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
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 has been the Editor-in-Chief of Ms. JD since 2012.
Social Media Manager/ Program Assistant
Katie Day is a 2L at Quinnipiac University School of Law focusing on Business Transactions and Intellectual Property law. She's President of the Quinnipiac Women's Law Society and a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. Before starting law school, she got her B.A. in Journalism and Sociology from Hofstra University and wrote and presented a thesis exploring the effects of gender on female foreign correspondents in the Middle East. Katie enjoys writing, hiking, and loves a good cup of coffee.
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. She is currently on the Mergers and Acquisitions team at Orrick, an international law firm, in Silicon Valley. She previously ran small businesses in Paris, France and in Santa Monica, California. 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 has held leadership positions in women’s organizations since college. She is thrilled to be part of the Ms. JD family!
Diana has a J.D. from UCLA School of Law with a Specialization in Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property. She studied abroad in London where she took LLM courses, volunteered at a legal clinic for European startups, and discovered the wonders of fish & chips. In 2012, Diana graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a double major in French and Writing Seminars (Poetry Concentration). She has a penchant for creativity and still writes poetry.
Janee' Prince is a Florida attorney and writer. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2016. She is a former Ms. J.D. Journalist, 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” (forthcoming, 2017 –Volume 20). 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!
Writers In Residence Coordinator
Katie DeLong is a Grand Rapids, Michigan based Litigation attorney. She received her Bachelors of Art 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.