2017-2018 BLSA Executive Board Members

Megan Giles


Megan, a 2L, 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.


Vice Chair

Kim, a 2L, is a Bay Area native from Oakland, CA. She is also a proud HBCU alumna and graduated summa cum laude in English Literature and Economics from Prairie View A&M University. Before attending law school, she was a pre-extern for Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. At Michigan Law, Kim volunteers for the Civil Rights Litigation Clearing House. She is currently interested in civil rights litigation as well as corporate law. Her favorite things include food, comic books and Nicki Minaj. In Kim's free time, she likes to binge watch shows on Netflix, dance, and have semi-friendly debates about DC vs. Marvel comics.

Kim can be contacted at kadrigos@umich.edu.

Tony Black

Academic Chair

Tony, a 3L, is from Detroit, MI. This summer, he served as an editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Following graduation, he will be working as an associate at Jones Day (D.C.). In his free time, Tony enjoys reading biographies and science-fiction novels and he also writes political pieces for various publications. When he is not being a nerd, Tony is either playing basketball, at church, getting drinks with friends, or eating a BTB burrito. 

Tony can be contacted at tjblack@umich.edu.


Megan Brown 

Admissions Outreach  Co-Chair

Megan, a 2L, is from Atlanta, GA.  She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan in 2015, during which time she worked as a researcher for the School of Public Health and for a biopsychology laboratory.  During her 1L summer, Megan worked at a large law firm in Chicago.  At Michigan Law, she is an Associate Editor for the Michigan Law Review, a board member of the 1L Oral Advocacy Competition, and a proud member of the Michigan Law Headnotes. In her free time, Megan loves watching sports of all kinds, enjoying live music, and searching for Ann Arbor’s greatest cup of coffee.

Megan can be contacted at meganlb@umich.edu.


Jeff Nwagbo

Admissions Outreach Co-Chair

Jeff, a 2L, is from Toronto, Canada. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria and graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A in International Development. After finishing his undergrad, Jeff went straight through to law school. Jeff spent his 1L summer as a Summer Associate at a firm in Los Angeles. In his free time he enjoys working out, watching Game of Thrones and educating the masses about the greatness of Kanye West.

Jeff can be contacted at jnwagbo@umich.edu.


Mahalia Kahsay

Community Service Chair

Mahalia, a 2L, is from Cherry Valley, IL. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Political Science, and Social Policy and Education. Before attending law school, Mahalia spent a year at Chiang Mai University with a Princeton in Asia fellowship, and another year in Bangkok at the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network. Mahalia is pursuing a career in public interest law and enjoys volunteering at Michigan Law as a legal director with the International Refugee Assistance Project. She is also involved in Reflaw as an Associate Editor. She spent her 1L summer at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Outside of school, Mahalia enjoys running, camping, and hanging out with other peoples' dogs.

Mahalia can be contacted at mkahsay@umich.edu.

Rasheed Stewart

Community Outreach Chair

Rasheed, a 2L, is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He received a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University, where he studied abroad in Rome and served on the Executive Board of the Political Science Honors Society.  Prior to law school, he taught English as a foreign language in Thailand, and coached high school basketball.  At Michigan Law, Rasheed is an Associate Editor for the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, and Co-Chair of the Racial Justice Coalition.  Rasheed spent his 1L summer interning with Judge Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights Under Law.  In his free time, he can be found exploring a new country, listening to J.Cole, and "Trusting the Process" (avid 76ers fan). 

Rasheed can be contacted at rstew@umich.edu.

morgan paige brown

Political Action Liaison

Morgan, a 2L Summer Starter from Canton, OH, earned her B.A. at Brown University in Science & Society with a focus in cognitive neuroscience. At Michigan Law, Morgan is also on the board of the Privacy and Technology Law Association and participates in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court. Morgan spent her 1L summer as a Summer Associate at a firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Morgan spends her free time watching horror films, reading the Game of Thrones novels, and playing with her adorable cat, Wolfie. 

Morgan can be contacted at morganpb@umich.edu.

Edna Turay

Butch Carpenter Committee Co-Chair

Edna, a 2L, is from Richmond, Virginia. Edna attended the University of Virginia, where she double majored in Foreign Affairs and Global Development Studies and minored in French. After graduation, Edna worked as a paralegal for two years and then was a Sponsors for Educational Opportunity intern in New York City. At Michigan Law, Edna is an Associate Editor on the Michigan Law Review, and she is also a member of the Women Law Students Association and the Michigan Access Program. She spent her 1L summer in the legal department of Deutsche Bank. In her spare time, Edna likes to travel, read, and Netflix and chill.

Edna can be contacted at eturay@umich.edu.

Nikita Cotton

Communications Specialist and Butch Carpenter Committee Co-Chair

Nikita, a 2L Summer Starter, grew up in Sacramento, CA. She received a B.A. in Economics from New York University, where she also studied abroad in Washington, D.C., Florence, and London.  Nikita spent her 1L summer at a firm in New York City as a Summer Associate. At Michigan Law, Nikita is an Associate Editor for the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, is a Mock Trial coach for Future Advocates in Training, and is a Research Assistant to Dean Michael Barr in the Center on Finance Law and Policy. Outside of school, she is a lifelong lacrosse goalie, a budding kickboxer, the sister of 5 fluffy Pomeranians, and a Law & Order: SVU superfan.

Nikita can be contacted at nikitac@umich.edu.


3L Representative

Omotunde, a 3L, received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. She is a loud and proud native of Chicago whose favorite things consist of Harold's fried chicken, Chance the Rapper, and detesting local politicians. Before attending law school, Omotunde lived in Washington, D.C. doing public policy analysis work. At Michigan Law, Omotunde is also on the Executive Board of the Journal of Law Reform and participates in the Environmental Law Clinic and the Nannes Challenge Committee. During her 1L summer, she worked at a firm in Minneapolis, MN and during her 2L summer, she worked at a firm in New York City. In her free time, Omotunde likes to listen to Beyonce, go to Beyonce concerts, watch Beyonce music videos, and hang with Phillip.  She is currently awaiting the announcement of Frank Ocean's next tour stop in Chicago.

Omotunde can be contacted at omotunde@umich.edu.


3L Representative

Phillip, a 3L, is a native of Little Rock, AR and feels most at home in locations that make a good IG picture. Phillip spent his first summer practicing international human rights in South Africa and his second summer in environmental law at a Big Law firm. Phillip worked in the economic development clinic, served as Vice-Chair of BLSA, and was Academic Chair of Outlaws his second year. This year, Phillip will be a Graduate Student Instructor, a clinician in the child advocacy clinic, a contributing editor of the Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law, a MAP Leader, a Themis Rep, and a 3L Rep for his true love BLSA. If ever you're looking for him, ask Omotunde; they're practically inseparable. 

Phillip can be contacted at pkturner@umich.edu.

Daniel Ackerman


Daniel, a 2L, is from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He received a B.A. in Government from the College of William & Mary, where he served as Chairman of the Student Assembly Senate. Daniel initially joined BLSA due to his interest in attracting and maintaining a diverse student body at Michigan Law. He considers his BLSA membership and participation to be a key reason he so greatly enjoyed 1L year. Outside of BLSA, Daniel leads campus tours, volunteers as a pre-law mentor, serves as an event coordinator for JDs in the D, and participates in multiple law school fundraising campaigns. Daniel spent his 1L summer in Washington, D.C., interning with the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. In his free time, he can usually be found hanging out with friends or reading about cars and politics.

Daniel can be contacted at danielac@umich.edu.

Dan Mathis


Dan Mathis is a 2L from Pompano Beach, Florida.

Dan can be contacted at dmath@umich.edu.



Butch Carpenter Committee Member

Rob, a 1L, is from West Hartford, CT. He received a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Williams College, where he ran track and was on the school’s ultimate frisbee team. After graduation, Rob worked for two years in Manhattan as a securities paralegal, and one year in Stamford, CT as a personal injury and employment legal assistant. At Michigan Law, Rob is a project member of the school’s Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse and looks forward to becoming more involved with BLSA. In his spare time, Rob enjoys hiking, scuba diving, watching Christopher Nolan movies, and listening to movie soundtracks while studying.

Rob can be contacted at rcarnes@umich.edu.