Scholarship Fund Board

The Scholarship Fund board is the charitable arm of BWLA. It is a c3 organization whose by-laws require a majority of the board to be comprised of the BWLA Board of Directors.

Chastidy Burns
Chair

Assistant Public Defender
Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

Samya Abdela

Associate
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Elsa Andrianifahanana

Associate
Jones Day

Amber Bennett

Judicial Law Clerk
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Kenyatta Beverly

Labor and Employment Counsel
The Davey Tree Expert Company

BWLA Pres Kalia Coleman Headshot

Kalia Coleman

Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

Jasmine Fannell

Assistant Vice President
Labor & Employment Counsel, HSBC

Ashley Jackson

Senior Privacy Counsel
US & Canada Privacy Leader; GE Healthcare

Erica Kirkwood

Vice President & General Counsel
GMA Construction Group

Camile Lindsay-Kumi

Chief of Staff
Illinois Department of Corrections

Era Laudermilk

Deputy of Legislative Affairs
Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

Nakhia Morrissette

Regulatory Counsel & Midwest Director, State Affairs
Solar Energy Industries Association

Drahcir M. Smith

Employment Counsel
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Michelle Speller-Thurman

Division Counsel
Abbott Laboratories

Ashley Varnado

Assistant Public Defender
Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender

Weeya Young

Assistant State's Attorney
Cook County State's Attorney Office

Scholarship Opportunities

Listings will be posted soon.

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Fund Donation Form

Complete the form below to make an online donation to our Scholarship Fund.

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