The Executive Board

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Iga Fikayo Keme

President

 

Year: 3L – 2014

Hometown: Fontana, CA

Undergrad: University of California, Santa Barbara

Legal Interest: Corporate Law; International Law; Mergers & Acquisitions

3 Goals for BLSA: (1) To broaden BLSA-UW’s membership, (2) To provide beneficial programming to all students at the University of Wisconsin, (3) To increase interest in the legal profession among high school and undergraduate minority students.

Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard M. Baruch

 

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Patrick Dielubanza

Vice President

Year: 2L – 2015

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Undergrad: University of California, Riverside

Legal Interest: Entertainment Law

3 Goals for BLSA: (1) Win Chapter of the Year (…again), (2) Continue the great work that previous executive boards have done, (3) Increase participation by the General Body.

Favorite Quote: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

 

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Victoria Mattox

Secretary

 

Year: 2L – 2015

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Undergrad: Georgia Institute of Technology

Legal Interest: Intellectual Property and Government

3 Goals for BLSA: (1) Make sure members are informed about all events, (2) Have meetings run smoothly, (3) Have good participation.

Favorite Quote: “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Brian Braziel

Treasurer

Year: 2L – 2015

Hometown: Leimert Park, CA

Undergrad: University of California, Santa Barbara

Legal Interest: Real Estate; Sports Law; Criminal Law

3 Goals for BLSA: (1) To get the best participation possible from our student body, (2) To be an asset to the student body, particularly new members, (3) To be the best chapter in the country.

Favorite Quote: “You don’t set out to build a wall…. You say, I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.” – Will Smith

 

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Director of Community Service

 

Year: 2L – 2015

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergrad: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Legal Interest: Labor and Employment Law

3 Goals for BLSA: (1) To become more integrated with the greater UW and Madison community, (2) To assist all BLSA 1Ls in obtaining beneficial summer employment / clinical opportunities, (3) To have a highly successful Black History Month.

Favorite Quote: “A women is like a tea bag. You do not know how strong she is until you place her in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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Director of Education

 

Year: 2L – 2015

Hometown: Eagan, MN

Undergrad: Carleton College

Legal Interest: Immigration Law

3 Goals for BLSA: (1) To be a welcoming of an organization as we can be to all members, non-members, and Madisonites, (2) To organize volunteer events that would be beneficial to minority populations in Madison, (3) Make it a point to be better involved with the other cultural organizations on campus.

Favorite Quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Mark Twain

 

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Executive Committee

 

Year: 3L – 2014

Hometown: Clinton, MI

Undergrad: Howard University

Legal Interest: Criminal Law

3 Goals for BLSA: (1) To provide BLSA members with a home away from home through the creation of a family atmosphere within the organization and provide academic support for each member, (2) To be a leading organization within the law school, and to provide intellectually stimulating and meaning programs with respect to law-related minority issues, (3) To repeat as Midwest BLSA Chapter of the Year.

Favorite Quote: “I am the master of my fate. I am the captin of my sole.” – William Ernest Henley

 

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Richard Cesar

Executive Committee

 

Year: 3L – 2014

Hometown: Savannah, GA

Undergrad: University of Pennsylvania

Legal Interest: Business Law

3 Goals for BLSA: (1) Creating a loving, friendly environment for black law students to turn to during their time in law school, (2) Create opportunities for black law students to succeed in law school, (3) Become the elite minority group at UW Law.

Favorite Quote: “Yes you can!” – Barack Obama

 

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Executive Committee

 

Year: 3L – 2014

Hometown: Laguna Hills, CA

Undergrad: Emory University

Legal Interest: International Law; Russian Area Studies

3 Goals for BLSA: (1) To foster close relationships amongst the Black community in various graduate student groups, (2)To provide a positive and beneficial support system particularly for the 1Ls who are constantly adjusting to this new academic setting, (3) To make BLSA Chapter of the Year at Nationals.

Favorite Quote: “Believe in the beauty of your dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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Jarvis Idowu

Director of Communications and Public Affairs

 

Year: 2L – 2015

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Undergrad: Skidmore College

Legal Interest: Criminal Prosecution

3 Goals for BLSA: (1) Help incoming students of color get acclimated to law school in Madison, (2) Encourage an appreciation for diversity among the greater law school body, (3) Help students of color prepare for the rigors of 1L year.

Favorite Quote: “To the dumb question, ‘Why me?’ the cosmos barely brothers to return the reply, ‘Why not?’” – Christopher Hitchens

 

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Ketajh Brown

Parliamentarian

 

Year: 1L – 2016

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Undergrad: Howard University