The 2023-2024 Executive Board Welcomes You!
Co-Presidents: George Howard and Andriana Johnson
Chief of Staff: Nakia King
Internal Vice President: Chinaelo Chukwuelue
External Vice President: Taylor Grant
Director of Programming: Amber Holder
Director of Finance: Ashari Hankerson
Director of Academic and Professional Development: Tyler Wallace
Director of Communications: Alex Johnson
Community Relations Chair: Morgan Shields
Andriana Johnson — Co-President
Andriana Johnson is a 2L from Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Vanderbilt University, where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Medicine, Health, and Society.
At Duke, Andriana is involved with BLSA, 1st Generation Professionals, and the Women of Color Collective.
Andriana hopes to pursue a legal career in Antitrust work.
In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, reading, trying new restaurants, and traveling.
George Howard — Co-President
Nakia King — Chief of Staff
Nakia is a current 2L. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University, where she studied sociology. After graduating, Nakai worked as a receptionist at a spa.
At Duke Law, Nakia, is involved in BLSA and is a legal writing tutor. Nakia spent her 1L summer as a Summer Associate at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas, TX. Next summer Nakia will be working as a Summer Associateat Foley & Lardner in Tampa, FL. In her free time, Nakia enjoys workout classes and watching reality TV.
As BLSA’s Chief of Staff, Nakia facilitates communication between the board and general body members and ensures the BLSA community is aware of events and opportunities available to them.
Chinaelo Chukwuelue — Internal Vice President
Meet Chinaelo, a Duke Law Class of 2025 student from Miramar, Florida. With a background in community health work, she’s an active member of Duke Law’s Communication Department. She’s passionate about empowerment and inclusion through her involvement with the Womxn of Color Collective. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, music festivals, and spending time with friends. Next summer, she’s set to continue her journey at Clifford Chance in New York.
Taylor Grant — External Vice President
Taylor is a current 2L. She graduated early from Vanderbilt University, where she studied Communication Studies & Law, History and Society, before taking a gap semester then coming to law school.
At Duke, Taylor serves as External Vice President of BLSA, Co-President of the Sports & Entertainment Law Society, and Vice President of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association. Taylor spent her 1L summer as a Legal Intern at the National Basketball Association (“NBA”) in New York. Next summer, Taylor will be a Silver Scholar and Summer Associate at Proskauer Rose in New York. In her free time, Taylor enjoys working out, reading, and trying new restaurants with friends.
Amber Holder — Director of Programming
Amber is a current 2L. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a Master of Arts in Musicology, and a minor in Theatre. After graduating, Amber moved to Pittsburgh and worked in non-profit theatre administration, and later worked as a document processor at K&L Gates.
Amber is proud to have founded a new organization at Duke Law, the Duke Immigrant Stories Lab (DISL). In addition, Amber is a proud member of LALSA and BLSA, and is a Legal Research and Writing tutor. Amber was privileged to spend her 1L summer as a Summer Associate and LCLD Scholar at Troutman Pepper in Raleigh. Next summer, Amber will be working in DC as a Summer Associate at Latham & Watkins. In her spare time, Amber enjoys spending time with her family, singing loudly in the car, watching movies and tv, and playing card and board games with her fiancé.
As BLSA’s Director of Programming, Amber’s goal is to put BLSA’s best foot forward by planning events with impeccable event design and finesse.
Ashari Hankerson — Director of Finance
Ashari Hankerson is a current 2L. She graduated from Georgia State University where she studied Philosophy.
Before coming to Duke, Ashari worked for three years as a legal assistant and compliance specialist. Ashari had the amazing opportunity to be an SEO Fellow the summer before law school At Duke Law, Ashari is involved in BLSA, the Academic Chair for First Class, Social Media Chair, and Case Manager for the Innocence Project, Staff Editor for the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law (DJCIL) and an RA to Professor Geovanny Martinez. Ashari spent her 1L summer as a 1L Summer Associate at King & Spalding in Atlanta, GA. Next summer, Ashari plans to return to King & Spalding as a 2L Summer Associate in their Government Investigations and Special Matters Group. Ashari aspires to start her own non-profit tailored as an after-school program for underserved children in her neighborhood. To relax, Ashari enjoyed conquering the stair master at the gym, yoga, reading thrillers, sci-fi, and other genres with an emphasis on POC authors, watching reality TV (Housewives, Love is Blind, the Ultimatum), and watching every movie imaginable.
As BLSA’s Director of Finance, Ashari strives to help build a strong and interconnected community throughout law school and after.
Tyler Wallace — Director of Academic and Professional Development
Tyler is a current 2L. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013, where he studied Economics and Philosophy (and was one class shy of a minor in Flim History. After graduating, Tyler worked in the Global Health practice of an International Development Research firm in Washington D.C., edited and produced a feature-length documentary with a production company in Boulder, CO, and served as the Community Development Manager for Habitat for Humanity in Chapel Hill.
At Duke Law, Tyler is involved in BLSA, serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council, and is a Teaching Assistant for Civil Procedure. Tyler spent his 1L summer as a Summer Associate at K&L Gates in Raleigh where he will be returning next summer. In his free time, Tyler enjoys spending time with his family (including his cat and dog), trying new restaurants, hiking, snowboarding, watching films, and practicing photography.
As BLSA’s Director of Academic Affairs and Professional Development, Tyler will help BLSA students build relationships with faculty members, advocate for BLSA’s vision for programming and course offerings, support the pipeline of black students interested in Duke Law and support BLSA members to meet and exceed their academic and professional goals.
Alex Johnson — Director of Communications
Alex Johnson is a current 2L. She graduated from Villanova University, where she studied Political Science and Criminology.
At Duke Law, Alex is involved in BLSA, Broad Street Law, the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, the Active Investigations Team for the Innocence Project, and is a staff editor for the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy. Alex spent her 1L summer as a Legal Intern for the Federal Public Defender Office, District of Connecticut. Alex enjoys reading different genres of novels, watching reality TV, and traveling.
As BLSA’s Director of Communications, Alex’s goal is to allow people to stay informed about BLSA’s programming and encourage outreach within the Duke Law community and prospective students.
Morgan Shields — Community Relations Chair
Morgan is a current 2L at Duke Law. She’s from Upper Marlboro, MD, and attended the University of Maryland for undergrad. There she studied Sociology and Criminal Justice/Criminology.
At Duke Law, Morgan is involved with BLSA and WoXC. She spent her 1L summer as a law clerk in the Maryland Attorney General’s Department of Human Services. Next summer, she will be a summer associate in Dechert’s DC office.
As the Community Relations Chair, Morgan aims to connect BLSA with the greater Durham community.