Leadership Fellows Biographies
Class of 2018
Darrell received a Bachelor of Arts in criminology with a double minor in French and history from the University of Florida and graduated cum laude in 2015. His work and leadership experiences at the University of Florida include service as Dance Marathon Dancing and Fundraising Delegate coordinator, student administrative assistant in the African American Program Office, and a two-time GatorAide volunteer. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Alexander’s academic organizational commitments included being a member of Criminology Honor Society and recognized on the dean’s list for 2014.
A dean’s scholar at Elon Law, Darrell has an interest in law review. Darrell plans on studying foreign policy and immigration law in preparation for future careers in Federal law enforcement, Counter-Terrorism and National Security.
Tarra graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Before coming to Elon University School of Law, she was employed as a legal assistant and crime victim’s liaison with the Alamance County District Attorney’s Office. Her primary responsibilities included creating and maintaining the Superior Court trial docket, and assisting the elected DA as well as the special crimes prosecutor. Tarra intends to practice criminal law in North Carolina.
Jordan received a Bachelor of Arts in 2014 after majoring in communication and minoring in business administration at the College of Charleston. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Jordan served the College of Charleston as Student Body President and Student Body Secretary, and she was a sister of Alpha Delta Pi.
Jordan currently works as a research assistant for Associate Dean Steve Friedland and serves as a teaching assistant for Legal Method and Communication, Criminal Law, and Evidence. She plans on pursuing a career advocating for plaintiffs of medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits.
Jesse graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, receiving a Bachelor of Arts after studying political science. A member of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society, Jesse also represented UNCG at the 2014 Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis, Maryland.
Jesse joined the Army National Guard following his UNCG studies. Both before and during law school while serving on reserve status, Jesse held multiple leadership roles in the Army, including Chief of Commercial Vendor Services and Executive Officer. Jesse also worked in the consumer lending industry at Lendmark Financial Services, LLC prior to attending Elon Law.
During his time at Elon Law, Jesse interned with the Air Force JAG Corps in San Angelo, Texas. He completed his residency with the Hon. Frank D. Whitney, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Jesse will also complete a summer 2018 internship with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, and he currently works as a research assistant for Associate Dean Steven Friedland. Jesse serves as president of the Military Law Society.
Stephanie D. Peterson
Stephanie Peterson grew up in High Point, North Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she majored in political science. In addition to being an Elon Law Leadership Fellow, Stephanie is an Academic Teaching Fellow and a member of Elon’s Moot Court Board.
Stephanie’s career ambition is to practice immigration Law. She has interned as a McMillan Fellow at Legal Aid of North Carolina in Charlotte and specifically worked with the Battered Immigrant Project. Stephanie also interned at Dummit Fradin before completing her residency-in-practice with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. She will join the Orlando Center for Justice as a Summer 2018 intern.
Kendell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and graduated cum laude in 2016. Kendell’s work and leadership experiences at UNCC include being a member of: UNCC Model United Nations, Pre-law Society, Mock-trial, and served on the UNCC Judicial Board. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Kendell was recognized on the Dean's list for 2015 and 2016. Williams is currently a part of Elon Law’s Innocence Project, Lawyer on the line, and the National Lawyers Guild. Kendell is interested in becoming a criminal defense attorney after graduating.
Class of 2019
Jackie attended The Ohio State University where she was an International Affairs Scholar. She received her Bachelor of Arts in international relations and diplomacy with a double minor in French and Arabic. At OSU Jackie was involved with several organizations, including Delta Delta Delta Greek sorority and Sigma Iota Rho academic fraternity; she also served a research assistant in the East Asian Studies Center.
At Elon, Jackie is also pursuing her Master of Business Administration. In addition to being a Fellow, She currently volunteers in Elon’s tax clinic and is a staff editor for Elon’s Business Law Journal. Jackie is interested in pursuing a career in business law.
Mackenzie Karnes graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in history, concentrating on 20th century European history. She published a thesis on Reagan's and Gorbachev's intersecting leadership styles and perspectives on human rights during Cold War. At the University of Virginia, Mackenzie served as a board member, secretary, and executive advisor of the College of Arts and Sciences Council. She also served on the Class of 2019 Lawn Selection. Along with a committee, Mackenzie determined the qualified candidates to live on the UNESCO World Heritage site: The Lawn.
At Elon Law, Mackenzie has served on the staff of the Elon Law Review and as the Class of 2019 Honor Council Representative. She also participates in Moot Court.
Haley graduated cum laude from North Carolina State University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in natural resources, concentrating in policy and administration. Haley's leadership experiences at NC State include serving as a student senator, a College of Natural Resources student ambassador, a mentor in the Sustainable Sisterhood program, and a member of the Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society. Additionally, Haley worked in the NC State Office of Admissions where she helped to make the college admissions process navigable by all, including first-generation college students like herself.
At Elon Law, Haley is involved with Lawyer on the Line and the Environmental and Animal Law Society. She aspires to a career in environmental law where she can use her education to bridge the gap between conservation organizations and conflicting parties.
Kelsey received a Bachelor of Arts in management and society, and a minor in history, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated from UNC in a self-accelerated three years by taking heavy course loads and participating in summer classes. Kelsey’s leadership experience at UNC includes being the Communications Chair for the Society of Human Resource Management. Kelsey also worked full-time as the director of training at Chick-fil-A while at UNC.
Kelsey is currently involved in the Elon Business Law Journal and is a student mentor for the first-year law students. She is interested in workers’ compensation or business Law. She is pursuing her MBA at Elon University Martha and Spencer Love School of Business.
Ahmed has earned two degrees from The Pennsylvania State University in philosophy and communication arts & Sciences. While attending Penn State, Ahmed was involved in several organizations and leadership activities including Penn State Dance Marathon, Homecoming, and Residence Life. While attending school he worked for the College of Education Development office as well as Undergraduate Admissions. His work earned him the Hintz Trustee Scholarship for Student Philanthropy Leaders, given to students who demonstrate dedication to philanthropic efforts on campus.
Ahmed is exploring areas of interest in the law including criminal, business, and government. He is continuing his passion for service through involvement in the Pro Bono Board, the SBA elections committee, and as a translator in the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic.
Jana received a Bachelor of Science in integrated marketing communications and a Bachelor in General Studies from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2015 and was named to the Dean’s and Chancellor’s Lists. Jana also graduated from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College after fulfilling coursework requirements and successfully defending her senior thesis.
While at Ole Miss, Jana helped lead the effort as vice president to re-charter the University of Mississippi’s chapter of the Golden Key Honor Society. The Convocation Award was bestowed upon her in her sophomore year—an award decided upon by faculty members to recognize the top student in each major in each academic year. Additionally, Jana was actively involved in and held numerous leadership positions in the Sigma Phi Lambda sorority. During her time at Ole Miss, she was selected to serve as an Orientation Leader, which lead to her post-college work as a college admissions officer for Radford University and Guilford Technical Community College. Jana is interested in pursuing business law.
Anastasia received a Bachelor of Arts in both political science and philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She graduated with Philosophy Phi Sigma Tau Honors. Anastasia’s leadership experiences at Holy Cross include chairing the Community Engagement Committee for Dance Marathon, serving as a Study Abroad Ambassador and speaking at the 2016 Academic Conference, and serving on the Philosophy Student Advisory Committee. Anastasia was also music director for Spring Awakening during her academic year abroad at University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Anastasia is on Elon Law’s Moot Court team and serves as the assistant solicitor of the Honor Council. She is a part of Elon's Innocent Project, Country Conditions Project, Women’s Law Association, and was an orientation mentor for incoming 1Ls. Anastasia is an appointed Guardian ad Litem in Guilford County. She interned before her second year at Elon Law at a private criminal defense firm, Randall & Stump, PLLC. Anastasia is interested in public or private criminal defense work, primarily with juveniles, as well as being an active advocate to combat racial/ethnic and socioeconomic injustice.
Karah graduated cum laude from The State University of New York at Albany in 2017 with a Bachelor of the Arts in English and a double minor in business and sociology in the spring. She graduated in a self-accelerated three years by completing heavy courseloads and taking advantage of summer and winter courses. Since joining the Elon Law community, Karah has become a member of the Innocence Project and volunteers at the school’s tax clinic. She hopes to have a career in governmental relations where she can use the leadership skills she learns at Elon to use in helping shape the legal system.
Class of 2020
In December 2017, Haillie received a Bachelor of Arts in law, politics, and society from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. During her three and a half years at Samford, Haillie participated in a number of extracurricular activities and held numerous leadership positions. Among her favorites are serving as a Team Leader and Facilitator in Samford Office of Spiritual Life’s Home Group for three years, the Public Relations Coordinator of the Latino Student Organization, an IMPACT Mentor in the Office of Diversity, and as one of two colligate members on Delta Delta Delta’s Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce.
Haillie’s interests in law are varied with potential practice areas that include family law, immigration law, sports & entertainment law, and corporate law. She is also keeping her eyes open for any other fields that may pique her interest. During her time at Elon Law and as a Leadership Fellow, Haillie wishes to learn as much as possible from those around her so that she can use her education to the best of her ability to give back to the communities of which she is a part.
Victoria “Tori” Ford
Tori graduated magna cum laude from Elon University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in human service studies and minor in business administration. After interning with the Department of State during the summer before her senior year, Tori returned to the organization upon graduation to work for the Bureau of Human Resources in the Office of Recruitment, Examination, and Employment assisting in recruiting and hiring for the Foreign Service. Through her experience with various nonprofit and government agencies, Tori's passion continues to strengthen for social justice and human rights.
At Elon Law, Tori looks forward to continuing her passion for service through involvement in the Guardian at Litem program and Pro Bono Board. She aspires to a career in human rights law where she can use her education to provide marginalized populations with sustainable solutions to issues deeply rooted in policy and the law.
Alisha received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology in May 2018 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also minored in Social and Economic Justice. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Alisha was a member of the UNC Honor Court where she reviewed alleged violations of the Honor Code and deliberated upon appropriate judgments and sanctions. Equally dedicated to her involvement and collaboration within the Chapel Hill community, Alisha volunteered at a local community center, RENA, leading small tutoring group sessions of children ranging from second-grade to middle school. She also volunteered at a local elementary school as a School Reading Partner to aid kindergarten and second grade students in their reading and to help expand their vocabulary by the introduction of new or unfamiliar words.
At Elon Law, Alisha anticipates becoming involved in programs such as the Guardian at Litem program and Pro Bono Board. Her current interests are family law, and she wants to explore opportunities associated with in-house counsel.
Cynthia received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Maryland, College Park. At Maryland, she received the Office of Multi-Ethnic Society Academic Excellence Award and was named to the Dean's List. She participated in various volunteer opportunities by assisting in the renewal process of Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and leading a youth group at her local church.
Upon graduation, Cynthia relocated to Greensboro to serve as a Teach for America Corps Member. She worked in Guilford County as a high school Spanish teacher for two years, where she served on her placement school's Equity Team, Leadership Team, and was elected to be a representative for the foreign language department's Professional Learning Community. She also coached the women's junior varsity soccer team.
Cynthia hopes to have a career in immigration or criminal law, where she aspires to assist low-income clients in underrepresented communities. She plans to use her experiences at Elon Law to bridge the justice gap and be a public advocate to combat social inequity.
Brooke graduated magna cum laude from Appalachian State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in political science (concentrating in American politics), a minor in psychology, and a certificate in interdisciplinary studies. She graduated in a self-accelerated three years by completing heavy course loads and taking advantage of summer courses. While attending Appalachian State, Brooke was involved in several leadership positions as an Orientation Leader and Director, mentor and tour guide in the Watauga Residential College, and student leader in a local woodcutting ministry.
In the summer of 2018, Brooke interned with the Guilford County Public Defender’s Office where she worked extensively in the juvenile and district courts. This experience has led her to Elon Law as a presidential scholar with interests in administrative and juvenile law. Brooke plans to pursue a future career as a legislative assistant or lobbyist after graduating.
Shane graduated cum laude from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Shane conducted research in a computational laboratory where he explored the growth of atmospheric aerosols by using chemical instrumentation and computational operating systems. Additionally, he served as a Furman academic tutor in the fields of chemistry, physics, mathematics, political science, and reading/writing courses, and he was a member of the American Chemical Society, Pre-Law Society, and Furman University Student Activities Board.
Shane is interested in intellectual property and information technology law, integrating his expertise in the sciences with his future knowledge of legal practices.
Ben graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Entering his senior year, Ben secured an internship recruiting and managing volunteers in Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. One of Ben’s proudest moments during the campaign was being selected by his supervisors to lead and implement the campaign’s Get Out the Vote field plan at UNC Greensboro on Election Day, which helped set new records for voter turnout at UNC Greensboro. Ben considers his time on the campaign as instrumental in both the development of his leadership skills and the fostering of his passion for community service.
Since his days on the campaign trail, Ben has continued to strengthen his leadership skills and commitment to community service. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Friend’s Homes, Inc., a Quaker retirement community in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has held various leadership positions in his church and local Civitan club.
At Elon Law, Ben looks forward to working with other Leadership Fellows to raise the school’s academic, professional, and community service standards to new heights. His current areas of interest in the law include personal injury, public interest, and government relations.
Robin came to Elon Law following a 20+ year career as executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Alamance County in North Carolina. A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., a National Merit Scholar, and a first-generation college student, Robin graduated cum laude from Duke University with a double major in history and political science.
In her role at Habitat, Robin oversaw the construction of more than 120 single-family houses, developed three major subdivisions, and opened two Habitat ReStores. She traveled twice to Haiti as part of the Jimmy and Roslynn Carter Work Project.
During her time at Habitat, Robin served on multiple local nonprofit boards and committees including Burlington Day School, Community Council, Alamance Housing Committee, St. Mark's Church, the Childhood Fatality Committee for Alamance County, and the United Way. She also served on the local Link Transit Advisory board, a group charged with oversight of the new public transit system in Burlington and position to which she was appointed by the Burlington City Council.
A Dean's Scholar at Elon Law, Robin's future path may lie in public interest law. She has two children, son Chip (28) and daughter Jennifer Ann (25). Robin and her children enjoy travel and recently ventured to Cuba.