2011–2012 ABA YLD Scholars

Volume 37, Number 2

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 ABA Young Lawyers Division. This year we are excited to have these scholars involved with the ABA YLD.

Tiffany C. Alvoid, Dallas, Texas

Tiffany C. Alvoid is a graduate of UCLA School of Law with a concentration in critical race theory, which has served her well in her current position as a civil rights litigator. She is an Associate at Gillespie Rozen & Watsky, P.C., where she fights for the rights of clients who have been wrongfully terminated because of discrimination. She is an active member of the Dallas Bar Association, where as Vice-Chair of the Judiciary Committee she acts as a liaison between litigators and the judiciary. As a member of the Dallas Bar Association Speakers Committee, Tiffany initiated and helped organize a free legal summer series for members of the public. She serves as the Corresponding Secretary for the J.L. Turner Bar Association (African American bar association) and is also a member of the Dallas Young Lawyers Association, Texas Employment Lawyers Association, and the National Employment Lawyers Association.

Albert Asphall, Paterson, New Jersey

Albert Asphall is a general practitioner who handles criminal and municipal cases. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his J.D. from Howard University School of Law. In law school, Albert was involved in many volunteer and pro bono activities and twice went with a group of Howard Law students to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he worked with the Pro Bono Project. In New Orleans, Albert assisted in recovering lost documents and researched issues related to intestate succession on behalf of Hurricane Katrina victims. He also worked with the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York, where he researched housing issues on behalf of citizens facing homelessness. In recognition, Albert received the Pro Bono Honors Award presented to law students who have devoted the most hours to pro bono and volunteer service. Albert also served as a member of the Goler T. Butcher International Moot Court Team, where he led the group that competed in the Niagara International Moot Court Competition and won a round in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition.

Adeolu Bakare, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Adeolu “Ade” Bakare is a prosecutor in the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Office of Trial Staff, where he litigates to ensure that regulated public utilities operate in the interest of the general public. Ade received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from Tulane University Law School. During law school, he served on the editorial board of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property and the executive board of the Business Law Society. In addition, Ade enjoys the arts and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Art Association of Harrisburg and serves as the Arts and International Chair of the Harrisburg Young Professionals. As A&I Chair, Ade has organized events that spread awareness about the arts throughout the Harrisburg community. Ade actively volunteers with other community organizations, including the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the South Central PA Sickle Cell Council. He particularly enjoys tutoring and has served as an after-school tutor at the Nativity School of Harrisburg since 2009.

Angel Base, Spokane, Washington

Angel Base is a sole practitioner in Spokane, Washington, practicing in family law and general practice. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work and has worked in child counseling and juvenile detention. Angel has an extensive public service history, serving with the Red Cross, Navy–Marine Corps Relief Society, DSHS Child and Family Services, Washington Children’s Home Society, youth clubs, and school boards at the elementary and secondary levels. She served as a Rule 9 Legal Intern with the Washington Attorney General’s Office and now serves as a guardian ad litem. Angel is active with the Volunteer Lawyer’s Program and the Spokane County Bar Association’s CLE Committee and Family Law Section. She was instrumental in establishing the Solo and Small Practice Section in Spokane County in her first year of law practice and was elected Section Chair. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Solo and Small Practice Section Executive Committee and the ABA Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division. Angel is also a Young Lawyers Division member at
the local, state, and national levels.

Fern Carty, Rogers, Arkansas

Fern Carty is Counsel for Walmart Stores, Inc. in the Walmart US Legal Division, practicing health care law with the Health & Wellness legal team that supports Walmart’s pharmacies and vision centers. Before joining Walmart as in-house counsel in August 2010, Fern participated in the Corporate Counsel Externship that Walmart offered though the University of Arkansas and as a result was asked to join the company’s legal team permanently, becoming the first lawyer hired from the extern program. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2006 from Emory University in Atlanta and her J.D. in 2010 from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Fern is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the American Health Lawyers  Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Tim Elder, Baltimore, Maryland

Tim Elder joined Brown, Goldstein & Levy as a Disability Rights Fellow in September 2010. His practice focuses on issues related to disability rights litigation and general civil litigation. During law school, Tim interned with the Hon. Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He also clerked for the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center in San Francisco, where he worked on complex employment discrimination cases and represented low-income workers at administrative hearings. In 2008, Tim was awarded the TenBroek Fellowship for commitment to disability rights, and in 2010, Tim was a recipient of The Daily Record’s VIP by 40 Award, which recognizes younger professionals in Maryland for their professional accomplishments, civic involvement, and impact of achievement.

Mark Flores, Lexington, Kentucky

Mark Flores graduated from the University of Texas–Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism degree and started a broadcasting career, which gave the Dallas–Fort Worth native the chance to live along the Texas–Mexico border and in southwest New Mexico before bringing him to the CBS affiliate in Louisville. After three years covering Kentucky’s state capitol, Mark decided to leave journalism to attend the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he served as the managing editor of the Kentucky Law Journal and founded the University of Kentucky Latino(a) Law Students Association. He participated as a member of the Moot Court Board, represented the College of Law in the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, and received CALI awards for the highest grade in both Criminal Law and Products Liability Seminars. He clerked for Federal Court Judge Joseph M. Hood immediately after graduating from law school and before joining Frost Brown Todd’s business litigation practice group in Lexington, Kentucky.

Sheena R. Hamilton, St. Louis, Missouri

Sheena R. Hamilton is a law clerk for the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law. After her clerkship, Sheena will join Armstrong Teasdale, LLP as a litigation associate. Sheena is an active member of the Mound City Bar Association, the Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. She is an adjunct professor at SLU Law, coach of SLU Law’s reigning national champion Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team, and a member of the university-wide Black Alumni Association Board of Directors. As a result of her involvement, she received the 2011 SLU Black Law Student Association Service Award given to the attorney in the community who contributes most to the organization and the 2009 Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly Women in Justice Award titled Leader of Tomorrow, which is given to an individual who demonstrates leadership, professionalism, and a passion for making a difference in the justice system.

David Johnson, Phoenix, Arizona

David Johnson is an attorney with the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the state agency tasked with assuring that Arizona continues to have long-term, dependable water supplies. Within the legal community, David participates as a Committee Chair and Vice-Chair on a number of American Bar Association committees. He is actively involved with the Active 20–30 Club of Phoenix, serves on the Board of Directors of Phoenix’s Learning Ally, and was a 2010 honoree for the Arizona’s Finest Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. David volunteers within the legal community as part of the Modest Means program and as a judge for moot court and mock trial competitions.

Monica S. Kinene, Decatur, Georgia

Monica S. Kinene is a licensed Georgia attorney specializing in immigration law. She received her B.A. with honors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of the Samaritan and the Bench and Bar Legal Society. Monica is a first-generation immigrant and extremely passionate about helping other immigrants as they continue their journey in the United States. After law school and passing the Georgia Bar, she worked as an immigration specialist with Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta and recently launched a solo practice specializing in immigration law. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and serves as a volunteer attorney with the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network.

Heather L. McMillan Nakai, Rockville, Maryland

Heather L. McMillan Nakai is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She received her A.B. from Dartmouth College in History and Native American Studies and her J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles with a concentration in Indian and corporate law. Currently, Heather is a Staff Attorney at the National Indian Gaming Commission, where she serves as a Phoenix Region counsel. Before joining the NIGC staff, Heather worked as a policy analyst in the Division of Regulatory and Legal Affairs at the Indian Health Service. In addition, Heather has clerked for the Kalispel Tribe in Washington State, the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe in Wisconsin, and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in Southern California.

Carlo A. Rolando, South Bend, Indiana

Bay Area native Carlo A. Rolando graduated magna cum laude from Saint Mary’s College of California before moving to Indiana to attend law school at the University of Notre Dame, where he was selected by faculty members to represent Notre Dame at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Following graduation, he served as law clerk to the Chief Judge of Michigan’s 43rd Judicial Circuit Court, where he was responsible for evaluating civil and criminal motions, making recommendations to the judge, and drafting the court’s orders and opinions. This experience proved critical when Carlo was selected to represent criminal defendants on appeal under the criminal justice act by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In July 2011, Carlo returned to the Bay Area to establish a solo practice in Oakland that litigates complex criminal matters and personal injury cases. Finally, he will spend the 2011–2012 term advancing the interests of the ABA YLD as Vice-Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee.

Sankeetha Selvarajah, Boston, Massachusetts

With experience in corporation formation, technology, and immigration law, Sankeetha Selvarajah is counsel at the Boston office of Perry, Krumsiek & Jack LLP and a co-founder and principal of the SanEle Group, where she provides a full range of professional business consulting services to start-up entities and small businesses. She was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She received a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she was elected as Student Association International Coordinator, and a J.D. from the New England School of Law, where she received the Charles Hamilton Houston Scholar Award and the Public Service Scholar Award. During law school she served as International Law Students Association Co-Chair, Minority Students Association Vice-President, Tsunami Relief Committee Chair, and was inducted into the Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity.

Kim Sandher, Kirkland, Washington

Kim grew up in Vancouver, Canada, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics at the University of British Columbia but eventually moved to Seattle to earn a law degree from the Seattle University School of Law. Kim currently works at Mercado & Hartung, PLLC as an associate in real estate and bankruptcy. She started her legal career externing at the Seattle Mayor’s office, and after seeing the many local issues facing the Seattle area, she began to volunteer with the Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project to help prevent low-income families and individuals from losing their homes. She continues her public service at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. This year she was appointed the WSBA Real Property Probate and Trust Section Co-Chair for the annual Spring Conference and serves on the newsletter editorial board.

Captain Jeremy S. Scholtes, DuPont, Washington

Captain Scholtes is a U.S. Army Judge Advocate General officer and currently serves on the I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord Complex Litigation Team. Jeremy received his B.S. in civil engineering from The United States Military Academy and was commissioned as an infantry officer in 2001. He served in the 25th Infantry Division and subsequently was deployed with 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. After selection for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program, he attended and graduated with honors from The University of Maryland School of Law. He served with I Corps as an operational law attorney, trial counsel (prosecutor), and senior trial counsel from 2008–2011. In 2009–2010, he deployed with 17th Fires Brigade to Basrah, Iraq, as trial counsel and rule of law attorney. He is a member of the ABA Young Lawyers Division, the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division and Military Lawyers Conference, and the Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division.

Susan L. Tiedemann, Washington, D.C.

Susan L. Tiedemann is an associate at The Spiva Law Firm PLLC in Washington, D.C. where she works on a variety of civil litigation matters ranging from business disputes to seeking redress for a sexual assault victim against law enforcement and medical defendants. Susan earned her law degree in 2008 from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a B.A. in 2003 from the University of Virginia. She is a member of various state and federal bars in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New Jersey, the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, and the D.C. Bar Litigation Section. She volunteers with the Advice and Referral Clinic for low-income D.C. residents and mentors a D.C. youth. Susan is a Korean-American adoptee whose poem, “Blank Memory,” was recently published in More Voices, a collection of work by Asian adoptees.

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