico Jr. Institute for the Business of Law and In-House Counsel. During her law school journey Taylor has had the opportunity to work for a variety of legal professionals and has interests in Corporate Law, Securities and Regulations, and Intellectual Property. No matter what field she ends up in, Taylor is passionate about improving the legal system and giving back and supporting her community.
DIRECTOR OF GENDER DIVERSE, LGBTQIA2S+ & INCLUSION AFFAIRS
Derek Segars grew up in Detroit and have always had a deep appreciation for his community. He came to law school because he wanted to be a decision-maker one day. He has worked in public service, often for black elected officials, and understands how integral representation and relationship building are to creating spaces and environments black people can thrive in. Prior to law school, he also worked in Washington, D.C., representing environmental conservation on Capitol Hill. As the Director of Gender Diversity and LBGT services, he is honored to have the opportunity to build out this new position and work to uplift our intersectional voices.
Andrew Holloway is a 3L at New York Law School. His primary interest is in Intellectual Property Law. At NYLS, he serves as the BLSA chapter historian for 2022-2023. He is also a participant in the PTO Trademark Clinic where he assists entrepreneurs with the application process for federal trademarks. Previously, Andrew worked as a paralegal for four years handling bankruptcy and creditor’s rights matters. His goal as Disability Advocate is to ensure that NEBLSA members are on a level playing field and have access to the tools they need to succeed. His hobbies include running, rock climbing, and playing music