BLSA Executive Board 2015-16
Michael Jones is a Winston-Salem native and a 2011 graduate of Yale University where he earned a B.A. in Urban Studies. As a junior at Yale, Michael was elected to serve on the New Haven (CT) Board of Aldermen. On the Board, Michael passed legislation to increase New Haven's living wage and prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression. After graduating, Michael served as an aide to Congressman Chris Murphy (CT-05), directed statewide African American outreach for President Obama's re-election campaign in Virginia, and served as an aide to U.S. Senator Kay Hagan. Michael is currently a political partner with the Truman National Security Project, on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina School of Science & Math's Alumni Association, and on the business board of Scalawag, a quarterly print magazine exploring Southern politics and culture.
At Carolina Law, Michael is a staff member of the North Carolina Law Review and a research assistant for Professor Catherine Y. Kim. As BLSA President, Michael is excited to help build an inclusive and supportive community for black law students at UNC, strengthen BLSA's partnerships with allied organizations at Carolina and across the state, and deepen relationships between BLSA alumni and current students.
Ariel Smallwood, a Maryland native, attended Duke University and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Political Science. After completing her studies, she spent a semester as an intern for U.S. Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) where her passion for the legislative and political process was invigorated. Subsequently, Ariel served her community through AmeriCorps Public Allies and worked with a non-profit organization that provided family engagement programs for the families of pre-kindergarten through second grade students in Baltimore City, Maryland. Ariel is a second-year law student at the University of North Carolina. She hopes to work as a civil rights lawyer focusing on voter rights and racial discrimination. In her free time, Ariel likes watching classic movies, attending concerts, and reading thrillers.
Chidi Madu is a Connecticut native who graduated from the
University of Rochester in 2014 with a B.A. in Statistics and minors in
Philosophy and Legal Studies. At Rochester, Chidi was often involved in the
student and urban community both as a varsity football player and as an
executive member of the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. Before graduating, Chidi had
successful internships at the Fortune 100 managed health care company, Aetna,
the nongovernmental humanitarian aid organization, AmeriCares, and the Monroe
County District Attorney’s Office in Rochester, New York.
Immediately after graduating from Rochester, Chidi continued
his education here at the University of North Carolina School of Law. At
Carolina Law, Chidi has accrued over 50 pro bono hours and has become
integrally involved with the Graduate and Professional Honor System. Currently,
Chidi is a staff member of the First
Amendment Law Review, a member of the Holderness Moot Court Client
Counseling Team, and the Deputy Attorney General of the UNC School of Medicine
and School of Dentistry. As an aspiring attorney, Chidi seeks to pursue a
career as a civil and criminal litigator while continuing to give his time and
expertise to the community. When free, Chidi enjoys spending time with friends,
studying comedy and rhetoric, learning languages, and participating in intramural sports.
Taylor Glenn is a Pennsylvania native and a 2013 graduate of Duquesne University where she earned B.A.’s in both Journalism (with a concentration in Public Relations & Advertising) and English Literature. At Duquesne, Taylor competed as a division I track and field athlete and was a member of the school’s dance team and cheerleading squad. In her spare time, Taylor worked with at-risk youth in two after school tutoring programs: The Gussin Spritian Division Hill District Tutoring Co-Op (Pittsburgh, PA), and the Eden Center, which is located in her hometown of New Kensington, PA. During her tenure at Duquesne she was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and was named Gussin Spiritan Division Student of the Year in 2011. As a second year law student at Carolina Law, Taylor is a staff member of the First Amendment Law Review, a member of the Holderness Moot Court Client Counseling Team, a member of the Broun National Trial Team, and is the Vice President of Communications for the Sports and Entertainment Law Association. As a BLSA board member, Taylor is excited to be an influential part of an organization that fosters community and to have the opportunity to be a resource for anyone in need. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, reading philosophy, watching Netflix, and eating French Fries.
Public Relations Chair
Kaylan Meaza is a Fayetteville native and a 2014 graduate of North Carolina State University where she double majored in Political Science and Criminology. At NC State, Kaylan was President of the Peer Mentor Program and involved in groups such as the University Ambassador Program and the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service. During her undergraduate career, Kaylan interned for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in the Office of Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Kaylan continued her education at the University of North Carolina School of Law directly after graduating from NC State. At Carolina Law, Kaylan was 1L Class President and heavily involved in the Student Bar Association. She participated in the Kilpatrick Townsend Mock Trial Competition and went on the Fall Break Pro Bono trip to Wilmington, North Carolina. As a 2L, Kaylan is a Dean's Fellow and a member of the Leadership Development Program. Kaylan is interested in pursuing a career in Commercial Litigation and Criminal Law. In her free time, Kaylan enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, and watching movies.
Pro Bono Chairs
Quisha Mallette is a native of Greenville, North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in History and Spanish from
Hampton University and an M.A. in Communication and Culture from Howard
University. Prior to law school, she
managed an academic support program for court-involved youth through the
Literacy Council of Wake County. Her
work with students and families facing challenges within the education system
inspired her to go to law school. As a
future lawyer, her goal is to address issues related to civil and human rights,
specifically access to education.
at UNC Law, Quisha has completed pro bono projects with the North Carolina
Immigrant Rights Project and the UNC Center for Civil Rights; and she currently
serves as a Pro Bono Coordinator for the Education Law and Policy Society. As a Pro Bono coordinator for BLSA, Quisha
looks forward to engaging students in meaningful projects that will positively
impact the lives of everyday citizens.
Derrick A. Lloyd, a 2L, is a Charleston, South Carolina
native and a graduate of Duke University where he earned degrees in History and
Comparative Areas Studies (concentration in early 20th Century German
social and political history). Among his achievements at Duke, Derrick served
both the Duke University and Durham communities. As a Residential Advisor, he
successfully navigated the local chapter of a national fraternity to full
reinstatement as a member of the Duke Pan-Hellenic community. In addition, he
served on an ad hoc committee tasked
with fostering stronger ties between his alma mater, neighboring North Carolina
Central University and the Durham community as a whole.
Prior to matriculating to UNC School of Law, he served as a
litigation paralegal for a defense firm in practice areas including products
liability, medical malpractice defense and commercial litigation. More
recently, he served as an administrator for the Greek Archdiocese of America,
Metropolis of Atlanta, as well as liaison to the Executive Council of its Holy
Trinity Parish in Charleston, SC. As a future attorney, he is particularly
interested in consumer protection in areas concerning property and real estate
issues as well as from unfair, deceptive business practices.
Fully committed to the ideals of community, empathy and intentionality,
Derrick is enthusiastic about building and contributing to a lasting legacy for
BLSA at UNC and within the Chapel Hill-Carrboro communities as a whole.
Angelica Mitchell, a 2L, is a Durham, NC native and a
graduate of UNC-Charlotte (UNCC). She holds a B.A. in both Communications
Studies (concentration in Public Advocacy) and Political Science. While a
student at UNCC she served as the Vice President of Lambda Pi Eta
(Communication Studies Honor Society), the Public Relations Liaison for United
Black Professionals, and as the Fundraising Chair for UNCC’s Pre Law Society.
Angelica continued her education to Carolina Law directly
after graduating from UNCC. At Carolina law she has participated in BLSA and
had the opportunity to go on the Spring Break Pro Bono trip to Canton, North
As a future attorney she hopes to use alternative dispute
resolution to helpmembers of the Triangle community resolve familial disputes.
Instead of trying to change the stigma of the court system she hopes to offer
more viable and affordable options. As Fundraising Chair she hopes to be able
to establish and continue traditions that BLSA members can enjoy annually. In
her free time Angelica likes to attend concerts, and use her social media
presence to bring awareness to political issues.