2018-2019 BLSA Executive Board Members


Reginald grimes

Chair

Reggie, a 2L, from Lithonia, GA earned his B.A. in History from Kentucky State University. Reggie was also a member of the baseball team during his four years at KSU. After graduation, Reggie worked for City Year of Columbia for 2 years in Columbia, SC. Reggie worked with 3rd and 4th graders to improve academic achievement scores. At Michigan Law, Reggie has participated in the Unemployment Insurance Clinic and the Juvenile Justice Clinic. During his 1L summer, Reggie worked at Davis Bozeman Law, LLP, and The Employment Law Solution: McFadden Davis, LLC where was exposed to litigation and labor & employment law. In his free time, Reggie likes to play sports, binge-watch Netflix, and hang out with friends.

Reggie can be contacted at rwgrimes@umich.edu


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Leah duncan

Vice Chair

Leah, a 2L, hails from Rochester Hills, MI. She is a Double Wolverine and went straight through to law school. At Michigan Law, Leah is the Co-Chair of the Racial Justice Coalition and took part in the Unemployment Insurance Clinic. During Leah’s 1L summer, she was a Legal Council for Legal Diversity Fellow at Winston & Strawn where she worked on a variety of transactional matters. In her free time, she loves spending time with close friends and family and watching World War II films.

Leah can be contacted at ldunc@umich.edu.


Robert carnes

Treasurer

Rob, a 2L, is from West Hartford, CT. He received a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Williams College where he was a sprinter on the school's track and field team. After graduation, Rob worked for three years as a paralegal in New York and Connecticut. During his 1L year, Rob was a member of BLSA, Michigan's Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, and the law school's intramural ultimate frisbee team. Rob spent his 1L summer as a Janet D. Steiger fellow at the State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection. In his spare time, you will find Rob at the top of a mountain or the bottom of the ocean as he enjoys hiking and scuba diving.

Rob can be contacted at rcarnes@umich.edu.


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TEzira abe

Communications Specialist and Secretary

Tezira is a 2L from Angleton, TX and earned her B.S. in Public Relations at the University of Texas at Austin where she was a member of the women's golf team. At Michigan Law, Tezira is also President of Sports Law Society and an Associate Editor on Michigan Law Review. Tezira spent her 1L summer at a firm in Houston, TX. Tezira spends her free time playing golf, loving on the great state of Texas and complaining about the horrid Michigan winters.

Tezira can be contacted at tezira@umich.edu.


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Christa-Gaye Kerr 

Admissions Outreach  Co-Chair

Christa, a 2L, is from Jamaica. She received her B.A. in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought from Amherst College in 2016. In the year between finishing undergrad and enrolling at Michigan Law she was a clerk in Broward County, Florida. At Michigan Law, Christa is an Associate Editor on the Michigan Journal of International Law and a member of the Michigan Access Program. Christa spent her 1L summer at the State Attorney’s Office for the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida. In her free time, she binge-watches shows on Netflix, watches and talks about soccer, and hangs out with friends.

Christa can be contacted at cgkerr@umich.edu.


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Kara Crutcher

Admissions Outreach Co-Chair

Kara hails from the Windy City, and is a rising 2L pursing a JD/MSW. She earned her B.A. in English Literature and French from the University of Pennsylvania. After college, Kara returned to Chicago where she founded the anti street-harassment advocacy organization Courage Campaign: CTA. She has also previously organized around gender based violence and racial injustices with organizations across the country. At Michigan, Kara is an Associate Editor for the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, and a board member on the Student Rights Project. Outside of school, you’ll usually find her obsessing over Beyonce and watching animal documentaries, possibly at the same time.  

Kara can be contacted at kcrutch@umich.edu.


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jillian gray

Academic Chair

Jillian is a 2L from Northville, Michigan. She received her B.A. in Communications and Spanish from the University of Michigan, and worked at a public relations firm in New York City before returning to Michigan for law school. At Michigan Law, Jillian serves as an Associate Editor of the Michigan Law Review, Co-Chair of the Racial Justice Coalition and Academic Chair of BLSA. She enjoys going to concerts, watching bad reality TV and traveling.

Jillian can be contacted at jlgra@umich.edu.


David Louison

Community Outreach Chair

David, a 2L, is from Brooklyn, New York. He attended St. Joseph's College – New York, where he received his B.S. in Criminal Justice and minored in Sociology. Prior to attending law school, David coached high school basketball and worked as a paralegal in the Violent and Organized Crime unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. For his 1L summer, he returned to the S.D.N.Y. to work primarily on matters relating to securities and commodities fraud. At Michigan Law, David is an Associate Editor of the Michigan Law Review. In his spare time, he enjoys digital photography, pondering over the current state of hip-hop, satisfying his New Yorker requirement of letting everyone know he's from Brooklyn, and (perhaps chief among all) getting buckets and taking names on the basketball courts of the IM Building. 

David can be contacted at dlouison@umich.edu.


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Jennifer hill

Butch Carpenter Committee Co-Chair

Jennifer, a 2L, is from Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Merced with a degree in History and Philosophy. Prior to law school, she spent 5 years working in education as a teacher and a teacher recruiter and earned her Master’s in education policy. She is passionate about social justice and all things pertaining to the empowerment of Black people. Her legal interests include labor and employment and education law, and she spent her 1L summer at a law firm in Washington, D.C. and plans to move there after graduation. Outside of school, Jennifer enjoys fulfilling her role as a member of the Bee-hive, reading books about Black folks, and watching Black-focused tv shows. She is currently re-reading The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin and glued to the tv every Sunday and Tuesday watching Insecure and Love Is.

Jennifer can be contacted at jeahill@umich.edu.


Mckenzie southworth

Butch Carpenter Committee Co-Chair

McKenzie is a 2L from Santa Cruz, California by way of Portland, Oregon, where she received her bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Lewis & Clark College. Prior to law school McKenzie worked as a waitress and bartender at several Portland establishments so that she could spend her free time traveling in Europe. At Michigan Law, McKenzie serves as an Associate Editor on the Michigan Journal of Law Reform, a faculty research assistant, and is involved in a variety of student organizations. McKenzie spent her 1L summer as a diversity fellow at Stoel Rives LLP in Seattle, Washington. In her spare time McKenzie enjoys rock climbing, yoga, wine tasting, and elaborate skincare routines.

McKenzie can be contacted at mjsouth@umich.edu.


Danielle coleman

Community Service Chair

Danielle Coleman, also known as Blacktavist, is passionate about the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology, black feminism, and movement lawyering. During and after graduating from Dartmouth College '12, Blacktavist worked in and traveled to over 15 countries, where her fluency in French and Portuguese were beneficial to her extensive organizing work in Cape Town, South Africa, and Paris. At Michigan Law she is a Legal Associate for the Social Venture Fund at Ross Business School and also takes part in the Entrepreneurship Clinic. Her 1L summer she was a Google Fellow, a Graduate Researcher in Cuba and a Summer Fellow at the Detroit Justice Center. She is also the founder of The Legal Move bridging emerging tech to the Black community.

Danielle can be contacted at dmcole@umich.edu.


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Megan giles

3L Representative, 17-18 BLSA President

Megan, a 3L, is from Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from the University of Central Florida and went straight through to law school. At Michigan Law, she sits on the board for Racial Justice Coalition and took part in the Unemployment Insurance Clinic. During Megan's 1L summer, she represented minors in the Juvenile Justice Clinic and was guardian ad litem in the Child Advocacy Clinic. In her free time, she loves to watch NFL football (go Jags!), listen to music, and make people laugh. Megan's favorite southern sayings are "Sweet mother of Joseph," "Bless your heart," and "How nice."

Megan can be contacted at meganrg@umich.edu.


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kim blake

3L Representative

Kim, a 3L, is—in a word—interested. She is a proud Michigan native who was raised in the vibrant, multicultural community that surrounds Detroit. Kim is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she majored in African American Studies. Prior to law school, she worked as an actor in Chicago, taught English in Spain, and assisted public health research in Ghana. Kim spent her 1L summer working in international arbitration at Hogan Lovells in Mexico City. After 2L, she worked in private sector development at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. This year, she will be serving as Graduate Student Instructor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Diaspora Studies. Kim loves learning languages, hanging out with her Grandma, and dancing until the sun comes up.

Kim can be contacted at kimblake@umich.edu.