Ms. JD has awarded Fellowships to 17 law students. Fellows were selected based on their academic performance, leadership, and dedication to advancing the status of women in the profession. The winners reflect a full range of diverse interests and backgrounds, with women pursuing opportunities in public interest, academia, and private sector in every region of the country.
Please join us in congratulating Ms. JD's 2014 Fellows and their Mentors!
The 2014 Ms. JD Fellowship Winners are:
Alexandria L. Andresen, Charlotte School of Law
Lola Bovell, University of Wisconsin Law School
Siena Caruso, UC Berkeley Law School
Susie Choi, Stanford Law School
Nicole Grabianowski, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Faith Hudson, Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law
Akhila Kolisetty, Harvard Law School
Alisha Lubin, Drexel University School of Law
Nikki Marquez, Stanford Law School
Lila Meadows, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Sonya Rahders, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Joselyn Santos, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Sofie Syed, Columbia Law School
Kara Tappan, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
Jasmina Vajzovic, The University of Chicago Law School
Adrianne Waddell, University of Texas School of Law
Kiley White, The George Washington University Law School
Ms. JD created the Ms. JD Fellowship in order to promote mentoring and professional development for future female attorneys. The mentors are taken from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession’s Margaret Brent Award Winners and Commissioners. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship winner is being paired with a mentor.
Participating mentors include:
Judge Gladys Kessler
Pamela Banner Krupka
Judge Margret McKeown
Please join us in congratulating Ms. JD's 2014 Fellows and their Mentors!
2014 ms. jd fellows
Alexandria L. Andresen
Alexandria Andresen is a third-year student at Charlotte School of Law, where she serves as Senior Student Works Editor of Law Review, President of the ABA Law Student Division, Associate Chief Justice of Composition on the Moot Court Honor Board, and Historian of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity. Alexandria spent her law school summers interning with the In-House Legal Department of Compass Group USA, Inc. She received Charlotte Law’s “Rising Star” Award at the end of her 1L year, and the Outstanding Officer of the Year Award at the end of her 2L year. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Alexandria moved to Charlotte in 2005, and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a double minor in Psychology and Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2012. Outside of school, Alexandria spends her free time running, travelling, volunteering in the community, and spending time with family and friends.
Lola Bovell is a third year law student at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is currently an Advanced Opportunity Fellow and Public Interest Scholar. Since she started law school she has served as the President of the Latino/a Law Student Association, Membership Chair of the Moot Court Board, and Class Representative for the Student Bar Association. She has also had the privilege of participating in the only immigration clinic in the State of Wisconsin, the Immigrant Justice Clinic. Lola is originally from Miami, FL and has a background in music and the arts. She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Leadership. She continued her studies and later graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Florida in 2009. Before heading to the University of Wisconsin Law School, Lola helped many first-generation and non-traditional students navigate the college admissions and financial aid process as an Admissions Counselor and Financial Aid Administrator at Keiser University. She is currently interning at LatinoJustice PRLDEF in New York City where she works on precedent-setting impact cases to ensure that Latinos have more opportunities for political, economic, social and educational equality.
Siena Caruso is a third-year law student at UC Berkeley Law School. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from UCLA in 2011 with a B.A. in International Development and minor in Mandarin. While at UCLA, Siena tutored student athletes, mentored juvenile detainees, and studied abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Her thesis on the history of women's property rights in Singapore earned her Highest Departmental Honors and admittance to the Westwind/Aleph Conference for undergraduate research and writing. Before law school, Siena returned to China to teach English in central China at Jiaotong University in Wuhan. In law school, Siena served as Program Chair of the Boalt Hall Women's Association, ABA Student Liaison to the Section on Public Education, and Notes & Comments Editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. For her 1L summer, Siena received a Decanal Grant to work in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of the Chinese-Australian law firm King & Wood Mallesons in Beijing, China. During her final year of law school, Siena will continue to tutor international LLM students in legal writing and serve as Senior Executive Editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. As a member of the Board of Advocates, she will compete in Vienna, Austria in the William C. Vis International Moot Court Competition next spring. Currently she a summer associate at Mayer Brown in Los Angeles. Siena enjoys playing golf, traveling to new places, and spending time with her family.
Susie is a rising third-year student at Stanford Law School, and in 2012, she graduated phi beta kappa and with distinction from Stanford University, where she studied political science and creative writing. At Stanford Law, Susie is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Stanford Law & Policy Review, represents the law school on the university-wide Graduate Student Council, and serves on Stanford's Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Licensing, among other commitments. She has worked as a summer associate at the firms Baker & McKenzie and Sullivan & Cromwell, and she plans to practice corporate law in New York after graduation. In her free time, Susie enjoys running, listening to and creating music, mentoring, working on sustainability initiatives, and being a foodie.
Nicole Grabianowski is a third-year student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and also pursuing her Masters in Business Administration at Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business. Originally from Parker, Colorado, Nicole attended Arizona State University graduating cum laude with a B.S. in Finance with an International Business Certificate in addition to earning her B.F.A. in Dance. Nicole is currently a Lead Articles Editor on the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal and a Student Fellow for the Loyola Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies. During her second year of law school, Nicole served as a junior member of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, as a staff editor for the Loyola Consumer Law Review, and as the Secretary of the Women’s Law Society. In addition to her academic pursuits, Nicole completed an externship at the Cook County Department of Revenue and the Circuit Court of Cook County. Currently she works both as a Corporate Tax Law Clerk at Integrys Energy Group and a Research Assistant for Professor Spencer W. Waller, who serves as director of the Loyola Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies. Prior to attending law school, Nicole worked for a small finance company in Phoenix, Arizona. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, all things outdoors, body pump fitness class, movies, shopping, and football.
Originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio, Faith Hudson graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in Political Science. At Spelman Faith continued her work as the founder of “Youth Inspiring Youth,” an educational enhancement program for at risk girls. Upon her graduation she humbly served the Atlanta community as a 2010 Teach For America corps member, teaching reading and math skills to elementary school children. Faith is currently a rising third year student at Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, where she serves as a member of the Mercer Law Review. Faith also currently works as a summer associate at the Atlanta office of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC. As a second year law student, Faith served the National Black Law Student Association as the National Secretary however, she is most proud of founding and serving as the Chair of the Mercer Black Law Students Association’s First Year Academic Success Program which she entitled, "The Talented 10th." Most notably, she was recognized by the Gates City Bar Association, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys, as a 2013 scholarship honoree. Faith plans to continue her journey to empower women and girls to achieve academic success as she believes one day every child will have the opportunity to obtain a quality education.
Akhila Kolisetty is a rising third year law student at Harvard Law School. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern University in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining Harvard Law, Akhila worked with the Washington Lawyers' Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. She also conducted research on the impact of legal empowerment programs in Bangladesh with BRAC, writing a report that has since been published by the World Bank. She further helped raise over $500,000 to expand access to justice programs for women and girls as a Technical Advisor with Justice for All, a local non-profit in Afghanistan. In law school, Akhila has interned with Timap for Justice, a grassroots legal services organization in Sierra Leone. She also researched Islamic family and inheritance law in India with the Institute for Rural Research and Development, lead a team of law students in developing a legal aid toolkit with Namati, and participated in Harvard's International Human Rights clinic. Akhila has also represented survivors of domestic violence in family law proceedings as a member of the Family/Domestic Violence Clinic at Harvard and with a legal aid nonprofit in Cambridge. This summer, Akhila provided immigration and family legal services to survivors of gender-based violence at the New York Legal Assistance Group, and assisted with research and advocacy at Human Rights Watch's Women's Rights Division.
Alisha Lubin is entering her third year of law school at Drexel University School of Law. During her time at Drexel, she has been actively involved in the Women's Law Society and will be serving as President for a second consecutive term. In addition to Women's Law, Alisha also serves as the National Director of Programming for the National Black Law Students Association. She transitioned to the national board after serving as Vice President of the local chapter. Alisha enjoys competing in moot court competitions and placed as a Regional Finalist in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. She is the proud recipient of the Sadie T. M. Alexander Book Scholarship awarded by the Women Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association as well as the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Legal Education Scholarship. Alisha is a native New Yorker and graduate of Emory University. She is excited about the serving as a Ms. JD Fellow and sharing the experience with fellow law students.
Nikki Marquez is a rising 3L at Stanford Law School. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA, and received my BA from Stanford in Public Policy and Economics. Nikki also has an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS in International Relations and International Economics. While in law school, Nikki has been involved with various social justice groups working on human rights, immigration issues, rule of law, and refugee rights. Last summer, Nikki interned for a women's rights law firm and the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative in Beijing. This summer, Nikki is interning for the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project in San Francisco. After law school, Nikki plans to work providing direct services to underserved communities before moving into policy or impact litigation work. In her free time, Nikki loves to travel, scuba dive, hike, and bake desserts
Lila Meadows is a third year student at University of Maryland School of Law. After graduating from Franklin & Marshall College Lila returned to her hometown of Baltimore, MD to complete her Masters of Health Sciences (MHS) in health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Following her MHS she worked internationally as policy consultant for Simelela Rape Crisis Center in South Africa and domestically as an analyst for Wounded Warrior Project. During law school Lila has worked for Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice, and Assistance in Malawi advocating for the rights of prisoners with mental illness and as for The Hague Domestic Violence Project, creating practice guides for attorneys who represent victims of domestic violence in Hague Convention proceedings. Lila recently spent seven months working and studying in Cairo, Egypt where she provided legal services to refugees seeking resettlement through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
Sonya Laddon Rahders is a third year law student at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she is Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Women's Law Journal and part of the Social Justice Lawyering Concentration cohort. She is past president of UC Hastings Law Students for Reproductive Justice, served on the board of the Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation (HPILF), and helped found the chapter of Ms. JD at UC Hastings. She chairs the management committee of the Law Students for Reproductive Justice national board of directors, and was a member of the 2014 California Alliance for Abortion Care planning committee. A two-time recipient of the HPILF summer grant, Sonya interned her 2L summer with the ACLU of Southern California’s LGBT Rights, Reproductive Justice, and Gender Equity Project, and spent her 1L summer working on employment discrimination litigation and the landmark Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes case at the Impact Fund in Berkeley, California. Sonya holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies, summa cum laude, from UCLA, where she was active as a sexual health educator and youth advocate with the UCLA Sex Squad and AIDS Ambassadors at UCLA. She is a proud graduate of Cabrillo College, receiving her A.A. in Sociology with high honors in 2009. Prior to her tenure as a student, Sonya worked for several years in nonprofit administration and human resources, and had a brief stint as an aspiring professional snowboarder. A California native, she lives in Oakland with her dog Jasmine.
Joselyn Santos is a rising third year student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She has served on the board of the Maryland Public Interest Law Project and currently serves as the Communications and Social Media Director of the Latino/a Law Student Association. She is an active member of her community, providing interpreting services around the state and working with Latino youth in the Washington D.C. area. He work with the immigrant community and survivors of domestic violence has heightened her interest in these areas of the law. As a law student, she has researched and written about the impact of identification laws on undocumented immigrants in Maryland. For self care, she enjoys hiking, reading, dancing, and spending time with her family.
Sofie Syed is a third year law student at Columbia Law School. She graduated with honors from the University of Chicago, with a major in Political Science and a minor in French Language and Literature. Before attending law school, Sofie taught in Seoul, South Korea for two years. She interned in the chambers of the Honorable Dora L. Irizarry the summer after her first year of law school, and the Honorable Katherine B. Forrest throughout her second year. She served as the President of Columbia Law’s Empowering Women of Color, and was active in the Journal of Gender and Law and the Journal of Law and Social Problems. Sofie assisted Professor Jack Greenberg in his seminar on discrimination law and his research on Roma rights-related advocacy in Europe. She spent her second summer of law school in the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where she was the inaugural Robert Strauss Diversity Scholar. She plans to pursue a joint certificate in Global Business Law and Governance at Columbia, University of Paris I, and Sciences Po.
Kara Tappan is a student at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Ms. Tappan has a B.A. in communication from George Mason University, and worked at a television station prior to law school. Kara is active in the CUA law community; she serves as a teaching assistant for Professor Megan La Belle’s civil procedure class, and as a Note & Comment Editor on the Law Review.
Ms. Tappan is interested in appellate advocacy and litigation. After 1L year Kara interned with Judge Catharine F. Easterly on the D.C. Court of Appeals, and during her 2L year with Judge Sally D. Adkins on the Maryland Court of Appeals. Ms. Tappan is currently a summer associate at Norton Rose Fulbright in Washington, D.C. Kara and her husband Rich reside in Fairfax, VA with their daughters Alexis and Summer, and dog Roxie.
Jasmina is a 3L at The University of Chicago Law School. Jasmina serves as the business editor for the Chicago Journal of International Law, is a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, and was an active board member in Law Women's Caucus. Jasmina is also a Schiff-Hardin Kapnick Leadership and Development Facilitator, where she leads incoming 1Ls in a two-week long leadership program designed to promote team-building, confidence, and cooperation at the law school. Jasmina was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and moved to St. Louis with her family as a young child. She maintains close ties with the Bosnian community in St. Louis and serves on the board of two organizations which strive to promote a prosperous, multi-ethnic, and unified Bosnia and Herzegovina. While in law school, Jasmina interned at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, worked at a Civil Rights clinic, and is currently a summer associate at Perkins Coie in Chicago.
Adrianne is a third-year law student at the University of Texas School of Law with an interest in Oil and Gas Law, Environmental Law, and Intellectual Property Law. She received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rice University in 2012. While in law school, Adrianne has served as President of the Chicano Hispanic Law Students’ Association and is currently Development Editor of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal. Adrianne has clerked for the Travis County District Courts and Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody in Austin, TX. Prior to her third year, she will be working as a legal intern for Pioneer Natural Resources in Irving and Fletcher Yoder in Houston.
Kiley began law school at Tulane University and then transferred to The George Washington University Law School, where she is a Thurgood Marshall Scholar. She is admitted to practice before the USPTO. Prior to law school, Kiley earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, where she wrote her dissertation on “The synthesis and characterization of near-infrared emitting lanthanide metal-organic frameworks with tunable properties.” While working on her doctorate, Kiley received the ACS Women Chemists Committee Award. Kiley had previously earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Barnard College, Columbia University. As an undergraduate, Kiley did organic materials research at Columbia University and at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
Kiley is currently a Summer Associate in the DC office of Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. Her previous internship experiences include working at the USPTO, the United States International Trade Commission, and a boutique IP firm in Washington, DC. Kiley is an active member of the Intellectual Property Law section of the American Bar Association. She is Chair of the Patent Law Subcommittee in the Law Student Action Group and the founder of the Law Student Mentoring Program. Kiley enjoys long-distance running and has completed the New York City, Chicago, and Disney World marathons. She also enjoys baking and cake decorating.