The executive Board
Leslie Veloz is a 2L at Seton Hall Law. She serves as the 2021-2022 Regional Chair of the Northeast Region of NBLSA following her involvement as the New York Metro Sub-Regional Director last year. Leslie also serves as the Co-President of LALSA at Seton Hall Law. Beyond leadership roles, Leslie is a member of the Interscholastic Moot Court Team, a Barbri Ambassador, and a Westlaw Representative. She likes to binge anime, bungee jump, bike ride, and read books. Leslie is passionate about supporting and uplifting communities of color. This year, her goal as Chair is to get 100% participation amongst all the 33 chapters of the Northeast and make NEBLSA a leading resource for students.
Sabrina Smith is an evening student at New York Law School, Class of 2022. Her previous position on the regional board was Director of the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition. This year, she would like to focus on improving our engagement with local BLSA chapters. One of her hobbies is roller skating.
Victoria Lowe is a 3L at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and she humbly serves as the Regional Secretary for the Northeast Region of NBLSA. In previous BLSA roles, Victoria served her local chapter as the 1L representative during the 2019-2020 academic year and as President during the 2020-2021 academic year. During her term as President for her local chapter, Victoria received the honor of Northeast Chapter President of the Year. In addition to her roles with BLSA, Victoria is a Public Service Scholar, served as Treasurer of the Minority Student Alliance, and as a Staff Editor on Cardozo’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition Honor Society. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bates College, where she double majored in American Cultural Studies and Dance; and attended Spelman College as a domestic exchange student. Prior to law school, Victoria was a Teach for America Corps Member and taught in the classroom for four years. When not managing law school life, you can find Victoria dancing and loving on her beautiful son.
Alesha Ignatius Brereton is a 2L at Boston University School of Law. She is excited to serve her second term as Treasurer for the Northeast region of NBLSA. She holds a PhD in Sociology and worked for several years in leadership roles within gender-based violence non-profits. This past year she served on her local BLSA chapter as Community Liaison. Alesha is currently a 2L editor for the American Journal of Law and Medicine and will be serving on the executive board in her 3L year as the Special Projects Editor. She received a diversity fellowship as a 1L summer associate in the Boston office of Weil, Gotshal, and Manges, LLP and will be returning for her 2L summer. In her previous term as Treasurer, Alesha worked to develop easy to use templates for financial reporting and budgeting. This year she hopes to refine those processes and work towards providing ongoing information to the entire board about the financial systems and requirements. She enjoys reading biographies and memoirs and loves kayaking and dancing to just about anything.
Onid Larosilière is a rising 2L at Boston University School of Law. At BU School of Law, she serves as the Historian/Public Relation Coordinator. Prior to law school, she joined AmeriCorps VISTA in the fight against poverty and subsequently worked for NYC Mayor de Blasio where she led a citywide professional development program. As the Attorney General, Onid hopes to serve as a beacon of support and guidance in the face of adversity. She also seeks to use this role to empower students to find effective ways to voice their dissatisfaction and demand accountability. She is a first-generation Brooklynite of Haitian heritage. Outside of law school, Onid enjoys being a dog mom, engaging in community engagement work, and reliving Beyonce’s concerts via youtube.
CHIEF OF STAFF
Norma Hamilton is a 2L 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 2L 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.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Shelby Mitchell is a 2L 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
Fontaine Chambers is a rising 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.
NY METRO SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Patrice Oseni is a JD/MIA student at the City University of New York School of Law. Patrice previously served as the 1L rep on Student Government, the part-time representative on the Curriculum Committee, as well as NEBLSA's Director of Membership. Patrice is currently NEBLSA's NY Metro Sub-Regional Director and hopes to continue cultivating a community amongst National and Regional members through a virtual platform. Her other goals include keeping all chapters up-to-date, being a point-of-contact for chapter leaders, hosting events with other black professional organizations, as well as producing a successful Academic Retreat. Patrice enjoys swimming and cooking.
UPSTATE NY SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Shelbi Molin is a 1L at the University at Buffalo School of Law. He was the former Treasurer of the Buffalo Chapter of NEBLSA. A goal he has for his position is to create a better sense of community with his sub-region, so that no school feels left behind. A hobby of his is going to museums, traveling & playing basketball.
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 THE PRE-LAW DIVISION
Gabrielle Petrie is a 1L 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.
DIRECTOR OF MOOT COURT
Angia Morris is a 1L at Fordham University School of Law. At Fordham, she serves as the National Security Association for Law & Policy Reform Communications Director. As NEBLSA’s Director of Moot Court Competitions, Angia hopes to be a guidance point for students interested in appellate advocacy. She also hopes to encourage students to step outside of their comfort zone and find their voice by participating in moot court. In her free time, Angia enjoys vegetable gardening, juicing, and cooking.
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
Faatimah Jafiq is a rising 3L at Seton Hall University School of Law. She is enrolled in a dual degree program and is working towards a Masters in Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy. Ms. Jafiq is the president of the Muslim Law Students Association, student liaison to the NJ Muslim Lawyers Association, and a member of Seton Hall’s Jessup International Moot Court team. She is a fan of being active outdoors, and tries to hike, kayak, and rock climb as much as possible. As the Director of Community Outreach, she hopes to form connections between law students and the communities in which their schools are located. Too often law students view the area around their schools as something to be feared, especially in inner cities. However, in reality, these communities are vibrant places with much to offer…one only needs to take the time to look.
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 & EVENTS
Shannon Cohall is currently a 2L at Rutgers Law School in Newark, NJ. Prior to law school, she received her Masters degree in Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis in 2019. She completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University in 2014, with a double major in Public Health and Africana studies. She is originally from Brooklyn, NY and now resides in New Jersey. Currently, she serves as the 2020-2021 President for the Association of Black Law Students at Rutgers Law School. Her goal as Director of Programming and Events is to re-establish dynamic and transformative programs and events for all Black Law Students. Also to create an innovative convention that caters to both those attending in-person and those attending virtually.
Shannon plans to merge her passions of public health, social justice and advocacy as a health law attorney. In the future Shannon would like to become a Congresswoman to best serve and advocate for her community with a deep knowledge and understanding of the law and health care. Her hobby is professional organizing.