Ms. JD is proud to announce its 2019 Fellowship Winners. Fellows were selected from across the country on the basis of academic achievement, involvement, passion for the legal profession, and commitment to Ms. JD’s mission of improving the experience of women in the legal profession. This year’s class of fellows are from diverse backgrounds and have a broad range of professional interests and experience.
The 2019 Ms. JD Fellowship Winners are:
Maia Bartee, University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law
Aubre Dean, Syracuse University College of Law
Idia Egonmwan, Howard University School of Law
Cristina Gil, American University Washington College of Law
Alana Glover, University of Baltimore School of Law
Candace Goldman, Southern University Law Center
Nina Neff, University of Wisconsin Law School
Rima Sawhney, California Western School of Law
Emilia Soliman, Stetson University College of Law
Angelica Frink Walker, Florida A&M University College of Law
Participating mentors include:
- Pamela Barker, Partner, Burr Forman McNair
- Lt. General Flora D. Darpino, Retired Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army
- Lisa Dunner, Managing Partner, Dunner Law PLLC
- Lacy Durham, Senior Manager, Deloitte, Tax LLP
- Samantha C. Grant, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
- Eileen Letts, Partner, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP
- Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, The New York Public Library
- Aracely Munoz, Director, Lawyers Network & Director, Center for Reproductive Rights
- Justice Peggy A. Quince, Former Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court
- Joseph K. West, Partner, Duane Morris LLP
Please join us in congratulating Ms. JD's 2019 Fellows!
2019 ms. JD fellows
Maia Bartee is a rising 3L at University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law. A wife and mother of three children under the age of seven, Maia has made it her mission to excel in law school as a tool to teach her children the value of hard work. As a result of Maia’s hard work she received the Sarah T. Hughes Scholarship which pays her tuition during the duration of her time in law school. Additionally, Maia is in the top 10% of her law school class, serves on the executive board for Law Review, participates in Moot and Mock Trial competitions and helps incoming 1L students with their writing course as a Teaching Fellow. Maia hopes to clerk with a Federal Judge before launching her career in law.
Originally from Crowley, Texas, Aubre Dean is 3L at Syracuse University College of Law. As a first-generation college student, Aubre attended Texas A&M University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and Diplomacy. While at Texas A&M, Aubre’s passion for women’s issues led to her involvement in the Student Government Association, Aggie Elect Her, and state election campaigns. Currently, Aubre is a Texas A&M Class Agent.
At Syracuse Law, Aubre serves as Class President in the Student Bar Association. She is a Notes Editor for the Syracuse Law Review, former Vice President of the Women Law Students’ Association, and a member of Outlaw. Through the Advocacy Honor Society, Aubre has won the Mackenzie Hughes Appellate Competition and the Entertainment and Sports Law Negotiation Competition, earning Best Overall Advocate in the latter. Aubre represents Syracuse Law on the National Moot Court Competition team and the Evans Constitutional Law Competition team. Recently, Aubre received the Models of Excellence in Advocacy Scholarship.
Aubre is a Student Attorney for the Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic and Research Assistant for Professors Cora True-Frost and Deborah O’Malley. Aubre spent her 1L summer as a Judicial Intern for Judge Kiyo Matsumoto, United States District Judge in the Eastern District of New York. Aubre spent her 2L summer working as a Summer Associate for Warshaw Burstein LLP in New York City. After graduation, Aubre plans to pursue a career in litigation. In her spare time, Aubre enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time with her family.
Idia Egonmwan is a rising third-year law student at Howard University School of Law. She is Nigerian American, born and raised in Chicago, IL. Idia graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelors of Art in Comparative Women’s Studies with a Pre-medicine concentration. Prior to starting at Howard, Idia worked in the medical field, the fashion industry, and in education. These experiences, coupled with her time volunteering at the Georgia Innocence Project, developed Idia’s passion for working in the legal industry.
At Howard, Idia was elected the 2019-2020 Membership Intake Co-Chair of Epsilon Sigma Iota Sorority, Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women of color in the legal profession, in law school and throughout the legal community. In developing her interest in intellectual property and technology law, Idia worked in Panama City, Panama during her 1L summer, drafting smart contracts. Idia has also served as a Student Attorney in the Intellectual Property Trademark Clinic, is a current IP Research Assistant, and will be interning at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for the Fall 2019 semester.
This summer, Idia worked as a summer associate at the law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP. In her spare time, Idia enjoys taking different workout classes (including teaching her own early morning spin classes), reading fan-fiction, mentoring teen girls, and all things cryptocurrency.
Cristina Gil graduated from Georgetown University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She is currently a J.D. Candidate at American University Washington College of Law and expects to graduate in May 2020. She is interested in practicing within the intersection of immigration and criminal law.
While studying at Georgetown University, she served as a legal aid intern at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), in Chicago. She was also a Program Assistant at the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), worked as a law clerk for the Cook County Public Defender, and interned with Senator Richard Durbin.
She has served as a legal clinic volunteer at CASA de Maryland (CASA) assisting with preparing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application renewals. She also volunteered with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) in Harlingen, Texas providing pro bono legal services to asylum seekers detained in Port Isabel Detention Center. She later served as a Detention Hotline Volunteer with Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition helping immigrant adult detainees in Maryland and Virginia connect with their attorneys free-of-charge.
Additionally, Cristina spent her summer in 2018 working as a Law Clerk at Trow & Rahal, P.C. and joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Headquarters, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) as a legal intern for the Fall 2018 semester. She is currently serving as a 2019 HBA-DC Foundation’s Public Interest Legal Fellow with CAIR Coalition’s Detained Children’s Program providing legal services to immigrant children who are held in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in Maryland and Virginia.
Cristina is thrilled to be ending her last year of law school as a Student Attorney with the Immigrant Justice Clinic at American University Washington College of Law.
Alana Glover graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a double major in Criminal Justice and African American Studies, and minors in Political Science and Homeland Security. Alana is a rising 3L at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she serves as the Symposium Editor for the University of Baltimore Law Review and a member of the Royal Graham Shannonhouse III Honor Society. Alana Glover is also a member of the National Mock Trial Team, Black Law Students Association, and a student attorney practicing in the school’s Innocence Project clinic. Alana is also the Founder of the Baltimore Chapter of the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. Previously, Alana was a Thurgood Marshall Clerk hosted at the Maryland Attorney General’s Office and is currently as a Summer Associate at Pessin Katz Law, P.A.
Candace Goldman is a 3L at Southern University Law Center. She completed her undergraduate degree at Lamar University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Candace is currently a member of the American Bar Association and the Black Law Students Association. More recently, Candace was a summer Legal Intern with T-Mobile. Candace hopes to use her legal skills attained from previous experiences before and during law school to be an influential attorney that inspires young lawyers. Upon completing law school, Candace looks forward to playing her Double Bass more in her spare time.
Nina Marie Neff is a rising 3L at University of Wisconsin Law School. Originally from Eastern Washington, Nina grew up on a carrot farm and was homeschooled before attending Whitman College, where she graduated with honors in History and Philosophy. Before starting law school, Nina managed a women’s shelter, served as an emergency foster parent, and started a non-profit benefiting a cooperative of Egyptian women artisans. These experiences made her passionate about women’s advocacy and access to justice.
At the University of Wisconsin Law School, Nina serves as a Moot Court coach, a Senior Editor of the Wisconsin International Law Journal, and President of the LGBT Law Students Association. She also studies Arabic as a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow. Nina is interested in administrative law, appellate advocacy, and government relations. She has completed internships with the Veterans Law Center and the Wisconsin Supreme Court and is currently a summer associate at DeWitt. In her spare time, Nina enjoys running, cooking, and hiking with her dog.
Rima Sawhney is a third-year law student currently attending California Western School of Law. During the academic school year, Rima serves as Secretary for the Women's Law Caucus, Secretary for the South Asian Law Student Association, and Co-President for the Business Law Student Association. Rima enjoys tutoring as an Honors Instructor for Legal Writing and assisting others as a Cal Western Student Mentor. In the Fall, she looks forward to interning with Magistrate Judge Linda Lopez in the U.S. District Court of Southern California. In the future, Rima aspires to become an employment lawyer after passing the California Bar.
Emilia Soliman was born and raised in Honduras. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and another in International Studies from the University of South Florida. She also has a master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a concentration in Human Rights and Democracy from Florida International University. While completing her master’s, she participated in an internship for the U.S. Department of State's “Diplomacy Lab.”
Emilia is currently a rising 3L at Stetson University College of Law, pursuing a concentration in International Law. She is also the treasurer for the International Law Society, and a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the Florida Association for Women Lawyer’s, the Hispanic Bar Association, and student editor for the Journal of International Aging Law and Policy. In the Spring, Emilia was involved with the Fines & Fees Justice Center and their research project, with the goal of abolishing unjust fines and fees imposed by the courts and create justice reform in our legislation. This Summer she is working as a Law Clerk for the Orange County Attorney’s Office and in the Fall she will be conducting a Federal Litigation Externship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando.
Angelica Frink Walker
Angelica Frink Walker is a proud native of Miami, FL and a rising 3L at The Florida A&M University College of Law (FAMU) in Orlando, FL. During her time at FAMU, Angelica has served as Governor for the Law Student Division of The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division; worked in the office of Career Planning & Professional Development; and currently serves as a FAMU College of Law Ambassador. This summer, Angelica is a Legal Intern with the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel for the Fifth District of Florida and will complete her Volunteer Advocate for Children (VAC) training with the Orange County Legal Aid Society, in order to assist Guardian ad Litem attorneys during her 3L year.
Angelica holds a graduate degree in Human Resource Management from Rollins College, a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from The University of Central Florida – Rosen College of Hospitality Management, and an Associate of Science in Military Information Systems from the Community College of the Air Force. Angelica served in various roles during her graduate and undergraduate tenure, which included: Vice President and Treasurer of the Student Government Association (SGA), as well as, Treasurer of Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society to name a few.
Angelica is an active member in her community as well, she completes community service projects with her illustrious sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., as well as volunteers her individualized time. Angelica is often spotted volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, and United Against Poverty, Inc.
Angelica is also a member of the Florida Air National Guard; she currently serves as the Director of Equal Opportunity for the State of Florida. Angelica also volunteers as 1 of 2 State Representatives for Company Grade Officers with the National Guard Association of Florida.