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BLSA EXECUTIVE BOARD 2018-2019


President: Ms. Destiny Planter

Destiny Planter
Destiny is a Charlotte native and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and English, with a minor in Education. Destiny’s interested in using her law degree to work on behalf of underrepresented communities. 
Aside from currently serving as the President of BLSA, Destiny is also a staff member on the International Law Journal, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, an alumna of the Transition to the Profession program, a Barbri Representative, and a Chancellors Scholar. After graduation, Destiny would like to receive extensive writing training through a clerkship opportunity, and later become a litigator. For more information about Destiny and the UNC BLSA chapter, or to stay updated on what we're doing, please connect with us on Instagram: @carolinablsa. Contact: planter@live.unc.edu

Vice President: Mr. Donte Jones

Donte Jones
Donte graduated from State University of New York at New Paltz with a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance. Native of Harlem, New York, Donte is pursuing a career in corporate law. Aside from serving as the Vice-President of BLSA, he is also a member of Law and Tech Journal, Broun National Trial Team, the Transactional and Corporate Law Association, and the Barbri Student Representative team. After graduation, Donte would like to return to New York to practice law at any of the nation’s leading law firms.For more information about Donte and the UNC BLSA chapter, or to stay updated on what we're doing, please connect with us on Instagram: @carolinablsa. For more information about the national BLSA chapter and how you can get involved, please visit: nblsa.org. Contact: drjones2@live.unc.edu

Secretary: Ms. Jada Bianca Anderson

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Jada Bianca Anderson, also known as JB, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science and two minors in English and History. JB is a Durham native and has a strong interest in immigration law. Aside from serving as BLSA Secretary, JB is also the treasurer for UNC’s NLG chapter and a member of Broun National Trial Team and Carolina Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLO). After graduating, JB would like to become an immigration lawyer. For more information about JB and the UNC BLSA chapter, or to stay updated on what we're doing, please connect with us on Instagram: @carolinablsa.  Contact: jbianca@live.unc.edu

Treasurer: Mr. Jeffrey Joseph

Jeff
Jeff Joseph graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Hailing from Norwalk, Connecticut, Jeff is interested in practicing either energy or bankruptcy law. Along with his BLSA responsibilities, Jeff is a Holderness Moot Court member. After graduating law school, Jeff would like to obtain a clerkship in a federal court and use his experience there to inform a career in a law firm or in the federal government. For more information about Destiny and the UNC BLSA chapter, or to stay updated on what we're doing, please connect with us on Instagram: @carolinablsa. For more information about the national BLSA chapter and how you can get involved, please visit: nblsa.org. 

Contact: jejose2@live.unc.edu

Public Relations Chair: Mr. Sloan Hampton Taylor

Sloan Hampton Taylor
Sloan Hampton Taylor graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a degree in Media and Journalism—with a public relations focus—and political science. Sloan’s a Greensboro native, and he wants to use his law degree to help others articulate their message effectively and authentically. Aside from serving as Public Relations Chair of BLSA, Sloan’s is the Social Media Director for UNC’s NLG chapter, a Broun Trial Team member, and a BLSA Moot Court member. After graduation, Sloan would like to work in D.C. as a crisis manager and litigator.For more information about Destiny and the UNC BLSA chapter, or to stay updated on what we're doing, please connect with us on Instagram: @carolinablsa. For more information about the national BLSA chapter and how you can get involved, please visit: nblsa.org. 

Contact: sloan960@live.unc.edu

Chapter of the Year Liaison: Camila Mariel Maldonado

Camila Rohena Maldando graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Portuguese and Educational Science. Camila was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and was raised in Florida. Aside from serving as BLSA Chapter of the Year Liaison, Camila is the president of Teen Court Assistance Program, V.P. of Hispanic and Latino Law Students Association (HLLSA), Dean’s Fellow, and an Academic Enrichment Group Leader. After graduating law school, Camila hopes to work for a firm in Charlotte or the RTP area.  For more information about Destiny and the UNC BLSA chapter, or to stay updated on what we're doing, please connect with us on Instagram: @carolinablsa.  For more information about the national BLSA chapter and how you can get involved, please visit: nblsa.org.  Contact: marielc@live.unc.edu

President Emeritus: Ms. Erica R. Bluford

Erica Bluford is from the big city of Mebane, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 which 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 pursing 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 in 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.
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.   
                
Contact: bluford@live.unc.edu                                                                                                

Fundraising Committee Chair: Mr. Reginald Boney

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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. 
    
Contact : regibone@live.unc.edu                                                                                          
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