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PRESIDENT 
Name: Joyce Otuwa 
Email: jotuwa2@illinois.edu
Biography: Joyce Otuwa is from the south suburbs of Chicago, and a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There she studied English Literature and minored in Spanish. She also served as Secretary and President of the Minority Association for Future Attorneys, While an undergraduate, she was a summer intern at the Champaign Public Defender's Officer. In her first year at the College of Law, Joyce served as the 1L Representative for BLSA. She was also an active member of the Women's Law Society, and Student Legal Relief where she visited New Orleans for pro bono relief work. During her first summer, she interned in-house at Kaplan, Inc. Her interests are in advocacy, mentorship, and the deconstruction of exclusive ideology. She is also a huge foodie.


VICE PRESIDENT 
Name: Lisa Mon'a Brown 
Email: lmbrown5@illinois.edu
Biography: Lisa Mon'a Brown is a second year law student at the University of Illinois. She recently obtained her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in Politics and German Literature and Language. Lisa was a very active member of the Oberlin community. She served as Senior Class Vice President as well as worship leader for Oberlin Christian Fellowship. Additionally, she performed in several theater and dance productions – including Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman – while simultaneously working as a student intern in the Office of Admissions. Lisa spent the summer following her 1L year at Holland & Knight LLP in Chicago, Illinois. As a summer associate, she mainly completed projects in the realm of litigation, but also worked on transactional and pro-bono assignments. As a member of the board, Lisa desires for each prospective, incoming and current student to know that the BLSA chapter at the University of Illinois is committed to making their years at the College of Law more fruitful, more valuable and more enjoyable. She looks forward to meeting each of you and having a monumental year full of wonderful BLSA events!

TREASURER
Name: Marvis Barnes 
Email: mabarne2@illinois.edu
Biography: Marvis Barnes is a a graduate of Florida State University (FSU). Marvis, a business management major, was a member of the FSU College of Business Golden Opportunities Mentorship Program and the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. This past summer, he was a judicial clerk for the Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial Circuit. He is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
Name: Noel Susberry
Email: 
nsusber2@illinois.edu
Biography: Noel Susberry, born and raised on the south side of Chicago, graduated from Duke University with a major in political science and a minor in dance. During her first year at the University of Illinois College of Law, Noel was selected as the recipient of the 2012 Dykema Scholarship! As a part of the scholarship, she interned at Dykema Gossett, LLC, where she worked in the areas of litigation, labor and employment, and real estate. Currently, Noel serves as BLSA’s Community Service Chair and secretary of the Christian Law Students’ Association (CLSA). Her hobbies include dancing and poetry.

1L COORDINATOR 
Name: Amber Porter 
Email: amporte2@illinois.edu
Biography: Amber Porter has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in TV-Broadcast and Investigative Reporting. She has always had a desire to uncover injustice, and a passion to help the less fortunate. Amber has had an array of internships which include working for the Southeast Louisiana Legal Services clinic, the CBS2 Investigative Unit, and non-for-profit organizations such as The Better Government Association and The Boys & Girls Club of Chicago. She is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate degree to better aid the community as an advocate for social justice.

1L COORDINATOR 
Name: Erin Fowler
Email: efowler2@illinois.edu
Biography: Erin Fowler is from St. Louis, Missouri and attended college in Atlanta, Georgia at Oglethorpe University. In undergrad, she majored in Behavioral Science and Human Resource Management. Her major, along with a few internships in Human Resources and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), inspired Erin to pursue a career in employment and labor law. This summer, Erin worked at a small Employment and Labor Firm in Chicago. In addition to BLSA, Erin is on the executive boards of CLSA and the Labor and Employment Law Society. As a 1L Coordinator, Erin hopes to make the transition to law school as smooth as possible for the incoming first-year law students. 

DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS
Name: Ryan Richardson 
Email: richard5@illinois.edu
Biography: Ryan Richardson is a second year law student at the University of Illinois-College of Law. Become an attorney has always been one her greatest aspirations. After completing her first mock trial, as a high school student, she became intrigued with legal issues concerning business corporations, intellectual property, and the government. As an undergraduate, at the University of Illinois, Ryan began crafting her educational experiences early to ensure that law school would be the next step in her quest for knowledge. Accomplishing this goal by attending the College of Law only deepened her passion for practicing law. Moreover, being born and raised in Chicago, Ryan has developed a strong attraction to the Midwest, which is eventually where she hopes to practice after graduation.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Name: Tiffany Luckett
Email: tlucke2@illinois.edu
Biography: Tiffany Luckett is a 2L at the University of Illinois College of Law. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her undergraduate career, Tiffany served as a mentor to middle school students in Rantoul and a tutor with America Reads/America Counts. Tiffany continued her career of serve by joining Teach for America. She taught middle school English in St. Louis, Missouri for 2 years before coming to law school. During her 1L summer, Tiffany was a legal extern with the Los Angeles Unified School District, working with their Business Services Legal Team.  She has interests in entertainment and corporate law. As the Director of Communications, Tiffany hopes to further strengthen BLSA's visibility and communications with students in the organization, students in the College of Law, and BLSA alumni across the nation.

HISTORIAN 
Name: Ivan Taylor
Email: rdemmon2@illinois.edu
Biography: Rachel Demmons is a 2L at the University of Illinois College of Law. She attended undergraduate school at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs with distinction, she worked as a Small Business Account Advisor at UnitedHealthcare and studied American Sign Language before coming to the College of Law. During her 1L summer, Rachel was a legal extern at both Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois, and the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago, Illinois.  She has interests in health law and corporate law. As the Historian for BLSA, Rachel looks forward to capturing new memories and revisiting older ones.
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