2016-2017 BLSA Executive Board Members

Calyssa Lawyer


Calyssa, a 2L Summer Starter, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis, Spanish and Journalism. As a military brat, spending her childhood in eight U.S. cities and Germany, Calyssa is a Detroiter at heart. Prior to law school, Calyssa participated in Challenge Detroit, a yearlong fellowship where she supported Detroit companies and non-profits, and worked for the Detroit Lions in Marketing and eventually as Corporate Communications Coordinator. She spent her 1L summer in Detroit as a Summer Associate at Dykema Gossett and as intern for Judge Gershwin Drain at the Eastern District of Michigan. She is interested in transactional law as well as media and entertainment law, and would be nothing without the influence of Kendrick Lamar, the best rapper alive.

Calyssa can be contacted at calyssal@umich.edu.


Vice Chair

Phillip is a 2L native of Little Rock who studied Public Administration and Business at Henderson State University. Before law school, Phillip interned through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in the D.C. office of U.S. Representative Charlie Rangel, directed programs in his hometown library system, and tutored children in English and grammar. At Michigan Law, Phillip also sits on the board of Outlaws as the Academic and Advocacy Co-Chair, is in the Community and Economic Development Clinic, and is an Associate Editor for the Michigan Journal for Environmental and Administrative Law. During his 1L summer, Philip worked for Lawyers for Human Rights in Johannesburg, South Africa. He feels most at home in slow-paced, friendly environments with clean air, and loves Oreos, very short walks, and Beyonce. 

Phillip can be contacted at pkturner@umich.edu.

Daniel fryer

Academic Chair

Daniel is a 2L at the law school and a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to beginning law school, Daniel served as a researcher for the Philadelphia branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) while working on his graduate coursework. During his 1L summer, Daniel worked for the Equal Justice Initiative. Originally from Yonkers, NY, Daniel loves explaining to people why Westchester County is not “upstate” New York. He also enjoys watching all New York sport teams that do not end in “ets” (Jets, Mets, Nets). As you can tell by his photo, Daniel takes himself too seriously.

Daniel can be contacted at fryerd@umich.edu.

Matthew king


Matt is a 2L from Notre Dame Territory, Indiana. He received a B.A. in History from Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied abroad in London and Paris. Before attending Michigan Law, Matt was a paralegal at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. In addition to serving as Secretary, Matt participates in the Community and Economic Development Clinic. Outside of school, he enjoys playing soccer, watching basketball, and making the worthwhile walk to Blank Slate Creamery.

Matt can be contacted at mattking@umich.edu.



Admissions Outreach Co-Chair

Johannah is a 2L from Fort Smith, Arkansas. She attended The University of Oklahoma where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Psychology. At the University of Michigan, Johannah became involved in moot court. During 1L, she advanced to the semifinals of the Oral Advocacy Competition. She now serves on the board of that competition and is competing in the Campbell Moot Court Competition for upperclassmen. Johannah is an Associate Editor for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. Last summer, she worked within the Education Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in Washington D.C. This summer she will be returning to D.C. where she will be working for a firm and learning how to write more creative bios.

Johannah can be contacted at johanncw@umich.edu.


Admissions Outreach Co-Chair

Shavon is a 2L from the SF Bay Area, CA. She graduated from Cornell University in 2013, with a B.A. in Government and a minor in German Studies. She is passionate about social justice and is pursuing a public interest legal career. Prior to law school, Shavon worked as a corporate immigration paralegal. In her spare time, she volunteered as a teaching assistant with a program providing online community college courses for incarcerated youth. Her 1L summer, Shavon was awarded the Arc of Justice Fellowship. With support from  the Charles Houston Bar Association, she spent her summer with Public Advocates, a non-profit public interest law firm, and served as a law clerk on their Education Equity Team. She will spend her upcoming summer with the Orleans Public Defender office. A reluctant lover of Winter, Shavon battles seasonal depression with cooking. She would be nothing without her croc pot and if a recipe doesn't call for cheese, she's really not interested.

Shavon can be contacted at henrysh@umich.edu.


Community Outreach Chair

Jordan is a 2L from Cincinnati, OH. He graduated cum laude at St. John's University in Queens, NY where he studied Legal Studies and Business. He wants to one day be the General Manager of a Major League Baseball team. At Michigan Law, Jordan participates in the Juvenile Justice Clinic and sits on the board of the Sports Law Society. In his spare time he is usually busy hanging out with his daughter Taylor Marie or watching ESPN. 

Jordan can be contacted at jmstarks@umich.edu.


Community Service Chair

Peter is a 1L Summer Starter from the City of Brotherly Love. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, Peter was a Teach for America Corps member in  Las Vegas and a paralegal for the District Attorney's Office in Philadelphia. At Michigan Law, Peter is also a 1L rep for the Business Law association and a competitor in the Transactional Law Competition. Peter spends his time outside of law school working out, binge watching Netflix and convincing himself that a late night BTB burrito is a completely healthy decision.

Peter can be contacted at pmcd@umich.edu.

morgan paige brown

Political Action Liaison

Morgan, a 1L Summer Starter from Canton, OH, earned her B.A. at Brown University in Science & Society. Her past experience includes interning in government and the tech industry. At Michigan Law, Morgan also sits on the board of the Michigan Health Law Organization and the Privacy and Technology Law Association. She regularly volunteers with the Family Law Project, working with local attorneys to advocate for victims of domestic violence. Morgan currently spends her free time watching horror films, learning Russian, reading the Game of Thrones novels, and playing with her adorable cat, Wolfie.

Morgan can be contacted at morganpb@umich.edu.

omotunde okesanyA

Butch Carpenter Committee Co-Chair

Omotunde is a 2L who 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 also sits on the boards of Human Rights Advocates and the Women Law Students Association, is on the Journal of Law Reform, and participates in the Community and Economic Development Clinic. During her 1L summer, she worked for a firm in Minneapolis, MN and will be at a firm in New York City for her 2L summer. In her free time, which she probably has more of than most students, 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.

Omotunde can be contacted at omotunde@umich.edu.

Nikita Cotton

Communications Specialist and Butch Carpenter Committee Member

Nikita, a 1L Summer Starter, grew up in Sacramento, CA. She received a B.A. in Economics from New York University, where she studied abroad in Washington, D.C., Florence, and London. Prior to law school, Nikita worked as a Paralegal in the Immigration Law Group at Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C.'s New York office, and continues to work for EBG remotely from Michigan. At Michigan Law, Nikita also sits on the board of Future Advocates in Training and is a Student Attorney for the International Refugee Assistance Project. Nikita's interests are in corporate law, economic policy and financial regulation. Outside of school, she is a lifelong lacrosse goalie, a budding kickboxer, the sister of 5 fluffy Pomeranians, and has seen every episode of Law & Order: SVU multiple times.

Nikita can be contacted at nikitac@umich.edu.


Butch Carpenter Committee Member

Kim, a 1L, 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.


3L Representative

Sam is JD-MBA candidate and was previously the co-chair of the Butch Carpenter Scholarship Banquet. Sam. At the law school, Sam was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review. At the business school, Sam is the president of the Ross Private Equity Club. Sam is a diehard Yankees fan and a native of the Bronx. 

Sam can be contacted at sedand@umich.edu.

Megan Giles

1L Representative

Megan, a 1L, grew up in Jacksonville, FL, never imagining she would end up in Michigan, where there are actual seasons... most importantly, where it snows. Megan received a B.A in Political Science from the University of Central Florida and went straight through to law school. At Michigan Law, she volunteers for the Civil Rights Litigation Clearing House. Her interests includes sports and corporate law. In her free time she likes to plan how she can avoid the snow in the winter (though she has yet to come up with any great ideas). Megan was chosen as Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006, at the tender age of 11. Her favorite southern sayings are "Bless your heart", "Sweet mother of Joseph" and "How nice."

Megan can be contacted at meganrg@umich.edu.