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Council on Legal Education Opportunity
 Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational
         Opportunity Program

         Promoting Diversity in the Legal Profession
   2009 Mid-Summer Professional
 Development Seminar & Career Fair
                Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center Hotel
                               Detroit, MI
                                  June 12-15, 2009

             A federally funded project of the U.S. Department of Education
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       2009 Mid-Summer Professional Development Seminar & Career Fair
                  Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center Hotel
                              June 12-15, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

3:00 p.m.               Seminar Registration                                    Ambassador Foyer

6:00 p.m.               Welcome & Opening Remarks                                 Ambassador 2/3
                        Cassandra Sneed Ogden, Executive Director,
                        Council on Legal Education Opportunity

6:30 p.m.               Profiles in Diversity:                                    Ambassador 2/3
                        Success Stories from the Perspective of Women
                        Jewelle Johnson, Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP
                        Sharon Hatchett, Attorney, General Motors Corporation
                        Darlene Ortega, Judge, Oregon Court of Appeals

8:00 p.m.               Dinner (On Your Own)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

8:00 a.m.               Breakfast                                                   Ambassador 1

9:00 a.m.               Effective Resume Writing Workshop                           Ambassador 2
                        2L Track
                        Dara A. Govan, Associate, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
                        Tiffany G. Johnson, Associate, The Cochran Firm
                        Chasity Thompson, Assistant Dean of the Office of Professional Development,
                        University of Indiana – Indianapolis

                        Preparing for the Bar Application Process                   Ambassador 3
                        3L Track
                        Boyd Chapin Jr., Associate, Garan Lucow Miller, PC,
                        Vice Chairperson, Character & Fitness Committee, State Bar of Michigan

10:30 a.m.              Successful Cover Letter Writing                             Ambassador 2
                        2L Track
                        Mary Wassel, Manager of Attorney Recruitment, Miller, Canfield, Paddock &
                        Stone, PLC
                        Benjamin Steffans, Associate, Butzel Long PC

                        Establishing Your Ground in the Legal Profession            Ambassador 3
                        3L Track
                        Fredline Lebrun, Recruiter, Special Counsel
                        Eric Mathis, Associate, Butzel Long PC
                        Wilson White, Associate, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP

12:00 p.m.              Lunch                                            Ambassador 1
                        Video Presentation: CLEO: Changing the Face of Justice
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       2009 Mid-Summer Professional Development Seminar & Career Fair
                  Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center Hotel
                              June 12-15, 2009

2:00 p.m.            Effective Interviewing Techniques                              Ambassador 2
                     2L Track
                     Kirra Jarratt, Legislative Counsel, American Bar Association
                     Dana Morris, Assistant Dean for Career Development, University of Maryland
                     School of Law
                     Justine A. Maury, Assistant Office Manager, Dykema Gossett PLLC

                     Legal Ethics: Keeping a Clean Slate                            Ambassador 3
                     3L Track
                     Robyn Rucker, Staff Attorney, Division of Indiana State Court Administration
                     Sherry D. O'Neal, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC

3:30 p.m.            Symposium: Giving Back to the Community                      Ambassador 2/3
                     Moderator, Rachel Patrick, Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice

5:30 p.m.            Dinner (On Your Own)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

8:00 a.m.            Breakfast                                                      Ambassador 1

9:00 a.m.            Gaining the Most From Your Summer                              Ambassador 2
                     2L Track
                     Jia M. Cobb, Trial Attorney, Public Defender Service for the District of
                     Columbia (PDS)
                     Brandy Robinson, Assistant Defender, State Appellate Defenders Office

                     Repayment Time: Options & Solutions                            Ambassador 3
                     for Student Loan Repayment
                     3L Track
                     Arnold Head, Representative, Access Group

10:00 a.m.           The New Age of Networking                                    Ambassador 2/3
                     Samantha Ahuja, Associate, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
                     Michael Weems, Attorney, Caterpillar, Inc
                     Damon White, Attorney, General Motors Corporation

12:00 p.m.           Lunch                                                          Ambassador 1
                     Keynote Address
                     Lawrence T. Garcia, Partner, Allen Brothers, PLLC
                     President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan
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       2009 Mid-Summer Professional Development Seminar & Career Fair
                  Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center Hotel
                              June 12-15, 2009

                     (Electives-Choose One)
1:30 p.m.            Conquering the Government Knowledge, Skills,                   Ambassador 2
                     Abilities Questionnaire (KSA‟s)
                     Tari Williams, Director, Public Interest Institute, University of Alabama School
                     of Law
                     Mark Johnson, Human Resources Manager, U.S. Government

                     Judicial Clerkships                                            Ambassador 3
                     Tomika Stevens, Assistant United States Attorney,
                     U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
                     Zakiyyah T. Salim-Williams, Just the Beginning Foundation and NYC Bar

                     Non-Traditional Careers for Law Students                        Michelangelo
                     Jasmine Parson, Enforcement Coordinator
                     National Collegiate Athletic Association
                     Astrid Schmidt, Director for Law Career Development, University of Baltimore
                     School of Law
                     Tiffany Simmons, Education Advocate, Sasha Bruce Youth Works

                     (Electives-Choose One)
3:00 p.m.            Developing your Solo Practice                                   Michelangelo
                     Dipo Akin-Deko, Principal, Akin Deko & Puig PLLC
                     Jermaine A. Wyrick, Law Offices of Jermaine Wyrick PLLC

                     Pursuing a Career in Government                                Ambassador 2
                     Suzanne Bell, Deputy Director for the Office of Attorney Recruitment and
                     Management at the U.S. Department of Justice
                     James McDonald, Director Office of the Administrative Law Judges, U.S.
                     Environmental Protection Agency
                     Tomika Stevens, Assistant United States Attorney,
                     U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

                     Exploring the Practice Area of                                 Ambassador 3
                     Intellectual Property
                     Jonathan D. Goins, Associate, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP

4:30 p.m.            Dinner                                                         Ambassador 1

Monday, June 15, 2009

7:00 a.m.            Diversity Networking Breakfast                                 Ambassador 1

8:00 a.m.            Career Fair Registration                                 Ambassador Foyer

9:00 a.m.            2009 CLEO Diversity Career Fair                             Ambassador 2/3

1:00 p.m.            Adjourn
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                                   KEYNOTE SPEAKER

                                         Lawrence T. García is an attorney with Allen
Brothers, PLLC‟s Detroit office. With over 14 years‟ worth of experience before circuit
court juries and an unbeaten trial record, he is one of the firm‟s top litigation specialists.
Mr. García developed his abilities for handling medical malpractice and general liability
cases during his tenure with Plunkett & Cooney and other well-established institutional

Mr. García joined Allen Brothers, PLLC as a principal in early 2005 in order to form and
lead the firm‟s health law division. Since joining the firm, he has succeeded in having
the firm approved to serve as one of only three southeast Michigan law firms handling
professional defense litigation for the Detroit Medical Center. The product of a family of
doctors, Mr. García frequently writes and lectures on medical-legal matters and on
concerns particular to healthcare professionals. In 2004, he self-published What to
Expect for Healthcare Professionals: The Life Cycle of a Michigan Medical Malpractice
Lawsuit. He has assisted medical professionals with every aspect of their professional
endeavors (e.g. non-competition of disputes, licensure defense, corporate formation, etc.).

Mr. García is fluent in Spanish and is president of the Hispanic Bar Association of
Michigan and Chairman of Michigan‟s State Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs.
He is a frequent guest on the Univision 23 television program „Informando‟ and is a
member of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is also a strong supporter
of State Bar activities, and has worked for many years volunteering to represent victims
of domestic abuse through Safe House.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Duke University, he earned his law degree
from the University of Michigan Law School, where he participated in the university‟s
clinical law program. During his career, Mr. García has seen legal disputes from many
different perspectives. His first professional experience as a law student came during the
summers he interned for the Wayne County Prosecutor and assisted with pre-trial
examinations and prosecutions in the Special Crimes division. Upon graduating from
law school, he clerked for Circuit Court Judge Lynda Heathscon, assisting with a blended
docket that involved civil, criminal, and family law disputes. Since then, Mr. García has
specialized in civil litigation at law firms in metro-Detroit and Lansing. He has assisted
with the administration of justice from the perspective of the court, the plaintiff, and the
defendant in civil, criminal, probate, and family matters.
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                          Profiles in Diversity Presenters
Sharon D. Hatchett is the Global Process Leader – Information Technology and
Business Unit Counsel for GM‟s Information Systems and Services business unit. Along
with a team of lawyers worldwide, she is responsible for the timely and consistent
delivery of legal advice to IS&S on information technology matters. Ms. Hatchett joined
General Motors in 1981, and has handled a broad range of commercial and transactional
matters both within and outside the US, including as General Counsel for the former
Electro-Motive Division (which built and sold locomotives worldwide), Regional
Counsel for GMAC's Latin American Operations, Acting General Counsel to GM South
Africa and Senior European Counsel to General Motors Europe. Ms. Hatchett received
her law degree from DePaul University College of Law, where she was a member of Law
Review. She received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University with a
major in both Political Science and Spanish.

Jewelle Johnson is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips. She has
successfully defended numerous companies against employment discrimination claims
arising under Title VII. Ms. Johnson advises clients on preventative measures aimed at
reducing employment-related claims and provides management and employee training on
such topics as diversity, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour laws, and
discipline and discharge. She was named as one of the "Top 25 Power Women to Watch
in 2006" by Atlanta Woman magazine, one of "Atlanta's Top 100 Black Women of
Influence" by the Atlanta Business League, and was selected for two consecutive years
(2005-2006) as one of "Georgia's Rising Star Super Lawyers" by Atlanta and Law &
Politics magazines.
Darleen Ortega has served on the Oregon Court of Appeals since 2003. Prior to joining
the Court of Appeals, she practiced law first Detroit and then in Portland specializing in
complex civil cases and appeals.. While in private practice, Judge Ortega was active in
many state and national bar associations. Judge Ortega is also a frequent speaker at
continuing legal education programs and to law student groups on equipping women and
minorities to succeed as lawyers and improving understanding among the diverse groups
that make up Oregon's legal profession and the community it serves. She currently serves
on the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Committee and the Oregon Judicial
Department Access to Justice For All Committee. Judge Ortega is a graduate of George
Fox College (B.A.1984), and University of Michigan Law School (J.D.1989).

                          PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES
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Samantha Ahuja is an Associate in the Washington, DC office of Greenberg Trarig
LLP. She focuses her practice on general commercial real estate transactions. Other
areas of focus include development, financing, joint ventures/partnerships, secured
lending and loan restructuring. She has interest in the areas HOPE VI developments in
the Washington D.C. Metro area involving bond syndication, PILOT financing, and
various HUD components. Ms Ahuja received her law degree from Valparaiso University
School of Law.

Dipo Akin-Deko is the co-founder and Principal attorney of the law firm of Akin-Deko
& Puig PLLC. Mr. Akin-Deko handles cases in the areas of Family law, personal injury,
employment law, bankruptcy, mediation and negotiation, DUI/DWI, business
transactions, Estates Planning, contract formation, and consumer protection. Mr. Askin-
Deko received his B.A. from the University of Memphis, His J.D., from Texas Southern
University School of Law and L.L.M. from George Washington University School of

Suzanne L. Bell is the Deputy Director for the Office of Attorney Recruitment and
Management at the U.S. Department of Justice. As Deputy Director, she provides
general oversight in legal recruitment programs, retention initiatives, and works with to
enhance outreach and recruitment efforts to attract and retain legal talent from diverse
backgrounds. She is a 1990 graduate of the University of Southern California Law

Boyd E. Chapin is an associate with Garan Lucow Miller, PC and Vice-Chairperson of
the Character and Fitness Committee for the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Chapin also
serves on the Circuit Court Committee, the Professional Economic Committee, and the
Public Advisory Committee. His practice primarily focuses on Medical Malpractice
Defense and Nursing Home Liability and Hospital Liability Defense. Mr Chapin received
his Ph.B from Wayne State University and his J.D. From Wayne State University School
of Law.

Jia M. Cobb is a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of
Columbia (PDS), where she represents indigent defendants in criminal matters before the
District of Columbia Superior Court. She came to PDS in 2006 after clerking for the
Honorable Diane P. Wood on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
She received her B.A. in political science from Northwestern University in 2002, and her
J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2005

Jonathan Goins focuses his practice in intellectual property counseling and litigation.
Mr. Goins counsels corporate management of Fortune 500 and start-up companies in
matters regarding global brand marketing strategy, product offerings, advertising
clearance, and availability of use and registration of trademarks; competitive intelligence
and enforcement of IP-related rights; trademark-related licensing; and franchising
compliance. Mr. Goins also handles IP-related issues in the Internet context,
including trademark infringement, libelous postings, and cybersquatting/domain name
disputes. Mr. Goins received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of
Louisville and his J.D> from Howard University School of Law
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Dara Aquila Govan is an associate in Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
commercial litigation group, where she concentrates her practice in a wide range of
commercial, litigation and financial service matters and business disputes. Ms. Govan has
represented clients in construction defect cases, breach of contract and fraud actions,
closely-held shareholder disputes, real estate litigation, disputes regarding negotiable
instruments and land use matters. Ms. Govan practices in both state and federal courts in
New Jersey and New York. While attending Rutgers Law School in Newark, Ms. Govan
was an Associate Editor of the Rutgers Law Review

Kirra L. Jarratt is a Legislative Counsel in the Governmental Affairs Office of the
American Bar Association (ABA). Prior to joining the ABA, Ms. Jarratt worked on the
Hill as Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee and Legislative Director for
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; started and managed a law practice with her
mother; and served as Assistant General Counsel and General Counsel for two District of
Columbia agencies. Ms. Jarratt is a graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe College and the
University of Michigan Law School. She is a past president of “GWAC,” the Greater
Washington Area Chapter of the Women Lawyers Division of the National Bar
Association, and currently serves on the board of the D.C. Women‟s Bar Association
Tiffany G. Johnson completed her undergraduate work at the University of Miami,
during which time she had the opportunity to study Literature at Oxford University in
England. In 2002, Tiffany graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in
Washington, DC. During law school, she clerked for Temple Law Offices, a small firm
specializing in civil rights (plaintiff). After law school, Tiffany taught English,
journalism, dance, and legal studies in public high schools in both Miami and Memphis
before finally settling down to practice law. She has completed graduate coursework in
sociology, education, and composition at Howard University, Christian Brothers
University, the University of Miami, and the University of Memphis. She is currently
completing her Master's Degree in Professional Writing while working full time at The
Cochran Firm.
Mark Johnson is a Human Resources Manager working with the Government in the
Washington, DC National Capital region. He has served in numerous personnel positions
throughout the military, with his final position culminating as a Program Manager at the
highest level of personnel support with the Department of the Army. He was later offered
a position within the Government as a Human Resources/Program Manager where he
currently employed. He possesses a Master's Degree in Business Administration, a
Certification in Human Resources Management from Villanova, a Certification as a
Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the Human Resource Certification
Institute (HRCI), and is a standing member of the Society for Human Resources

Fredline Lebrun is an Attorney Search Director for the Special Counsel Washington,
DC office. Ms. Lebrun places attorneys in direct hire positions in law firms and
corporations across the Washington, DC area. Ms. Lebrun received her Bachelor of Arts
degree in Political Science with cum laude honors from the University of Michigan and
her Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law. Prior to joining Special
Counsel, Ms. Lebrun worked at Ethiopian Airlines in New York, NY first in the legal
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department working on issues related to cargo insurance, and later in a marketing role as
the Northeast Regional Cargo Sales Director.
James McDonald currently serves as the Director in EPA‟s Office of Administrative
Law Judges. As Director, he is responsible for directing the day-to-day office operations,
strategic planning, human capital, personnel, recruitment, information management, and
advising the Chief Judge on EPA‟s programmatic legal and policy matters. Prior to his
appointment as special assistant on the congressional staff, he served as Administrative
Assistant/Legal Counsel for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee of the 18th
Congressional District in Texas where he directed staff operations for the DC and
Houston, Texas offices. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Alcorn
State University; Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies from the University of
Maryland, University College; Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the
University of Missouri-Columbia; Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Florida
College of Law, and is currently pursing a Master of Arts (MA) in Human Resources
from Webster University, St. Louis Missouri.

Eric M. Mathis is an Associate at Butzel Long, a Professional Corporation, practicing
primarily in the area of commercial litigation. Mr. Mathis concentrates his practice in
litigation matters, in both state and federal courts. He has defended product liability
cases, with extensive experience defending asbestos claims on a state and nationwide
basis. Mr. Mathis graduated from the University of Michigan (B.A., 1996) and the
University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law (J.D., 2002).

Justine Maury is the Assistant Office Manager for the Chicago office of Dykema
Gossett PLLC. She has managed the recruiting of lawyers and summer associates for the
Chicago office since 2004. She conducts orientation for all attorney hires in Chicago and
is a member of the firm‟s Recruiting Committee. As Assistant Office Manager her other
duties include HR/benefits, facilities, and general office administration. Justine is a
member of NALP, Chicago Association of Legal Personnel Administrators (CALPA),
and the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).

Dana L. Morris is the Assistant Dean for Career Development at the University Of
Maryland School Of Law in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Morris serves as a member of the
Dean‟s leadership team and manages the strategic direction of the Career Development
Office. Prior to entering law school administration, Ms. Morris was an associate at
Ghantous Law Offices Ltd. in Peoria, Illinois; Manager of Internal Communications at
Bank of Boston; Marketing Communications Editor at The New England in Boston. Ms.
Morris received her B.A. with honors from Boston University in 1983 and her J.D. from
Syracuse University College of Law in 1994. She is member of the American Bar
Association, National Bar Association, and the National Association for Law Placement,
where she is a member of the Board of Directors, the 2008-2009 Chair of the Diversity
Section, past Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator, and former Liaison to the ABA
Commission on Ethnic and Racial Diversity in the Profession.

Sherry D. O’Neal is an associate with Dickson Wright PLLC. Her practice areas include
commercial and business litigation, ERISA Litigation, and Labor and Employment
Relations. She is an active participant in the Wolverine Bar Association, Board of
Director, the American Bar association, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the
NAACP and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. Ms. O‟Neal received her
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B.S. from Wayne State University and her J.D. from Wayne State University School of

Rachel Patrick has worked for the American Bar Association of over 28 years in several
key positions to promote equal opportunities for individuals and lawyers of color. Prior to
attending DePaul College of Law she spent 12 years teaching in the inner city for the
Chicago Public Schools. Ms. Patrick’s first encounter with the challenges of promoting
equal opportunities for lawyers of color was with the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s
(YLD) Minorities in the Profession Committee where she served with Dennis Archer and
Robert Grey, Her work in the YLD with inspired her to serve as the Director of the Task
Force on Minorities in the Profession where she was instrumental in assisting with the
drafting and creation of the Association’s Goal 9 and the Commission on Opportunities
for Minorities in the Profession. Ms. Patrick became the first director of the

Brandy Y. Robinson is an Assistant Defender with the State Appellate Defender Office.
She represents indigent criminal defendants at all stages of appeal, in both state and
federal courts. Before joining SADO, Ms. Robinson worked an associate in the Public
Law Group of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone. Ms. Robinson graduated from the
University of Michigan Law School in 2003, where she served on the editorial board of
the Michigan Journal of Race & Law and as Political Action Chair of the Black Law
Students Alliance. Ms. Robinson sits on the Executive Council for the State Bar of
Michigan‟s Young Lawyers Section and is a Board Member of the Wolverine Bar

Robyn Rucker is currently serving as a staff attorney with the Division of State Court
Administration. Her primary role is Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity
(CLEO) Program Coordinator. Prior to serving in this role, Robyn worked for the Indiana
Attorney General‟s Office as a Deputy Attorney General and Coordinator of Victim
Services. Robyn entered Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in 1999. She was
a member of the third Indiana CLEO class. Robyn is a 1997 graduate of Earlham

Zakiyyah T. Salim-Williams currently serves as the diversity director at the Association
of the Bar of the City of New York where she is responsible for increasing diversity in
the legal profession and getting more diverse attorneys actively engaged at the City Bar.
Ms. Salim-Williams was previously employed as an associate at the law firms of Heller
Ehrman LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Ms. Salim-Williams also served as a law
clerk for the Honorable Sterling Johnson, Jr., United States District Court, Eastern
District of New York, and for the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, U.S. Court of Appeals,
Fifth Circuit, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Ms. Salim-Williams received her Juris Doctor in
2001 from Columbia Law School. Ms. Salim-Williams did her undergraduate work at
Howard University, where she graduated 1998.

Astrid Schmidt joined the University Of Baltimore School Of Law as Director of the
Law Career Development Office (LCDO) in October 2008. She is a 2002 graduate of the
University Of Baltimore School Of Law, recipient of LL.M. in Law and Government at
the Washington College of Law at American University and member of the New York
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Bar. Professionally, she has worked at Families USA in Washington, DC and as an
associate at Greenberg Traurig in Virginia/DC and New York.

Tiffany R. Simmons has worked in the fields of education and legal recruiting for the
past five years. Ms. Simmons earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Johnson C. Smith
University in 1999 and her Juris doctorate from Texas Southern University, Thurgood
Marshall School of Law (TMSL) in 2004. Shortly after graduating, she became the
Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at TMSL. In this capacity, she was
responsible for recruiting prospective law school students. Ms. Simmons moved to
Hunton & Williams to become the Legal Recruiting Administrator, wherein she hired all
levels of attorneys and developed firmwide diversity initiatives. Currently, Tiffany is the
Educational Advocate for Sasha Bruce Youthworks, Inc. in Washington, D.C. As an
Educational Advocate, She ensures that young people at high risk of school failure
receive the educational services they deserve while also empowering families to advocate
on their own behalf. Ms. Simmons is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas and is
awaiting admission into the District of Columbia Bar.

Benjamin Steffans is an associate with Butzel Long PC. He concentrates his practice in
the areas of labor and employment law and franchise law. He also has experience
handling issues ranging from information privacy and breaches of sensitive information.
Mr. Steffans is a graduate of Boston College Law School (J.D., 2006) where he was a
member of the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society. He was a
participant in the Boston College Law School Negotiation Competition and the Wendell
F. Grimes Moot Court. He is also a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A., Phi
Beta Kappa, 2003) where he was a member of the National Society of Collegiate
Scholars and the Golden key Honour Society.

Tomika N. Stevens is an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Eastern
District of Pennsylvania where she is currently assigned to the Firearms Unit and
prosecutes crimes involving illegal firearms, Hobbs Act robberies, and narcotics. She
also is an adjunct faculty member at Villanova University School of Law where she
teaches a judicial externship course. Ms. Stevens is a 2003 graduate of Villanova
University School of Law and received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Drexel
University in 2004. While attending Villanova Law School, Ms. Stevens was the
Executive Editor of the Villanova Law Review, served on the Moot Court Board, and
was a member of the Black Law Students Association.

Chasity Thompson was named Asst. Dean of the Office of Professional Development in
2008. She graduated magna cum laude from Alabama State University with degrees in
English and Business Administration. She earned a Master of Business Administration
from Auburn University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School
of Law- Indianapolis. She is currently pursuing a doctorate from Indiana University.
Chasity served for two years as a judicial clerk to Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard of the
Indiana Supreme Court.

Michael Weems is an Attorney at Caterpillar, Inc in Peoria, Illinois. Prior to joining
Caterpillar, he was an associate in the Business Advisory Practice Group at Bingham
McHale where his practice on general corporate, commercial lending and tax matters. A
CLEO/Thurgood Marshall Fellow, he attended the CLEO Summer Institute at DePaul
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University College of Law. He received his J.D. from the University Of Iowa College
Of Law.

Damon L. White is an attorney in General Motors Corporation's Legal Staff. He is the
Global Litigation Process Leader. Mr. White advises and counsels engineering groups
with respect to product development and performance issues relating to air bag and
throttle technology. Mr. White has also provided advice and counsels several of GM‟s
business units. Mr. White is also a primary contact for diversity issues within GM's
Legal Staff. Prior to joining GM in 1997, Mr. White was a litigation associate at the firms
of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, Dougherty Rumble & Butler and Lewis & Munday.
Mr. White received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Boston
University and his Juris Doctor from Howard University.
Wilson White is an Associate in the Intellectual Property Group at Kilpatrick Stockton,
LLP in Atlanta. He focuses his practice on patent litigation and prosecution, particularly
in the areas of electrical and computer systems. Prior to joining Kilpatrick Stockton, he
served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr. on the United States
District Court for the District Maryland. Wilson chairs the Litigation Committee of
the State Bar of Georgia Intellectual Property Section. A CLEO/Thurgood Marshall
Fellow, Wilson attended the CLEO Summer Institute at William Mitchell College of Law
in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his J.D. from the University Of North Carolina
School Of Law.
Tari D. Williams is the Assistant Dean for Public Interest Law at the University Of
Alabama School Of Law. She is a certified Federal Career Counselor. Ms Williams has
spent her entire legal career in public service. She has worked as an Assistant State‟s
Attorney for the Baltimore City State‟s Attorney‟s Office, as an Education rights
Fellow/Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Alabama and as an attorney/community organizer
for a faith based non profit organization. She received her B.A. from the University of
Maryland College Park and her J.D. from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law.

Jermaine A. Wyrick is a successful trial attorney whose ideology is, "Pursuing Justice,
Delivering Excellence!" In 1997, he founded the Law Offices of Jermaine Wyrick
P.L.L.C. His commitment to helping people is apparent by his chosen areas of practice
which include Civil Rights Law, Criminal Defense, Juvenile Law, Personal Injury, and
Probate Law. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in
Political Science in 1993. In 1993, he received the Council on Legal Opportunity
Fellowship Award, at Ohio State University. He received his Juris Doctor from the
Wayne State University Law School in 1996.

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