Ms. JD has awarded Fellowships to 18 law students. Fellows were selected based on their academic performance, leadership, and dedication to advancing the status of women in the profession. The winners reflect a full range of diverse interests and backgrounds, with women pursuing opportunities in public interest, academia, and private sector in every region of the country.
Please join us in congratulating Ms. JD's 2013 Fellows and their Mentors!
The 2013 Ms. JD Fellowship Winners are:
Celina Caban, CUNY School of Law
Brandy DeOrnellas, Harvard Law School
Kelsey Green, Northwestern University School of Law
Anisha Gupta, Berkeley Law
Teresa Gutierrez, Loyola Law School
Irene Lehne, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University
Allie McDonald, Northwestern University School of Law
Lilly McKenna, University of San Francisco School of Law
Rebecca Prybell, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Christine Ricardo, University of Chicago Law School
Theresa Rocha Beardall, University of Illinois College of Law
Shana Scott, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Mahira Siddiqui, Golden Gate University School of Law
Emily Stegich, The University of Texas School of Law
Reema Sultan, Hofstra University School of Law
Brenda D. Villanueva, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
Yingying Zeng, The University of Texas School of Law
Katherine Zhao, Stanford Law School
Ms. JD created the Ms. JD Fellowship in order to promote mentoring and professional development for future female attorneys. The mentors are taken from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession’s Margaret Brent Award Winners and Commissioners. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship winner is being paired with a mentor.
Participating mentors include:
Ruthe Catolico Ashley
Hon. Angela Bradstreet
Hon. Tani Cantil-Sakauye
Judge Denny Chin
Lynn Hecht Schafran
Please join us in congratulating Ms. JD's 2013 Fellows and their Mentors!
2013 ms. JD fellows
Celina Cabán, a rising third year law student at CUNY School of Law, was born and raised in the Bronx. Celina pursued her B.A. at Barnard College where she majored in Economic History, minored in Latin American Studies, and wrote her Senior Thesis on US Hispanic Consumption and Purchasing Power. After college, she worked as a paralegal with her father, Osvaldo Caban, CUNY Class of 1987, and at Health Plus HMO as a bilingual member service representative. An active law student, Celina competed in the 2013 Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Moot Court Competition, was on the board of the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA), a delegate for the Mississippi Project, and is currently the Special Events Editor for CUNY’s Law Review. Last summer she had the honor of interning in the Southern District with U.S. Magistrate Ronald Ellis and received the 2012 Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) Student Scholarship to fund her work. This summer she is working in the Eastern District with District Judge John Gleeson through the Joint Minority Bar Judicial Internship Program.
Born and raised in California's Bay Area, Brandy DeOrnellas attended the University of California, Berkeley for undergraduate work where she double majored in Political Science and Social Welfare. Before heading to Harvard Law School, Brandy worked in the California Senate where she helped facilitate the passage of major women's rights legislation. Since law school, Brandy has become a certified mediator and performed direct legal services for victims of domestic violence and formerly incarcerated women. She has also contributed to the advocacy efforts of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and Equal Rights Advocates as a summer law clerk. After law school, Brandy hopes to continue public interest work either through mediation, political advocacy, or direct legal services. In her spare time, Brandy enjoys eating food in Berkeley, camping with family, and traveling to new places.
Kelsey Green is a third-year law student at Northwestern University School of Law. While at Northwestern, Kelsey has lead a group of students on a research trip to Ethiopia and contributed to the work of the Center for International Human Rights. She is a student editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, in which her student comment on mandatory ultrasound laws was selected for publication. In addition to her academic pursuits, Kelsey has served on the boards of the Women's Leadership Coalition and the Public Interest Law Group. Kelsey spent her law school summers in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia and in the Denver office of Morrison & Foerster. Prior to law school, Kelsey taught English in Argentina and later worked as an accountant for an international development organization. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Kelsey received her undergraduate degree in French with high honors from The College of William & Mary. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys hiking, listening to live music, and throwing dinner parties.
Anisha Gupta is a rising third year law student at Berkeley Law. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 2009 with a B.A. in English and Peace and Justice Studies. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Anisha worked in the U.S. Department of State as a policy advisor to Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad at the U.S. Mission to the UN. In law school, Anisha served as the Vice President of the Boalt Hall Student Association, and sat on the board of the Coalition for Diversity. Anisha spent her first summer interning in India for a San Francisco-based organization called Accountability Counsel that focuses on corporate accountability and human rights. Since returning from India, her advocacy has turned to indigent criminal defense and domestic racial justice. As a certified law student in Berkeley's Youth Defender Clinic, Anisha has represented young people in delinquency cases and school disciplinary hearings. This summer, Anisha interned at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office in the felony trial division where she met with clients and witnesses, litigated criminal and constitutional motions, and assist in preliminary hearings. In her spare time, Anisha enjoys classical South Indian dancing, practicing hot yoga, and listening to hip hop music.
Teresa Gutierrez is a 3L at Loyola Law School. She is the proud product of immigrant parents and economic disadvantage. Teresa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Business Administration at the University of Southern California (USC). After USC, Teresa moved her life from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. and worked for both chambers of Congress. She later worked for Kids in Need of Defense and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. While in law school, Teresa has proven to be invested in her legal education and has demonstrated exceptional leadership. This summer, Teresa is an extern in federal appellate court. During her final year of law school, Teresa will serve on the Scott Moot Court Honors Board as Chief Justice, participate in the Hobbs District Attorney Program, and lead the Loyola International and Comparative Law Review (ILR) as Executive Editor.
Originally from Albany, Oregon, Irene graduated from the George Washington University where she majored in International Business. Irene then worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a Management Consultant in Washington, D.C. At the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Irene founded the Labor and Employment Law Society, provided pro bono service in the area of Unemployment Compensation, and worked on the Law Review. She spent her first summer as an extern to the Honorable Chief Judge Gregory M. Sleet and she split her second summer between the Civil Rights Unit of the Philadelphia City Solicitor's Office and PSA Legal Counsellors in New Delhi, India. In the upcoming academic year, Irene will serve as the Law Student Division Liaison to the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
Allie McDonald graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in International Development and a minor in Women's Studies, and is currently a third year law student at Northwestern. At Northwestern, Allie served as the Women's Leadership Coalition Symposium Chair, worked for the Immigration Clinic, and led a student trip to Ethiopia. She is currently the Symposium Editor for the Journal of International Law and Business. Prior to law school Allie worked as a National Campus Organizer for the Feminist Majority Foundation, where she led women's health and rights campaigns on college campuses nationwide. During her 1L summer, Allie was a judicial extern for the Honorable William J. Lafferty and is currently a summer associate at Jones Day in San Francisco. In her spare time she likes yoga, skiing, and playing with her dog Twinkie.
Lilly McKenna is a rising 3L at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she is an Associate Editor of the USF Law Review. Last year, Lilly served as the Mentor Chair for USF's Women's Law Association and she looks forward to serving as the Networking Chair this coming year. Originally from the east coast, Lilly received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and spent her first two years out of college in New York working as a legal assistant for Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Pursuing her interest in energy issues, Lilly moved to San Francisco to work for a non-profit that focused on facilitating investments in clean energy retrofits. Since enrolling in law school, Lilly has continued to pursue her interests in the energy sector and has greatly enjoyed working as a Law Clerk for the California Public Utilities Commission this summer. Outside of school and work, Lilly loves to run and has completed three marathons.
Rebecca is a rising 3L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she just finished a term as President of the Women's Law Society, participates on the Criminal Law Mock Trail Team, was a student representative at the Loyola Federal Income Tax Clinic and works with other students as Tutor of a 1L Torts class. While in law school, Rebecca pursued several public interest opportunities including working for the U.S. Attorney's Office, clerking for a circuit court judge in Cook County and working as a student attorney at the Cook County State's Attorney's office. This summer she is working as a Law Clerk at Corboy and Demetrio, one of Chicago's top trial law firms. Before law school, Rebecca graduated from Marquette University with undergraduate degrees in political science and journalism.
Christine Ricardo is a rising 3L at the University of Chicago Law School. Originally from New Jersey, Christine received a BA from Wellesley College and a MS in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to law school, Christine worked at Promundo, a Brazilian NGO that works locally, nationally, and internationally to promote gender equity and end violence against women, children, and youth. She led research and training initiatives in Brazil and a variety of other countries, including Belize, Cambodia, Kosovo, and Tanzania. Before working internationally, Christine completed a two-year fellowship in teaching and urban education administration with The Steppingstone Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts. While in law school, Christine has continued to engage with social justice issues. She has interned for Lambda Legal, National Women’s Law Center, and the Office of Governor Pat Quinn. Christine is also an Articles Editor for the University of Chicago Legal Forum and serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI).
Theresa Rocha Beardall
Theresa Rocha Beardall is a third year student at the University of Illinois College of Law. Originally from Los Angeles, Theresa now lives in Champaign with her husband and two beautiful children. She received her BA from San Francisco State University in Raza Studies and American Indian Studies and her MA from the UCLA in Federal Indian Law and Policy. Theresa currently works for the American Indian Studies Program at Illinois and is involved in a wide variety of community organizations and legal aid projects. Theresa clerked at the Northwest Justice Project's Native American Unit. There she worked on tribal court research, self-help legal material on Indian wills and probate and implemented a legal aid action plan for the Chief Seattle Club Urban Indian Legal Clinic which services the needs of Seattle's homeless. Prior to law school, Theresa was a credentialed high school science teacher.
Shana Scott is a third year law student at Loyola University Chicago where she was a 2011-2013 Health Law Fellow and 2012-2013 Schiff Hardin/John J. Waldron Diversity Scholar. Shana was a participant in the Health Justice Project Clinic for two consecutive semesters as both a client advocate and a senior policy student. She was also a member of the Annals of Health Law and International Law Review (ILR), where she will serve as 2013-2014 Editor-in-Chief of the ILR. She has held internships with Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Office of the Lt. Governor, City of Chicago, and Change Lab Solutions (formerly Public Health Law and Policy) in Oakland, CA. Prior to law school, Shana received a MPH in Health Behavior from Armstrong Atlantic State University where her dissertation was entitled, “Community Based Interventions for HIV: Utilizing Directly Observed Therapy in Non-compliant Populations”.
Mahira Siddiqui is a 3L at Golden Gate University School of Law, a prominent public interest school in San Francisco. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA. Mahira is an Associate Editor on Law Review, a member of the Pro Bono Honors Society and the Moot Court Board. Additionally, she is actively involved in the Women's Law Association and organized panels relating to women's equality and human trafficking. Mahira interned at the ACLU of Northern California on the Death Penalty and Criminal Justice Project. She also interned for several legal aid organizations specializing in eviction defense, foreclosure prevention, and public benefits for low-income, disabled clients who face many barriers in the legal system. She currently works in the housing preservation unit at Bay Area Legal Aid, the largest legal aid provider in the Bay Area. As a former Writer in Residence for Ms. JD, Mahira interviewed attorneys and professors about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the legal profession. She also represented Ms. JD as a liaison to other diversity organizations. Mahira served on the Planning Committee for Ms. JD's Global Education Fund, which affords underprivileged women in Uganda the opportunity to attend law school.
Emily Stegich, a 3L at The University of Texas School of Law, was born and raised in Richardson, Texas. Emily attended Southern Methodist University for her undergraduate education, graduating with a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Financial Economics, a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Public Policy, and a minor in Psychology. While at SMU, Emily interned for United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and was the recipient of the 2010 University Achievement Award and the Wallace F. Lovejoy Memorial Award for Economics. At UT Law, Emily serves as Co-President of the Women's Law Caucus, President of the Action Committee for Career Services, and is an intern at the Center for Women in Law. After law school, Emily plans to practice corporate law, focusing on mergers and acquisitions.
Reema Sultan is a rising third year law student at Hofstra University School of Law and is the recipient of Hofstra Law School's Health Law and Policy Fellowship for the class of 2014. Having majored in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health for her undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University, she is interested in the influence the legal system has on healthcare. In addition to her academic pursuits, Reema is the Managing Editor of Notes and Comments for the Family Court Review. While in law school, Reema interned at the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Professional Medical Conduct and is currently a summer associate at The Greenberg, Dresevic, Hinrichsen, Iwrey, Kalmowitz, Lebow & Pendleton Law Group, A Division of The Health Law Partners, P.C.
Brenda D. Villanueva
Brenda D. Villanueva is a third-year law student at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, where she serves as the President of the Latino/a Law Students Association and is actively involved with the University of Maryland Association of Legislative Law. While in law school, Brenda interned for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and the FCC Media Bureau, and was also a Google Policy Fellow for the National Hispanic Media Coalition. Brenda serves on the National Latino/a Law Student Association board and is an Associate Editor for the Mid-Atlantic Journal of Law and Public Policy. She is a proud first-generation college graduate from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in Political Science and Chicano/Latino Studies. Prior to law school, Brenda served nearly six years in the U.S. House of Representatives. She enjoys mentoring and participating in her local CLEO-hosted activities, and Sigma Lambda Gamma alumni chapter events.
Yingying Zeng was born and raised in China. After graduating with Guo Moruo Scholarship (only one awarded each department) from University of Science and Technology of China, Yingying came to the United States for graduate study, where she obtained a Master's degree in molecular medicine and worked as a research scientist for 7 years for pharmaceutical companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, and Roche. Then Yingying took time off to focus on raising my family. When her second child was 2 years old, she decided to pursue a more challenging and fascinating career. This decision has been proven the best decision Yingying has ever made. Early this year, Yingying and her teammate won the national championship in the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition. It was such an honor and fantastic experience to argue in front of the Federal Circuit judges. In her spare time, she enjoys oil painting, puzzles, traveling, and writing. Nothing is more rewarding than hearing her 4-year-old boy saying at breakfast table, "May it please the court. Ethan is eating waffles."
Katherine Zhao is a 3L at Stanford Law School. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Wellesley College and a M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Prior to law school, she traveled to China as a Fulbright and Boren Fellow, where she analyzed the localization of international legal frameworks in the cases of domestic violence and human trafficking. While in law school, she worked as a summer associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and as a summer law clerk with the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union. She is excited to be a Ms. JD Fellow.