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Pro Bono Project Leaders

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Pro Bono Project Leaders

Pro Bono Project Leaders

Jamie West (President)

Jamie Leigh West is a 2015 graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. While at UT Arlington she worked as a Coaches Assistant for the Women’s Basketball Team. Currently, she is a 3L with experience in brand marketing. She has interned at OMBI Group, LLC, a premiere law firm that specializes in sports and entertainment; also with Angela Rye’s law firm, IMPACT strategies, which specializes in entertainment and civil rights. Upon graduating, Jamie aspires to be a sports and entertainment attorney.

 

 

 

Amber Jenkins (Vice President)

 

 

 

Name: April Love Classification: 2L Hometown: Ocean Springs, MS Alma Mater: Tougaloo College, (English) & University of Mississippi, Curriculum and Instruction   Law Related Work Experience: Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Intern & Intern at the East Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender Future Goals: Working with public policy and law making. Why Pro Bono is important to her: “Pro Bono is important because it is the foundation of the legal field. Most legal jobs won’t let you receive a job without some pro bono work, and some states won’t let you get licensed without pro bono work.”
Jasmine Louis is a 3L from Erwinville, Louisiana. She is a graduate from Southern University A&M with a major in English (Liberal Arts). She has a passion for giving back to the community and spreading knowledge about the illegality of police brutality as well as ways to prevent it. She is currently an intern at Baton Rouge Bar Association where she assists to screen clients and gets them matched with a volunteer attorney. Her future goals include passing the Georgia Bar, becoming a Family Law Attorney and opening her own non-profit organization that will cater to children with single parent homes. “Pro Bono is immensely important to me because every lawyer has had help from someone and as leaders it is our duty to pay it forward by giving back to others.”

 

 

 

 

Justin Bullard is currently a 2L at Southern University Law Center. He is from New Orleans, Louisiana and by way of Hurricane Katrina he spent half of his life in Tennessee where heI graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a minor in African American Studies. In pursuit of getting his bachelors degree, he gained meaningful experience interning at both private practice and public defense firms. “I plan on becoming a successful criminal defense attorney upon graduating from law school and passing the bar. Pro Bono is a substantial part of society, as it provides meaningful assistance to people who simply do not have the means to afford that type of assistance on their own. My sole purpose of coming to law school has been to help people. On its face, helping people is ambiguous, however, my particular vehicle of helping takes on a substantial amount of giving aid to people that deserve help but can not afford it. “

 

 

Nicole Okeke-Oraeki is a rising 2L from Houston, Texas. She is a proud graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Columbia University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. This past summer she was given the privilege of working in the East Baton Rouge Public Defenders Office as a law clerk. This opportunity gave her a first hand look at what her life will look like after she graduates from law school and begins working as a prosecutor. “The Pro Bono Society is important to me because we are an organization that is geared toward helping the community in which we attend law school.”

 

 

Adam Patrick is a 2L student at SULC from Bastrop, Louisiana. He graduated from Northwestern State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Adam worked in the Corrections Division the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office. He has also interned for the Morehouse Parish District Attorney’s Office. Adam hopes to one day use his experience in corrections and the education he is receiving at SULC to help draft legislation that will facilitate reform within Louisiana corrections. Adam feels that Pro Bono is an important organization, because it provides assistance to people in need while offering a humbling experience to its members.

 

 

 

Name: K’Deidra J. Morrison Classification: 2L Hometown: Dallas, TX Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University, B.S. International Affairs Law related work experience: Thompson & Knight, LLP., Miller, Egan, Molter & Nelson LLP Future goals: Corporate attorney with a focus on mergers & acquisitions, with an emphasis on international law. In-house counsel for a major fashion magazine “Pro Bono is important to me because I find it necessary for law students such as myself to have daily and impactful, hands-on interactions with those in the local community.”

 

Michael Thomas, 2L Troy, Alabama Troy University, Criminal Justice & Legal Studies Intern at Bunn Law Firm, LLC. (2015-2016). Clerk for the East Baton Rouge Public Defender’s Office. (2018) Summer clerkship at the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office (2019) Upon graduation and the passing of the Georgia bar exam, Michael’s goals are to practice criminal defense as well as civil rights, and help propose a bill to abolish felony disenfranchisement. Pro Bono was the first organization that he joined at SULC and he believes it was one of the best choices he has made. “Pro Bono is important to me because I truly value what it’s done for me as a person, being able to help others and making a difference with my actions.”

 

 

 

 

Kayla Dixon is a 2L from New Roads, Louisiana. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she majored in Political Science with a Pre-Law concentration and History. She has previously worked as an intern under the Acadiana Delegation of the House of Representatives at the Louisiana State Capitol, and she currently works as an intern at the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Her goals after graduation are to earn her LLM in either Criminal Law or Constitutional Law. She intends to practice either Criminal or Civil Rights Law before making the transition to politics. “For me Pro Bono means being a part of something that is bigger than myself, serving those that may be unable to help themselves, and improving the communities that I come into contact with.”
Alexis Guidry is a 3L from Morgan City, La. She graduated from the Southern University and A&M College with her Bachelors in Political Science. While attending law school, she has interned for the East Baton Rouge Public Defender’s Office, the Federal Public Defender, and Judge Donald Johnson. After graduating from Southern University Law Center, she plans on using her knowledge and becoming a great attorney to help underprivileged persons become successful. She also aspires to become a juvenile judge.