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Law Student Community Leadership Fellowship

Gain practical leadership skills, experience, and professional development as a member of the Karen Hastie Williams Leadership Fellowship!

Now in its third year, the D.C. Bar Law Student Community’s Leadership Fellowship was renamed in 2021 in honor of groundbreaking attorney Karen Hastie Williams who served as the first African American law clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court and first female and African American partner at Crowell & Moring. As a trailblazer and leader, the Fellowship hopes to continue the late Hastie William’s legacy of excellence by providing quality leadership development opportunities for a diverse cohort of law students.

The Fellowship will be accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year beginning October 18, 2021. Fellows will receive leadership skills training specifically tailored for future lawyers and the opportunity to put those skills into practice by working one-on-one with current leaders of the legal profession. Applications are due November 8, 2021.

Virtual Orientation will take place on Friday, November 19, 2021, from 12:00pm- 2:30 p.m. EST. Fellows will join their steering committees starting in January 2022.


Fellows will complete a brief virtual orientation followed by a six-month long (January- June) fellowship on a D.C. Bar Communities committee. A number of spots in the cohort will be reserved for students who want to participate in the leadership training component but cannot commit to the full fellowship.

Students who participate in the fellowship must:

  1. Actively engage on the committee by attending monthly meetings either in person or via teleconference;
  2. Complete a Fellows project throughout the course of Spring 2022 semester- can be to help plan a content program through the Communities or their respective law schools, assist with writing initiatives like newsletters, conduct preliminary program topic research, etc. Project must be approved by host committee and Communities staff;
  3. Write a brief reflection piece about what they learned through the experience related to leadership as a lawyer. Fellows will receive a certificate of completion and acknowledgement on the LSC page at


  • The Leadership Fellowship is open to full or part time J.D. students enrolled in any law school across the country. Preference may be given to students located in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, depending on committee needs.
  • 2L, 3L, and 4L students will be given preference but 1Ls may apply and may be considered.
  • Fellows must be a member of the Law Student Community to participate. To learn more and join, click here.  


Participating Community steering committee leaders and D.C. Bar Communities staff will review applications and select participants. Successful applicants will be notified via email no later than November 12 and will have 48 hours to accept their spot in the Fellowship. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via email as well.

How to Apply:

Fill out the form below to apply for the 2021-2022 fellowship. Applications are due November 8.

For questions or more information, contact Brittany Sims Nwankwoala, Staff Attorney, Member & Policy, at [email protected] or 202.737.4700 ext.2816.

The application for the 2021-22 cohort has closed. Please check back for upcoming information on the 2022-23 cohort.

2021-2022 Fellows

  • Tarus Tolbert, 2L, Southern Law Center, Communities Committee
  • Jagriti Khurana, 2L, GW, Corporation Finance and Securities Law
  • Samuel Song, 3L, GW, Corporation Finance and Securities Law
  • Kim Hayes, 1L, UDC, Environment Energy and Natural Resources
  • Delaney Dunn, 2L, GW, Intellectual Property
  • Rani Allan, 3L, GW, International Law
  • Sydney Taylor, 1L, Southern Law Center, International Law
  • Olive Lee, 2L, GW, Labor and Employment Law
  • Krysten Thomas, 4L, Georgetown, Law Practice Management
  • Jawad Alweleidat, 3L, Southern Law Center, Taxation

2020-2021 Fellows

  • Rolland Giberson, 2L, Georgetown, Communities Committee
  • Kayla Strauss, 3L, Howard, Communities Committee
  • Stephanie Arthur, 3L, UDC, Communities Committee
  • Alix Philogene, 3L, Catholic, Arts Entertainment, Media and Sports Law
  • Gabriella Joseph, 2L, GW, Corporation Finance and Securities Law
  • Angelyna Selden, 2L, Howard, Corporation Finance and Securities Law
  • Avion Shoetan, 2L, UDC, Environment Energy and Natural Resources
  • Francesca Bryce, 2L, UDC, Government Contracts
  • Michee Jacobs, 1L, Howard, Intellectual Property
  • L.J. Chavis, 2L, Southern Law Center, Intellectual Property
  • LaTonya Sims, 3L, Howard, Intellectual Property
  • Sedinam Anyidoho, 2L, Howard, International Law
  • Feven Yohannes, 1L, Howard, International Law
  • Bridget Warlea, 1L, Howard, Labor and Employment Law
  • Zaphyr Brooks, 1L, American, Law Practice Management
  • Makala McNeil, 2L, Howard, Real Estate Housing and Land Use
  • Laura Singer, 3L, Georgetown, Real Estate Housing and Land Use
  • Andrea de la Torre, 2L, UDC, Taxation

2019-2020 Fellows

  • Jamal Bailey, 1L, UDC, Communities Committee
  • Efosa Edogun, 1L, Howard, Corporation Finance and Securities Law
  • Nina Egbuta, 2L, UDC, Arts Entertainment Media and Sports Law
  • Shahzaib Jiwani, 2L, UDC, Communities Committee
  • Scott Lee, 3L, Georgetown, Taxation
  • Jamal Magee, 2L, GW, Government Contracts
  • Funmi Manning, 3L, GW, Labor and Employment Law
  • Anne Martin, 1L, GW, Family Law
  • Mary Morall, 2L, UDC, Law Practice Management
  • Malcolm Morse, 2L, Georgetown, Law Practice Management
  • Joshua Seiler, 2L, GW, Administrative Law and Agency Practice
  • Caroline Sessions, 3L, GW, Public Interest and Courts
  • David Templeton, 2L, GW, Communities Committee
  • Emma Timan, 2L, GW, International Law
  • Sydney West, 3L, GW, Corporation Finance and Securities Law
  • Ashley Woods, 3L, GW, International Law
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