Officers

OFFICERS

​The 2019 Executive Board Welcomes You!

Erica Brackett

President

Andrew Lindsay

​Chief of Staff

Erica Brackett is a 2L from Cincinnati, OH. She graduated from George Washington University in 2015 with a B.A. in psychology and minor in organizational sciences. After graduation, she spent three years as a paralegal in the intellectual property and technology group at DLA Piper in D.C. As a paralegal, Erica managed the domestic and international trademark and copyright portfolios for major brands across various industries. Prior to law school, she served as an SEO Law Fellow at Jenner & Block in D.C. Erica split her 1L summer working as a Summer Associate at Jenner & Block and serving as a Law Clerk for the Senate Judiciary Committee. When she’s not busy with school and extracurriculars, Erica enjoys traveling and exploring new cuisine. As BLSA president, Erica strives to uphold the reputation of the organization, while ensuring that every single member feels welcomed and acclimated to the Duke Law community at large.

Andrew Lindsay joined Duke Law School in August 2018 as a Dean’s Scholar and Ruffa & Gallagher Scholar. In 2019, Andrew was a summer associate at White & Case LLP. Before joining Duke Law, Andrew worked at the Brennan Center as a Research and Program Associate in the Liberty and National Security Program, where he assisted with the think-tank’s litigation and research efforts against the executive branch’s travel ban targeting nationals from Muslim majority countries. At Duke Law, Andrew is a staff editor of the Duke Law & Technology Review, president of American Constitution Society, co-president of the Duke Law & Technology Society, and chief of staff of the Black Law Students Association. At Amherst College, Andrew was a Mellon Fellow, Amherst Critical Theory Fellow, Truman Scholarship finalist, Rhodes Scholarship nominee, and in 2016, graduated cum laude in Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought (LJST) and Political Science. Andrew enjoys traveling and has been to a number of countries such as Cuba, Mexico, and Japan.

Erica’s Contact Info:
Email: erica.brackett@duke.edu


Andrew‘s Contact Info:
Email: andrew.lindsay@duke.edu


Chris Meadows

Internal Vice President

Yves Vaughan

External Vice President

Christopher Meadows hails from Chattanooga, TN. Christopher attended Rhodes College through the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. While at Rhodes, Christopher became the first black student to captain the college’s nationally-ranked mock trial “A” team. Christopher still enjoys public speaking and debate activities, and plans to participate in the law school’s mock trial and moot court programs this year. Prior to starting law school, Christopher worked at a small nonprofit in Memphis, helping to manage a community bail fund and expunge criminal records of indigent clients.
This past summer, Christopher worked as a law clerk for the Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia. There, he worked with the office’s Special Litigation Division, working on juvenile re-sentencing cases and criminal justice-focused impact litigation. Christopher is unabashedly public interest and intends to begin his career as a public defender. One day, Christopher intends to run for public office. Last year, Christopher served as a 1L rep for his BLSA class. This year, his chief goal is to increase BLSA’s focus on black law students who want to pursue a career in public interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yves Vaughan is from Palm Beach, Florida. She graduated with a B.S. in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida in 2017. Before attending law school, she worked as a clinical research coordinator and is interested in health justice. In her free time, Yves enjoys working out and spending quality time with friends and family. Yves served as a 1L representative for BLSA last year and hopes to ensure that BLSA continues to be a valuable resource for students.

Chris’s Contact Info:
Email: christopher.meadows@duke.edu


Yves’s Contact Info:
Email: yves.vaughan@duke.edu


Courtney Suggs

​Director of Programming

Camille Parchment

​Director of Finance

Courtney Suggs is from Frankfort, IL and graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from Bates College in 2018. She is interested in transactional law and healthcare. Courtney spent her 1L summer at the law firm Foley Hoag LLP in Boston, MA. She currently serves as President of the Health Law Society and the Director of Programming of the Black Law Students Association. Courtney looks forward to building relationships with the incoming 1Ls and passing along the advice and wisdom that was graciously given to her by the BLSA upperclassmen. Her hobbies include bowling on the Czars of the Universe Duke Law team, going to Zumba, and playing with her dog, Snickers.

Camille is a 2L from Queens, New York. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 where she received a B.A. in Sociology and History with a concentration in Law and Society. Prior to coming to Duke, Camille worked in media at two start-ups in New York City. At Duke, in addition to serving as BLSA’s Director of Finance, Camille is also a Staff Editor for the Duke Law Journal of Comparative and International Law and is a student volunteer for Lawyer-on-the-Line with Legal Aid of North Carolina. She spent her 1L Summer in the NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence. In her free time, Camille enjoys watching Netflix, hanging out with friends and trying new restaurants. She’s always looking for a cool dance class to try or someone to play volleyball with. Camille has learned a lot from BLSA’s programs on job readiness and how to navigate law school as a person of color. She looks forward to more of these targeted programs to assist Incoming BLSA students.
Courtney’s Contact Info:
Email: courtney.suggs@duke.edu


Camille’s Contact Info:
Email: camille.parchment@duke.edu


Garmai Gorlorwulu

​Director of Academic Affairs

Jerome Grant III

​Director of Communications & Webmaster

Garmai Gorlorwulu is from Portland, OR and graduated from Stanford University in 2015 with a B.A. in Human Biology with an area of concentration in African Conflict, Development, and Health. Before law school, Garmai worked as a paralegal at a boutique immigration law firm in Portland, OR. In addition to her role as Director of Academic Programming for BLSA, Garmai is also the co-chair of the Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC) and the Internal VP of  First Generation Professionals (1GP). After benefiting immensely from the mentorship, friendship, and leadership in BLSA during her 1L year, Garmai is excited to pay it forward and to continue the legacy of black excellence and fellowship at Duke Law. During her 1L summer, Garmai was a Summer Associate at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in Kansas City, MO. Garmai loves listening to podcasts, drinking tea, and watching documentaries.

Jerome Grant III is from Pasadena, MD and graduated cum laude in 2013 from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government & Sociology and a minor in Theology.  After college, Jerome founded Treyola, LLC, a business centered around selling electronics, autographed paraphernalia, and other products.  His business experience and curiosity about the law’s effect on business led him to matriculate at Duke Law in 2018 with an interest in corporate work.  Jerome was subsequently selected as Winston & Strawn’s Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholar for summer 2019 and worked in their D.C. office. Along with Jerome’s role in BLSA as Director of Communications, he is also involved in the leadership of other student groups such as the Interactive Entertainment Law Society (founder and president), the 1st Generation Professionals (External VP), and the Moot Court Board (Hardt Cup Coordinator).  Jerome enjoys video games, board games, football, comedy, and cooking.

Garmai’s Contact Info:
Email: garmai.gorlorwulu@duke.edu


Jerome’s Contact Info:
Email: jerome.grant@duke.edu