blsaofficers2016-2017 WashU BLSA Officers

 

The Washington University Black Law Students Association (WashU BLSA) was founded in 1973. Each year over thirty Washington University Law School students become active members of our chapter. Today, WashU BLSA continues to stay committed to the development and support of Blacks in the legal profession.

 

President

Name: Fredrick Rhine         Email: fredrick.rhine@wustl.edu

 

Fredrick Rhine III was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He earned a degree in Political Science from Brown University in May 2015. He competed as a member of the Track & Field team and also served as a member of various clubs and organizations. Fredrick is the 2015-2016 Thomas F. Eagleton Scholar. He worked at Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, Missouri as a Summer Associate. He is a staff editor for Jurisprudence Review.

Vice-President

Name: Sarah Watson
Email:  s.watson@wustl.edu

 

Sarah Watson is originally from Shoreview, Minnesota. Prior to attending WashU Law, Sarah graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she majored in Social Policy and African American Studies. In the summer of 2014, Sarah was a legal intern at the South African Human Rights Commission in Cape Town, South Africa. She previously served as Senior Faculty at various high school debate camps. Sarah spent her 1L summer in the Summer Honors Internship Program at the New York City Law Department.

Treasurer

Name: Tomi Akinyemi         Email: bakinyemi@wustl.edu

Originally from Nigeria, Tomi Akinyemi was raised in England and Germany. He moved to Gainesville, Florida for middle school and remained there through the completion of his degrees in Political Science and Criminology from the University of Florida. He has a passion for international affairs and plans to work in international business.  After completing his first year of law school, Tomi worked as a Legal Intern with the MacArthur Justice Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Secretary

Name: Sharion Scott           Email: sharionscott@wustl.edu

Sharion Scott was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received a degree in Sociology from Rice University. After graduation, she worked in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as a second grade teacher with Teach for America. Following teaching, she spent a year on an eleven-country mission trip. Sharion is a Dean’s Fellow. As a 1L, she was chosen as a finalist in the 1L Client Counseling Competition and received the Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy. Sharion is also a recipient of the 2016 Public Interest Law Initiative Fellowship. She interned last summer at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. in Alton, Illinois. She is a staff editor for the Journal of Law & Policy.

Academic Co-Chair

Name: Adeola Adekunle     Email: a.adekunle@wustl.edu

Adeola Adekunle is from Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in International Affairs and a minor in Sociology. Adeola spent the past summer working with Legal Aid in Durban, South Africa. Prior to law school, Adeola served as an AmeriCorps national service member. She is a staff editor for Global Studies Law Review. Adeola is interested in foreign aid policies. In her free time, Adeola likes to play volleyball and listen to music.

Academic Co-Chair

Name: Minzala Mvula         Email: minzala@wustl.edu

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Minzala Mvula was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Before enrolling at WashU Law, Minzala attended Tulane University, where she majored in Political Economy and French. Minzala is the recipient of the Cynthia & David Heath Scholarship in Law.  Minzala spent her summer in New Orleans working at McGlinchey Stafford PLLC as a 2016 1L Legal Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholar. She is a staff editor for Washington University Law Review.

Professional Development Chair

Name: Victoria Ellis
Email: victoria.ellis@wustl.edu

Victoria Ellis was raised in both the Chicago suburbs and Southern California. She earned her Global Studies degree with a minor in Environmental Science from University of California – Los Angeles. During her 1L year, Victoria received the Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy. Victoria spent her summer working as in-house counsel for MilliporeSigma in St. Louis, Missouri. While completing her undergraduate education, Victoria simultaneously worked for a Los Angeles law firm that focused on family law and in the admissions office at UCLA. When not busy with schoolwork, Victoria likes cooking, fishing, Netflix binges, and brunch.

Social Co-Chair

Name: Paige Greene           Email: Paige.greene@wustl.edu

Paige Greene is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Paige graduated in 2013 from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with honors in Public Policy & Law, Spanish and Hispanic Studies. Post-college, Paige worked in Washington, D.C. for Covington & Burling LLP as a paralegal, where she realized her desire to attend law school. Paige was selected as a 2016 1L Legal Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholar and spent the summer working at Quarles & Brady LLP in Chicago, Illinois as a Summer Associate. She is a staff editor for the Journal of Law & Policy. When she is not busy with law school, Paige enjoys intense workouts, a well-rounded television schedule, traveling, and trying new restaurants.

Social Co-Chair

Name: Ife Onabanjo
Email: i.onabanjo@wustl.edu

Ife Onabanjo is originally from Nigeria. She moved to Georgia to complete high school and college. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Kennesaw State University. Ife is mostly interested in corporate law, but learning about the death penalty in class piqued her interest in criminal justice. Consequently, Ife spent her 1L summer at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in San Francisco. While there, she researched potential claims to get her death penalty clients legal relief.

Community Service Chair

Name: Remi Balogun
Email:  balogun200@wustl.edu

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Remi Balogun lived on three continents before moving to St. Louis, Missouri just before starting the fourth grade. Before attending WashU Law, she attended Cornell University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, minoring in both Inequality Studies and Law and Society. As a 1L, Remi was a recipient of the Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy. This past summer, she interned in-house at Wells Fargo Advisors’ St. Louis office. Remi is a staff editor for the Journal of Law & Policy.

Social Action Chair

Name: Brandi Pikes             Email: b.pikes@wustl.edu

Brandi Pikes is from St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a Bachelor’s of Art in Mass Communications from Alcorn State University in 2010. She also earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Mississippi in 2012. Prior to attending law school, Brandi worked as an eighth grade Language Arts teacher in Jacksonville, Florida. She was selected to serve as a Leadership for Educational Equity Fellow at the United States Department of Education in Washington, DC. As a 1L, Brandi was the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy. She was a Summer Associate at Sandberg, Phoenix, and von Gontard P.C. in St. Louis, Missouri. Brandi is the recipient of the 2016 Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis – Linda J. Murphy Scholarship. She enjoys public speaking, writing meditations, and mentoring students.

1L Representative

Name: Kayla Loveless

Email: kaylamloveless@wustl.edu

Kayla Loveless is originally from East St. Louis, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Missouri—Columbia where she received her  degree in English and Sociology. She was an active leader on Mizzou’s campus. From her experience as a legislative intern for State Rep. Brandon Ellington, she learned that law is one of most important avenues to make positive changes. Before coming to Washington University School of Law, Kayla was an Administrative Assistant at Scott Law Firm. Kayla is also a winner of the 2016 1L Client Interviewing & Counseling Competition.

1L Representative

1L Representative

Name: Everett McLean

Email:  ejmclean@wustl.edu

Everett McLean is originally from Union City, California. He received a degree in Philosophy with a minor in Political Science at the University of Portland in Oregon. During his senior year of undergrad, he was a participant in the Dundon-Bertold Fund for Moral Formation and Applied Ethics, in which he conducted undergraduate research towards integrating ethics into World Politics. During the spring semester of 2015, he was an Events and Operations Intern for the Democratic Party of Oregon. He is currently interested in pursuing Corporate Law and Sports & Entertainment Law.

Alumni Relations Committee

Vice-President:  
Sarah Watson

Secretary:  
Sharion Scott

Professional Development:
Victoria Ellis