2018-2019 BLSA Executive Board Members


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Zachary Suggs

Chair

Zachary, a 2L, is from Smyrna, GA. He earned a B.A. in International Business with Emphasis in Latin America from San Diego State University, where he was the Chair of Philanthropy for the school’s International Business Society. He also helped found SDSU’s Society of S.W.A.G. (Students with Academic Game), an organization dedicated to providing on-campus student-success workshops. Prior to law school, Zachary spent his time working at a litigation firm in Atlanta, GA. During his 1L summer, he worked in international arbitration at a firm in São Paulo, Brazil. Zachary loves skateboarding, playing video games, and learning languages.

Zachary can be contacted at zsuggs@umich.edu


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Loren “Lo” lee

Vice Chair

Loren "Lo" Lee is a 2L from Farmington Hills, MI. She is a double wolverine who earned her B.S.E. in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering with a minor in Community Action and Social Change in 2014. After graduation, Lo worked as a traveling IT consultant with Accenture based in Chicago, IL. At Michigan Law, Lo is an associate editor of the Michigan Law Review and has participated in the Unemployment Insurance Clinic and the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic. During her 1L summer, Lo worked at Dykema Gossett in Bloomfield Hills, MI. In her free time, Lo enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching TV, cooking, and naps.

Lo can be contacted at lorenlee@umich.edu.


nathan money

Treasurer

Nathan, a 2L from Durham, NC, earned his A.B. from Brown University in Classical History and Public Health. After graduation, Nathan worked for Deloitte Consulting, where he worked with clients across the federal health space. Nathan is a dual-degree student, pursuing a Master of Public Health alongside his legal studies. While at Michigan, Nathan has worked as a Law Clerk at Michigan Medicine's Office of the General Counsel. During his 1L summer, Nathan worked on the U.S. House Oversight Committee, Subcommittee on Environment where he worked on high-profile investigations and hearings. In his free time, Nathan enjoys biking, cooking, and watching soccer.

Nathan can be contacted at nmoney@umich.edu.


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DanNy Echevarria

Communications Specialist and Secretary

Danny, a 2L from Brooklyn, NY, earned his A.B. in Sociology from Brown University. After graduation, he served as a programming coordinator at Rikers Island, and a legal assistant at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. At Michigan Law, Danny is also the president of the Latino Law Students Association. He spent his 1L summer doing housing discrimination work for the New York City Department of Social Services. Danny spends his free time listening to hip hop and writing raps, watching anime, and playing basketball.

Danny can be contacted at dechevar@umich.edu.


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Christa-Gaye Kerr 

Admissions Outreach  Chair

Christa, a 3L, 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 Articles Editor on the Michigan Journal of International Law and a member/leader of the Michigan Access Program. Christa spent her 1L summer at the State Attorney’s Office for the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida and her 2L summer at Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns in Tampa, Florida. In her free time, she binges on Netflix and watches and talks about soccer.

Christa can be contacted at cgkerr@umich.edu.


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Kyle Fraser

Academic Chair

Kyle is a 2L from Mount Vernon New York, and he grew up in Roanoke, Virginia. He received his degree in English from Hampden-Sydney College, where he was the captain of the lacrosse team and also minored in Rhetoric and Creative Writing. Kyle taught High School English in North Carolina for two years after graduating, and he also coached football and lacrosse. During his summers as a teacher, Kyle worked on Capitol Hill in D.C., and taught English and GED courses at a juvenile detention center in Laurel, M.D. At Michigan Law, Kyle is an Associate Editor of The Michigan Law Review, a Student Attorney for the Juvenile Justice Clinic, President of M for the People, and the Juvenile Detention Center Coordinator for Street Law. Kyle enjoys hanging out with his dog—Sammie, writing short stories, and playing sports in his free time.

Kyle can be contacted at fraserki@umich.edu.


Solomon Furious Worlds

Community Service Chair

Solomon, a 2L, is mostly from the Coachella Valley in Southern California, but, coming from a military family, he moved around quite a bit. He earned his B.A. in psychology and classical saxophone performance from the University of Iowa. After graduation, Solomon stayed in Iowa for a year where he was the campaign manager for a young Black city council-candidate of winning city council race, a spoken word poet for a fundraising campaign to benefit a non-profit organization that supports LGBTQ survivors of physical and sexual assault, and co-facilitated a summer camp for low-SES children that taught leadership skills, creative writing, and performance techniques. At Michigan Law, Solomon is a Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Disability Rights Organization, a student organization that supports disabled students by advocating for more accessible physical and pedagogical spaces. During his 1L summer, Solomon worked in special education, racial discrimination, privacy rights, voting rights, and governmental accountability at the ACLU of Michigan in Detroit. When Solomon is not organizing, reading, or sleeping, he watches Bob's Burgers, listens to John Coltrane, practices Angela Davis's speech cadence, and rides his bike.

Solomon can be contacted at sfworlds@umich.edu.


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Colleen Roberts

Butch Carpenter Committee Co-Chair

Colleen is a 2L from Bridgewater, New Jersey. She received her B.A. in Government from Georgetown University. After college, she worked for a prominent law firm in Washington, D.C. and later at her alma mater as an Associate Director in alumni development. At Michigan Law, Colleen serves as an Associate Editor for the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. Colleen is passionate about building black futures through a black feminist lens and curating proper skincare regimens. You can find her musing about Audre Lorde or watching Beychella on a regular basis.

Colleen can be contacted at collrob@umich.edu.


Joseph Kemp

Butch Carpenter Committee Co-Chair

Joseph Kemp is a 2L from New York City and Los Angeles. He earned his Bachelor's degree in philosophy from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). Before starting law school, Joseph worked in procurement at a Fortune 250 company, was a non-profit and public sector leader in the public housing realm, and was a SEO Law Fellow at a corporate law firm in New York. At Michigan Law, he is currently the Co-president of the Society for Space Law, the Chief Social Chair of the Entrepreneurship & Law Association, an Associate Editor of the Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review, and pursing a Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship with the College of Engineering. In addition to that, Joseph is a Graduate Student Instructor and an Identity and Diversity in Organizations Grader. Joseph spent his 1L summer at Fidelity Investments in Boston. In his free time, Joseph enjoys gastronomy, playing video and board games, mentoring, anything horror related, and researching future technology.

Joseph can be contacted at josephmk@umich.edu.


Ashanti walker

Butch Carpenter Committee Co-Chair

Ashanti is from Canton, Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University, double majoring in Political Science and Spanish. Prior to law school, Ashanti worked for an Employment Litigation firm in Ann Arbor. She is President of the Women of Color Coalition, and Chair for the Black Law Students Association's Butch Carpenter Scholarship Gala. Ashanti spent her 1L summer at Ropes & Gray in Chicago.

Ashanti can be contacted at ashantiw@umich.edu.


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leah duncan

3L Representative, 17-18 BLSA President

Leah, a 3L, hails from Rochester Hills, MI. She is a Double Wolverine and went straight through to law school. At Michigan Law, Leah is the Executive Articles Editor of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law and a member of the Nannes Challenge Committee. Leah spent her 1L summer as a 1L LCLD Fellow at Winston & Strawn. After 2L, Leah was a summer associate at Sidley Austin where she received the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family.

Leah can be contacted at ldunc@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.