September 10, 2014

2009-2010 Scholars


American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division - Current Scholars


2009-2010 Scholars

Each year the ABA YLD awards a number of scholarships to encourage the participation of minority; solo/small firm; government, private sector, and military service attorneys in the Young Lawyers Division.  This year we are excited to have these scholars involved with the YLD.

Omar Sebastian Anorga, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

Omar Sebastian Anorga , Los Angeles, CA
Minorities in the Profession Committee
Omar Sebastian Anorga is a California licensed attorney with experience in contracts, real estate, intellectual property, and general business law. He is dedicated to providing the highest quality of legal services by aggressively protecting clients' rights while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Mr. Anorga graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts from Whittier College and a Juris Doctorate from Whittier College School of Law. While in law school, he was a member of the Whittier Law School's trial advocacy, and Law Review programs. Additionally, Mr. Anorga was named the law review's Most Outstanding Candidate, and was the author of the published article Music Contracts have Musicians Playing in the Key of Unconscionability. 2 4 Whittier L.Rev. 739 (2003). In his spare time, Mr. Anorga enjoys playing his classical guitar, collecting vinyl records, and playing basketball.

Donyetta Bailey, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

Donyetta Bailey, Cincinnati, OH
Minorities in the Profession Committee
Donnie has nine years of experience practicing in the areas of labor & employment, workers' compensation and general civil litigation. She received her law degree with honors from Capital University Law School in May 2000 and is licensed to practice law in Ohio and New York. She has held various positions in the legal profession, including Assistant General Counsel for a natural gas company and Senior Associate for one of the largest law firms in Cincinnati. Donnie represents clients in all aspects of employment litigation, including cases concerning wrongful discharge, promissory estoppel, breach of contract, enforcement of non-compete agreements, wage and hour claims and discrimination claims under the ADA, FMLA, ADEA and Title VII. Donnie handles cases before administrative agencies (such as the EEOC and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission), state and federal courts, and arbitration panels including JAMS, AAA and FINRA. Donnie frequently advises employers on various human resource matters and drafts employment policies and employee handbooks. For the past three years, she was responsible for drafting background check policies and managing the pre-employment screening process for a nationwide employer. She also created the company's USERRA policy and managed its military leave process. She represents employers in all aspects of workers' compensation, has prior experience as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio in their Workers' Compensation section and currently represents one of Ohio's largest employee staffing and leasing companies in all aspects of workers' compensation. Donnie also has general litigation experience which includes commercial disputes, church disputes, medical malpractice, antitrust and high stakes personal injury/wrongful death cases. She is also certified by the Council of Better Business Bureaus to serve as an Arbitrator for the BBB AUTO LINE program and currently arbitrates cases involving the nation's top auto manufacturers.

Ernestina Cruz, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

Ernestina Cruz, Albuquerque, NM
GP Solo Committee
Ernestina (Tina) Cruz is a partner at the Narvaez Law Firm, P.A. in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  With over eight years experience in civil defense litigation, her law practice has concentrated in the areas of employment, civil rights, education law and insurance defense. She represents public entities and corporations in New Mexico’s federal and state courts. She also represents employers at the administrative level before the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the City of Albuquerque’s Human Rights Office.  Additionally, Ms. Cruz has handled appeals before the New Mexico Court of Appeals and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico (B.A. in Political Science/Spanish and J.D.) and the University of Notre Dame (M.A. in Government and International Relations). She is a member of numerous boards, including the State Bar of New Mexico’s Young Lawyers Division, the University of New Mexico School of Law Alumni Board, and the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners.  In 2008, she was named the "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association.   Ms. Cruz hails from a rural community in northern New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Dolores Dorsainvil, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

Dolores Dorsainvil, Hyattsville, MD
Minorities in the Profession Committee
Dolores is a Senior Staff Attorney with the District of Columbia Office of Bar Counsel where she investigates and prosecutes allegations of ethical misconduct of District of Columbia lawyers. She received her Juris Doctor from American University’s Washington College of Law School in 2000, where she was a Recent Developments Editor of the Administrative Law Review, an official publication of the American Bar Association.  She also received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Public Policy from Boston University. She is admitted to practice in Maryland and District of Columbia courts. Dolores serves as guest speaker at numerous continuing legal education seminars in the District of Columbia and Maryland and is also an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law where she teaches Legal Ethics. Dolores is very involved in her legal community and is Co-Editor of The Advocate, the publication of the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and this year, she is also an Assistant Editor for the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division newsletter, The Young Lawyer.  She is also an appointed member of the Professionalism Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association and has taught at the mandatory Professionalism Course for new admittees of the Maryland Bar.  Dolores is passionate about mentoring and also serves as a mentor for a bar exam mentor program that assists students of color in passing the Maryland bar examination.

Lacy Durham, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

Lacy Durham, Dallas, TX
Minorities in the Profession Committee
Lacy Durham is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Tax, LLP a subsidiary of Deloitte and Touche. Lacy’s area focuses primarily on Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, and Tax. As a consultant, she also advises clients on a variety of human resource and employment law related issues. Lacy received her B.B. A’s. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and received her MBA from Louisiana Tech University. Lacy earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center and an LLM in Taxation from Southern Methodist University School of a Law. Lacy is an active member of the legal community. She is admitted to practice law in both Louisiana and Texas. She most recently was appointed to the State Bar of Texas committee on Local Bar Services for a four year term. Lacy is active in the Dallas Association’s of Young Lawyers and was selected to its premier 2008 Leadership Class. She is a co-chair of the Barristers for Babies Committee that provides services and focuses on issues and projects involving babies and young children in the Dallas area. Lacy is also a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the J.L. Turner Legal Association. Her involvement is varied. She is a member of the Minority Participation Committee and Law Day Committees with the Dallas Bar Association just to name a few . She is also a member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA). In addition to these professional affiliations, Lacy is an avid believer of molding and positively influencing our youth. She volunteers her time with Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas, Junior Achievement, and serves as a Youth Coordinator at her church. Her personal motto is that “you must always sign your work with excellence.”

William (Bill) Ferreira, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

William (Bill) Ferreira, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Minorities in the Profession Committee
Bill Ferreira is a founding member of the Ferreira & Herbert Law Group. He is a tireless and focused attorney, who is committed to the Firm's core value of providing clients exemplary professional service with a personal touch. Prior to forming the Firm, Mr. Ferreira had been in private practice as a sole practitioner, and he has also served as a law clerk in the Criminal Part of the Superior Court of New Jersey for the Honorable Donald R. Venezia, J.S.C., where he gained a unique insight into New Jersey's criminal justice system. In addition, Mr. Ferreira has a great deal of transactional experience having worked as a licensed Florida real estate broker for approximately 10 years prior to becoming an attorney.  During that time he represented primarily financial institutions in their acquisition and disposal of REO and foreclosure properties. Mr. Ferreira is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), the Bergen County Bar Association (BCBA), the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBANJ), and the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA). He currently holds seats on numerous executive boards, committees, and appointed positions within these various bar associations on both a regional and nationwide level. Mr. Ferreira received his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, and is a magna cum laude graduate of Barry University, (B.S. in Legal Studies with a Minor in Information Technology). While in law school, Mr. Ferreira was competitively selected as a member of the Moot Court Board and the Civil Litigation Clinic.

Clarissa L. Freeman, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

Clarissa L. Freeman, Harrisburg, PA
Government, Military and Public Sector Lawyers Committee
Attorney Clarissa L. Freeman is a 2008 graduate of Widener University School of Law, where she obtained the Pro Bono distinction for her extensive volunteer legal service to the community.  As a child, she always wanted to be a lawyer, though she would learn that her dream might not become a reality.  Despite challenges, Clarissa excelled academically and graduated early from Virginia Tech University with a B.A. in Political Science-Legal Studies Concentration and a Minor in Public and Urban Affairs.  Although, initially denied admission to law school, Ms. Freeman remained steadfast to her dream and in 2005, she successfully gained admission through a summer trial admissions program.  During law school, Clarissa overcame many obstacles that would have caused other students to give up on a legal career.  However, determined to accomplish her goal and serve her community, Clarissa turned her dream into a reality, thus becoming the first lawyer in her family.  As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Ms. Freeman exemplifies the organization’s motto “Service to All Mankind” in both her professional and personal life.  She is an active member of her state and local bar associations, as well as other professional organizations.  Clarissa received the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship from the Keystone Bar Association for her commitment to legal service within the local community.  The Dauphin County Bar Association has also recognized her as a member of the Pro Bono Honor Roll.  Currently, she serves as Co-Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Minority Bar Committee.  She is also the charter Vice-President of Administration for the Greater Harrisburg Interim Chapter of NBMBAA.  In addition to providing pro bono legal service, Ms. Freeman also gives back to the community by volunteering at soup kitchens, speaking to at-risk youth, and mentoring students.  She is a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Dr. William S. Hampton, Pastor.  Attorney Freeman is Chief Counsel and Executive Director to a Pennsylvania State Senator.  Clarissa feels that although she may not change the world that her purpose as an Attorney is to change someone’s world or at least his or her perception of their situation.

Shontrai Irving, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

Shontrai Irving, Crown Point, IN
GP Solo Committee
Shontrai DeVaughn Irving is presently an attorney for State Farm Litigation Counsel in Crown Point, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with Distinction in 1997 with majors in Criminal Justice and Afro-American Studies. He earned his Indiana University School of Law degree in 2003 while pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice as well. He recently earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Purdue University in May 2009 where he was named the Outstanding Student by the faculty. Irving is known as a scholar and leader throughout the State. His academic accomplishments include being selected as the Indiana University Most Valuable Graduate by the Indiana Daily Student. He was also a recipient of the Elvis J. Stahr Distinguished Senior Award that is given to the top five outstanding members of the senior class. He was a Ronald McNair Scholar and a participant in the Summer Research Opportunity Program. He has also received numerous scholarships and fellowships including the Balfour Fellowship, Martha Kraft Fellowship, Minority Achievers Program scholarship, Indiana Black Expo scholarship, Purdue University’s Best and Brightest scholarship, Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Scholarship, IU Campus scholarship, Indiana University Little 500 Scholarship, and Isiah Thomas scholarship. Attorney Irving is a former Deputy Prosecutor in Lake County, Indiana and was selected as a Governor’s Fellow in 1997. He believes in giving back to his community. For his efforts in the community, he has been recognized as the 2007 Outstanding Young Lawyer (Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana), and 2007 Up and Coming Lawyer (Indiana Lawyer). His greatest service to the community was being a foster parent to four children ranging in age from 3 to 9 from 2006 to March 2008. For his service, he was selected as the 2007 Foster Parent of the Year (Indiana Foster Care and Adoption Association) and was featured on the Star Jones Television show. He is a former President of the Indiana University Black Student Union and is a two-time recipient of the Parker-Powell Student Activism Award from Indiana University. His personal motto is from Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, who stated ”None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody-a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony, or a few nuns-bent down and helped us pick up our boots.”

Nikki Johnson-Huston, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Philadelphia, PA
Government, Military and Public Sector Lawyers Committee
Nikki Johnson-Huston was born in Detroit but grew up in California. She was born in poverty to a single mother and by the time she was nine she was homeless. She went on to live with her disabled maternal grandmother who although had limited means, instilled in her a love of education and the dream of going to college. Her grandmother used welfare payments to care for her but taught her to work hard. Nikki says her grandmother taught her, “there is no shame in being poor, but of being poor of character.” Nikki did well in high school and won a scholarship to Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Nikki had difficulty adjusting to school across the country and failed out of school after her first year. She did not let that stop her. She got a job as a live-in nanny during the day and enrolled in Saint Joseph’s University night school program where she graduated in 1998. Nikki went on to Temple Beasley School of Law in 2000 where she discovered a love of business and tax. Nikki completed a joint degree program where she earned an J.D./M.B.A/ LL.M in Taxation all of which she completed in four years. Nikki started her own nanny business when she was in law school and operated it for almost three years until she began working as an attorney. Nikki is currently an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia Law Department in the Major Tax Unit. Nikki is involved in numerous community activities. She is on several boards of directors and is the Co-Chair of the Women in the Profession Public Interest Task Force of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Nikki has used that position to start a mentoring program for high-school students interested in pursuing a career in law, conducted numerous panels about issues related to educational opportunities and the law and even spoke with Bill Cosby at a fireside chat in November 2008 about her experience growing up in poverty.


Ebony McCain, St. Louis, MO
Minorities in the Profession Committee
Ebony's desire to practice law had interesting beginnings.  When she was 10 years old, Ebony decided that she wanted to be President of the United States.  Her research into the former Presidents revealed that many of them were lawyers.  With her newfound knowledge, she was sure that she had found the key to accomplishing her goal.  While her political ambitions were abandoned long ago, Ebony's interest in the legal system and its history remained strong.  Ebony is a native of Memphis, Tennessee where she attended Rhodes College and received a bachelor's degree in Political Science.  Ebony chose Washington University in St. Louis for law school where she received the Public Interest Law Student of the Year Award.  After graduation from law school, Ebony served for three years as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles A. Shaw of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.  Ebony currently represents employers in employment and immigration matters at Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP's St. Louis office.  Ebony remains active in her community.  She is currently the President- Elect of the Mound City Bar Association and was a member of the 2007-2008 Missouri Bar Leadership Academy.  She is proud to have been the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college and graduate school.  In her free time, she actively mentors high school, college, and law students and encourages them to pursue their dreams. 

David Nguyen, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

David Nguyen, Indianapolis, IN
Minorities in the Profession Committee
David Nguyen is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, and a first-generation Vietnamese-American. David earned his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Secondary Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, in 2003. Thereafter, he obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the IU Kelley School of Business, both in December of 2006. As a recipient of the Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship, David earned his Master of Advanced Legal Studies (LL.M. Adv.) in European Business Law from Leiden University in Leiden, the Netherlands, in August 2008. David has worked in Indianapolis-based law firms, the federal courts, and state government. In 2006, David was a delegation member on the 2006 Indiana Food & Agriculture Trade Mission Trip to Taiwan and Vietnam, where he and 32 other delegates along with the Lt. Governor represented Indiana and Hoosier businesses while developing business relations in Taiwan and Vietnam. During his studies in Europe, David also served as a legal consultant researching the issues of data protection in medical research and drafted proposals to be presented to the European Commission. Most recently, David was a Visiting Professor of Business Ethics at Vietnam National University, and a Lecturer at the International Business & Law Academy, both in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. David is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana. David is and has been highly involved with the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Indiana University Alumni Association, and other professional organizations. Through various leadership positions and activities, David makes an impact throughout the community in which he is a part of.

Susan Park, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

Susan Park, New York, NY
Minorities in the Profession Committee
She graduated with a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in English Literature and Political Science from Stanford University. Susan Park is an Assistant District Attorney for the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office and handles the prosecution of misdemeanor cases in Kings County Criminal Court. Previous to her position as an Assistant District Attorney, she worked for two years at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP as a litigation Associate handling civil litigation matters. As an Assistant District Attorney, she handles cases ranging from driving under the influence, assaults, domestic violence, child stalking, and larceny.

Tiffany Russell, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

Tiffany Russell, Durham, NC
GP Solo Committee
Tiffany D. Russell is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. She is a businesswomen, attorney, and mother. Attorney Russell graduated with honors from the prestigious Tuskegee University in 2001 where she received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science. During her undergraduate career, she was inducted into Golden Key and Pi Sigma Alpha honoraries. She was a member of the Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Society, Who’s Who Among American College Students, participated in the Model NATO competition and was Co-Captain of the First Winning Bioethics Team at Tuskegee University. Attorney Russell knew at an early age that she wanted to be an attorney. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2004. She was a participant in the school's Clinical Law and Alternative Dispute Programs, which allowed her to provide legal representation to indigent clients. Attorney Russell was a Contract Attorney at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice, before embarking on a life of total fulfillment by opening her own general practice firm. She is an active member of the North Carolina State Bar. She is also a member of the 14th Judicial District Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is Treasurer of the Young Lawyers Division for the Durham County Bar Association, serves on the Publicity Committee for the George H. White Bar and also serves on the Law-Related Education Advisory Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association. Currently, she is in her second term as Co-chair of the Housing Appeals Board for the County of Durham.

Angela Scott, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

Angela Scott, Windsor Mill, MD
Minorities in the Profession Committee
For the past five years, Angela Scott has served as an Attorney-Advisor for the Office of the General Counsel (Civil Rights Division) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she helps to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex and religion. Ms. Scott’s practice area focuses on the enforcement of federal civil rights laws including, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Act, the Hill-Burton Act and Section 1808 of the Small Business and Job Protection Act of 1996, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin in the adoption and foster care system. She also uses her position to combat Access to Health Care issues, including Health Disparities and ensuring qualified individuals with Limited English Proficiency are afforded a meaningful opportunity to health care services. She has lectured on various topics, including the "Impact of Federal Civil Rights Law on Health Care Disparities" and "Fostering Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964".  Additionally, she is a past Fellow of the Leadership Academy of the Maryland State Bar Association and in 2007, she became a Maryland Bar Foundation Fellow.  Ms. Scott was recently appointed to the Character Committee of the Second Appellate Circuit of Maryland, where she helps to determine the moral fitness of individuals seeking admission into the Maryland Bar.  She is also a member of the Peer Review Panel of the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission.  Ms. Scott earned a LL.M. degree, with a concentration in Int'l Human Rights, from the Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. degree from the Catholic University of America - Columbus School of Law, with a concentration in Health Law, and a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. A former Judicial Law Clerk and Prosecutor, she is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the U.S. District Courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.

Edward L. Wright, Jr., 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

Edward L. Wright, Jr., Milwaukee, WI
Minorities in the Profession Committee
Edward L. Wright, Jr., a five year veteran of the U.S. Navy, is currently an Assistant District Attorney for the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. Edward is committed to promoting public peace and safety by just and vigorous prosecution and seeks and to do impartial justice by ensuring that the guilty are punished and the innocent go free while treating all persons who come in contact with the criminal justice system with fairness, dignity, and respect. Prior to working for the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, Edward was employed by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in their Legal Affairs Office and prior to that he was a clerk with the Law Office of Vivian R. King of Houston, Texas.  Edward earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Marquette University in International Affairs & Global Politics where he also became a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Following graduation, Edward returned to the Navy where he served two years of active duty service as a Litigation Support Clerk (LN) for the US Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corp. Edward earned his Juris Doctor (JD), from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Phoenix New Orleans Campus.  While attending law school, Edward clerked for several law firms in Houston, Texas, in the various areas of criminal defense, entertainment law, employment and labor law, and sports law.   Edward is admitted to practice law before all state courts in Texas and Wisconsin.  Edward is married to LaTonya Wright of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and they have two boys Adrien and Amari.

Laura A. Young, 2009-2010 YLD Scholar

Laura A. Young, Minneapolis, MN
Government, Military and Public Sector Lawyers Committee
Laura A. Young is a staff attorney in the International Justice Program at The Advocates for Human Rights, a non-profit human rights organization based in Minneapolis. Laura received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and received her Master of Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Laura also studied international law at Université Jean Moulin, in Lyon, France. Upon completion of her law degree, Laura clerked at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Laura has worked on international human rights issues throughout her professional career. While working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and other public health consulting firms in Atlanta, Laura focused on HIV/AIDS education, refugee and immigrant access to the health care system, and statistical measurement of community empowerment. Laura worked as a domestic violence educator and trainer at the Women’s Center of Montgomery County in Pennsylvania – a job that inspired her to attend law school.  During law school Laura was employed by the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Project, where she assisted with bringing appeals on behalf of Mexican nationals on death row in the US. Laura began her work with The Advocates as a volunteer on the organization’s death penalty project. After graduating from law school and completing her clerkship, Laura was selected as The Advocates’ second Wellstone Fellow and was later hired as a staff attorney. In her work at The Advocates, Laura focuses on promoting international human rights in the US and around the world through mobilizing volunteers to get involved with human rights in a hands-on way. Laura is currently a vice-chair of the ABA Section of International Law’s Africa Committee.

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