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
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.
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, serving on the Philosophy Student Advisory Committee, and volunteering as a “Best Buddies” leadership member. Anastasia was also music director for Spring Awakening during her academic year abroad at University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Anastasia is currently a part of Elon Law’s Innocent Project, Country Conditions Project, and Women’s Law Association. She is looking forward to taking part in the Guardian ad Litem program. Anastasia is interested in becoming a public defender, family law attorney, or public advocate supporting juvenile prison policy reforms and combating racial/ethnic 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.