The purpose of the Dean's Advisory Board is to assist the Dean of The George Washington Law School and the Dean's suite in an effort to build stronger relationships with the student body. This Advisory Board will serve the law school by representing diverse views amongst the student population in monthly meetings with the Dean. The Board will serve as an unelected independent body that advises the Dean on the issues and concerns of the students. The matters will range from, but not be limited to, pedagogy, academic policy, racial equity, and social justice on campus. The Board will bridge the aperture between the Dean and students by providing a communal environment where student and administrative perspectives are shared.
Jordan D. Jean is a native of Palm Beach County, Florida. Mr. Jean graduated magna cum laude from Howard University in Washington, DC. While at Howard University, he interned in both chambers of the United States Congress and created a bipartisan political organization, which led to Mr. Jean speaking on a panel and engaging with Dir. James Comey. Mr. Jean worked very hard during the 2016 election year cycle to ensure progressive candidates won, and young adults were registered to vote. Currently, he is a 3L at the George Washington University Law School. At the law school, Jordan is a Senior Member of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. Jordan has served in many capacities in student leadership, as a Senator for the Student Bar Association, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, the Black Law Student Association, a member of the Dean Search Committee, Chairman of the SBA COVID-19 Commission, and now serves as Chairman of the Dean’s Student Advisory Board. Upon graduation, Jordan will join Venable LLP as an Associate. Jordan believes in servant-leadership and is excited to work with the Deans and his peers to Raise GW Law High.
Nija Chappel is a 2L dual degree candidate (JD/MPH) serving as the Dean’s Advisory Board Vice-Chair. Nija is a native of Seattle, Washington. She attended the illustrious Spelman College and majored in English while minoring in Japanese Studies. After graduating from college, Nija worked as a patient care representative for a Seattle health clinic, where she became interested in health law. During her 1L summer, she interned at the D.C. Department of Health General Counsel Division, where she assisted in drafting regulations and memos for health care provider licensee revocations and suspensions. Nija is excited to assist in creating a safe space for student advocacy and community as the vice-chair for the Deans Advisory Board.
Nehama Hanoch is a 3L at The George Washington University Law School, where she is a member of the Public Contracts Law Journal and Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. She spent her 1L summer as a legal intern for the Honorable Heidi M. Pasichow of the D.C. Superior Court and completed semester-long internships for the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and for the Honorable Kathleen M. O’Malley at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In 2018, Nehama graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a BA in Philosophy and History. Post-graduation, Nehama will join Young Conaway’s corporate litigation practice in Wilmington, Delaware. While she works there, Nehama hopes to dedicate pro bono service to survivors of domestic violence. Nehama enjoys watching New Girl, talking politics, photographing DC, and eating Korean BBQ fried chicken. She is grateful to serve on the Dean’s Advisory Board and to relay concerns and potential solutions to the Deans.
Nickolas Kinslow (“Nick”) is a third-year law student attending The George Washington University Law School. Nick is a member of Cardozo Inn and the Corporate Business and Law Society and a former executive board member of the Black Law Student Association. Before law school, Nick worked in a cardiology hospital located in Kingston, Jamaica, which provided quality health care to indigent patients. While at law school, Nick has worked in a boutique construction litigation firm, served as a research assistant for Professor Lisa Fairfax, and interned at Sullivan & Cromwell and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nick also serves as a student-attorney for the Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic. After law school, Nick plans to return to Sullivan & Cromwell as a general practice associate. Nick’s passions include economic development, sports, and the intersection of law and technology. In his spare time, Nick enjoys watching the Tennessee Titans and tutoring other law students. As a Dean’s Advisory Board member, Nick will focus on uplifting the voices of minority students and protecting the law school’s reputation in the legal community.
Jessica is a 3L at GW Law interested in housing and landlord/tenant law. As a law student, she provided legal services to low-income tenants at risk of eviction with Rising for Justice's housing clinic and worked with the Poverty & Race Research Action Council and HUD Fair Housing. She also has experience with prisoners' rights and criminal law litigation, as she's worked with the ACLU National Prison Project, the Public Defender Service for D.C., and D.C. Justice Lab. At GW Law, Jessica is an associate on the George Washington Law Review journal and contributor for the Criminal Law Brief. She is actively involved in the Mock Trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution Boards and enjoys competing in Mock Trial competitions. After graduation, she will clerk at the D.C. Superior Court and then hopes to go on to work with a civil legal aid organization.
Jenna Fattah is a 2L with BAs in Media and American History. She is passionate about all things soft-IP: copyright, trademark, and data privacy. Jenna is a staff member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, the Mentoring Chair for Student Intellectual Property Law Association, and Lead Student Advisor for Jackson Inn for the Inns of Court Program. Outside of law school Jenna enjoys baking, jigsaw puzzles, and reading.
Miranda Hernandez is a 2L at The George Washington University Law School. She is a Miami, Florida native, but has been bicoastal since 2013. Miranda graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017, double majoring in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies, with a minor in Public Policy. After graduating from Berkeley, she returned to Miami, where she joined Teach For America (Miami-Dade '17) and earned a Master of Science in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami in 2019. At GW Law, she is a proud member of the George Washington Law Review and Latino Law Students Association (LLSA). Moreover, Miranda is the National Chair-Elect of the Hispanic National Bar Association's Law Students Division. She is passionate about equity and inclusion, advocacy, and ensuring that all voices are heard. Miranda is extremely honored to serve on the Dean's Advisory Board and looks forward to a productive year.
Phil Russell is a 1L from Buffalo, NY. He went to the University of Rochester for his undergraduate studies, earning a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a minor in Arabic. At graduation, Phil commissioned as an officer in the US Navy and went to flight school. He earned Naval Flight Officer Wings and flew the EA-18G Growler, stationed in Whidbey Island, WA. During his career, Phil took part in a deployment to Western Pacific and in numerous exercises between the US and allied nations. In his final active duty tour, Phil worked in the Growler Requirements department and assisted in setting the long-term funding priorities for the Growler program. During this time, he was selected to be a part of the Chief of Naval Aviation’s inaugural Junior Officer Leadership Symposiums, which provided Naval leadership feedback and advice on retention and the quality of life challenges faced by the Navy. Phil married his wife Kelly in November 2019 and his daughter Sophia was born during the fall semester in October 2020.
Sarah Markallo earned her BA in International Relations from the University of Rochester. As an undergraduate, Sarah served as President of the University of Rochester College Feminists, Student Liaison for the University Intercultural Center, Residential Fellow, and Associate Justice of the All-Campus Judicial Council. After graduation, Sarah spent three years promoting community outreach, marketing, and fundraising strategy as Development Coordinator at Willow Domestic Violence Center in Rochester, NY. She has also worked for the New York State Division of Human Rights and the European Parliament. As a first-year law student at GW, Sarah serves as a 1L Representative for Lambda Law and spends her free time hiking and expanding her extensive recipe collection.
Leila Diallo is a first-generation American and native of Washington, D.C. Her enthusiasm for public service stems from the diplomatic nature of her parents' work. Thus, being a charitable, contributing member of society was instilled in her at an early age. Most recently, she coordinated and managed internal and external affairs for a House Democrat. As a Congressional staffer, Leila was an active member of the Congressional Black Associates and the Women's Congressional Staff Association. She is also a recipient of the 2019 "Unsung Heroes of Capitol Hill Award." Leila is a 1L in the Cardozo Inn. Her interest in sports and commitment to building political and economic power in minority communities brought her to law school. She is a researcher for "MyLegalBookie" and the "Esports and The Law" quarterly newsletter. Leila graduated with honors from North Carolina A&T State University and led the NCCIIE Model United Nations team at the university for several years. She is fluent in French and Wolof.
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