2019-2020 Scholars

Chanelle Artiles

Chanelle Artiles is a commercial litigation associate in the Miami office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.  She focuses her practice in commercial and civil litigation in the areas of employment practices claims, premises liability, construction defect, product liability, toxic tort and environmental exposures, general liability, and insurance coverage claims. Ms. Artiles received her Juris Doctor from Florida International University College of Law in May 2017 and Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from Florida International University, Landon School of Business in December 2011.  While in law school, she served as a faculty research assistant and was a student attorney at the Legal Clinic.  She also clerked at Legal Services of Greater Miami and served on a judicial internship at the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. Ms. Artiles is licensed to practice law in Florida.  She is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Ms. Artiles serves as Treasurer of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association. She is fluent in Spanish.

Lauren Barnes

Lauren A. Barnes is an Assistant Attorney General in the Medicaid Recipient Fraud Unit at the South Carolina Office of the Attorney General.  Prior to that, Lauren was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Alison Renee Lee of South Carolina’s Fifth Judicial Circuit.  She received her Juris Doctor in 2.5 years from the University of South Carolina School of Law where she also received a Children’s Law Certificate.  While in college, Lauren distinguished herself as student, graduating magna cum laude from the illustrious North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she majored in Pre-Law, with a minor in Philosophy and a Technical Writing certificate.

Jonathan M. Bogues

Jonathan M. Bogues is an attorney in Raleigh, NC and he is a leader. For as long as Jonathan can remember, leadership has been an important part of his life.  Upon graduating from law school and becoming a lawyer, his attention and passion for leading became even more important to him.  It quickly became clear to Jonathan that there are not many African-American attorneys, in particular, African-American male attorneys.  He then realized his role in nurturing budding minority attorneys was critical to the growth of the profession.  As a result, Jonathan made it his personal goal to help African-Americans and other minorities reach their goals of becoming attorneys as well as other academic and professional goals. While Jonathan has always been highly motivated and goal-oriented, his passion for becoming a leader in his community and legal profession has grown.  To continue to build his leadership skills, Jonathan has taken on responsibilities in several local mentoring programs: YMCA Community Hope and 100 Black Men of America.  His involvement with these programs allows Jonathan to spend time throughout the week working with youth in the Triangle area to increase literacy, achieve academic goals, and teach valuable life skills.  Jonathan also holds leadership roles within the North Carolina Bar Association.  He serves as Communications Co-Chair to the Young Lawyers Division and the YLD Liaison to the Real Property Section.  He will be stepping into a new role as Community Outreach Division Director for the Young Lawyers Division in the next bar year.

Donovan Bonner

Donovan Bonner represents employers in employment advice and litigation, serving private and public entities, including higher education institutions.  Donovan advises on a wide range of employment issues and litigation, including trade secrets, wrongful termination, discrimination, policy review, workplace investigations, and Title IX. Donovan understands the importance of tailoring his work to clients’ needs, and thoughtfully collaborates and communicates with the objective of solving challenges in an efficient and effective manner. Donovan is active with the ABA YLD, serving as a Labor and Employment Law Committee Vice-Chair, a Color Initiative Task Force Team Member, and a 2019-2020 Scholar. Donovan earned his B.S. at Menlo College, and his J.D. at the University of Oregon School of Law. He has consistently prioritized diversity initiatives in his professional and local community through his contributions to the Menlo College Black Student Union, University of Oregon School of Law’s Black Law Students Association, and the Urban League of Portland Young Professionals. Donovan currently serves on the Membership Committee of the Multnomah County Young Lawyer Section and provides mentoring for the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc.

Aris Hanchard Ferguson

Aris Hanchard Ferguson is a Contract Attorney with Motley Rice in the Securities and Consumer Fraud Department. At Motley Rice, she reviews discovery productions and aids in deposition and litigation preparation and strategy on complex Government Qui Tam cases and 10b-5 Securities Fraud cases. Additionally, she assists and advises clients in the areas of commercial Landlord-Tenant law and small business matters. Aris is a graduate of Duke University and Charleston School of Law, and currently resides in her hometown of Summerville with her husband, Julian, whom she met in law school, and their two dogs. Outside of work, Aris serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Pinewood Preparatory School as well as coaches their Junior Varsity Cheerleading Team. She is a member of Greater St. James AME Church of Summerville and an active member of the Junior League of Charleston, serving currently as their Chair of Recognition and Recruitment.

T'Keyah Gadson

T’Keyah Gadson works an Associate Attorney in Jacksonville, FL where she practices civil litigation. She represents insurance carriers in several areas, including premises liability and auto negligence defense. T’Keyah prioritizes involvement and community service. She is an active member of several local bar associations, and serves as a Board Member to raise funds for minority students’ college tuition. In 2014, T’Keyah received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, and her Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University College of Law in 2018.

Nadine Graves

Nadine Graves is a Minnesota native and a graduate of Delaware State University, where she earned a BA in Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where she focused on public interest areas of law. In law school, Nadine was actively involved in the Black Law Students Association, Christian Legal Society, and Criminal Law Society. Throughout her educational career, she has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills: as student director of the Child Protection Clinic, student representative and vice president of the Student Bar Association. Nadine was an editor of the Journal of Public Policy and Practice and also volunteered with the Open Doors to Federal Courts program, where she educated urban students about Thurgood Marshall. Nadine is now an assistant public defender in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Nadine has a long history of working with and advocating for people in need. A significant amount of her experience is in human services working assisting underprivileged and underrepresented people of diverse social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds predominately in Minneapolis. Nadine works primarily with people struggling with barriers caused by criminal backgrounds and dependence upon public assistance; through individual advocacy, she helps people overcome those barriers and receive opportunities to self-sufficiency through education, employment, and training.   Nadine’s advocacy isn’t limited to direct service. She is a voice for racial equity and meaningful justice reform at the Capitol, too. She has testified at Minnesota’s Second Chance Day on the Hill in support of Ban the Box, expungement reform, and voters’ rights restoration. Nadine is a mother of two boys and actively involved in her local church.  

Tsion Gurmu

Tsion Gurmu is a New York City-based attorney, writer, and consultant. Tsion is the Legal Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), a national organization formed to bring Black voices together to advocate for equality and justice in our laws and our communities. Tsion is also the Founder and Director of the Queer Black immigrant project (QBip), a Black radical lawyering initiative which provides comprehensive legal representation to LGBTQIA+ Black immigrants while creating a safe space for clients to regain control over their voices through a storytelling project. QBip’s mission is to create a systemic response to meet the legal and social needs of LGBTQIA+ Black immigrants while elevating narratives that illuminate the global injustices of state-sponsored homophobia and anti-Black racism. Tsion has received recognition for her work at the intersection of international law and immigration by Preet Bharara and CAFÉ 100, change-makers taking action to address some of the most pressing problems in America and around the world. She was also selected as a 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Law & Policy honoree, OkayAfrica’s 2019 Top 100 Women honoree, and NYU School of Law’s 2019 OUTLaw Alumna of the Year. Tsion holds a B.A. in Political Science and History, with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Chicago. She also holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law. In law school, she focused on international human rights law and immigration law. She served as a legal advocate in the Advanced Immigrant Rights Clinic, a leading institution in both local and national struggles for immigrant rights that engages in direct legal representation of immigrants and community organizations. In this position she represented individuals in removal proceedings, detention litigation, and civil suits; she also represented community organizations in legislative campaigns to pass the New York DREAM Act. Tsion also managed a capacity-building project for a children’s rights organization in Sierra Leone, Defence for Children International-Sierra Leone, in coordination with New York University’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. During her time in Ethiopia, Tsion worked with the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia assisting women in the struggle to secure full protection of their rights through training and advocacy workshops as well as small-scale research projects aimed at bringing about positive and progressive legal changes for Ethiopian women. Before moving to New York City, Tsion worked as an educator in Miami, FL with Teach for America. 

Genna Hoy

Genna Hoy is a 2018 honors graduate from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she attended part time at night while working full time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and at a private firm during the day.  During her time at UBLaw, Genna served as a student mentor; a teaching assistant; a student attorney in the Veteran’s Advocacy Clinic; a member of the allocations committee for the University as a whole; the treasurer of the Women’s Bar Association; and Speaker of the House and then President of the Student Bar Association.  She has received a Pro Bono challenge certificate, the Dean’s Citation Award, and Student Leader of the Year. Genna currently is a member of the MD State Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, Bar Association of Baltimore City, and Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity.  Genna works for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals in D.C. as an Attorney-Advisor.  Genna also had her first child in October, and is looking forward to getting back into leadership roles and being actively involved with YLD after taking time off after having her daughter. 

Charlotte Kimsey Mattingly

Charlotte Mattingly currently serves as the Assistant General Counsel for the State of Tennessee Department of Children's Services in Bradley County (TN Valley Region).  She has served in this role since January of 2016.  Charlotte currently serves as the Chair for the Children’s Issues Committee in the Tennessee Bar Association’s YLD; she will transition into the role of Youth Outreach Coordination for the 2019-2020 bar year.   Charlotte graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2012 and returned to Tennessee.  Before joining the State, she managed her own general practice with a focus on family/juvenile law.  Charlotte resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband and two dogs.  

Lindsay Lopez Murillo

Lindsay T. López Murillo, Esq. LLM.  Born and raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and now living in Ponce, a town at the south of the Island. Currently employed with Legal Services Corporation as the Disaster Relief Coordinator in an Assistance Program for Survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Since 2015 she has been a Lecturer Professor in the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and Arecibo Campus. She have taught Victimology (MB Program), Political Science and Sociology.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Campus. Subsequently, she studied at the Pontifical Catholic University School of Law, graduating Cum Laude with the Juris Doctor Degree in 2014. She also has a Master's Degree in Law with Concentration in Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods (LLM), of the Inter-American University School of Law and graduated with honors. Since her admission to the practice of Law, on February 20, 2015, she has been an active member of Pro Bono and the Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Bar Association). Within the Bar Association, she is a member who actively participates in varios committees and or boards such as the Vice President of the Ponce Region Delegation; member of the Young Lawyers Commission, member of the Special Commission of the President on Economic, Social Aspects and Community Rights; member of Women Rights Commission, member of the Commission Against Death Penalty and President of the Law Journal Commission. She is the author of the article El impacto del Nuevo Código Penal para las luchas de la sociedad en aspectos civiles, comunitarios y ambientales (The Impact of the New Penal Code for Community Fights for Civil and Environmental Rights), 52-2 REV. D.P., 333-352 (2013), published in the Revista de Derecho Puertorriqueño (Law Review) of the Pontifical Catholic University School of Law. Later, in 2013 she became the Managing Editor and Chief Editor in 2014 until law school graduation. Since graduating Law School, she has been involved in pro bono cases related to human rights and environmental law. As a student, she voluntarily worked in a criminal case against citizens who were opposed to the construction of mills on protected agricultural land. Among the most relevant cases, as a lawyer she has worked with communities affected by the ash deposit and later with communities affected by the hurricanes in 2017, even before starting at Legal Services Corporation.   

Maritza Perez

Maritza Perez, Esq. is a Senior Policy Analyst for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington, DC. She analyzes and advises federal legislation, and works alongside stakeholders, to minimize the harmful impacts of the criminal justice system in the lives of individuals. Prior to joining CAP, Maritza was a Legislative Staff Attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in Washington, DC. She began her legal career at MALDEF as a Soros Justice Fellow, advocating for policies to end mass incarceration. Her portfolio at MALDEF expanded to include immigration policy, education rights, and judicial nominations. Maritza earned her J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law where she received the highest distinction for her pro bono work in the areas of criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, and education access for disadvantaged students. Before attending law school, Maritza joined Teach For America and was a fourth grade teacher in New Orleans. She received her B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno with academic honors. As an undergraduate, she participated in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Internship Program and worked in the Office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Washington, DC. Maritza currently serves on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. She is also a Board Member of the Hispanic Bar Association of DC and the American Constitution Society (Washington, DC Lawyer Chapter). In 2019, she was named one of the Hispanic National Bar Association's Top Lawyers Under 40, recognizing her outstanding record of public service and professional excellence. The proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, Maritza is the first in her family to receive a higher education and earn a professional degree. She is originally from Elko, Nevada. 

Claudia Quintero

Claudia Quintero, originally from Los Angeles, is a staff attorney at Central West Justice Center in Springfield, MA, where she represents migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Claudia received her law degree from Western New England University School of Law, cum laude, where she was on the Western New England University Law Review, head of the National Lawyers Guild student chapter and founder of the Latino/a Law Student Association.  She received a B.A. in Communication Studies and minor in Music from California State University, Los Angeles, and an M.S. in Rhetoric from the University of Utah.  At CWJC Claudia provide holistic representation assisting clients with immigration, labor and employment, housing, family, and benefit matters.  She also provides community education and know-your-rights trainings to community members and organizations. Before and during law school Claudia was an adjunct professor teaching communication studies and public speaking for seven years. In 2018, she published an article with the University of Massachusetts Law Review on asylum law.  Claudia has been recognized by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts with the SJC Adams Pro Bono Publico Award for her work on behalf of immigrant populations, and by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild as Student of the Year. Claudia interned with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Legal Counsel in Washington, D.C while in law school.  She sits on the boards of the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, the Rosenburg Fund for Children, and on the coordinating committee of the ACLU of Massachusetts Immigrant Protection Project. 

Sheila Spence

Sheila Spence is a Staff Attorney at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.  She provides in house counsel transactional support for various business areas concerning health plans, corporate, and employment law. She especially enjoys advising the marketing and communication departments on new technology initiatives. She graduated with honors from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nakuma Wani-Kenyi

Nakuma L. Wani-Kenyi, a member of the District of Columbia Bar, currently serves as the Senior Judicial Law Clerk for the honorable Denise M. Francois at the Superior Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Nakuma is a 2017 graduate of American University Washington College of Law, where she served as a publications editor of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law and a student attorney of the International Human Rights Law Clinic.  In 2017, Nakuma was awarded the Dean's Professional Responsibility Award and the J.D. Distinguished Fellowship, and recognized as a member of the Pro Bono Honors Program.    While earning her law degree, Nakuma interned at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the World Bank, and the Refugee Law Project, which is based in Kampala, Uganda.  Nakuma is originally from South Sudan.   In her free time, she enjoys reading motivational books, and domestic and international travelling.

Darryl Wilson

Darryl Wilson is an Associate in the Jackson, Mississippi office of Adams and Reese. He assists clients in all phases of complex litigation in federal and state courts, with experience including litigating matters in the areas of premises liability, negligence, negligent supervision, negligent hiring and training, products liability, breach of contract, labor and employment, and mass tort/class action claims. An accomplished speaker, Darryl regularly attends and speaks at conferences to educate insurers on case law updates. Darryl received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2014 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Tougaloo College in 2011. He is an active member of numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Mississippi Bar, American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, National Bar Association, Magnolia Bar Association, Capital Area Bar Association, Jackson Young Lawyers, 100 Black Men of Jackson, Incorporated, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Rho Xi Lambda Chapter. Darryl has been recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” (2018) and was named to the Tougaloo College 40 Under 40 in 2017.