2017-2018 Scholars

YLD Scholarship Program Recipients

Josephine Bahn

Josephine M. Bahn is an Honors Attorney with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the Washington, DC headquarters. There, she rotates through several internal departments within the FDIC including at least one regional rotation in one of the seven FDIC regional offices. Prior to starting with the FDIC, Josephine clerked for the Honorable Joel H. Slomsky in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Sheila Bias

Sheila is an associate in the Columbia office of the law firm of Fisher Phillips. She represents employers in a variety of labor and employment matters. Sheila is involved in various professional and community activities. She serves as the President-Elect and is on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Bar Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Columbia Society for Human Resource Management, and is a pervious board member of the South Carolina Defense Trial Lawyers Association, and is a member of the Junior League of Columbia. She is also very active in the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division, serving as the state-wide chair of the Cinderella Project.

M. Stephen Blevins

M. Stephen Blevins is an attorney practicing in the Charleston, SC area. Stephen received his undergraduate degree from Charleston Southern University, where he double majored in History and Religion. He received his graduate degree from Columbia International University where he studied for the Masters of Divinity degree. He received his law degree at the Charleston School of Law, where he served as a legal writing teaching fellow, a teaching assistant for the Academic Dean, and a member of the Business Law Society and Real Estate Society. He also was admitted into the Charleston Law Review and the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust, and Estate Journal. 

Eufemia Cabrera-D’Amour

Eufemia is a trial attorney in Atlanta, GA. Prior to attending law school, Eufemia served as a judicial case manager for the Superior Court of Fulton County. Eufemia attended Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University- New Brunswick, and a Masters of Public Administration from Troy University. 

Fabiani Duarte

Fabiani Duarte is the Chief of Legal Assistance, 49th Wing for the JAG Corp of the United States Air Force. Fabiani is the immediate past chair of the American Bar Association Law Student Division. Fabiani received his Law Degree from Mercer University and holds a Masters of Arts in Christian Ministry from Mercer. Prior to attending law school, Fabiani attended Vanderbilt University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Communications and Politics. 

Jamille Fieds

Jamille Fields is a Policy Analysis at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Jamille has served as a Clinical Fellow for the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation. In this role, she was involved in team efforts to use policy advocacy and litigation to improve health laws and policies affecting low-income people living with chronic illnesses. She also served as a Reproductive Justice Fellow through the National Health Law program. Jamille received her law degree from St. Louis University School of Law. Jamille holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Policy from the St. Louis University School of Public Health, and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  

LaLonnie Gray

LaLonnie Gray is an attorney in Denver, CO. She represents and counsel’s employers in all areas of employment law and has represented clients throughout the litigation process in single-plaintiff lawsuits and class/collective actions. LaLonnie also defends claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, Title VII, Title IX, and the Age Discrimination Act.  Prior to entering private practice, LaLonnie clerked for the Honorable Judge Christine M. Arguello of the United States District Court of the District of Colorado.

Christopher Jennison

Christopher Jennison is an Honors Attorney at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he currently serves in the Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings of the Department’s Office of General Counsel. He has previously served in detail with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Enforcement Division and with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Chris is currently an appointed member of the Montgomery County Commission on Juvenile Justice. He also serves as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.

Dwight Lacy

Dwight J. Lacy is a Compliance Specialist with the Enforcement and Litigation Division of the United States Department of Agriculture. Dwight served as a Judicial intern for the Fayett County Circuit Court in Lexington, KY, and as a legal intern for the United States Department of Agriculture. Dwight received his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

James Roberts

James Roberts is an associate at Burr & Forman and works in the Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy group in the firm’s Birmingham, AL office. James also sits on the firm’s diversity committee and is highly involved in the firm’s diversity initiatives. James received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.

Lisa Robinson Hernandez

Lisa Robinson-Hernandez is the co-founder and managing partner of Theodore & Robinson, LLC in Norcross, GA. Lisa is an experienced attorney skilled in corporate transactions, negotiations, business development, and corporate structure. Lisa worked as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Outreach at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and as an associate faculty member at Post University. She received her law degree and her Master of Law degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston.

Shirley Tang

Shirley Tang is an attorney for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  She previously worked as a staff attorney for Legal Services of Norther California and a Bar Certified Law Clerk for the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, as well as the UC Hastings Civil Justice Clinic. She received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, and her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of California Davis.

Geneva Thompson

Geneva Thompson is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an attorney with Wishtoyo Foundation, its Ventura Coastkeeper program, and its First Nations Ecological Conservation Alliance program. Geneva is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, with specializations in critical race studies and public interest law. She has published articles in the UCLA Law Review and the Indigenous Peoples Journal of Law, Culture, and Resistance.

Christine Schafer

Christine Schafer is a partner at Wild, Felice & Partners, P.A. in Plantation, FL. Christine Graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 2008 and received her law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Christine serves on the committee for Miss ARC Broward, a pageant held to empower young women with disabilities. Christine also serves as a mentor to law students enrolled at Nova Southeastern College of Law.

Victoria Walker

Victoria Walker is associate counsel for the Virginia Board of Veterans Appeals. Victoria is also the owner and principal of the Law Office of Victoria Walker. In this capacity, Victoria counsels start-ups, small businesses, and non-profit organizations on the legal hurdles to starting and running an organization. Victoria obtained her law degree from George Mason University School of law, and her Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Yvette Ann Walker

Yvette Ann Walker is associate counsel for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Yvette provides in-house counsel corporate legal support with transactional issues. Yvette obtained her law degree and business law certificate from University of Southern California and her Bachelors of Art degree from Wellesley College.