The Washington University Black Law Students Association (WashU BLSA) was founded in 1973. Each year over thirty Washington University Law School students become active members of our chapter. Today, WashU BLSA continues to stay committed to the development and support of Blacks in the legal profession.
Kayla Loveless is originally from East St. Louis, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Missouri—Columbia where she received her degree in English and Sociology. She was an active leader on Mizzou’s campus. From her experience as a legislative intern for State Rep. Brandon Ellington, she learned that law is one of most important avenues to make positive changes. Before coming to Washington University School of Law, Kayla was an Administrative Assistant at Scott Law Firm. Kayla was also a winner of the 2016 1L Client Interviewing & Counseling Competition.
Ashley Ogedegbe is originally from Bradenton, FL. She graduated early from Washington University in St. Louis in December 2015, where she majored in Anthropology with a focus in Global Health and the Environment and minored in Spanish. After graduation, she worked at Elite Property Research, providing municipal lien searches and estoppels for real estate attorneys and title companies. As a 1L, Ashley won the 1L Client Counseling Competition and the Negotiation Competition. For her 1L summer, she worked at Husch Blackwell in St. Louis, Missouri as a Summer Associate.
Tyrique Wilson was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a degree in Economics from The George Washington University in May 2015. After graduation he worked as a Business Operations Analyst at Hobsons in his hometown. As a 1L, he received the Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy. Tyrique spent his 1L summer working as in-house for Charter Communications in St. Louis.
Jasmine Martin is a Saint Louis native. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Louis University in Women’s Studies. She earned a Master’s degree in Media Communication from Webster University. Jasmine spent her 1L summer working in Washington University’s Children’s Rights Clinic. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys allergy free baking and French cooking.
Emily Brewster grew up in the Chicagoland area. She graduated with a degree in Anthropology from Boston University in 2014. She is a classical violinist, and in college, she was an editor of the BU Pre-Law Review and member of the Rugby and Fencing Teams. Emily interned for legal organizations in Australia, Boston, and London. After college, she coached high school sabre fencing in Chicago Heights. As a 1L, Emily received the Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy and is a recipient of the Fitch Scholarship Award. She was accepted as a summer intern for the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center in St. Louis.
Kyla Vick is a native of Chicago, Illinois. In May 2015 she received her Bachelor of Arts in English, with a Minor in Philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, Kyla served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in New Orleans, Louisiana where she taught Reading Comprehension skills to middle school children. After completing her first year of law school, Kyla was a summer associate for Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago.
Born in Miami, Florida to Jamaican parents, Rochelle Hall visited 16 countries before embarking on her law school journey in St. Louis, Mo. Before attending WashU Law, she attended Florida State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Philosophy in three years. As a 1L, Rochelle partnered with BLSA VP Ashley Ogedegbe and won WashU Law’s 1L/LLM Client Counseling Competition as well as the Negotiation Competition. After her first year of law school, Rochelle worked in Minneapolis, MN at Fredrikson & Byron and in-house at General Mills. When not busy with law school, Rochelle loves intense CrossFit workouts and cooking.
Everett McLean is originally from Union City, California. He received a degree in Philosophy with a minor in Political Science at the University of Portland in Oregon. During his senior year of undergrad, he was a participant in the Dundon-Bertold Fund for Moral Formation and Applied Ethics, in which he conducted undergraduate research towards integrating ethics into World Politics. During the spring semester of 2015, he was an Events and Operations Intern for the Democratic Party of Oregon. After his first year of law school, Everett worked in the California Attorney General’s Office in San Francisco. He is currently interested in pursuing Corporate Law and Sports & Entertainment Law.
Kevin Grigsby is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago where he majored in Communication Studies, minored in Marketing and Spanish, and was also a Division One Student-Athlete. Prior to law school, Kevin spent a year teaching English in Pereira, Colombia to high-school students. During his 1L summer, Kevin worked at Mickes O’Toole, LLC in St. Louis, Missouri.
Leia Scott is originally from Mobile, Alabama but spent most of her life in Downers Grove, Illinois. She double-majored in English and African American Studies with a Political Science minor at the University of Iowa where she also ran Track and Field. After graduating, Leia taught all levels of 11th and 12th grade English and served as the Head Girls Track Coach for three years in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. She enjoys public service and sports that involve little running.
A native New Yorker, Erica Martin attended Duke University for college, where she majored in English and minored in philosophy. Prior to law school, she worked as a sales account manager for Procter & Gamble in the Northeast. Erica enjoys community service, kickboxing, and writing.
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