Nick Hall is a 3L. Originally from Collierville, TN, Nick attended Vanderbilt University, receiving a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development. Upon graduation, Nick worked in Washington DC at Deloitte Consulting, advising federal agencies including the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). At Penn Law, Nick was named a Toll Public Interest Scholar based on his commitment to public service and record of community engagement. In addition to serving as President of Penn Law's BLSA, Nick is Managing Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law, a Graduate Associate for New College House, a member of Penn Law's Inn of Court, and an active volunteer in pro bono efforts regarding criminal justice reform in Philadelphia.
Gabrielle N. Piper
Gabrielle N. Piper is from Marietta, GA currently serving as BLSA's Vice President. She is a second-year, dual-degree student studying for both her JD and MS in Social Policy. She also received her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2014. Prior to law school, Gabrielle worked as the assistant to the US CEO at the Edelman Public Relations. At Penn, Gabrielle also currently serves as Co-Vice President of Y'allSA (the Southern Students Association), Associate Editor for the Journal of Constitutional Law, and is a Morris Fellow. Gabrielle is an avid sports fan and lifelong athlete. She is a retired member of Penn's Women's Track and Field team and holds two school records. She is also a devoted Duke basketball fan.
John Martin is a second year law student from New Jersey. He currently serves as the Treasurer of BLSA. Prior to law school, John received his B.A. from Williams College, where he majored in Political Science and concentrated in Africana Studies. At Penn, the pickup basketball legend is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Business Law and the Social Outreach Coordinator of the Criminal Record Expungement Project (C-REP). John is eager to embark on his legal career after graduation and hopes to pursue his interests in corporate law while doing transactional work at a New York City firm.
Professional Development Chair:
Sarah Hill was born and raised in Chicago and is a second-year law student. Sarah graduated from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in May 2013 and went on to work for IBM as a strategic and analytical consultant for two years. She spent the past summer participating in Debevoise & Plimpton’s 2017 Summer Associate program and hopes to use her law degree to purse her interest in intellectual property law and juvenile justice reform.
Chimezie Udozorh is a 2L. Originally from Nigeria, Chimezie attended Brown University, receiving a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Public Health. In addition to serving as a Pan-Africa Co-Coordinator for Penn Law's BLSA, Chimezie is an Associate Editor of The Journal of International Law.
Taylor Dow is a second year law student from Maplewood, New Jersey. He currently serves as the Fundraising Chair for the Black Law Students Association, and as an Associate Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Prior to law school, Taylor received his B.A. in Politics and International Affairs from Wake Forest University. This past summer, Taylor served as a summer intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey.
Shaunee is a second year student and Toll Public Interest Scholar in the Law School focusing her legal education and career on human rights issues, particularly through the lens of (im)migration. She has worked in solidarity with refugees in Uganda, immigrant welfare recipients in New York, and coastal rural communities in Ecuador. In addition to her role as Advocacy Chair with BLSA, she serves on the executive board of the International Refugee Assistance Project, a pro bono project that works on behalf of forced migrants and other displaced peoples, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Change. She received a Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sadie Alexander Conference Chair:
Hi All! My name is Ebenezer Gyasi, and I am very excited to serve as one of your Sadie Co-Chairs this year. After graduating from college, I spent three years working as a public-school teacher and counselor in Baton Rouge and Chicago. My experience working in the Deep South and Midwest informed the impetus for attending law school to gain the knowledge and skills desperately needed to bring about transformational change. In other news, my hobbies include listening to Bach Cantata 131, reading about Military history, and pretty much anything to do with LSU football and tailgating. Looking forward to an awesome and fantastic year!
Khary Anderson was raised in Prince Georges County, Maryland and is currently a second-year law student. Khary is serving as the Social Chair of BLSA for this academic year. Since coming to Penn Law, he has also been involved in BLSA’s Project Peace, Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless, and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Constitutional Law. Prior to law school, Khary graduated from Villanova University in 2015 with a degree in History. When he is not studying, he enjoys reading blogs, drinking margaritas, and scrolling through Twitter and Instagram.
Darien Wynn is a second-year law student and currently serves as the Documentarian for the Black Law Students Association. Originally from Prince George’s County, MD, Darien received a B.A. in English from Morehouse College before returning home to teach Middle School Mathematics at his alma mater through Teach for America. This past summer, Darien interned at SECTION27, a public interest law center in South Africa, where he engaged in fieldwork and legal research on issues impacting learners with disabilities. He is excited to capture BLSA’s success—both past and present—and create lasting memories.