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Tatum Wheeler

Editor-in-Chief

Tatum Wheeler

Tatum Wheeler is Ms. JD's Editor-in-Chief. She is a current law student at the University of California, Irvine School of Law in sunny Southern California. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Tatum worked for three years after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley. When she’s not studying, she spends her free time exploring the coastline, connecting with friends and family, and cheering on her favorite sports teams.

Danielle Allison

Chief Executive Officer

Danielle Allison

Danielle Allison is Chief Executive Officer 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 (now Eversheds Sutherland) 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 serves on the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) and as the President of the Junior League of Lee County, Alabama. She lives in Auburn, Alabama.

Program Directors

Lauren R. Jackson

Fellowship Director

Lauren R. Jackson

Lauren R. Jackson is a Labor & Employment associate with McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP, in their Newark office. She is a graduate of Howard University School of Law where she served as President of the Student Bar Association and member of the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Team. Throughout law school, she interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Additionally, she served as a judicial intern for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the District Court for the District of Columbia. Lauren’s also served as a Student Attorney with the now named Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Clinic at Howard University. As a Student Attorney, she presented oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Prior to joining her firm, Lauren clerked for Judge Magali M. Francois, J.S.C. of the New Jersey Superior Court, Family Division. Additionally, Lauren is the Founder and Program Director of Instilling My Ability to Naturally Embrace Excellence, Inc. (IMANEE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment and elevation of middle school girls throughout New York and New Jersey. She has received various recognition for her community and advocacy work such as the EmbraceHER DC “My Sister’s Keeper” Award and the Olender Foundation Earl H. Davis advocacy award. She also received the Dean’s Leadership Award from Howard University School of Law. Lauren is a 2016 Ms. JD Fellow and 2015 Lawyers of Color Fellow.

Lauren holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Seton Hall University.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Epsilon Sigma Iota Legal Sorority.

Carlos Eduardo Julca

PRE-LAW PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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 and has created a self-financed fund diversified across publicly held companies, mutual funds, tech startups, and cryptocurrency tokens. He has completed a venture capital fellowship with Alumni Ventures Group. 

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. He is currently a Regional Chair for the ABA's Judicial Internship Opportunity Program.  During law school he was elected President of the Latino Law Student Association.

He holds law degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgetown University Law Center (Juris Doctor and Master of Laws), a Master of Business Administration 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.

Sarah June Benjamin

Public Interest and Advocacy Director

Sarah June Benjamin

Sarah June Benjamin is a human rights and international criminal law attorney. She is passionate about developing dialogue and community advocacy to raise awareness and take action on the most critical issues. As a former refugee from the Liberian Civil war, she holds an interest in the rights of women and children in conflict zones. June has provided trained cultural and gender specific legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses in international forums, tribunals, and domestic immigration courts. June holds a Juris Doctor and a Masters of Art in international peace and conflict resolution from American University. Her work in the International Human Rights Law Clinic was recognized with the Dean's Award for Professional Responsibility. June represented the War Crimes Research Office in the ICC Moot Court competition and to the Washington Working Group on the International Criminal Court. She studied abroad in Geneva completing the International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy program. June has served as a visiting scholar at the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland where she is co-publishing a book on transcending barriers to a global peace model. 

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