Detroit Mercy Law Fellows

Andrew AbdulNour, IP Law Fellow
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    Meet Andrew

    Andrew is a published mechanical engineer who plans to combine his interests in engineering, technology, and law by pursuing a career in patent law.
Hana'a Farha, Transnational Fellow
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    Meet Hana'a

    Hana'a is completing the Canadian & American Dual JD Program.  She is the youngest of seven children, which helped her develop conflict resolution skills and an interest in family law.  She became interested in legal education at a young age and plans to use her US and Canadian law degrees to advance human rights.
Yasmine Haidar, Transnational Law Fellow
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    Meet Yasmine

    Yasmine is completing the Canadian & American Dual JD Program.  She is interested in immigration law and foreign policy.  She comes from an immigrant family and plans to use her US and Canadian law degrees to defend victims of discrimination and help immigrant families.
Fatmeh Cheaib, Dean's Fellow
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    Meet Fatmeh

    Fatmeh is an active volunteer in her community with an interest in immigration law.  She plans to use her legal education to strengthen communities and empower marginalized individuals.
Todd James Craven II, Dean's Fellow
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    Meet TJ

    TJ is a professional musician who is pursuing a legal education to serve people in need.  He volunteers extensively at his church in a multitude of roles and is interested in exploring careers in disability law and family law.
Kristianna Hettenbach, Dean's Fellow
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    Meet Kristi

    Kristi relocated back to Michigan after working professionally in North Carolina.  She is inspired to make a difference in the lives of Michiganders who need it most and plans to pursue a career in public interest law.
Dorian Hooker, Dean's Fellow
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    Meet Dorian

    Dorian, raised by entrepreneurs in metro Detroit, developed an interest in the legal and business fields at an early age.  He is interested in corporate law and aims to make an impact by further diversifying the legal and C-suite executive roles while being a champion for social justice.
Yohana Iyob, Dean's Fellow
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    Meet Yohana

    Yohana, born and raised in Seattle, Washington, is passionate about social justice.  Through her work with Amnesty International and the Ferguson, Missouri protests, she has witnessed injustices in the justice system.  She plans to use her law degree to continue her work in pursuit of social justice.
Kraig McAllister, Dean's Fellow
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    Meet Kraig

    Kraig is an advertising and marketing professional and disc golf enthusiast.  He is transitioning to the legal profession to help promote growth in his community as well as within himself.  He looks forward to exploring various areas of law and legal career paths.
Nicholas North, Dean's Fellow
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    Meet Nick

    Nick, born and raised in Detroit, is the grandson of Charley North of the Detroit Mercy Titans Hall of Fame.  He chose to pursue a career in law because the legal field is intellectually challenging and provides the opportunity to rise to challenges while enhancing the lives of others.  He is interested in criminal law and plans to advocate for the wrongfully convicted.
Fellow Aaron Roberson
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    Meet Aaron

    Aaron is committed to service and solving problems that impact communities.  For the past year, he taught special education at Detroit's Thurgood Marshall Elementary while coaching their afterschool sports program.  He is also a co-founder of the L.A.B., a mentorship group for young men, focused on leadership, attitude, and brotherhood.
Rita Soka, Dean's Fellow
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    Meet Rita

    Rita is a native of Baghdad, Iraq who learned the English language in college while also raising her three children.  For the past ten years, she worked as a clinical lab scientist in the largest hospitals in metro Detroit.  She now plans to use her law degree in conjunction with her science background to pursue careers in health law and patent law.
Aidan Traynor, Dean's Fellow
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    Meet Aidan

    Aidan was adopted from China as a toddler and resided in multiple cities throughout the US.  She contributed to a university history lab that focused on Detroit in the 1960-70s.  She is interested in environmental justice and civil rights issues.
Joseph Williams, Dean's Fellow
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    Meet Joe

    Joe recently returned from Denmark, where he played team handball semi-professionally.  During college, he played lacrosse and represented the US as a member of the U-21 National Team Handball team.  His prior professional experience includes working at Global Health Services Network, an international healthcare development, consulting, and management firm.
Briann Wilson, Dean's Fellow
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    Meet Briann

    Briann is passionate about family law and aims to use her legal career to advocate for victims of domestic violence.  In college, she conducted research on domestic violence with a primary focus on economic abuse.  She has supported advocacy efforts directed at helping victims of domestic violence and has experience assisting individuals with disabilities.