Danielle Allison is Executive Director of Ms. JD. She is a graduate of Florida State University and Harvard Law School. Danielle clerked for then Chief Judge UW Clemon of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. She spent six years working in the litigation group at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. Danielle was the founding chair of Sutherland "Women Stepping Up" philanthropy initiative, co-chair of the firm’s women attorneys group, and a member of the hiring committee. She is a former American Bar Association, Business Law Section Fellow (2013-2015) and a former member of the State Bar of Georgia Committee to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession; Leadership Atlanta, LEAD Atlanta Class of 2012; Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Destiny Fund Class of 2009; Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Former Executive Board Member; and Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Former Foundation Council Member. Danielle is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Junior League of Lee County, Alabama. She lives in Auburn, Alabama.
Janee' Prince is an Assistant Public Defender at the Public Defender's Office of the 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa, Florida. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2016. She has been involved with Ms. J.D. since 2014, starting out as a Ms. J.D. Journalist and she later became Content Director. Writing has always been at the forefront of Janee's career. Not only did she blog for Ms. J.D., but was Director of Legal Publications at Internet Lava, LLC, a digital marketing company for attorneys, and a former content-writer for the Michigan Policy Network. During law school, she participated in the Women’s Law Caucus, the Black Law Student’s Association, and published an article in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change entitled, "Can I Touch Your Hair?" Exploring Double Binds and the Black Tax in Law School, 20 U. Pa. J.L. & Soc. Change 29 (2017). Janee’ grew up in Detroit, Michigan and currently resides in the Tampa, Florida area. She enjoys a good laugh, a great cup of tea, and a new place!
Rachel Terrell-Perica graduated from Stanford University with Honors in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She has worked in South Africa, Mozambique, and Papua New Guinea advocating for women's rights, educational access, and equal opportunity. In Papua New Guinea, she designed and executed a scoping study with UN Women to map violence against women on public transit. As a result of her team's research, the first women-only buses began successful routes in Port Moresby.
Rachel is passionate about increasing the representation of women in leadership and amplifying marginalized voices. In recent years, Rachel worked as a paralegal on cases centering disability rights, wage violations, and gender bias. She also worked as a Project Manager for a nonprofit in Oakland, CA where she directed community programming and events. This fall Rachel will begin law school at Berkeley Law and plans to continue her women's advocacy work. In her free time, Rachel enjoys the outdoors, reading, creative arts, and traveling.
Content Director/Social Media Manager
Kerriann Stout is Ms. JD’s Content Director and Social Media Manager. She is the founder and CEO of Vinco, a bar exam coaching company, where she and her team help students pass the bar exam with less stress and more confidence. She graduated from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in 2013 and began her legal career focusing on immigration law during a fellowship at the Pace Community Law Practice.
Shortly after, Kerriann founded Darian Stout LLP with a former Pace classmate. At the same time, Kerriann found her passion for legal education while adjunct teaching. In 2016, Kerriann left the practice of law to become a law professor and focus on her bar exam coaching business. In her spare time, Kerriann enjoys traveling, eating (yes, as a hobby), and hanging out with her parents’ English Bulldog. She lives in the NYC suburbs.
Pre-Law Program Director
Ani Torossian is an aspiring lawyer, writer and admirer of Dostoevsky. She graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree in international relations and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Born in Armenia, raised in Russia and having grown up in the U.S., she seeks to bridge different mindsets through a career in law. Previously, she interned for CNN and the Foreign Policy Association.
Alumni Program Director
Elizabeth Vaysman graduated from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. Liz worked as a Student Attorney with the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic helping creators, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses with legal issues. She previously interned at the Federal Circuit Bar Association and at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Criminal Law Section. She grew up in Reading, PA and graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with a B.B.A. in Finance in 2010. Before starting law school, Liz worked as a legal assistant and caseworker for an adoption agency, A Baby Step Adoption. In her spare time, Liz loves to cook, travel, and explore DC. You can follow Liz on twitter @LizVays. Liz is awaiting the results of the February bar exam and is seeking work opportunities.
Global Education Fund Program Director
Melissa Gardner works at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein in San Francisco, where her practices focuses on consumer protection class actions and torts. She graduated from Harvard Law School, where she was a Student Attorney with the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project and South Brooklyn Legal Services. Before attending law school, Melissa served in the United States Peace Corps, where she taught college students at Gansu Forestry College in Tianshui, China. Melissa has been a member of the GEF Program Council since 2013. She is passionate about helping women navigate the legal profession, in and outside of the United States. In her spare time, Melissa studies foreign languages and sings with Lieff Cabraser’s rock band, the R-23’s.
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.
Writers In Residence Coordinator
Katie DeLong is a Michigan based labor law attorney who works for a labor union advocating on behalf of workers. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and her Juris Doctor from the Michigan State University College of Law. While at MSU College of Law, Katie served as vice-president of the Woman’s Law Caucus and a member of the Multicultural Executive Counsel. She had the opportunity, during law school, to spend a month in Poland where she took classes with Polish law students on EU law, International ADR and Freedom of Expression in European Countries. She is admitted to the state bar in Michigan and the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.