Erica Bluford is from the big city of Mebane, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Prior to attending law school, Erica worked in the legal unit for the Alamance County Department of Social Services focusing primarily on child abuse, neglect, and dependency cases. This experience led her to pursuing her Master of Social Work in addition to her Juris Doctor. Erica was a member of the BLSA Mock Trial Team which won the 2018 Regional Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition and advanced to quarterfinals at the 2018 National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. She continues to be active on campus. Among other things, she is a competing member of Broun National Trial Team, a competing member of the Holderness Moot Court National Team, and serves as a mentor for 1L students through the Dean's Fellow program. Erica is interested in litigation and is excited to continue to grow her legal skills while giving back to the community. As President, Erica hopes to build the black community in the triangle- focusing on mentorship and community development initiatives- while increasing UNC BLSA's visibility on a regional and national level.
Vice President: Mr. Reginald Boney
Reginald Boney is a
native of Durham, North Carolina and a proud graduate of North Carolina Central
University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a
concentration in African-American Studies. After completing his
master's thesis "In High Places: A Theological Critique of Systemic
Racism in the United States", Reginald also graduated from Duke
University with a Master of Theological Studies in 2017. Before
entering law school, Reginald was an educator at Voyager Academy in Durham.
After his 1L year, Reginald worked as a legal intern for the Office of
Governor Roy Cooper and with Wake County Superior Court Judge, the Honorable
Vince Rozier. Reginald's passion is centered around civil rights, social
justice, and policy, but he also has interest in practicing in the
corporate sector. Reginald is an active member of the Durham Alumni
Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. In his limited free time Reginald
enjoys spending time with his wife, Latia and three children, Laila MacKenzie,
Schyler Jaxon, and Summer Rae.
Treasurer: Ms. Lena A. Madison
Lena is a second-year law student at UNC School of Law, where as a first-year, she served on the SBA Diversity & Multicultural Committee and also volunteered with the UNC Innocence Project, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic (VITA), and a wills clinic in Cherokee Nation. This year, Lena will serve as the Treasurer for both BLSA and the National Lawyers Guild. Additionally she is the Diversity and Inclusion Research Assistant for the Career Development Office. She is a native of New Buffalo, MI and graduate from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. In college, Lena served as a sexual assault and domestic peer educator, captain of the varsity track team, and a Spanish tutor to fellow student-athletes. After graduating from Notre Dame, Lena did business development in Major League Baseball.
Secretary: Ms. Briana N. Kelly
Briana Kelly is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies with a concentration in Global Health and Environment in Latin America. She double minored in Spanish for the Legal Professions and Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE). She also holds a UNC Business Essentials Certificate from UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School. While in undergrad, Briana was an undergraduate member of the UNC Honor Court System, the Treasurer and Financial Secretary of the Theta Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the UNC Board of Governors Delegate, founder of the Black Student Movement x BLSA Mentorship Program, and interned with Congressman G.K. Butterfield. As a first-year, she served as the 1L Representative for BLSA, a McIntyre-Whichard Fellow, and did pro-bono work with the Mecklenburg County Bar's Lawyer Referral Service. After her first year, Briana worked in D.C. at the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Office of Operations within the Office of General Counsel where she worked on environmental, cybersecurity, privacy, and aviation laws. This year, she will be a competing member of the Holderness Moot Court Negotiation Team and the Communications Director of UNC's National Lawyer's Guild.
Academics Chair: Ms. Maggie G. Stinson
Maggie Stinson is a Charlotte, North Carolina native. In 2017, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University where she double majored in Political Science and English. During her undergraduate studies, she was a Chancellor's Student Leader, University Political Science tutor, member of the Student Government Association (Omicron Kappa Delta), member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and interned at the North Carolina General Assembly for NC Senate District 3. During her 1L year, she was an active member of BLSA and SBA'a Multicultural and Diversity Committee. She completed several pro bono projects including those for the NC Innocence Commission, NC Secretary of State Office, and NC Equal Access to Justice Commission. Maggie spent her 1L summer interning at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She plans to pursue a career in defense litigation and enjoys traveling and cooking in her spare time.
Pro Bono Chair: Ms. Jaelyn D. Miller
Jaelyn Miller is from Topsail Island, North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she double majored in Political Science and Public Policy. Upon graduating in 2016, she got her paralegal certification and worked at Mark Jacobson Toyota. In 2017, she enrolled at the University of North Carolina School of Law. During her first year, Jaelyn worked with the Chatham County Public Defender's office and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. During her 1L summer, she worked in Charlotte, North Carolina at Parker Poe Adam & Bernstein and Ingersoll Rand. In her second year of law school she has taken on positions as the President of the National Lawyers Guild, member of the Broun National Trial team, and the BLSA pro bono chair. Jaelyn's interests include criminal defense, employment law, and data privacy law.
Public Relations Chair: Mr. Savian K. Gray-Sommerville
Savian Gray-Sommerville is a native of Buffalo, NY, but was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from UNC with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. During his undergraduate career, Savian served as the President of several on-campus organizations and was an integral part of his community. He tutored at local high schools, built houses for Habitat for Humanity, and volunteered at local homeless shelters. In addition to his passion for people, Savian is passionate about the law. While in undergrad, he worked for the United State's Attorney's office, the Durham City Council Office, and the White House Transition Project. He then went on to attend UNC School of Law. As a second year law student, Savian serves on the National Moot Court Team and the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology. He is also a student ambassador, Dean's Fellow, a McIntyre-Whichard Legal Fellow, and a BLSA mentor. Upon graduating, Savian intends to practice law as a litigator. He is committed to the advancement of a diverse legal profession and hopes to have a lasting impact on those around him.
Social Chair: Ms. Morgan A. English