Executive Board


Jamil A. Favors

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Jamil A. Favors was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and is currently a third-year law student. He currently serves as the President of BLSA, the President of the Class of 2017 and a Teaching Assistant at the Wharton School. Prior to law school, Jamil received his BA from Howard University in Accounting, class of 2011. After graduating from college, Jamil spent three years working at Deloitte as an accountant. Jamil is an avid runner, competing in his fifth marathon this year. Jamil looks forward to clerking for the Honorable C. Darnell Jones, II after graduation.

Vice President:

Nicole Pennycooke

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Nicole Pennycooke is a Long Island native and is currently a second-year law student. Nicole is serving as the Vice President of BLSA for this academic year. Nicole is also involved in the Penn Housing Rights Project and is a Graduate Associate at the undergrad. Prior to Penn Law, Nicole graduated from Princeton University in 2015 with a degree in Religion and Certificate in American Studies. Outside of the Law School Nicole enjoys baking, CrossFit, and playing board games.


Ronald Williams

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Ronald Williams was born and raised in North Brunswick, New Jersey and is a second year student. He currently serves as Treasurer of BLSA and has volunteered with Penn Law’s Pardon Project. Prior to law school, Ronald received his B.A. in Political Science from Howard University and interned on Capitol Hill during portions of his college career. Next summer, Ronald looks forward to working at Fried Frank in Washington, DC. Ronald spends his free time listening to and making music, exploring restaurants in Philadelphia, and watching the New York Yankees maintain their redoubtable crown as the team with the most World Series championships in Major League Baseball.

Professional Dev. Chair:

Nick Hall

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Nick Hall is a 2L. 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, working with 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. He currently serves as a Professionalism Co-Chair for BLSA, Associate Editor for the Journal of Constitutional Law, Graduate Associate for New College House, and is active in pro bono efforts regarding criminal justice reform in Philadelphia.

Professional Dev. Chair:

Cassandra Herivaux

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Cassandra Herivaux is a second year law student from Poughkeepsie, New York. She is one of this year's Professional Development Chairs. Prior to law school, Cassandra received her B.A. from Howard University, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Legal Communications. After graduation, Cassandra devoted her efforts to her native country of Haiti through her work with the Haitian American Caucus and the U.S. Embassy of Haiti. She is also an SEO Career Alumna and spent this past summer participating in Latham & Watkins' 2015 Summer Associate program. Cassandra is eager to embark on her legal career after graduation and hopes to pursue her interests in corporate and entertainment law. As a legal professional, Cassandra hopes to create opportunities for future generations of minority lawyers.

Pan-Africa Chair:

Oluwaseun Familoni

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Oluwaseun Familoni, also known as Shay, was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and is a current second-year law student and first-year MBA student in the three year JD/MBA program at University of Pennsylvania. She currently services as Co-Chair for BLSA’s Pan-Africa Service Trip, Intake Coordinator for the Employment Advocacy Project, Professionalism Liaison for Penn Law’s Center On Professionalism, Publicity Chair for Wharton’s African-American Student Association, Associate Editor for the Journal of Business Law, and serves as a coach to a sophomore student at University of Pennsylvania through MLT’s Ascend Program. Prior to law and business school, Shay received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. After graduation, she spent three years working in human resources at Aetna and Google. Shay loves to travel and explore different countries. Next summer, she looks forward to working for Morgan Lewis in Washington, DC as a summer associate.

Pan-Africa Chair:

Leandra Joseph Mkorombindo

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Leandra Joseph Mkorombindo was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and is a second year law student. She currently serves one of this year’s Pan-Africa Service Trip Chairs. Leandra graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oakwood University in 2015, where she majored in International Studies and minored in Political Science. This past summer, Leandra was a summer intern at the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Next summer, she will be joining Latham & Watkins in D.C. as a Summer Associate. In addition to her active involvement in Penn BLSA, Leandra is also involved with the Transnational Legal Clinic, where she assists clients with Immigration and Human Rights matters.

Fundraising Chair:

Kiara Vaughn

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Kiara Vaughn was born and raised in the Bronx and is pursuing both her JD and a certificate in nonprofit administration here at Penn. In addition to classes, Kiara currently serves as a teaching assistant in the law school and is participating in IP Law Meet (a contract drafting competition) on behalf of Penn Law. Prior to attending law school, Kiara was an undergraduate at the University and loved it so much she continued straight through to the law school! She spent last summer at Manko Gold, a environmental boutique firm, and is looking forward to working at Latham & Watkins this upcoming summer!


Eleni Belay

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Born and raised in Ethiopia, Eleni Tamerat Belay is a second-year law student. She currently serves as the Secretary of BLSA. Prior to joining Penn Law, Eleni received her B.S. Honors degree from Liberty University in Business Administration, with specializations in Finance, Economics and International Business in 2014. Following her graduation from college, Eleni worked at VW Credit, Inc. in the Marketing department. Eleni enjoys 5K running and hiking.

Advocacy Chair:

Ralph Culpepper III

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Ralph Culpepper III, an Atlanta, Georgia native, is currently a second year student at University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to coming to Penn, Ralph completed his undergraduate study at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA where he double majored in Political Science and Film Communications. In between college and law school, Ralph taught Kindergarten at KIPP Vision Academy through Teach for America. He has also worked at Cadwalader LLP in New York, and the Civil Rights Division Of The Department of Justice during the Obama Administration. In addition to serving as BLSA's Advocacy Chair, he also is is active in the Child Advocacy Clinic and the Philadelphia Education scene. After law school, Ralph plans to work at Baker Donelson in Atlanta, GA office in their litigation department.

Project P.E.A.C.E. Chair:

Rodney Holcombe

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Rodney Holcombe was born in Houston, TX and is a third-year law student. Rodney received his B.A. in journalism from Howard University in 2014. He is this year’s chair of Project P.E.A.C.E., which teaches peer mediation and conflict resolution to middle school students. He is also in the process of completing a documentary on the riggidity of Pennsylvania’s compassionate release statute, which makes it difficult for terminally-ill prisoners to be released to their families. Rodney loves watching documentaries, traveling the world, doing CrossFit, and competing in long distance races.

Sadie Alexander Conference Chair:

Toni Garrett

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Toni Garrett is a Philadelphia native and a member of the Class of 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. While attending undergrad at Howard tonique served her student government in many roles including Executive President of her Student Council. Toni was also involved in number out community service activities including a mentor ship organization called LadyMe and Howard University Alternative Spring Break. Toni comes from a big family of football lovers and can be found glued to a TV anytime the Eagles are playing.

Sadie Alexander Conference Chair:

Erica Clark

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Erica Clark is a second-year law student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Erica is an Atlanta, GA native and an alumna of the University of Virginia, where she studied Foreign Affairs and Psychology. While at UVA, Erica developed a passion for international travel and foreign affairs, ultimately studying in thirteen countries around the globe. Upon graduation, Erica worked as a litigation paralegal for four years at Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC in Memphis, Tennessee. During her 1L summer, she interned at the International Development Law Organization in Rome, Italy, where she conducted international legal research and drafted legal memoranda to assist the organization in advancing human rights, access to justice, and the rule of law for governmental entities and multilateral organizations in Member states around the world. Erica is excited to join Jones Day in its New York City office as a 2017 Summer Associate. An active volunteer, Erica enjoys mentoring with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Organization and the Penn Law BLSA Outreach Program. In her spare time, Erica enjoys running, playing with her puppy and attending the Philadelphia Orchestra.

1L Representative:

Sarah Hill

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Sarah Hill was born and raised in Chicago and is a first-year law student. She is currently serving as the 2016-2017 1L representative. 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. In October 2015, Sarah was awarded the Education Pioneer Fellowship and worked as a data analyst for the Academy of Urban School Leadership in Chicago for the entirety of the ten-month fellowship. Sarah is also a SEO Career Alumna and spent the past summer participating in Debevoise & Plimpton’s 2016 Summer Associate program. Sarah hopes to use her law degree to purse her interest in intellectual property law and juvenile justice reform.

1L Representative:

Gabrielle Piper

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Gabrielle Piper is a first year law student from Marietta, GA currently serving as a 1L representative. She 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. She is also an SEO Career alumna and spent this past summer working at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York. 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.