Board & Officer Alumnae
Former Executive Director 2014-2016
Heather Byrd Asher
Heather Byrd Asher is Executive Director of Ms. JD and works out of Atlanta. She graduated summa cum laude from Howard University and also spent a semester studying at the University of Ghana. She graduated from Harvard Law School and, while in law school, served as Vice President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and as an admissions volunteer and BLSA committee co-chair. Heather returned to Atlanta, her hometown, after law school and spent six years working in the corporate restructuring field at Alston & Bird LLP.
Former Vice President
Elizabeth Hague is a Dispute Resolution associate in the Washington, DC office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, where her work focuses on complex civil litigation and global investigations. She has served on the Ms. JD Board of Directors since March 2013, and serves on the Board of Collective Action for Safe Spaces, a DC-based organization dedicated to making public spaces safer for women.
Elizabeth is a magna cum laude graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and holds a JD from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, she served in the Board of the Women's Law Association and Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and participated in the Human Rights, Litigating in Family Court, and Gender Violence Clinics. Elizabeth is a former Fulbright Scholar to Morocco, where she researched women's legal empowerment. In her free time, she enjoys visiting national parks, reading, and listening to feminist podcasts. Her personal Twitter is @emh_esq
Nicole Grabianowski is an associate at Husch Blackwell LLP in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where her practice focuses on banking and finance matters. She is the Chief Financial Officer of Ms. JD. She graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and also received her M.B.A. from Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business. Nicole is a long time Ms. JD reader and was a 2014 Ms. JD Fellow. While at Loyola, Nicole served as a Lead Articles Editor on the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, as a staff editor for the Loyola Consumer Law Review, and on the board of the Women's Law Society. She also was a Student Fellow for the Loyola Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies from 2013-2015. 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. In addition to her academic pursuits, Nicole completed an externship at the Cook County Department of Revenue and the Circuit Court of Cook County and also worked part-time throughout law school as a Corporate Tax Law Clerk at WEC Energy Group. 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, yoga, movies, shopping, and football.
Jane Rosales is a third-year law student at New York Law School focusing on criminal defense. Jane is a long-time reader of Ms. JD and previously served as Ms. JD’s social media manager. Previously, Jane was a senior paralegal in the Disability Advocacy Project at the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she represented disabled individuals in Social Security Administration hearings. She also served two AmeriCorps terms working in the education sector in Boston. Jane graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Political Science and obtained her Master’s degree in International Affairs from Northeastern University. In addition to serving on the Ms. JD Board of Directions, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Binghamton University Alumni Association. You can find Jane online at her fitness blog, Run the Jungle, or on Twitter at @janeprosales.
Courtney Gabbara is a licensed attorney in Michigan. She received her JD from Michigan State University College of Law in May of 2012. In 2009, she graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and then went immediately into law school where she continued to make the continuing success of women one of her top priorities. While in law school, she was the Community Service Chair and President for the Women’s Law Caucus, the co-founder of the Women in the Law Leadership Counsel for MSU Law, the Treasurer and Vice Justice for Phi Alpha Delta, the National Trial Advocacy Competition Director, and a Trial Advocacy Moot Court Board Member. Courtney has had the good fortune of working as a law clerk at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Michigan; the Michigan Attorney General’s Office in the Health, Education, and Family Services Division; and for the Corporation Counsel Division of Oakland County. Courtney is currently the Assistant Director of Admissions at Michigan State University College of Law.
Noorain Khan is a corporate associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City. She appeared on the 2014 Forbes “30 Under 30” List for Law & Policy and received the Pro Bono Publico Award from the Legal Aid Society. Noorain serves on the boards the Association of American Rhodes Scholars and Ms. JD and spent three years leading the girl planning efforts to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in 2012. She also served on the selection committee for the inaugural Peace First Prize. Noorain Khan is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was a Soros Fellow. At Yale, Noorain served as the co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology, chaired Yale Law Women, and was a member of the Balancing Civil Liberties and National Security After September 11 Clinic. Noorain also hosted a popular culture radio show on WYBC AM New Haven and contributed to the blog Jezebel. She has worked on editing the Beijing +10 goals on behalf of Pakistan at a women’s rights NGO in Karachi, on advocacy for the uninsured in Texas, on free speech and censorship at Google, and on organizing youth activists at Amnesty International USA. Noorain received an MPhil in migration studies at Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA from Rice University. She has traveled abroad with the U.S. State Department to speak about Islam in the U.S. and has worked at Goldman Sachs and the Department of Justice.
Hollyn Randolph is a 1L at George Washington University in Washington DC. She is interested in a career in entertainment law and intellectual property. She is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.A in Print Journalism and minor in Sociology. Prior to law school she worked in marketing and was a freelance journalist. She enjoys mentoring, writing, traveling and cooking.
Timothy Miller currently works in the Research Compliance and Integrity unit at the University of California, Davis. He began working there after graduating from UC Davis School of Law (King Hall) in 2012. At King Hall, Tim served as the Managing Articles Editor for the Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy. Prior to law school, Tim worked in Risk Management at JPMorgan Asset Management and in Legal and Compliance at a New York City hedge fund. While in New York, Tim mentored high school students with Minds Matter of NYC. He graduated from Cornell University in 2004 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. In his free time, Tim enjoys rock climbing and snowboarding.
Juliana Siconolfi is thrilled to serve on Ms. JD's Board of Directors, where she also serves as Chair of its Academic Committee and a member of its Marketing & Communications Committee. She is also the Ms. JD Writers in Residence Program Board Liaison. Previously, she served as Ms. JD's inaugural Academic Program Director, its 2014 Writers in Residence Program Director, and a 2013 Writer in Residence. Juliana is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School. She graduated magna cum laude from Bates College, obtained her J.D. from Boston College Law School, and is an LL.M. candidate at The George Washington University Law School. Her unique perspective as a woman in law who has pursued a non-traditional career path, has a background in and great love for the arts, and is a passionate advocate for equality, diversity, and inclusion informs her work and research interests. The latter include diversity and inclusion within the entertainment, fashion, and beauty industries; intersections between forms of self-presentation and equality; legal education pedagogy; and all things professionalism. In her spare time, Juliana loves to read, travel, and eat cheese. She may be found on Twitter at @JulesSiconolfi.
Tanya Falleiro is an attorney based in San Jose, California. She practices business transactional law at Structure Law Group LLP. Tanya was a 2011 Ms. JD Fellow, and a previous Writer-in-Residence for Ms. JD in 2010. She received her JD from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco in 2012, where she was in the Honors Law Program, an Associate Editor on the Environmental Law Journal, member of the Moot Court Board, and recipient of the Joseph R. and June B. Rensch Endowed Law Scholarship. She received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley in 2008. In her free time, Tanya enjoys hiking and trying new restaurants around the Bay Area.
Sheila Forjuoh is an Associate at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Houston, Texas. She is a recent graduate of The University of Texas School of Law and the McCombs School of Business as a member of the JD/MBA Class of 2013. While in school, she was a member of the Texas Law Review, Managing Editor of the Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law, a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, and a Board Fellow with United Way Capital Area. She was also a founding member of Beyond Any Bar, a student group aimed at connecting UTLaw students with members of the UT Law’s non-practicing alumni community in hopes of educating students about non-practicing career paths. Sheila remains an active alumni of both the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, the UT Law chapter of the National Black Law Students Association, and the Black Graduate Business Association. She is a graduate of the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, with a B.S.B.A. in Marketing and a second major in Entrepreneurship, where she was involved in many student groups and received numerous scholarships and awards.
Kim Watson graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Illinois College of Law and magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She is recently completed a Public Interest Law Fellowship at The Law Project in Chicago, and will be starting as a full-time associate at Kirkland and Ellis in October 2012. During law school, Kimberly was a Notes Editor for the Elder Law Journal, the Vice-President of Women’s Law Society and the President of the Corporation and Business Law Association. Kimberly was also a recipient of the Ms. JD Fellowship in 2011 and was a student representative to the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois in 2010 and 2011.
Nicole Chiu-Wang is, above-all-else, an entrepreneurial “Jill of all trades”. A trademark attorney by trade, Nicole embarked on a career transition by going back to school to become a front-end developer and user experience designer as well as forming her own small business. Through this transition, Nicole found her place among the emerging fashion tech startups of San Francisco where she worked at both Rocksbox, a designer jewelry subscription startup, and Share Some Style, a marketplace for personal stylists. To pursue her entrepreneurial dreams, Nicole’s company released its first line of fashion-forward athletic socks for women under the brand-name TREADFAST in February 2014 and has since produced a line of long and short sleeve graphic tshirts. In January 2015, Nicole announced her new title (and latest passion forward move) as Co-Founder and COO of Boon + Gable, a styling startup that brings the dressing room (and the stylist) to you. Nicole graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Irvine, with degrees in Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies. In 2009, she received her JD from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles where she served as a production editor for the International and Comparative Law Review, competed on the nationally recognized Byrne Trial Advocacy Team and the Scott Moot Court Honors Board. During law school, Nicole served on the Executive Board of Directors for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles, was crowned Miss Los Angeles County 2007 and was fourth runner-up to Miss California USA 2008. In 2010, Nicole competed on Season 10 of NBC’s The Apprentice from which she launched a speaking tour at college campuses focused on finding your dream job and a weekly segment on a national syndicated talk radio show, The Block Radio. If you asked Nicole how she got where she is today, she would tell you, "I live Passion Forward."
Carla Laroche is currently a Pro Bono Fellow at Hunton and Williams LLP. A 2011 Ms. JD Fellow, Carla graduated with a JD from Columbia Law School and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School as a concurrent degree student. She also earned an A.B. in History, with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies, from Princeton University. While in law school, Carla was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, was a Staff Editor for the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and served on the Executive Board of Columbia’s Black Law Students Association. Carla was awarded a Jane Marks Murphy Prize for her work with Columbia's Prisoners and Families Clinic. Prior to her fellowship, Carla was a law clerk in the Southern District of Florida and a banking associate at Paul Hastings LLP. She has worked and volunteered in Australia, Zimbabwe, Haiti, and Tanzania. In her spare time, Carla tries to improve her Haitian-Creole—her parents’ native language—and enjoys traveling and reading.
Julie Silverbrook received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Political Science from The George Washington University, after receiving the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Scholar Award – the highest academic award given to a student in the arts and sciences college. Julie earned her J.D. from William & Mary Law School, where she received the National Association of Women Lawyers Award and the Thurgood Marshall Award, and served as a senior articles editor for the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal. She also created an award winning constitutional literacy program called Constitutional Conversations in collaboration with William & Mary Law's Institute of Bill of Rights Law, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and the Williamsburg Regional Library system. Julie currently serves as Executive Director of The Constitutional Sources Project, a non-profit based in Washington, DC.
Michele L. Perrin
Michele L. Perrin graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in History in 2007. She obtained her Masters degree in Modern European History from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010. Michele began her legal career with Duggan Smith & Heath LLP in 2010, and completed her paralegal course work though the University of California, Santa Cruz extension program in 2011. Michele joined the law firm Adamski Moroski Madden Cumberland & Green LLP in 2015, and assists an equity partner in real estate transactions and probate and estate law. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Ms. JD from 2012-2017.
Keisha N. Stanford
Keisha N. Stanford is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where she served as the Co-President of the Stanford Law Students’ Association and the Women of Stanford Law. Keisha previously worked as an associate at Covington & Burling LLP's San Francisco office. She graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, majoring in Philosophy and Spanish. Following graduation, Keisha began working in the Immigration practice group at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP in Atlanta, GA and then began a graduate program in philosophy at Emory. Continuing to work at Paul Hastings part-time during her graduate program, she completed her Master of Arts degree in Philosophy in May 2007. Keisha spends her spare time reading, practicing yoga, and playing with her seven-year old Weimaraner, Geist.
Board Alumna & Former NWLSO Liaison
Connie Lam is a third-year student at Cornell Law School and 2011-2012 President of the Cornell Women’s Law Coalition and Treasurer of the Asian and Pacific-American Law Students’ Association. A native of Los Angeles, CA, Connie became a permanent East-Coaster when she attended Dartmouth College. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a focus in Imperialism and a Minor in Chinese. Connie is an avid cook, dog-lover, and coffee aficionado.
Erin Wiley is an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, in New York. At the Cornell Law School she served as an articles committee member on the Cornell Law School International Law Journal. She has a Master of Global Business Law at Sciences Po and Université de Paris I (La Sorbonne), in Paris. She graduated with a B.A.H in English and History from Queen’s University, in Canada, where she directed Queen’s Medical Outreach, a student-run non-profit organization, and served as Co-Secretary-General for the Queen’s Model United Nations conference. During her first summer of law school, Erin worked as an intern for The Honorable Paul A. Crotty, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York. Erin spends her spare time running, practicing yoga, traveling and writing.
Legal Director & 2009-2010 Ms. JD Fellow
Sarah Dunn Davis
Sarah Dunn Davis graduated Order of the Coif in 2008 from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Kentucky Law Journal. She has her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Virginia, where she graduated with distinction. After law school, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She will be serving as the 2009–2010 Ms. JD Fellow before joining the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. She is a member of the state bar of New York and the American Bar Association.
Anjali Shenoy is a third-year law student at the University of Michigan, where she serves as a contributing editor and articles committee member on the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, where she served as Class President for two years. During college Anjali worked as a legal intern for a bankruptcy attorney in Allentown, Pennsylvania and as an intern with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office in the Sexual Assault and Family Violence unit. Following graduation, Anjali worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as a litigation paralegal and then spent a year working at the M.V. Foundation in Hyderabad, India, a non-governmental organization that works to end child labor and universalize education. Following graduation, Anjali will be spending a year traveling and working on women's rights issues before starting as an associate at Latham & Watkins.
Anna MacCormack is Assistant Counsel at the New York State Department of Financial Services in its Financial Frauds and Consumer Protection Division. Previously, she clerked for the Honorable Cathy Seibel of the Southern District of New York and worked as an associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP (now Hogan Lovells). She is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, a member of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, co-chair of NYU Law Women, and held internships with the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project and the Honorable Denny Chin of the Southern District of New York. She was also a founding member of Ms. JD and served as its Editor-in-Chief from 2006-2007.
Board Alumna & 2009 Conference Coordinator
Jill Russell serves as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Federal Civil Rights Litigation of the City of Chicago Law Department. Prior to joining the City, she clerked for the Honorable John Feikens on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and practiced labor and employment law with an AmLaw 200 firm in Chicago. Jill graduated from the University of Michigan Law School cum laude in 2008. She is a founding member of Ms. JD and previously served as Secretary for the Board of Directors from 2006-2007 and as Conference Coordinator for the Ms. JD Conference in 2009.
Becca Bell earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan in 2004 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School in 2008. Becca was one of the founding members of Ms. JD and currently practices corporate law in New York. She is admitted to practice in both New York and Illinois and enjoys volunteering through the New York Cares Organization during her free time.
Former Executive Director
Amanda Gonzalez was Ms. JD’s second Executive Director. She recieved her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where she led the Latino Law Student Association and the DU chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. While in law school she also served as a Research Assistant for Professor Ann Scales. Amanda holds a dual degree major in psychology and cognitive science from Occidental College, where she headed the college’s Women’s Center and conducted her senior thesis research on language and the cognitive framing of gender. Prior to coming to Ms. JD, she worked as a grant writer, fundraiser, and consultant focused on training organizations and companies on issues of social justice, inclusion, and leadership. In addition to her work with Ms. JD, Amanda serves on boards for HRC Colorado and the Colorado Family Resource Center Association.
2011 Writers In Residence Coordinator
Ashley Rutherford is a graduate of the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law. In 2010 Ashley wrote Savvy-Shopper At Lawbefore joining Ms. JD's leadership team as the first WIR Coordinator. While in law school, Ashley was an articles editor for the Journal of Law and Education and a National Mock Trial Competition Regional Semi-Finalist.
Akunna Cook is a second-year law student at Yale Law School. She is an Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law and also serves as Alumni Relations Chair for the Yale Black Law Students Association. Akunna was Student Education Chair for Yale Law Women’s Top Ten Family Friendly Firms Initiative 2014. Prior to law school, Akunna was a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State. She served overseas in Iraq, South Africa, and China. She has served in various positions in Washington, including as Special Assistant to former Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg and Executive Assistant to former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson. Akunna also worked for Senator Chris Coons as a legal fellow. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University and has a masters degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Akunna is the recipient of a Department of State Superior Honor Award and several Meritorious Honor Awards. Akunna loves spending time with her children Jackson and Jillian and entertaining friends
Katherine Zhao is an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP in Palo Alto, CA. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and a 2013 Ms. JD Fellow, where she interviewed her Ms. JD mentor, Jamie Studley, and published an e-book with other fellows on making the most of law school and beyond.
Before law school, she traveled to China as a Fulbright and Boren Fellow to analyze how policymakers adopt international legal frameworks to combat domestic violence and human trafficking. She later testified about her findings before Congress. Katherine received her B.A. in International Relations from Wellesley College and a M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Most recently, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Shannon McNeal is a 2011 graduate of the University of Florida (“UF”) and a 2014 graduate of Howard University School of Law. While in law school, Shannon competed at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. During college, Shannon served as the President of the UF Black Student Union, and spent her last semester interning full-time with Senator Jeremy Ring (D) of Florida District 32 through the UF Bob Graham Center for Public Service. Based on her leadership throughout college, Shannon was selected for membership in Florida Blue Key, the oldest honorary society in the state of Florida. Shannon is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Shannon works as a government investigations associate at Hudson Cook LLP in Washington D.C.
Chibundu Nnake is an education advocate in our nation’s capitol where he works to close the achievement gap and improve education access and quality for all. He focuses on policy, strategy and utilizing data to inform those decisions. Chibundu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with Minors in Spanish and African/African American Studies from The Ohio State University. He is a 2013 graduate of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and Cox School of Business, where he earned his J.D. and M.B.A. (Strategy & Entrepreneurship Concentration with a focus in Business Formations and Nonprofits). In law school, he served in numerous leadership capacities including President of the SMU Black Law Student Association, SMU’s American Bar Association (ABA) Representative and National Chair of the National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA). Chibundu is a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. In addition to serving on the Ms. JD Board of Directors, Chibundu serves on the National Advisory Board for NBLSA and the board of A Careful Mind Foundation — which works to eradicate the stigmatization of mental illness and health in our society. When he is not advocating against inequality, you can find him supporting his Buckeyes, playing flag football, brunching or traveling. You can tweet him @BunDraper.
Paige Griffith is currently serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Dana L. Christensen, Chief United States District Judge for the District of Montana. She graduated in May 2016 from the University of Montana School of Law in Missoula, Montana, and also holds a double BA in Economics and Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. During her time in law school, she was actively involved in the Women's Law Caucus, Montana Law Review, and National Moot Court Team. Paige became involved with Ms. JD as a Ms. JD Fellow in 2015 and was the Conference Coordinator for the 2017 Ms. JD Annual Conference. In her free time, Paige loves to OULA (check out oulafitness.com), binge watch TV show marathons, hang out with friends and family, make delicious food, and take photos!