We are pleased to introduce you to the inaugural class of Henderson Center Scholars! These ten talented 1Ls have demonstrated a stand-out commitment to social justice before even arriving on campus. As Henderson Center Scholars, they receive scholarship funds to attend law school, as well as special mentorship opportunities during their time at Berkeley Law.
CLASS OF 2021
Maya Campbell is a native of Silver Spring, MD. She received her B.A. in History from Reed College in 2015, where she wrote her senior thesis on social movements, particularly, how conceptions of racial identity shaped methods of self-defense among Black American, Asian American, and Black British communities in the 1960s and 1970s. Additionally, Maya worked as a research assistant studying the various ways that definitions of race in the United States have morphed over time and intersected with American judicial system, and also spent time as an intern in the race policy center at the Center for American Progress. Most recently, Maya was a paralegal at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll PLLC in Washington, DC, where she primarily worked on plaintiff-side class action antitrust cases and was also involved in the Flint Water class action litigation and Special Immigrant Juvenile Asylum cases. Maya’s professional interests center around privacy, race, immigration, and First Amendment Freedom of Expression and Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection issues; specifically how they can work in concert to advance racial justice.
Katie Courtney grew up in Hermosa Beach, California and attended Bates College, where she majored in rhetoric and minored in Spanish. After graduating, she organized volunteers for the Democratic Party in Dover, New Hampshire for the 2016 election cycle. Most recently, as a FoodCorps AmeriCorps service member, she taught classes on cooking and gardening at a Washington, D.C. public elementary school while collaborating with the school community to improve access to healthy food.
Sarah Domenick graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a double concentration in international relations and French. After graduating, she moved to Paris, France for a Fulbright Scholarship to study the translation of humor and its social and political implications. While in France, Sarah taught English at an educational organization, Renovo, which works with high school students from the immigrant community in Paris. After, she moved back to her hometown of Philadelphia to work as a research professional at Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, where she worked on a range of issues including immigration and health care policy. Sarah then did a Masters in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth, where she studied translation and translingual writing. She spent the last year learning Spanish and teaching English in Madrid, Spain. At Berkeley, Sarah plans to focus on immigration and refugee law.
Tempestt Edward graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and Communications Studies. She previously participated in the Capitol Fellowship Program in Sacramento where she was a Senate Fellow for former California State Senator (now Congressman) Mark DeSaulnier. After the fellowship she spend the next 4 years working in the California State Legislature as a Legislative Aide for Assemblymember Jim Cooper. In her role she worked on legislation to improve the lives of all Californians. During her time in Sacramento she served as Communications Director for the Black Young Democrats of Sacramento and as Treasurer for the Fem Dems of Sacramento. As an Afro-Latina and a daughter of immigrants she is excited to be the first in her family to obtain a law degree and hopes to use her education at Berkeley Law to be an advocate for others. In her spare time she enjoys trying out new recipes, getting lost in a good book, and watching the latest movies.
Derek Ha was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Southern California with his family at a young age. He only discovered his interest in immigration law, however, when he started working as a paralegal for a solo immigration law practitioner, handling family-based immigration cases as well as waivers for undocumented individuals. He has also worked at a corporate immigration law firm in San Francisco and an education consulting company in China. He hopes to use his legal education, as well as his Chinese language skills and heritage, to practice immigration law and advocate on behalf of Asian-American immigrant communities
Ellen Ivens-Duran is a California native whose understanding of social justice is most informed by the Unitarian Universalist faith in which she was raised. Her undergraduate institution, Whitman College, gave her many opportunities to practice the values of equality, service, and ecological protection that Unitarian Universalism emphasizes. She was involved in writing for the student newspaper (The Wire), leading and planning community service pre-orientation trips, and Whitman’s environmental studies field program, Semester in the West. Her proudest accomplishment was being on the executive committee for the 2016 Power and Privilege Symposium, with the theme of Speak Up, Act Out. Since graduating, she has worked in education, coaching high school speech and debate and encouraging young women to hone their research skills, refine their ability to argue, and learn to advocate for themselves and others. After Berkeley Law, she plans to pursue criminal defense or civil rights law.
Savelle Jefferson graduated from the University of California-Davis in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology with an emphasis in Law and Society and a minor in Political Science. During his undergraduate career Savelle was a founding member of the Black Pre-Law Association at UC Davis, a member of the collegiate Mock Trial team and a High School Outreach Fellow for the UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center. In addition to Savelle’s involvement on his respective college campus, Savelle has also been an advocate for change on the county, state and national level. While still pursuing his undergraduate degree Savelle worked as a Criminal Justice Researcher in his home counties’ Department of Probation. Within this position Savelle analyzed and collected data to evaluate the quality of the department’s re-entry services and their effect on the overall recidivism rate for the county. From there he went on to work at the AFL-CIO in both the Campaign and Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Departments where he participated in organizing and implementing a national program for the upcoming election to ensure legal voter protection and voting rights for all individuals regardless of background. Within this position he also assisted in developing a criminal justice reform training to educate interns within the labor field on the broader effects of mass incarceration. Taking this experience with organizing combined with a passion for voting rights , Savelle then went on to work for Fair Elections Legal Network as their North Carolina State Director. Within this position he supervised eleven fellows on eight university campuses , collectively they engaged college campuses across the state at an institutional level to drive nonpartisan civic engagement programs during the 2016 election. These initiatives promoted voter registration and equal ballot access that reached across the entire campus community at these universities. As Savelle enters law school he aspires to obtain a legal education that will allow him to make tangible change in our society for individuals who lack the necessary social and financial capital to make change themselves.
Maddie Lips grew up in Colorado where she gained a deep love for standing on top of mountains. She attended Yale University where she majored in Political Science and rowed for Yale Women’s Crew for four years, serving as elected captain her senior year. She also competed for the United States at the Junior and Under 23 World Rowing Championships, and raced at the 2016 U.S. rowing Olympic trials. Since hanging up her oars, Maddie has learned about many aspects of U.S. immigration law through her work as a business immigration paralegal, as well as her volunteer work with refugees, immigrants, and detained individuals in Denver. She has become passionate about fighting for the rights of immigrants in her community, and plans to leverage her legal education to advocate for immigrants as an attorney.
Samantha is a native of Southern California who joins the Berkeley community after spending the past four years living and working in Washington, D.C. She is passionate about the intersection between law and policy—especially regarding the environment, immigration, and human rights. Sam has worked as a policy fellow for the international oceans protection group Oceana, a legislative aide for California Congressman Sam Farr, and as a research assistant for the nonprofit Migrant Legal Action Program. After graduating law school, she hopes to work for the state of California on issues of environmental protection and environmental justice. In her free time, Sam loves spending time outside—she is an avid rock climber, a plein air artist, and a PADI divemaster. She graduated in 2014 from Williams College with a BA in Political Science.
Ehsan Sadeghi was born in Tehran and grew up in the Bay Area. He returned home after college to work at the San Francisco Office of the Public Defender, the Eviction Defense Collaborative, and the Prison Law Office. He remains passionate and curious about issues in the realm of criminal justice.