Board of Directors and Officers
Maleaha Brown is a family law attorney for Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, where she represents low-income survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Maleaha was selected as a Fellow with the American Bar Association’s Section of Family Law in 2018, and she currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Section’s Domestic Violence Committee. Maleaha is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and Baylor University. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and she is a Registered Legal Services Attorney in California.
While at Howard Law, Maleaha became involved with Ms. JD as a 2015 Ms. JD Fellow. After graduation, she served as the organization’s Fellowship Director before joining the Ms. JD Board of Directors in 2017. Maleaha is passionate about advocating for women’s issues. Notably, her articles “When Pros Become Cons: Ending the NFL’s History of Domestic Violence Leniency” and “The Unfair Choice: A Call for Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers” have been published in the ABA’s Family Law Quarterly and the Howard Human and Civil Rights Law Review, respectively.
Diana is an entrepreneurial lawyer working at the cross-section of law, tech, and business. Currently, she is a Legal Innovation Designer at BakerHostetler LLP's New York City Office where she leads firm-wide blockchain and smart contract R&D efforts. She previously practiced corporate law at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Menlo Park, California, founded a boutique innovation firm, Distributive, Inc., and started a small business in Paris, France. She also contributed legal research and analysis to the Federal Trade Commission, the Bitcoin Foundation, Pandora Media, Inc., and the HBO series “Silicon Valley”.
Diana graduated from UCLA School of Law with a specialization in the Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Program. In law school, Diana was on the Board of Law Women of UCLA, and loves being part of UCLA Law Women LEAD and Ms. JD communities today. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 with a double major in French and Writing Seminars (Poetry Concentration). Her latest new creative hobby is pyrography.
Chief Financial Officer
Etherial Edetan serves as a senior tax attorney for ExxonMobil, where she works in the Tax Law, Appeals, and Litigation group in Houston, Texas. Etherial graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Public Relations and a business foundations certificate; Howard University School of Law with her J.D.; and also received her LLM in tax from New York University School of Law.
Etherial formally served as an intern with Ernst & Young’s tax group in Houston Texas, Howard University’s General Counsel in Washington, D.C., and as a judicial intern for the honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. During her law school tenure, Etherial was also awarded the Olender Foundation Earl H. Davis advocacy award for her public service efforts.
Prior to law school, Etherial served as a 2009 Teach for America corps member in Atlanta, Georgia. Etherial’s past experience as an educator inspired her to first get involved with Ms. JD as a volunteer for the organization’s inaugural Ready to Rise academy for middle school girls in 2018.
Etherial is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and is an active member of the Mu Kappa Omega chapter in her hometown of Missouri City, Texas.
Katie Day is an in-house attorney for Covetrus, a veterinary technology and animal health company. She received her Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University School of Law, Summa Cum Laude and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hofstra University. Katie first became involved with Ms. JD as a pre-law student and worked as Ms. JD's Social Media Manager and Programs Assistant while she attended law school.
Katie has always had a passion for supporting women in the law. While in law school, she served as president of Quinnipiac University's award-winning Women's Law Society and was recognized for her service to the law school community. You can find Katie on Instagram at @heyitskatieday.
Julie S. Alarcón
Julie S. Alarcón is a labor and employment litigation associate at Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers LLP, where she represents and counsels both private and public sector unions on a wide range of legal matters. She received her Juris Doctor from UC Hastings College of the Law and her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles.
Prior to joining her firm, Julie completed a legal fellowship with the AFL-CIO Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C., where she worked on Supreme Court and appellate advocacy that was focused on protecting the rights of workers. While in law school, Julie interned for several non-profits and government agencies committed to serving the needs of the public including ACLU Immigrant Rights’ Project, Legal Aid at Work, National Labor Relations Board (Region 21), California Attorney General’s Office of Civil Rights Enforcement and Hastings Community Justice Clinic. She also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Carlos Vazquez for Los Angeles Superior Court.
Julie first became involved with Ms. JD in law school when she became a founding member of Ms. JD at UC Hastings. She was the organization’s first Outreach and Professional Development Coordinator where she connected more than 30 women law students with mentors. Inspired by Ms. JD, Julie founded the Women of Color Initiative at UC Hastings, which partners with Ms. JD to promote women of color attorneys. She was selected as a Ms. JD National Fellow for her leadership and commitment to public service.
Amber C. Thomson
Amber Thomson is an Associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s Washington, D.C. office, where she counsels companies on cybersecurity and data breach matters, as well as U.S. and international data privacy, data transfer and “Big Data” issues. She graduated Cum Laude from Howard University School of Law where she served as Vice President of Epsilon Sigma Iota Sorority, Inc. the nation’s first legal sorority. She also served as President of OUTlaw, Howard’s LGBT organization, and President of the school’s International Moot Court Team. Amber received her B.S.B.A. with a focus on International Business and Spanish from Old Dominion University. Prior to attending law school, Amber worked for A.P. Moller-Maersk, first as an International Shipping Education trainee and later in various management roles in the United States and Latin America.
Amber is dedicated to mentoring young women in law school and serves as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) mentor. She is also the founder of Lesbian Lawyers of Color. Amber first became involved with Ms. JD in law school when she was selected as a Ms. JD Fellow. She was so inspired by her experience as a Fellow that she became determined to contribute more to the organization. You can find Amber on Instagram at @lady_bijou.
Okeoma Moronu is an in-house attorney at an aviation company based in Dallas, Texas. She received her JD from Columbia University School of Law and an L.LM. in International law from the University of Amsterdam. Prior to going in-house, Okeoma was a corporate associate at Baker Botts in Dallas and a Capital Markets attorney at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in both their New York and Singapore offices.
In 2016 Okeoma launched the Happy Lawyer Project Podcast, a weekly lifestyle podcast for lawyers looking to find happiness in life with a law degree. The podcast was honored by the ABA in 2017 and 2018 as a top podcast for lawyers. The show provides Okeoma with the opportunity to share her passion for showing lawyers that happiness and fulfillment are possible in life and law.
In her spare time, Okeoma loves traveling with her husband and two little ones, spending time with her chickens and writing personal finance books for children.
Diana LaMorie is a Compliance Manager for a large investment adviser based in NY, where she manages a regulatory compliance framework to comply with SEC, CFTC, and NFA regulations (as well as FCA regulations for the firm’s UK office). Diana holds a J.D. (2010) from Brooklyn Law School, as well as a B.S. in Finance (2006) and M.B.A. in Finance (2007), both from Fordham University. She is also a RYT-200 Registered Yoga Teacher (though she practices a lot more than she teaches). Diana first became involved with Ms. JD as a 2018 Writer in Residence and continues to contribute to the Ms. JD blog as a Board Member.
Anna R. Gressel
Anna R. Gressel is a litigation associate whose practice focuses on complex civil litigation, corporate governance and intellectual property. Ms. Gressel is a member of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group, and she actively advises on issues related to emerging technologies. She also maintains a pro bono practice that includes federal civil rights litigation and indigent criminal defense.
Ms. Gressel received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2014, where she twice served as teaching assistant for the flagship Negotiation Workshop course and Harvard Negotiation Institute’s executive education programs.
Ms. Gressel received a B.A. from Pomona College. Prior to law school, Ms. Gressel was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Morocco.
Ms. Gressel is the co-author of “Storm Clouds or Silver Linings? Assessing the Impact of the U.S. CLOUD Act on Cross-Border Criminal Investigations,” American Bar Association, Litigation Journal (Fall 2018) (with Frederick T. Davis), “Report of the Investigation,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Internal Corporate Investigations, Brad D. Brian, Barry F. McNeil and Lisa J. Demsky, eds., 4th ed. 2017 (with Edwin G. Schallert) and “Do the Apps Have Ears? Cross-Device Tracking,”Bloomberg BNA, Privacy & Security Law Report, 15 PVLR 1421, (7 November, 2016) (with Jeremy Feigelson).
Ms. Gressel is a member of the Bar of New York. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Ms. Gressel is a member of the Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance, and a member of the Ms. JD Board of Directors.
Tanvi Patel is an intellectual property attorney at Neal Gerber & Eisenberg in Chicago, IL, where she assists clients in protecting their innovations through all aspects of development and commercialization. Tanvi’s practice includes understanding clients’ and competitive intellectual property, procuring and developing clients’ intellectual property portfolios, and enforcing and/or defending against allegations of infringement.
Tanvi obtained her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign (2005), and her J.D. from DePaul University (2011). Tanvi first became involved with Ms. JD as an attendee of the LaddHer Up conference and later as a Board Member.
Simone is a corporate attorney at BakerHostetler, where she primarily represents clients in the healthcare and life sciences industries. She also frequently contributes to workshop presentations on blockchain technology for enterprise solutions and advises founders, venture capital firms, and non-profit organizations on blockchain technology related issues. Her passion for blockchain expands to her community engagement, which includes serving as a member of the Hyperledger Healthcare Special Interest Group.
Simone holds a J.D. (2015) from The University of Texas School of Law as well as a B.S. in Cognitive Science (2008) from Rice University. Simone first became involved with Ms. JD through the Center for Women in Law at The University of Texas School of Law. Prior to attending law school, she worked for Abercrombie & Fitch in the Office of Diversity. She has served as a Board of Director for several organizations including YMCA Austin East Communities, Our Family Dinner Foundation, and now Ms. JD. In her spare time, Simone loves to explore new recipes and flavors and collect Pan-African art.
Legal advocate. Law school professor. And community leader. Kristen Corpion is the face of the modern lawyer. After graduating from Berkeley Law School and kickstarting her career at elite international law firm Greenberg Traurig—representing large companies—Kristen has since launched her own innovative law firm, CORPlaw. CORPlaw helps modern entrepreneurs grow and protect their business. CORPlaw specializes in working with locally owned small business owners.
A Florida native, Kristen has been practicing law for 6 years, owns two companies, and has earned numerous distinctions, such as being named one of South Florida’s Outstanding 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rookie of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and earning the Rising Star distinction, a recognition given to less than 3% of lawyers, by Florida Super Lawyers. Just this year, Kristen was installed as the current President-Elect of the Dade County Bar Young Lawyers Section, which is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in South Florida.
Kristen also dedicates her time to mentoring students. She teaches law and business at the undergraduate and graduate levels as an adjunct professor at Florida International University. She is also the Founder and brains behind an innovative community-based initiative, Sidebar. Sidebar brings together lawyers and other legal professionals to collaborate and drive changes in the legal industry.
Kristen is passionate about transforming the legal profession, the perception the community has of lawyers, and using the law as a tool to help her local community grow. As the proud daughter of a single-mom who ran her own business, Kristen has a special respect for working with female and minority-owned businesses.
Ashley Lhérisson is a Litigation Associate from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, currently working in the Legal Department at Goldman Sachs. Ashley graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School. Prior to joining her law firm, Ashley clerked for the Honorable Jane A. Restani at the Court of International Trade. During her clerkship, Ashley founded her own graduate school admissions consulting business, Ivy Grad Services. Through Ivy Grad Services, Ashley is able to continue her commitment to mentorship by helping students meet their graduate school goals. Prior to her clerkship, Ashley served as a legal assistant at two other top law firms in New York City. Ashley is licensed to practice law in New York and California.
In her free time, Ashley volunteers as a member of the Women in the Legal Profession Committee for the New York City Bar Association and serves as a Law Career Coach to current law students. She is also a member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) and the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA). In addition to serving on the Ms. JD Board of Directors, Ashley serves on the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Junior Leadership Board and the Pipeline to Practice Foundation Board.
Carlos Eduardo Julca
Carlos Eduardo Julca is Counsel at Keysight Technologies, an S&P 500 company formerly owned by Hewlett-Packard. His area of practice is focused on Mergers and Acquisitions, as well as International Tax Planning and Controversy.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he holds Accredited Investor status. He actively seeks investment opportunities in publicly held companies, mutual funds, tech startups, and venture capital firms.
Prior to his current role, he worked for the Honorable Chief Justice Myron T. Steele at the Delaware Supreme Court, and the Honorable Robert N. Scola Jr. at the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. During law school he was elected President of the Latino Law Student Association.
He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University.
He is a first generation immigrant born in Peru, and raised in Miami, FL.
Hailey Hillsman is a student at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Troy University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Georgia College. At CM Law, Hailey is the research assistant to Associate Dean Carolyn Broering-Jacobs researching women in law, leadership, and grit. Hailey is also a member of the Dean’s Leadership Fellowship Program, a selected group of students dedicated to learning leadership skills in the legal field. In addition, she is a staff writer for the law school’s newspaper, The Gavel.
Prior to attending law school, Hailey was a secondary science teacher for six years in Georgia. Although she was passionate about her students, Hailey could not let go of her dream of pursuing a law degree. One of her main goals while attending law school is to find resources and mentors related to women in law. That goal led her to Ms. JD, and Hailey is excited to join this journey of promoting women in law with the organization.
Founder and Inaugural President
Elizabeth Pederson graduated Order of the Coif with Pro Bono Distinction from Stanford Law School, where she was a Public Interest Fellow and the Symposium Editor on the Executive Board of the Stanford Law Review. Since graduation, Elizabeth clerked on the Northern District of California and served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan DA's Office. Prior to law school, Elizabeth served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. She holds a M.P.A. from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan as a Frey Foundation Fellow and a B.A. summa cum laude with highest honors from Brandeis University.
Founding Chief Financial Officer
Karen E. Deschaine
Karen E. Deschaine is an Associate in the Cooley LLP Business department. She joined Cooley in 2007 and is resident in the San Diego office. Karen received a J.D. with a specialization in Business Law from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was the Editor in Chief of the UCLA Women’s Law Journal. She has a Masters of Business Administration from Auburn University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the United States Military Academy, in West Point, New York. While at West Point, Karen was on the Sport Parachute Team and, as such, jumped the game ball into numerous Army football games and was named the Overall Novice Champion at the 1994 National Collegiate Skydiving Championships. Prior to law school, Karen served as a captain in the United States Army and commanded two companies. Karen was one of the founding members of Ms. JD's Board of Directors (2006-2012) and is a member of the State Bar of California.
Jessie Kornberg graduated in 2007 from UCLA School of Law, where she was Editor in Chief of the Women's Law Journal and Articles Editor for the Journal of Sexual Orientation Law. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University. During law school Jessie was the Helena Rubenstein Foundation Fellow at Legal Momentum, the legal defense and education fund for NOW. After law school Jessie served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Jon Phipps McCalla, Chief Judge of the Western District of Tennessee. Prior to law school, Jessie worked in homeless family services in New York City and co-authored Homeless in America, Part Two: A Statistical Reader with the Institute for Children and Poverty. In 2009, Jessie became Ms. JD's first Executive Director. Jessie currently also serves on the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession and on the Governing Board of California Women Lawyers. In 2011, Jessie joined the Los Angeles litigation boutique Bird Marella. Jessie has been recognized by The Recorder and Super Lawyers as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” and “Rising Star,” respectively. In 2014, Jessie became the first female CEO and President of Bet Tzedek.
Janet Wallace co-founded the law firm O'Leary Wallace LLP in San Luis Obispo County, California. Janet is a faculty member at Cuesta Community College, where she teaches courses on Estate Planning and Administration, Business Organizations, Introduction to Law, and Legal Technology. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, where she served as President of Law Students for the Arts and Research Assistant to Professor Lisa R. Pruitt. Janet graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art and Architecture. Prior to attending law school, Janet was a high school photography teacher, robotics adviser, White House gift wrapper, intern coordinator, office manager, field representative, and art gallery docent. Janet served on the Board of Directors of Ms. JD, the Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo and is Past President of the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council. She graduated from Leadership San Luis Obispo Class XXII and is a trained $tart $mart facilitator. In 2015, Janet was named one of the Top 20 Under 40 by the San Luis Obispo Tribune and received the inaugural Rising Star Award from the Women Lawyer's Association of SLO. Janet and her husband of 13 years have one son, Julian, are licensed foster parents, and craft the perfect basil vodka gimlet (but not one because of the other). You can find Janet online at her personal blog, www.thisconfettilife.com. In her spare time, Janet sleeps.
Katie Larkin-Wong is an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP in San Francisco, CA where her practice focuses on antitrust and white collar litigation. She is the second President of Ms. JD. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern Law School. Katie is a long time Ms. JD reader, served as a 2010-2011 Writer-in-Residence, and was a 2010 Ms. JD Fellow. While at Northwestern, she served as the Managing Editor of the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property and on the board of the Women’s Leadership Coalition. She was also active in Northwestern’s Program on Negotiations and Mediation where she became a certified mediator, mediating and settling cases in the Chicago courts. Katie holds a dual major in psychology and government with an emphasis in women’s studies from Claremont McKenna College and, prior to law school, worked for Verizon’s Corporate Counsel on antitrust and intellectual property matters.