Staff

Danielle Allison

Executive Director

Danielle Allison

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.

Michele L. Perrin

Editor-in-Chief

Michele L. Perrin

Michele Perrin is a paralegal with the law firm O'Leary Wallace LLP, where she assists the founding partners with estate planning, probate, and estate and trust administration. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with 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. Michele served as the Editor-in-Chief of Ms. JD from 2012-2017. Michele lives in Santa Margarita with her husband, Kyle, and their daughter, Taylor. She enjoys running and hiking with her two labs (Kali and Cooper), traveling, and wine. 

Kate Hudson

Volunteer Treasurer

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson currently serves as an Attorney-Advisor for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), where she carries a dual portfolio of federal employment litigation and federal workforce policy. Prior to joining OPM, Ms. Hudson was the inaugural Director of the prestigious CXO Fellows Program, an executive branch professional development program for mid-career federal employees. Ms. Hudson began her legal career as a legal services attorney with the Georgia Legal Services Program and Legal Aid of North Carolina, as well as a former assistant public defender for the 12th Judicial District of North Carolina. Prior to law school, Ms. Hudson worked in election analytics for the Committee for an Effective Congress and in federal relations with the American Hospital Association.

Ms. Hudson received her J.D. from the University Of Dayton School Of Law and her B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the Ohio University, with minors in international relations and French. She received her Masters of Public Policy and Administration from American University. 

Ms. Hudson’s volunteer activities and previous board service include serving as a former chapter president (Augusta) of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL), chapter secretary (Fayetteville) of the North Carolina Association of Women Lawyers (NCAWL), as well as an active volunteer in the Military Spouse JD Network. She is a member of the Women’s Bar Association for the District of Columbia. Kate is an active Girl Scouts of America volunteer and a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. Ms. Hudson is an active duty Army spouse and currently resides in northern Virginia with her husband and two children.

Kerriann Stout

Content Director/Social Media Manager

Kerriann Stout

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.

Program Directors

Elizabeth Vaysman

Alumni Program Director

Elizabeth Vaysman

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. 

Melissa Gardner

Global Education Fund Program Director

Melissa Gardner

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 Stern

Secretary

Diana Stern

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. 

Paige Greene

Pre-Law Program Director

Paige Greene

Paige Greene is a Chicago based corporate attorney whose practice is focused on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Paige received her law degree from the Washington University School of Law where she was awarded the Dean’s Leadership Award. While at WashULaw, Paige served as president of the Women’s Law Caucus, an executive board member of the Black Law Student’s Association, a Career Development peer adviser, co-chair of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council and primary editor of the Journal of Law & Policy. In addition, she received her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Law and a Hispanic Studies minor from Trinity College. Paige became familiar with Ms. JD prior to law school as a prospective law student when she relied on the organization’s resources to inform her all-encompassing law school decision. Later in law school, Paige applied for and was selected for a Ms. JD Fellowship. Currently, Paige serves as the Ms. JD Pre-Law Program Director. Paige is passionate about empowering women to pursue their professional goals and supporting women in the legal profession. As pre-law director, Paige aims to give back to the Ms. JD community by helping more young women in their pursuits of achieving a law degree.

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