NWLSO Leadership Council
Ms. JD is excited to be expanding NWLSO by establishing the Inaugural NWLSO Leadership Council! Meet the members of this inaugural council!
Traci Gibson, National Chair
Traci Gibson is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and two minors in Africana Studies and Business Administration. She transitioned into law school a mere ten days after graduation and is currently a third-year student at The University of Houston Law Center. During her law school career she has served as the Vice President of the Labor and Employment Society, the Community Outreach Director for the Student Bar Association, Chief Prosecutor for her law school’s Honor Court, Student Attorney for the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic and the Communications Director for the North American Consortium on Legal Education. She also is a youth mentor for socially and economically disadvantaged youth with the Juvenile and Capital Advocacy Project, a Pre-Law mentor for the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Mentoring Program and currently clerks for Texas Medical Center doing transactional work. Traci is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, initiated through the Omicron Omega Chapter.
In addition to serving as the Inaugural NWLSO National Chair, Traci simultaneously serves as the Inaugural Southwest Regional Chair for National Black Law Students Association (“NBLSA”). Traci has spent her entire law school career striving to increase the social, economic and political opportunities for Black and minority students and is excited to bring that same passion to serving women in law!
Hitomi Heap-Baldwin, National Vice Chair
Hitomi Heap-Baldwin is the Vice Chair for Ms. JD’s inaugural NWLSO Leadership Council. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego and is currently a third-year law student at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Hitomi first became involved with Ms. JD as a 1L when she served as a 1L representative for Ms. JD at UC Hastings, her law school’s local chapter. Wishing to extend all of the opportunities and support she was given during her first year to incoming and continuing women law students, she continued on to serve as president of Ms. JD during her 2L year, focusing all programming, panels, mentorship programs, and networking events on two core themes: (1) intersectionality and (2) the importance of women supporting each other. She was also a founding member of UC Hastings’ Women of Color Initiative and continues to serve as a committee member.
Hitomi spent her 1L and 2L summers working for the Transgender Law Center and the Department of Health and Human Services, and, during her 2L year, participated in UC Hastings’ award-winning Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors clinic and served as a staff editor for Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. Recently, recognizing Hitomi’s leadership skills and commitment to the student body, UC Hastings awarded her both the Charles ‘31 and Jane Rummel Scholarship and the Student Leader of the Year award. In her free time, Hitomi enjoys hiking in North and East Bay, making lists of potential names for her future Vizsla, and generally just enjoying life.
Coryn Blacketer, Midwest Regional Chair
My name is Coryn Blacketer, I am currently a 1L student at IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, IN. I graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Political Science in May of 2016. I was been involved in several extracurricular activities throughout my undergraduate career that have helped to define the student and professional that I have become within law school at McKinney. I participated in the Women in Mentorship program for four years in which I had wonderful opportunities to meet many female role models who helped me in pursuit of my undergraduate degree despite adversity that I faced during this time. I continue to work as a volunteer with the organization Dress for Success Indianapolis which empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. I began working for a small company three years ago that provides clinical engineering services to healthcare facilities around the United States as well as to hospitals in impoverished areas of foreign countries such as, Kenya, India, Bolivia, etc. Over the past few years, TriMedx has grown to be one of the largest clinical engineering companies in the country and I have had the pleasure of working for several successful and wonderful female professionals that have provided me with priceless mentoring opportunities. They each pushed me to obtain my law degree as they knew it is something I have always been passionate but wasn’t sure I could obtain.
As a single mother in the professional world working to obtain a college education, I have faced many obstacles that I would not have been able to overcome without the support of the many wonderful women I have met along my journey. I hope that being involved with NWLSO and Ms. JD as the Midwest Regional Chair provides me with the opportunity to give back to women who need support and mentorship the way I did and continue to receive.
Candice Isaac, Midwest Regional Committee Vice-Chair
Candice Isaac serves as the 2017-2018 Midwest Regional Committee Vice-Chair for the National Women Law Students’ Organization (NWLSO) Leadership Council. Ms. Isaac is a native of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago but considers the DC metro area her home. Ms. Isaac has worked in the hospitality, healthcare, human resources, and government-contracting fields. Upon graduation, Ms. Isaac gained experience with various Executive branch government agencies in the administrative and human resource field. One noteworthy accomplishment was when Ms. Isaac earned a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of Energy for her work with the Office of Human Capital Policy, Accountability and Technology. She is currently a 2L student at the West Virginia University College of Law. Ms. Isaac enjoys spending time with loved ones, honing her journalistic skills, and sightseeing. Her interests span many areas however; the advancement of women has always been important to her. She looks forward to engaging the law school members and assisting in any way she can.
Tristin Brown, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair
Tristin Brown is a graduate of the Florida A&M University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Public Relations. She is currently a first-year law student at Georgetown University Law Center, where she is a Student Ambassador, a Public Interest Fellow, and a member of the Black Law Students Association. During her tenure at FAMU, Tristin became well known as "DJ Tris B", a radio personality on WANM 90.5 FM, who interviewed celebrities, locals, and alumni. In addition to broadcasting live weekly,
Tristin was also the weather anchor for FAMU TV-20, a Presidential Ambassador, and an associate for the student-run PR firm, Prodigy. She has interned for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and two U.S. senators. Graduating summa cum laude, Tristin was named the 2014-2015 Public Relations Student of the Year.
Jasmine Brown, Northeast Regional Committee Vice-Chair
Jasmine Brown is a 1L at St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, New York. She is interested in employment law. She is a graduate of Adelphi University, where she studied economics and political science. Before attending law school she worked as a legal assistant at a real estate tax law firm on Long Island, New York. She enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.
Lauren J. Walker, Mid-Atlantic Regional Committee Vice-Chair
A native of Philadelphia, Lauren J. Walker is currently in her first year at Howard University School of Law. Prior to returning to the D.C. area, Lauren worked in local government in Philadelphia as an Americorps VISTA and was then hired full time with positions ranging from Special Assistant to the Mayor to Policy Director. Lauren graduated from Howard University where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism, specifically studying public relations with a minor in Spanish. Lauren is a certified spin instructor, loves to travel, and has participated in multiple Habitat for Humanity Builds in Nicaragua.
Kaylynn Webb, Southeast Regional Chair
Kaylynn Webb is a third-year law student at Emory University School of Law. She was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She is actively involved in the Black Law Students Association and the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. In the Winter of 2016, Kaylynn’s bankruptcy Comment was one of ten student comments published in Volume 33 of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. Kaylynn also serves as a student coordinator for the Office of Student Engagement. In this role, Kaylynn coordinates academic, professional, and social programs for first-year law students.
Prior to law school, Kaylynn graduated summa cum laude from Howard University with a B.A. in political science. At Howard, Kaylynn interned on Capitol Hill, served as Parliamentarian for the Howard University Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, and also studied abroad in the Dominican Republic. She was a recipient of the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship and Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship. During her Senior year of college, Kaylynn was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Outside of academic pursuits, Kaylynn enjoys traveling and watching The Walking Dead.
Jovani Monexil, Southeast Regional Committee Vice-Chair
Jovani was born to Haitian parents in Fort Myers Florida and grew up in Palm Beach, Florida. At the age of fifteen, she moved to Georgia after her sophomore year of high school. Jovani graduated from Clayton State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies.
Jovani knew she wanted to be an attorney for sure when she realized, growing up, that members within her family were having difficulties attaining legal representation in order to resolve their immigration statuses. The process seemed to be so stressful for them. Because of their language and cultural barriers, they were often misunderstood and getting through everyday endeavors seemed to be more difficult for them than most. Although she was just a child, her family members would have her translate their conversations and letters they would receive in the mail for them. It was then that Jovani realized she really enjoyed helping others.
She currently attends FAMU College of Law as a 1L student. She loves traveling and learning about different cultures. Thus far, she has discovered that she is in love with the Japanese culture and that she loves Thai food. The most recent memorable experience for her was interning for The Fair Punishment Project where her essential task was to help research unjust and bias patterns within the criminal justice system against people that were poor and people of color. From that experience, Jovani has gained even more passion to zealously advocate for those that are being unfairly targeted. She is elated to have been chosen as a Vice-Chair for the NWLSO where she will specifically have the opportunity to encourage women law students in the Southeast Region to continue to strive for greatness in a male dominated profession. Jovani looks forward to making an impact and working with other women and men who are just as passionate about learning, understanding and accepting diversity.